Pioneer Productions, one of the world’s leading factual producers, announces today that it has been commissioned by the award-winning science television series, NOVA and KBS in Korea to produce Treasures of the Earth (3 x 60’). The commission brings together Pioneer Productions, NOVA and Korean based PAAN Media asco-production partners for the first time. The partnership also marks Pioneer’s first Asian co-production and commission; building upon its reputation for producing innovative and diverse factual content.
Commissioned by NOVAfor WGBH Boston, the series will be broadcast in 2015 in the United States by PBSand distributed worldwide by PBS International. It will also be broadcast on KBSin Korea, in Q4 2015.
Treasures of the Earth is a landmark three-part series on a quest to explain the origins, geology and powerful properties of earth’s most precious materials. From ancient Egypt, where Emeralds are found buried with the dead, to outer space, where a gold-plated telescope will soon let us look deeper into the Universe than ever before. This series takes viewers on an epic global adventure to discover the science and human stories behind our most valuable resources.
Kirstie McLure, Managing Director, Pioneer Productions, says: “Pioneer is incredibly excited to be working with both PAAN Media and NOVA on its latest project; Treasures of the Earth. This ambitious series is the perfect blend of what we do best: science, history, geology and adventure, driven by incredible characters and real-life stories. The sheer breadth and scale of the journey we’re embarking on is mind blowing! Treasures is not only a new frontier for Pioneer in terms of international partnerships, it also sees Pioneer expanding its catalogue of character and story led factual content.”
Melanie Wallace, Senior Series Producer at NOVA, says: “NOVA is thrilled to establish a partnership with Pioneer Productions that will enable us to deliver even more new, exciting, and relevant science programming to our viewers. In addition to offering this fascinating content to our US audience, we’re delighted that PBS International will make this series available to curious viewers all over the world.”
Kyu Chul Lee, Head of Global Content Div., PAAN Media, says:“We are very happy to be on board such a great co-production project; Treasures of the Earth. I believe our Korean competence in various fields of broadcasting should play a prominet role to make this project successful.”
With strong emphasis on Pioneer’s trademark stunning visuals the series meets the maverick miners, canny dealers, astronomers and geologists that have dedicated their lives to finding the worlds most important and precious natural resources.
From South Africa to America and Burma to Australia, Treasures of the Earth looks at how the gold in our jewellery began life billions of years ago, forged in the furnace of acosmic explosion. How the oldest gem of all, diamond, made of nothing more than common carbon, was formed in hellish conditions hundreds of miles beneath the earth’s crust. It also explores how harnessing the earth’s treasures is humanity’s greatest achievement, but also potentially its greatest downfall; as the hunt starts to find the last remaining sources of oil and gas.
Treasures of the Earthwas commissioned by NOVA for WGBH Boston and by Gun Hyub Lee for KBS. The executive producer for Pioneer is Kirstie McLure and the Series Director is Kate Dart. The Senior Executive Producer for NOVA is Paula S. Apsell and the Senior Producer is Julia Cort. The Executive producer and Director for Paan Media is Kyu Chul Lee. It will be distributed worldwide by PBS International and at MIPCOM 2014.