Unscripted

History orders self-shot survival series “Alone”

Due to premiere this summer, the Leftfield Pictures-produced survival series will send 10 competitors into the Vancouver Island wilderness without camera crews or producers.
April 16, 2015

History will air the self-shot survival series Alone (pictured) this summer.

Billed as the “longest survival experiment ever captured for television,” the show will send 10 survivalists into the wilderness of Vancouver Island with no camera crew, no teams and no producers. The competitors will be separated from each other and have on hand only what they can fit in a backpack. The person who “lasts the longest” will win US$500,000.

“They will face extreme isolation and psychological distress as they plunge into the unknown, self-documenting their experience,” the network said in a statement.

The U.S. cable network’s parent company A+E Networks is positioning the 10-episode series, which is being produced by Leftfield Pictures, as a global TV event and will air it in more than 200 territories worldwide via other channels across its portfolio.

Exec producers are History’s Russ McCarroll and Zachary Behr and Leftfield Pictures’ Brent Montgomery, David George, Shawn Witt, Grant Kahler and Gretchen Palek.

Alone is the latest in a string of reality TV series to incorporate self-shot footage, a technique is being used by networks to emphasize authenticity and attract viewers tired of staged and overproduced reality television.

Recent unscripted titles to incorporate self-shot footage include Discovery Networks International’s Ed Stafford Trailblazer, AOL’s long-form unscripted debut Connected, animal Planet’s 100 Miles from Nowhere and the FYI docuseries Arranged.

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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