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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.”

About The Author
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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