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Discovery Channel, Darlow Smithson prep Sandy special

U.S. net Discovery Channel has commissioned Darlow Smithson Productions to make a quick turnaround doc looking at the creation of Hurricane Sandy, to air as part of its 'Curiosity' strand later this month.
November 2, 2012

U.S. net Discovery Channel has commissioned Darlow Smithson Productions to make a quick turnaround doc looking at the creation of Hurricane Sandy, to air as part of its ‘Curiosity’ strand later this month.

The tentatively titled Super Storm will air Sunday, November 18 at 9 p.m. EST in the U.S., before following across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

The doc will examine how Sandy became such a powerful storm, and ask whether there were any better predictors that could have given people more warning. It will follow the action “hour-by-hour,” from the hurricane’s formation in the Caribbean through its intensification in Cuba, to the devastation across the Eastern Seaboard.

The program will use on-the-ground expert analysis, CGI and satellite imaging, as well as survivor stories and cell phone footage, and will look at how four distinct phenomena “combined to create the perfect storm, and how we can prepare for the next one.”

The ‘Curiosity’ strand is overseen by VP of development and production Howard Swartz and senior VP of development and production Simon Andreae.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor-in-chief 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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