DNI orders “Free Ride,” “Sydney Harbour Uncovered”

Discovery Networks International has greenlit four survival, popular science, automotive and blue-chip ob-doc series that will air across its global channel brands over the next year. (Pictured: Free Ride)
August 26, 2015

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has greenlit four survival, popular science, automotive and blue-chip ob-doc series that will air across its global channel brands in 2015 and 2016.

Due to premiere in winter 2016, the Raw TV-produced Free Ride (6 x 60 minutes, working title, pictured) will follow adventurer Rob Greenfield and filmmaker James Levelle as they travel around South America with no money. The pair will hitch rides and work for food while dealing with cultural barriers and extreme weather. Executive producers are DNI’s Liz Brach and Raw TV’s Sam Maynard and Rebecca North.

Dragonfly is producing Driving Wild  (6 x 60 minutes, working title), an automotive series starring Formula 1 mechanic Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley as he attempts to pull off ingenious modifications for driving challenges in different parts of the world. The show will begin airing in spring 2016. Executive producers are DNI’s Brach and Dragonfly’s Clare Mottershead.

Elsewhere, Question Everything (6 x 60 minutes, working title) is a popular science show produced by Essential Media and Entertainment and hosted by physicist Dr. Derek Muller. The show will use a variety of conceits – from stunts and experiments to infographics – to make big science questions relatable to everyday life. It premieres next spring and is exec produced by DNI’s Brach and Essential’s Alan Erson and Chris Hilton.

The fourth new commission is Sydney Harbour Uncovered (6 x 60 minutes, working title), a WTFN-produced ob-doc series that will premiere in the fall of 2016. The show is billed as a blue-chip “all-access” look at the people who work in the world’s largest natural harbor, including Harbor master Captain Phil Holliday. Executive producers are DNI’s Tom Gorham and WTFN’s Shaun Gilmartin.

In addition to the greenlit series, DNI’s slate will include returning program Extraordinary Pregnancies (6 x 60 minutes) from Curve Media and the previously announced documentary special First Heartbeat, about a British couple’s attempts to overcome successive miscarriages. The doc – previously a UK commission that is now a full global commission for DNI – is produced by October Films and will premiere this October.

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