Nat Geo orders survival series “Survive the Tribe”

National Geographic Channel has commissioned a six-part survival series entitled Survive the Tribe from UK prodco Icon Films. (Pictured: host Hazen Audel)
June 2, 2014

National Geographic Channel has commissioned a six-part survival series entitled Survive the Tribe from UK prodco Icon Films.

The series, which explores the survival techniques of ancient tribes through challenges in various locations, will debut in the U.S. and UK in July, and internationally later this year.

Survive the Tribe features wilderness guide and survival instructor Hazen Audel (pictured above) as he journeys to places such as the Kalahari desert and the Arctic to attempt ancient survival skills. Audel will have a week to study the techniques before attempting challenges including harvesting for food beneath shifting sea ice and tackling harsh mountains in search of prey.

“When it comes to Survive the Tribe in the Arctic tundra or desert bush, it isn’t high tech, but ancient know-how that means the critical difference between life and death,” said Hamish Mykura, exec VP and head of international content for National Geographic Channels International.

“Hazen pushes himself to the edge of every challenge, mastering new quests with remarkable natural instinct, high threshold for adventure and exceptional ability to connect that global audiences will love,” the exec added.

Harry Marshall, creative director for Icon Films, added: “In Survive the Tribe, Icon Films combine classic content with innovative production values and storytelling. Hazen Audel is a breath of fresh air blowing through and celebrating the timeless tribal world.”

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