NGCI goes for “Cold Water Gold”

National Geographic Channels International has picked up Paperny Entertainment's Cold Water Gold (aka Cold Water Cowboys, pictured) as well as Mankind from Space, from Darlow Smithson Productions and Handel Productions.
March 31, 2015

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has picked up the Paperny Entertainment series Cold Water Gold through Passion Distribution, as well as two specials, all set to air in April.

The 10 x 60-minute Cold Water Gold (airing on Discovery Canada as Cold Water Cowboys ) follows Newfoundland fishermen as they navigate harsh conditions in what’s known as “Iceberg Alley.”

Specials acquired by NGCI include Rebuilding Noah’s Ark (also known as The Real Noah’s Ark, 1 x 120 minutes), from London’s Blink Films and Canada’s Yap Films, in which a team of experts uses a recently discovered Babylonian tablet to construct an ark like that featured in the Biblical tale of Noah and the flood.

Also, NGCI will air Mankind from Space (1 x 120 minutes), coproduced by UK prodco Darlow Smithson Productions and Canada’s Handel Productions, which examines how the complexities of how our world has transformed using satellite date and CGI.

“NGCI continues to find success with audiences who identify with and respond to colourful characters in specialized fields so we’re very excited to be adding Cold Water Gold to our series line-up,” said Hamish Mykura, executive vice president and head of international content for NGCI, in a statement. “Our two new feature-length exclusives are representative of the specialty programming NGCI is renowned for, with big, engaging stories that resonate with viewers of all ages.”

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