Passion Distribution and The Weather Channel have concluded an exclusive two-year international distribution agreement for The Weather Channel’s growing slate of primetime factual series.
The Weather Channel has been enhancing its primetime schedule with big, new factual documentary series working with well-known blue chip production companies.
Included in the MIPCOM line up is “Iron Men” from the producers of “Mega Structures.” This is ‘dangerous jobs’ meets ‘megastructures’ as the ironworkers walk steel beams hundreds of feet of the ground to build some of the country’s most famous landmarks???. The series follows the workers of the most respected unions in New York as they battle extreme weather conditions on New York’s biggest projects from sky scrapers to bridge work. We get to witness the camaraderie amongst the workers as they put their lives in the hands of their co-workers and create an unbreakable bond.
Braving the Elements is a new docu-drama anthology series revealing the work, subculture and characters of professions that take place outdoors in extreme weather conditions and locations. In multiple mini-series, “Braving the Elements” follows the work of power crews, who save the day when storms create havoc for communities, windmill workers, who climb dizzying heights to wrestle electricity from the wind, iceberg hunters, who harvest ice from the world’s biggest icebergs in the arctic, extreme pilots, who deliver small aircraft around the globe in deadly weather conditions and reef makers, demolition experts who sink boats, planes and trains to the bottom of the ocean to create artificial reefs.
The deal was struck by Passion’s CEO Sally Miles and David Shipps from The Weather Channel.
“We are so excited to be working with The Weather Channel. They have impressed our international industry with their move into these really strong, big budget factual series. The genre and subject does incredibly well for large global mainstream broadcasters and so we can’t wait to present this first new slate at MIPCOM in October”
“Viewers in the United States have responded to “Iron Men” and all of the Braving the Elements shows and we think the engaging stories of characters who work outside, in extreme weather conditions, will appeal to an international audience as well,” said David Shipps, senior vice president, business development at The Weather Channel.
Passion Distribution also represents The Weather Channel original series “Lifeguard!” on behalf of LMNO Productions. Season one premiered in February 2012 to such success a second season was commissioned. Passion will be launching season two at MIPCOM.