National Geographic Channels International Co-Produces Alaskan Killer Shark With Off The Fence Productions
Washington, DC - Award-winning Off the Fence (OTF) Productions has today announced an exclusive in-depth look into the hidden world of Alaska’s salmon sharks in Alaskan Killer Shark (1x60”) for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), which premieres later this month. The documentary has also recently aired on National Geographic Channel in the US. The co-production with Dangerous Passage Productions follows the recent awards success of OTF at the Roscar Film Awards, where they won ‘Best African Film’ for NGCI’s Secret Shark Pits.
Alaskan Killer Shark uses cutting-edge camera technology to create stunning visuals and capture the behaviour, environment and science of the rarely documented sub-Arctic Salmon Shark. An evolutionary predecessor of the great white, the salmon shark is sleek, fast and enormously powerful. Once a year, thousands of these sharks descend upon Alaska’s frigid waters to feast on salmon returning to spawn. The salmon shark has an unusual adaptation for surviving in this hostile environment – its circulatory system helps keep the shark warm in the ice cold water. This enhances the shark’s speed, muscle power and endurance, making it a formidable hunter.
The documentary follows in the footsteps of other successful OTF productions for National Geographic Channels International including the award-winning series and audience favourite Monkey Thieves and the one-hour special Sharkville. OTF has also recently produced Icebreakers, a one-hour programme that explores the behemoth ships employed to keep vital trade routes open in the harshest Arctic conditions, and follows the construction of the first icebreaking arctic containership; The Aker CS 650.
Ellen Windemuth, CEO of Off the Fence, says: “It’s great to be co-producing two new films with National Geographic Channel, whom we love to work with. Alaskan Killer Shark reveals unusual behaviour and is visually spectacular whilst Icebreakers is an exciting new look at an iconic piece of engineering.”
Sydney Suissa, Executive Vice President of Content for NGCI says: “NGCI’s continued partnership with Off the Fence has resulted in remarkable natural history documentaries. With its stunning imagery, Alaskan Killer Shark brilliantly showcases a largely unknown apex predator uniquely designed for survival in the harsh waters off Alaska”.
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About National Geographic Channels International
National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) invites viewers to re-think the way they see television - and the world - with smart, innovative programming. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Television (NGT) and FOX Entertainment Group, NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education through its five channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo Music.
Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGC U.S. which is a joint venture of NGT and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in 305 million homes in 165 countries and 34 languages.
For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com
OFF THE FENCE:
Established in 1994, Off the Fence is an international media company specialising in non-fiction programming for the international marketplace. Off the Fence has won over 70 awards including two Emmy nominations, a Banff World TV award and an RTS award in the last year alone.
Off the Fence creates and markets programming with a focus on high quality, integrity and innovation. The OTF catalogue contains over 2,500 hours of natural history, science, health, adventure, history and social documentaries.
Off the Fence Productions:
Off The Fence Productions is known internationally for its dedication to high quality, integrity and innovation. OTF develops, finances, produces and co-produces international non-fiction programmes across a range of genres including natural history, science, health, adventure, history and social documentaries.
This has resulted in over 200 hours of programming in the past four years. As well as developing films in house, OTF works hands-on with established production companies and talented newcomers from around the world to create internationally marketable specials and series.
The UK production offices are based in Bristol, home to some of the very best production talent in the world as well as a variety of post-production facilities, graphics companies and studios. The office in Cape Town manages the significant production output that comes from a number of South Africa’s production companies and independent filmmakers. In addition, OTF Asia’s Singapore base allows close collaboration with Asian producers and talent to maximise opportunities within this thriving marketplace.
Off the Fence co-produces with broadcasters such as Animal Planet, National Geographic, BBC, Discovery, Voom, NHK, France 5, France 3, Arte, Canal Plus, BR, ZDF and NDR.
Recent commissions include Monkey Thieves for Voom, National Geographic Channel International and France 5 ; Feeding the Giants for BBC; Sharkman for Canal+, Animal Planet, Channel 5 and Discovery; Ocean Voyagers for NHK, ZDF, Canal+ and Animal Planet; and Borneo’s Pygmy Elephants for NDR, ORF, France 3, and Animal Planet’s Discovery HD Theater.
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