Weather Channel, C4 tap Pioneer for weather series

U.S. network The Weather Channel and UK pubcaster Channel 4 have both tapped London-based Pioneer Productions to produce weather-based series.
January 13, 2014

U.S. network The Weather Channel and UK pubcaster Channel 4 (C4) have both tapped London-based Pioneer Productions to produce weather-based series.

Pioneer will make a second series of Strangest Weather on Earth for The Weather Channel, greenlit by the channel’s VP of original content development Mary Ellen Iwata.

The 8 x 60-minute series will explain weather phenomenons, including ice tsunamis and raining spiders, by using video, CGI, user-generated content and archival footage.

For C4, Pioneer will produce The Truth about Britain’s Weather (working title), a 4 x 60-minute series that explores the cold snap, heat wave and huge storm that the UK had last year, and compares it to patterns from historical meteorological events.

The series will feature science, user-generated content, and archival weather footage, and will be presented by Alex Beresford.

The Truth About Britain’s Weather was commissioned by Sara Ramsden, C4′s commissioning editor for specialist factual.

“Following on from the successes of Britain’s Worst Weather and Weather that Changed the World, these new commissions demonstrate the strength of Pioneer’s offering,” said Kirstie McLure, Pioneer’s managing director. “Strangest Weather on Earth and The Truth About Britain’s Weather showcase some of Pioneer’s greatest strengths – filming in challenging circumstances through the use of cutting-edge technology.”

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