Unscripted

Smithsonian moves into “Polar Bear Town”

Winnipeg-based prodco Merit Motion Pictures has been commissioned to chronicle the annual invasion of a Canadian small town by polar bears — and polar bear-seeking tourists — for American broadcaster ...
October 5, 2016

Winnipeg-based prodco Merit Motion Pictures has been commissioned to chronicle the annual invasion of a Canadian small town by polar bears — and polar bear-seeking tourists — for American broadcaster Smithsonian Channel. 

Produced in association with Earth Touch, Polar Bear Town documents the more than 10,000 tourists that descend every year upon the 800-person town of Churchill, Manitoba – otherwise known as The Polar Bear Capital of the World – to experience the annual migration of more than 1,000 polar bears awaiting the return of Hudson Bay ice.

The six-part docuseries will feature a season in Churchill as the town prepares for the migration, and follows such characters as professional guides Dennis Compayre and Kelsey Eliasson, who attempt to get their clients close to the wildlife while keeping them safe; conservation officer Bob Windsor of Manitoba’s Department of Natural Resources, who is stepping up efforts to make the town safer; and Miles 5 Dog Sanctuary owner Brian Ladoon, as he braces for bear intruders who try to poach food from his pack of endangered Canadian Eskimo dogs.

Polar Bear Town premieres Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

Merit Motion’s Merit Jensen Carr and Phil Fairclough serve as exec producers alongside Smithsonian’s Charles Poe and David Royle.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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