via press release:


Breaking Ice TV Series for The Weather Channel

Pipeline39 take viewers into unforgiving Polar Regions at

opposite ends of the planet simultaneously


December 17, 2012



Pipeline39, Entertainment has been commissioned to produce 6-part TV series titled Breaking Ice for the Weather Channel. The series simultaneously takes viewers aboard two icebreakers at the same time, one in the Arctic and the other in the Antarctic. In order to produce this series about such extremes, Pipeline39 secured 24/7 access to the US the Coast Guard icebreaker Cutter Healy that is stationed in Seattle, Washington. Additionally, the company secured unfettered access aboard Germany’s icebreaker the RV Polarstern on the ships journey to the Antarctic. Each episode in the series (6 x 30) cuts back and forth between both sides of the planet to take Weather Channel’s viewers on board these steel leviathans that are nearly as powerful as the Titanic, but they don’t sink when they hit ice – they simply smash through it.


The series shows how Germany’s RV Polarstern icebreaker is tasked with the critical mission to resupply Germany’s Antarctic research station named Neumayer. This is a 10,000-mile journey the icebreaker will make starting from Bremerhaven, Germany to Cape Town, South Africa. From there it is off to the Antarctic where the German icebreaker will battle through increasingly turbulent waters (with waves reaching 45 feet) in order to deliver a lifeline of food, fuel, and equipment to isolated scientists on the barren Antarctic continent.

The US Coast Guard Cutter Healy made news in 2012 when it helped resupply Nome Alaska. In 2012, after a week of ramming through sea ice up to 8 feet thick, this Coast Guard icebreaker cut a path through the ice to Nome in order to allow a Russian tanker loaded with a winter’s worth of heating oil and gasoline to resupply the isolated city. This highlights the critical state of U.S. ice-breaking capabilities.

We live aboard the ship to bring viewers an inside look at a 5-week expedition with a varied crew of veteran sailors and rookies, who police the waters. The Healy will cut through ice just a few hundred miles from the North Pole, and this far up, nearly a thousand miles from the nearest city, port or ship, the American icebreaker is on its own. There are no real rescue options if things go wrong.

Breaking Ice will take viewers into two Polar Regions simultaneously to give viewers access to life onboard these cities at sea. Breaking Ice will go to the planet’s extremes, taking audiences where they’ve never been before, on billion-dollar, custom-built masterpieces of engineering that must sustain life at the outer limits of survivability in earth’s unforgiving extremes.


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