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Discovery to air live survival series in late 2014

Survival Live (w/t) will incorporate a multi-platform, real-time approach to follow eight survivalists as they attempt to be the winning competitor after 42 days in the wild. (Pictured: Adjacent Productions head Jane Tranter)
April 2, 2014

Discovery Channel is mixing two of its winning genres – survival programming and live event content – for an upcoming series.

Survival Live (w/t) will follow eight survivalists as they compete against each other to be the “last one standing” after 42 days in the wild. The series will incorporate a multi-platform, real-time approach, with viewers being able to stream the action 24/7, take stock of each participant’s progress by monitoring biometric data, and decide who to “help.” The survivalists, in turn, will be able to communicate with viewers and amass their own social networks or cheering squads over the course of the series.

The program, which has earned more than one comparison to The Hunger Games in the press over the course of the week, will mix pre-recorded episodes that will encapsulate the activities of the survivalists over the course of the week, with live episodes that will see contestants that don’t make the grade “extracted” from the pack.

Survival Live will be produced by BBC Worldwide’s Adjacent Productions, led by Jane Tranter (pictured), who will serve as executive producer for Adjacent. Exec producers for Discovery are Denise Contis, Dolores Gavin, Matthew Kelly and Michael Sorenson.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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