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Producer Profile: Survivorman Productions (Canada)

Survivorman Productions
April 1, 2007

Survivorman Productions

Huntsville

www.lesstroudonline.com

If you check Les Stroud’s credits – he’s the mind behind Survivorman Productions – a common theme becomes apparent: man, stripped of modernities, facing nature. In the company’s hit Survivorman, for example, Stroud is abandoned in a remote location (the rainforest of Costa Rica, on an Arctic ice floe, in the high Sonora desert, etc.) and tasked with staying alive for a week with no supplies. Or, as the prodco notes: ‘No food, no shelter, no fresh water, no tools… No camera crew. One man, alone in the wild for seven days, with only his wits and stamina to sustain him.’

The theme resonates with readers. As one noted, it’s ‘man versus the environment, out there on his own with only whatever he crashed with, trying to survive on his wits and belongings. It always grabs me.’

Recent titles: Survivorman, Stroud…Off the Grid

Employees: 10, plus freelance

Hours this year: 7-plus

Upcoming includes: Survivorman: Ends Of The Earth, Survivorman: Urban Disasters, Survivorkids

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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