Discovery Networks International will begin production this month on a six-part nautical-focused docuseries set to air in 2016.
Tentatively titled Ocean Masters, the Windfall Films-produced series will follow shipping and energy giant, Maersk Group, and its team of engineers, shipbuilders, captains and designers as they navigate through maritime waters while designing, testing and launching a fleet of super tugboats, oil tankers and a deep ocean rig in Denmark, Norway and South Korea.
The 60-minute series will aim to shed light on the inner makings of some of the world’s most complex machines exposing the innovations crucial to each build. Meanwhile, 3D CGI animations and sophisticated drone cameras will allow viewers to dive deep into the inner workings of each vessel, rig and machine.
“Ocean Masters showcases mechanical feats unlike anything our viewers have seen before, transporting them into some of the deepest, toughest waters of today’s world,” said Elizabeth McIntyre, VP of factual production and development at Discovery Networks International, in a statement.
Tom Gorham will be at the helm as executive producer with Carlo Massarella as executive producer for Windfall Films.
In other news, Discovery Communications has partnered with Image Nation to launch a new Arabic language, free-to-air TV channel. Quest Arabiya will roll out across the Middle East and North Africa in the final quarter of 2015.
The move will provide the region with more stories through specially commissioned Quest Arabiya shows, featuring factual and reality programs featuring locally produced original material. As well, Quest Arabiya will broadcast localized content from Discovery’s slate of non-fiction shows, focusing on adventure and survival, motoring, engineering, history and wildlife.
“Our partnership with Image Nation will help take our business to the next level, broaden the popularity of factual entertainment and raise awareness of our seven channel brands in the region,” said James Gibbons, executive VP for Discovery’s emerging business, in a statement.
“Quest Arabiya will provide a needed boost to the private media sector in the UAE as we will be commissioning more content than ever before and producing at the highest international standards,” added Mohammed Al Mubarak, chairman of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, in a statement.
Discovery has the option to acquire Image Nation’s content for broadcast on its international channels. Carl von Doussa, GM of channels at Image Nation Abu Dhabi, will lead the new channel.