WESTPORT, CT (Dec. 9, 2015) – Outside Television has put four new original primetime series into production to anchor its schedule for early 2016, while renewing returning shows “Outlook” and “Locals” for third seasons and popular newsmagazine “Dispatches” for its sixth campaign.
“In Search of Speed” marks a unique collaboration with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, given its unparalleled access to both the U.S. men’s and women’s ski teams and Olympic or World champions including Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety, Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn, as they confront the international community’s fiercest competitors and most challenging Alpine peaks during the 2016 World Cup season.
Outside is adding another three originals – “Maverick Moments,”“Liftoff” and “UnReal” – to three more of its popular returning series – and “Outlook,”“Locals” and “Dispatches” – to complete a new primetime slate that consistently challenges the world’s most recognized athletes and other celebrities to surpass their own limits. Returning series “Outlook” expands its scope in its third season to feature key personalities like MLB Cy Young Award-winner Max Scherzer and Jimmy Chin, director of this summer’s Sundance-winning feature “Meru,” who are more recognized from their other activities but each share a deep passion as active outdoorsmen.
"Outside has now reached an inflection point where both the lifestyle and our network appeal to the majority rather than a certain niche. That’s leading to more production opportunities to work with the very best creative talents as we increase our original series on television and also expand our original short-form offering for digital consumers and advertisers,” said Rob Faris, senior vice president of programming and production for Outside Television.
Outside Television’s in-house production unit Outside Television Studios will produce “Outlook,” “Locals” and “Dispatches” after doing the same on this fall’s long-form efforts “Primal Quest” (an 11-team endurance challenge) and sea-and-surf epilogue “Expedition Iceland.” That in-house unit also enjoyed a successful summer bow for 18-episode streamed series “Beyond Adventure,” commissioned by top adventure brand JEEP and Microsoft’s X-Box and featuring wingsuit pilot Rex Pemberton, white-water kayaker Steve Fisher and ultimate waterman Kai Lenny. Outside Television Studios is currently producing other streaming initiatives including a new project for retailing giant REI.
Here are Outside Television’s four new original series to begin rolling out in spring and autumn 2016:
“In Search of Speed,” produced by Jalbert Productions in association with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, this eight-episode, half-hour original features an intimate behind-the-scenes format popularized in shows like the NFL Films’ “Hard Knocks” to focus on the men’s and women’s U.S. Alpine Team as they prepare for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado. Globe-hopping from New Zealand to Chile to Austria and finally back into American Rockies, “In Search of Speed” offers an in-depth look at the United States’ top skiers and daily sacrifices they must endure to remain at the pinnacle of their sport.
“Maverick Moments,” produced by Go Big Project, this 13-episode half-hour unites some of the Outside world’s most renowned filmmakers and the all-star surfers who inspire them to achieve a nearly impossible goal – discover and ride the biggest wave on the planet while also capturing it all on film. From Hawaii’s famed North Shore to the North Canyon off the Portugal coast, the most extreme watermen in the world, led by record-holder Garrett Mcnamara, attempt to surpass the more than 100-foot giant Mcnamara crested off Nazaré in January 2013 or 78-foot swell he rode there less than 15 months before. The series will act as a natural companion with:
“Liftoff,” likewise produced by Go Big Project, this 13-episode half-hour features famed BASE jumper and wing suit flyer Jokke Sommer and renowned big wave surfer and buddy Niccollo Porcella, as the two embark on a historic journey to teach one another their incomparable skills and share the thrills of taming Maui’s treacherous Jaws surf break or soaring together off several of France, Switzerland and Norway’s most devastating cliffs. Whether focusing on mid-air spirals or handling the shock of a big wave wipeout, Sommer and Porcella learn from master instructors ranging from fellow big wavers Garrett Mcnamara, Nic Lamb, Anthony Tashnick or David Langer to world class wingsuit pilots Ludo Woerth, Felix Lorentzen, as well as several others, how they can gain “Liftoff.”
“UnReal,” produced by Anthill Films and Teton Gravity Research, this eight-episode original half-hour is based upon last summer’s ground breaking mountain biking film of the same name. The “UnReal” series lifts the curtain on several of the film’s most magical moments, including how horses were trained to ride down cliff-faces alongside extreme bikers or other two-wheelers turned the face of Canadian glaciers into utterly transcendent mountain biking trails. This is a series that celebrates breaking free from the confines of reality and venturing boldly into a boundless world.
Outside Television, which debuted in June 2010, returns these three original series from its current 2015 primetime schedule:
“Outlook,” produced by Outside Television Studios, offers candid interviews and in-depth profiles of the athletes, journalists, musicians and government leaders who influence the Outside world in the most meaningful ways. Each half-hour features indelible footage from around the world and firsthand accounts from the most sought-after people and often-remote places where the action often occurs. “Outlook” appears every Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.
“Locals,” produced by Teton Gravity Research and Outside Television Studios, this half-hour expands beyond Cape Town, Maui and Jackson Hole to an entirely new group of locales, showcasing top destinations and their unique hold on some of the world’s leading action sports personalities. Unlocking local attractions beyond the guidebooks, “Locals” tags along with the world’s leading outdoorsmen or women as they provide a firsthand account of the community the call home. Prior host and professional adventurer Erik Roner was killed in a parachuting accident in Squaw Valley, Calif. in September, and TGR and Outside Television Studios have agreed to resume production only after meeting the same level of authenticity Roner brought to his “Locals” features.
“Dispatches,” produced by Outside Television Studios, and created from one of the most popular sections of Outside Magazine, the half-hour “Dispatches” takes viewers on an epic journey around the globe while focusing on stories about the initiatives, technologies, and people who most impact the Outside world. “Dispatches” airs every Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Outside Television’s feature programming push comes on the heels of several new providers such as DISH Network, Suddenlink and RCN adding Outside Television to their channel line-ups, enabling Outside enthusiasts everywhere in America an opportunity to experience the independently owned and operated network for the first time. Outside Television is now available to approximately half of all U.S. TV homes thanks to earlier partnerships with Comcast Xfinity, Cox Communications, CenturyLink, the National Cable Television Cooperative and Google’s Google Fiber initiative, among several other providers.