Unscripted

Discovery orders adventure series from betty

Discovery Communications has commissioned two new programs across Discovery’s networks. The first new title slated for autumn 2017 is the adventure series Ed Stafford: Left For Dead. The new program follows Stafford ...
May 12, 2017

Discovery Communications has commissioned two new programs across Discovery’s networks.

The first new title slated for autumn 2017 is the adventure series Ed Stafford: Left For Dead. The new program follows Stafford (pictured), an explorer, in his attempt to escape from of the most extreme environments from around the globe: subtropical forests, deserts and barren mountains. Dropped into the wilderness with nothing but his camera, Stafford has 10 days to reach civilization. He must rely on his survival instincts to overcome life-threatening challenges.

Ed Stafford: Left For Dead is produced for Discovery Networks International by betty and Base Camp Films. Helen Hawken and Ed Sayer are commissioners and Tom Gorham is the executive producer for Discovery Networks International. The executive producer is David Harrison for betty.

Also coming down the pipe from Discovery in 2018 is the new docuseries Men of Iron (w/t) which follows the journey of a group of amputees participating in the highly dangerous sport of skeleton. Almost impossible for anyone to participate with missing limbs, the gang sets to work supersizing their abilities using the latest in tech as they prep to take on the reigning world skeleton champ and Olympic medal-winner, Martins Dukurs.

The first challenge of its kind — a double amputee challenging an able-bodied world-champion skeleton athlete — they’ll compete head-to-head at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Canada.

Men of Iron is produced for Discovery Networks International by betty. Sayer is the commissioner and Victoria Noble is the executive producer for Discovery Networks International. Harrison and Bridget Sneyd are the executive producers for betty.

Independent producer and distributor All3Media recently bought the production companies betty and raw from Discovery Communications in early May. betty makes factual television programs that have been sold worldwide and include such series as ITV’s Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Everest Rescue for Discovery. 

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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