Smithsonian soars into “Survival in the Skies”

The U.S. net has ordered flight innovation series Survival in the Skies (pictured) from UK indie and Live from Space producer, Arrow Media.
September 3, 2015

U.S. net Smithsonian Channel has ordered flight innovation series Survival in the Skies (pictured) from UK indie and Live from Space producer Arrow Media.

Featuring expert interviews, rare archival footage, CGI re-enactment and firsthand accounts, each episode of the 3 x 60-minute series will focus on three pioneering breakthroughs that led to a “conquest of the skies”: the space suit, the ejector seat and the parachute.

Accounts featured in the series include an astronaut who nearly drowned in his own space suit and a pilot who survived ejecting at supersonic speed.

Nick Metcalfe serves as executive producer for Arrow Media, while Tom Brisley is creative director. The series was commissioned by Smithsonian Channel’s David Royle and Chris Hoelzl.

UK-based TCB Media Rights will distribute Survival of the Skies internationally and is to represent the series at October’s MIPCOM market in Cannes.

Survival in the Skies is expected to launch on Smithsonian Channel in 2016.

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