via press release:
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES “SARAH PALIN’S ALASKA” (WT)
— 8 Hour Documentary Series to Premiere on TLC —
Silver Spring, Md. – Discovery Communications has acquired the global rights to Sarah Palin’s Alaska (wt), a new eight-part documentary series about the remarkable Governor Palin and her home state of Alaska. Slated to premiere on TLC, the series will be executive produced by Emmy-award winner Mark Burnett of Survivor and Apprentice fame.
“Our family enjoys Discovery’s networks,” said Governor Sarah Palin. “I look forward to working with Mark to bring the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans.”
“Discovery Communications is so excited to help Sarah Palin tell the story of Alaska, and to have a great documentary filmmaker in Mark Burnett helping to reveal Alaska’s powerful beauty as it has never been filmed, and as told by one of the state’s proudest daughters,” said Peter Liguori, Chief Operating Officer, Discovery Communications.
“TLC is grounded in great storytelling, strong characters, and passionate audiences drawn to extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. We are confident Sarah Palin’s Alaska will be another compelling television event,” said Eileen O’Neill, president and general manager, TLC.
The series reunites the company with Mark Burnett Productions, which co-produced Eco-Challenge, the precursor to Survivor, for Discovery Channel from 1996-1999.
“With a dynamic personality that has captivated millions, I can’t think of anyone more compelling than Sarah Palin to tell the story of Alaska,” said Mark Burnett. “I’m thrilled to reunite with Discovery on this project, which brings together one of the most fascinating figures of our time with one of the most wondrous places on earth.”
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching nearly 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Planet Green and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.