Endemol-owned indie Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) is partnering with non-profit group Mars One in a bid to globally broadcast the first one-way mission to Mars.
DSP has signed on to become the worldwide production partner for the project, which will follow the complex selection process and training of a solo astronaut who will make the planned 300 million-mile trip in a bid to establish human life on Mars.
The selected astronaut – chosen from among 705 candidates – will remain on the planet, with Mars One sending additional crews every two years to establish a pioneering human colony.
The first installments of the production are expected to begin broadcasting internationally in early 2015. The selection process is currently underway.
“Our team felt all along that we needed a partner whose strength lies in factual storytelling to an international audience,” said Bas Lansdorp, CEO and co-founder of Mars One. “DSP will provide that to Mars One, while allowing our selection committee to maintain control of the applicant selection process.”
Iain Riddick, head of special projects and digital media at DSP, added: “It is a great privilege for DSP to be chosen to exclusively follow the incredible journeys of those who will make humankind’s first footprint on Mars. This has to be the world’s toughest job interview for what is without question a world-first opportunity and the human stories that emerge will captivate and inspire generations across the globe.”