PBS ventures deep into Wild Alaska Live
American pubcaster PBS is gearing up to venture live into natural history adventure programming with its multi-platform series Wild Alaska Live (pictured).
A co-production with BBC, the 3 x 60-minute live series will use cutting-edge filming technologies and live reports to showcase a natural spectacle across Juneau and the Tongass National Forest in which bears, wolves, moose, orcas and eagles gather by the thousands to take part in Alaska’s summer feast.
The three-night presentation also explores the challenges of preserving America’s last frontier, as scientists, filmmakers, photographers and other experts gather to share wildlife stories.
The series is hosted by Emmy-winning zoologists, adventurers and brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, with on-air correspondence provided by Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall.
Distributed by BBC Worldwide, it is executive produced by Roger Webb and series produced by Adam White for the BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit. Bill Gardner and Bill Margol oversee the project for PBS.
Wild Alaska Live debuts July 23, 26 and 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT across PBS’s linear and digital platforms.
Armoza’s Still Standing heads to India
Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has licensed its primetime game show Still Standing to Indian entertainment channel Mazhavil Manorama.
Endemol Shine India negotiated the deal and will serve as the production company on the ground in India.
Originally created by Israel’s Channel 10 and July-August Productions, Still Standing provides contestants with the opportunity to win a $1-million cash prize by outsmarting 10 opponents and beating the clock in 10 trivia battles. If they’re left scrambling for the answer, they’ll be dropped from the game through the studio floor.
With more than 2,000 global episodes aired to date, the game show has been broadcast in the U.S., France, Israel, Portugal Spain, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Brazil, China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Uruguay, Belgium, Mexico and Italy.
Italy’s Canale 5 is currently airing the program after recently re-commissioning 70 additional episodes.
Discovery Family sets Scott Brothers reno series
The Discovery Communications-owned channel is gearing up for the Scott Brothers Entertainment-produced renovation series Reno, Set, Go!
Each episode of the 15 x 30-minute series features friends, family and a team of expert crafters led by designer Cheryl Torrenueva and contractor Roger Morin working together to pull off a covert room transformation for a down-and-out homeowner.
Nominated by their spouse or family member, the teams will look to completely revamp one major area of the home in less than 36 hours before revealing it to the unsuspecting owner.
For Scott Brothers Entertainment, Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott and Josie Crimi serve as executive producers, with Danielle Kiraly as series producer. Discovery Family’s Michela Giorelli is executive producer.
Reno, Set, Go! premieres June 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Family.