Outside Television, America’s
only network for active outside enthusiasts, today detailed two new exclusive
original series, The Final Cut: Outside’s Adventure Film School and EpicQuest, to bolster another aggressive expansion of
original programming through the end of this year.
Cut: Outside’s Adventure Film School will premiere early this spring, while new
weekly hour-long adventure EpicQuest, featuring Alaska’s international expedition
operators of the same name, anchors a late fall and early winter surge of still
more new series. Those originals include the return of renowned producer Warren
Miller Entertainment’s Season Pass, which has received a second-season
renewal, plus at least two more original series from Red Bull Media House,
which entered into a sweeping original programming alliance with Outside
Television last June.
"Outside Television attracts some of the most
passionate and active people on the planet who are constantly challenging
themselves against the most exotic locales and dangerous natural elements,"
says Rob Faris, senior vice president of programming and production. "They
demand a sense of immersion in all that we do, and while lush visuals and
action are hallmarks of our network, we are equally as interested in creating
compelling characters and multifaceted stories."
Outside Television was created in June 2010 to
serve America’s premiere ski and beach resort communities, but after initial
success there, began rolling out nationally in June 2012 on Comcast Xfinity and
other cable systems. Over the past seven months, the nation’s largest cable and
broadband programming provider, Comcast, has been adding Outside Television to
all of its local systems, beginning with Pacific Coast and Rocky Mountain
communities like Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Denver, and Salt Lake City;
then through the Southwest and Tucson, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe; around the
Gulf Coast and Florida in Houston, Tampa, and Miami; back up the Southeast,
Mid-Atlantic, and New England seaboards; and everywhere surrounding the Great
Lakes, including Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, and the Twin Cities. Outside Television is
currently available in more than eight million U.S. homes.
Outside Television has been expanding its original
programming slate at nearly as rapid a pace. With the recent January 23
premiere of new mountain adventure and rock climbing series REEL ROCK, Outside
Television completed an eight-week expansion of its original series,
introducing Jeremy Jones Further, the second installment of a planned
snowboarding trilogy, and surf and adventure travelogue Surfing 28 States:
India, along with second-season anchors Dispatches and Outside Today.
Outside Television crews just completed on-site production amid
the Rocky Mountains on six new episodes of producer RGTV’s upcoming original
series The Final Cut: Outside’s
Adventure Film School. The half-hour series features students,
athletes, and professional mentors who take part in the actual mountainside
school, created by three-time Emmy-award winner and world class mountaineer
Michael Brown to teach students on-site requirements for directing, producing,
and editing their own adventure films.
Film school founder Brown, together with
world-class big mountain skier Chris Davenport and Carrie Regan, a longtime
producer and development executive with National Geographic Television, act as
on-site mentors to the six students, who are cast adrift in the Rocky Mountain
backcountry to create their first-ever films. Each confronts the harsh
realities of creating in the wild—limited time, unpredictable weather, and
physical elements that render even the simplest scene into a potential
As every adventure filmmaker soon learns, with budgets already spent and only one chance at obtaining the shot, decisions must be made on the fly that can make or break an entire film. The Final Cut: Outside’s Adventure Film School chronicles both the challenges
and the triumphs of each filmmaker attempting to translate their on-site
internship into a career-making break as an adventure documentarian and future
series collaborator with Outside Television.
Meanwhile, One Eyed
Bird Productions is producing the new hour-long series EpicQuest, a story-driven original docudrama surrounding the
guides, athletes, and operations of the globe-trotting adventure travel company
of the same name, created 25 years ago by a handful of elite outdoorsmen to
provide thrill-seekers incomparable trips into the most remote and untamable
places on Earth. Anchored by heli-ski companies, Chugach Powder Guides and Sun
Valley Heli Ski Guides, EpicQuest works to fulfill lifelong dreams of clients hoping
to ski virgin Alaskan peaks, track and tag lions on the African savannah, explore
the deepest reaches of the Amazon via paddleboard, cross the mountains that made
for Mordor in The Lord of the Rings, or pretty much any other life-inspiring pursuit
one can imagine.
Originating from EpicQuest’s Alaskan headquarters, the six
new hour-long episodes link the many simultaneous expeditions currently underway,
and introduce a host of often larger than life characters that literally hold
the lives of their clients in their hands each time out. Offering both
expedition participants and Outside Television viewers a backstage pass into
the world’s most awe-inspiring locations demands logistics that would make UPS
think twice, and while One Eyed Bird and the EpicQuest hosts push the
expeditions to the extreme, every client (and guide) must also return home
Returning for its second season to join EpicQuest among
Outside Television’s other original series for fall is Warren Miller
Entertainment’s ski and snowboard compilation Season Pass. Narrated by U.S.
gold medal skier Jonny Moseley, the 13 new half-hour episodes will profile the world’s
most outstanding female boarders and skiers; detail the world’s top heli-ski
operations; and delve into the historical formation and current actions of the
Army’s prestigious 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry. Begun
during World War I and World War II, the 10th Mountain Division
recruits top skiers and mountaineers and trains them in mountain combat. The 10th
has provided meritorious service in every war since, including recent
deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
ABOUT OUTSIDE TELEVISION: Outside Television is the only national
programming network dedicated to the active outside lifestyle and the more than
141 million Americans who regularly participate. Based on Outside magazine and
its critically acclaimed brand, Outside Television embraces running, biking,
skiing, hiking, sailing, surfing, kayaking, and any other adventures involving
wind, water, snow, and terrain—as well as the full spectrum of the people’s
lives who engage in them. Offering exclusively high-definition programs,
Outside Television is fast becoming a fixture among leading cable, satellite,
telco, and broadband providers’ sports and entertainment offerings. To learn
more about Outside Television, visit www.outsidetelevision.com.