Sky 1, NGCI order Nepal earthquake doc

Sky 1 and National Geographic Channels International have ordered an hour-long doc special on the Nepal earthquake in late April (pictured) from Sky Vision Productions.
May 12, 2015

UK pay-TV net Sky 1 and National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) have ordered an hour-long, fast turnaround doc special on the recent Nepal earthquake from Sky Vision Productions.

Titled The Day Everest Shook for Sky 1 and Earthquake on Everest for NGCI, the doc – produced by Sky Vision Productions in association with Sky News – will combine footage from several production teams currently on the ground in Nepal, as well as interviews from international scientists, user-generated content and CGI illustrating the mechanics of the earthquake.

On April 25, Western Nepal was hit with a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people. The country was again struck today (May 12) with a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that hit eastern Nepal, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 1,000.

Directing the film is Dick Bower, who previously worked on Typhoon Haiyan: Eye Of The Storm for Sky 1 and PBS doc strand ‘Nova.’

“It’s great to be working with Sky and NGCI to produce what will be a remarkable account of the events leading up to and after the earthquake struck,” said Danny Tipping, executive producer and director of programming and development for Sky Vision Productions, in a statement.

“It unleashed multiple avalanches on Mount Everest, resulting in the worst disaster the mountain has ever recorded,” the exec continued. “The film will also include the latest findings from the world’s leading geologists to establish what can be done to identify when and where the next earthquake might strike.”

Hamish Mykura, executive VP and head of international content for NGCI, added: “The magnitude of the tragedy in Nepal has touched people all over the globe. This is a chance to examine the human cost and share astonishing stories of survival with viewers all over the world.”

The film will be distributed internationally by Sky Vision.

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