via press release:
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL GOES OFF THE GRID
IN LIFE BELOW ZERO
New Series Shot Entirely In and Around the Arctic Circle
from Adjacent Productions to Premiere this Spring
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 27, 2013) — Today, National Geographic Channels announced Life Below Zero, a new series that explores life in the remote corners of one of America’s harshest climates, Alaska.
In the state with the lowest population density in the United States, deep in the remote corners of this unforgiving extremity of America live some of the toughest, most resilient and most isolated people in the world. They are the Alaskan bush people. The new series, shot entirely on location literally at the end of the earth, where crews braved temperatures as cold as 80 degrees below zero, is produced by Adjacent Productions.
The series, which will premiere this Spring on National Geographic Channel in the United States, follows hardened Alaska bush people in different corners of this merciless territory far beyond the ends of the world’s loneliest roads. Subsisting off the rugged Alaskan bush, they battle deathly weather, man-eating carnivores, and limited resources to survive off the grid and through a long, dark, freezing winter. From preparations before the freeze and through the breakup, they battle for the most basic necessities: food, water, and heat. Some of them are lone wolves; others have their families beside them. All must overcome despairing odds to brave the wild and survive through to the spring.
Commented Jane Tranter, head of Adjacent Productions, “Life Below Zero delivers an unfiltered look into the relatively unknown existence of the Alaskan bush people who live off the land, and face extreme conditions every day of their lives in this extraordinary terrain. We’re delighted to be partnering with National Geographic to bring this amazing world to viewers at home.”
“Life Below Zero will make viewers appreciate things that we take for granted, like running to the grocery store for food, turning the faucet for water and adjusting the thermostat for heat,” added Kevin Mohs, vice president of production and development for the National Geographic Channel and the series executive producer. “What’s truly incredible about the series is that the people we follow knowingly face the hardships of living in isolation, the brutality of extreme weather and the dangers from hungry predators on a daily basis. For them, these challenges are worth it, because they get to live life on their own terms. The only bosses they answer to are Mother Nature and themselves.”
Life Below Zero is produced by Adjacent Productions for National Geographic Channel. Executive producers for Adjacent Productions are Tim Pastore, Elli Hakami and Jane Tranter. Travis Shakespeare and Tommy Baynard are co-executive producers. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Kevin Mohs; executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio; and president is Howard T. Owens.