Discovery Networks International has ordered Everest Rescue (working title; pictured), a six-part docuseries set to detail a band of helicopter pilots working on one of the world’s most dangerous locations.
The 6 x 60-minute series will provide exclusive and in-depth access to the multinational search and rescue helicopter teams and medical units that operate on Everest, Earth’s highest mountain, as they safely extract injured individuals from perilous situations.
Production teams also captured never-before-seen footage of rescue teams responding to Everest’s re-opening to climbers following the deadly Nepalese earthquake in April 2015.
The series – which is produced by Discovery-owned UK prodco betty, Discovery Networks International and Discovery Channel U.S. – will premiere later this year across Discovery Networks International’s factual networks in more than 220 countries and territories.
“With this powerful series, we explore dramatic new physical and emotional territory,” said Marjorie Kaplan, president of content for Discovery Networks International, in a statement. “We are honored that these men and women who risk their own lives to help others in the world’s harshest and most unforgiving terrain have allowed our cameras into their world.”
In other news, Discovery Communications is taking its ‘Shark Week’ event global this year, with plans to air its programming across the 220 countries and territories Discovery reaches. For the first time, the stunt week will launch on the same day on Discovery Channel and Discovery en Español in the U.S., as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom and Argentina on June 26.
“For some of our key markets, now the programming will sync up and ‘eventize’ the programming, and in others, we’ll do ‘Shark Week’ programming that best serves the local audience,” said Kaplan.