Unscripted

Facebook orders “Bear Grylls: Face the Wild,” “Fly Guys”

Facebook’s streaming platform Watch has bolstered its unscripted programming slate with the commission of two adrenaline-filled original series. Anchoring the social media company’s announcement is the adventure series Bear Grylls: Face ...
January 16, 2018

Facebook’s streaming platform Watch has bolstered its unscripted programming slate with the commission of two adrenaline-filled original series.

Anchoring the social media company’s announcement is the adventure series Bear Grylls: Face the Wild (pictured) from multimedia entertainment studio Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures (BGV).

Launching March 21 on Facebook Watch, the docuseries will follow survival expert and former soldier Bear Grylls as he surprises 10 fans with one-on-one adventures in the wild.

Over the course of 10 weeks, participants will be pushed outside their comfort zones as they accompany Grylls into the brush.

“This series is a special chance for me to connect with and celebrate some of the many unsung heroes I get to hear about through Facebook – and above all to have an adventure with them,” said Grylls in a statement. “These are the fans that inspire me the most, and it has been so moving to be a part of this journey.”

Bear Grylls: Face the Wild is executive produced by Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman for BGV alongside Electus’ Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Rob Buchta and Justin Dudek.

LA-based digital media company Jukin Media, meanwhile, will helm the action-packed Fly Guys.

The 10-episode series, which debuts across the platform on Feb. 2, follows a professional group of European acrobats and stuntmen as they design, engineer and attempt physically-demanding performances in exotic locations throughout Eastern Europe, from medieval castles to massive rock quarries.

Each 12- to 15-minute episode explores what it takes to successfully complete a never-before-attempted world-class stunt, from surmounting logistical challenges to rigorous testing.

Stunts featured in the series include a free-fall from a moving ski gondola 600 feet from the ground, a trampoline suspended from a 100-foot cliff side and launches from a high-powered slip-n-slide ramp.

For Jukin, Jonathan Skogmo and Josh Entman serve as executive producers.

About The Author
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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