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DNI greenlights adventure series “Ed Stafford Trailblazer”

The Keo Films-produced series will follow the British explorer (pictured) as he investigates satellite images of unexplained markings in far-flung and hard-to-access locales.
February 26, 2015

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has ordered a travel/adventure series featuring British explorer Ed Stafford (pictured) from London-based indie Keo Films.

In Ed Stafford Trailblazer (six x 60 minutes), the titular star will travel to remote locations to find out the truth behind satellite images showing unexplained markings on the ground. He will self-film the journeys and does not know what he will find until filming starts.

“His approach is to throw himself straight into the action by setting off for each target locations just hours after hearing about each one,” the network said in a statement, adding that Stafford hopes to learn “what geographers and intelligence agencies call Ground Truth. ”

He will be accompanied by one other crew member – a shooting director – and use a quadcopter, which is a camera drone that matches what he sees on the ground to the satellite images that sparked the search.

Stafford previously walked the length of the Amazon River and weathered other inhospitable locales in the Discovery Channel series Marooned.

Ed Stafford Trailblazer will air globally in the third quarter. Will Anderson and Matt Cole are exec producing for Keo Films and Helen Hawkin is the executive producer for DNI.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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