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Exclusive: WorkShop to chronicle Swarner’s North Pole trek

Indie content studio The WorkShop has reached a new talent agreement with adventurer and two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner. The company is beginning production on True North: The Sean Swarner Story— a one-hour documentary about Swarner (pictured) ...
March 6, 2017

Indie content studio The WorkShop has reached a new talent agreement with adventurer and two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner.

The company is beginning production on True North: The Sean Swarner Story— a one-hour documentary about Swarner (pictured) that has been picked up by American Public Television.

The doc will follow Swarner on his three-week trek to the North Pole this April, as he looks to become the world’s first cancer survivor to complete the Explorer’s Grand Slam an adventurer’s challenge to reach the north and south pole and climb the Seven Summits. The announcement was made by The WorkShop CEO and executive producer Tom Farrell.

While the Explorer’s Grand Slam is no easy feat under any circumstances, Swarner is looking to do so with only one functioning lung as a result of his battle with cancer. During his trek, Swarner will carry a flag adorned with several thousand names of those touched by cancer.

Farrell noted that there’s a possibility that Swarner will fall short, but “whatever the outcome, the result will be a TV documentary that viewers will never forget.  It’s a jaw-dropping look at how far one man will go to prove that any challenge can be overcome.”

“Sean’s life experience demonstrates his commitment to overcoming seemingly impossible odds to take on new challenges,” added Christopher Funkhouser, VP of exchange programming and multicast services at American Public Television. “We anticipate seeing the same dogged determination in this special as he has shown in twice surviving cancer and pushing beyond his physical limits. We look forward to hearing more from Sean and seeing the fruits of this trek to the North Pole in this upcoming documentary by The WorkShop as public television audiences are sure to be inspired by his most recent remarkable feat.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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