Outside TV Adds Primetime Movies From IMG

Exclusive Fare Includes 'The North Canyon' Surf Flick 4/11/2013 1:11 PM Eastern

Outside Television, looking to add exclusive movies to its lineup, has expanded an existing relationship with IMG Media to include primetime feature films.

The network, partly owned by and programmed in connection with Outside Magazine, linked up with IMG Media a year ago and last summer aired the series Rolex Spirit of Yachting and another series based on the Volvo Ocean Race. Rob Faris, the network’s senior vice president of programming and production, said when IMG wanted to move into movies in the category, that fit in with Outside’s plans nicely. The network already airs a movie in primetime every night, Faris said.

The first three films to come from the output arrangement include The North Canyon (pictured above), featuring extreme waterman and pro big wave surfer Garrett “GMAC” McNamara’s quest to break the world record for surfing the largest wave. McNamara appears to have done that (pending final certification) this year by riding a 100-foot monster off the coast of Portugal created by the one-of-a-kind subaquatic trench, the North Canyon, according to the network. The movie will air in the “Outside Film Festival” block this Saturday (April 13) at 8 p.m.

Also coming Outside’s way is Life Cycles, about biking culture, told through the creation and demise of a single mountain bike and the many people and stories to have surrounded it. It airs April 20.

H2 Indo, following globetrotting water mongers Dave Kalama, Jamie Mitchell, Chuck Patterson, Dave Boehne, Slater Trout, Connor Baxter and Talia Gangini as each experiences unparalleled natural wonder within the world’s fastest growing ocean activity, stand up paddle boarding, is the third film, and it aired April 9.

“The goal for us is really to get as much exclusive content as possible,” Faris said. “And in the case where it can first be seen with us, that’s a bonus. Those first three titles fit both of those criteria.”

Outside’s library of original primetime features now numbers more than 25 adventure-documentary films acquired over the past five months alone, the network said.

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