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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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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