German broadcaster-producer UFA Show & Factual has boarded a year-long, multi-million dollar Arctic expedition to create a “high-end” documentary.
Fremantle, the parent company of UFA, will co-develop and distribute the project globally. ARD1, the flagship national channel of German pubcaster ARD, has pre-bought the film, to be released in the fall of 2020.
The tentatively titled Expedition Arctic will capture scientists on the €140 million (US$154 million) MOSAiC expedition, which departed from the Norwegian city of Tromsø on Sept. 20.
Organized by the Alfred Wegener Institute, a center for Polar and Marine Research, the German ship “Polarstern” (pictured) will drift for one year through the hostile, icy desert of the North Pole.
The scientists on board will collect data on the ocean, ice and atmosphere to understand climate change.
Around 300 international scientists and experts, as well as 70 institutions spanning 19 nations, are involved in the project, which includes five icebreaker ships and polar aircraft.
Ute Biernat, managing director of UFA, and CEO Nico Hofmann, serve as executive producers.
“To be able to be there for such a ground-breaking event, up close and as the only camera team – this is every documentary filmmaker’s dream,” Philipp Grieß, producer at UFA Show & Factual, said in a statement. “The expedition, which has been planned down to the smallest detail for years, is and remains an adventure holding many unknowns for both man and his technology: the extreme temperatures of up to -40 degrees Celsius, the darkness of the polar night, wandering polar bears and the incalculable ice situation that we’ll we be working on. For our teams accompanying the entire expedition, this will pose a very special challenge.”
(Photo: Alfred Wegener Institute/Mario Hoppmann)