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“Ice Airport Alaska” from Smithsonian Channel, Rare TV takes flight this fall

Smithsonian Channel, a ViacomCBS network, has commissioned British factual producer Rare TV to produce the six-part docuseries Ice Airport Alaska. The series will provide exclusive access inside Ted Stevens Anchorage International ...
February 4, 2020

Smithsonian Channel, a ViacomCBS network, has commissioned British factual producer Rare TV to produce the six-part docuseries Ice Airport Alaska.

The series will provide exclusive access inside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which serves as one of the world’s busiest cargo airports and is located 9.5 flying hours from 90% of the industrialized world. Exclusive access will also be granted to Alaska Airlines, U.S. Customs and Border, TSA, as well as airport police and contractors.

Ice Airport Alaska will chronicle the daily challenges of the airport staff who manage to keep the facility open, freight flowing and passengers flying all despite weather that regularly dips to -38 Fahrenheit and wind speeds that typically exceed 100 mph.

Rare TV’s Alexander Gardiner and Christian Broadhurst serve as executive producers alongside Smithsonian Channel’s John Cavanagh and David Royle. John Bonny serves as series producer.

The series is slated to premiere across Smithsonian Channel this fall.

“Our viewers love aviation programming, especially when it combines unique access and drama, and this series reveals the extreme challenges that Ted Stevens Airport faces on a daily basis,” said Smithsonian Networks’ Royle in a statement. “Viewers also have a longstanding fascination with Alaska, mainly because of its intense weather conditions and captivating characters.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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