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DNI orders Ed Stafford Trailblazer from Keo Films

DNI orders Ed Stafford Trailblazer from Keo Films
Tim Dams
26 February 2015

Discovery Networks International has commissioned a new 6x60 series fronted by explorer Ed Stafford.

Ed Stafford Trailblazer is produced by Keo Films and commissioned out of Discovery’s London production and development hub.

The series sees British explorer, famed for walking the length of the Amazon, seek to find out the truth behind mysterious satellite images of Earth’s most remote locations. 

The series will air on Discovery Channel in the UK and in more than 220 countries and territories from Q3 2015.
Stafford’s new quests are inspired by a series of images of Earth taken from space - pictures showing strange and inexplicable markings on the ground in remote and inaccessible locations that have baffled scientists and astronauts. 

 “This series gives me the chance to get out there and prove that the age of exploration is far from over,” says Stafford.  “I want to lay bare the reality of true exploration and the fascinating world that lies beyond these images.”

The series will see him travelling to icecaps, deserts and mountainous regions, contending with extreme weather and hostile habitats. Stafford will have no idea what lies ahead of him until filming begins, throwing himself straight into the action by setting off for each target locations just hours after hearing about each one.

In each episode, Stafford will self-film the journey in his signature style, and be accompanied only by a shooting director.  He will be armed with basic survival equipment, a set of coordinates and a ‘quadcopter’ – a camera drone that matches what he sees on the ground to the satellite image that inspired his search.
“I will be forced to think on my feet and improvise with new kit and routes in difficult terrain.  That is why this series excites me; it will be a real adventure,” he explained.
Elizabeth McIntyre, VP Production and Development, Factual at Discovery Networks International and commissioner of the series, said: “The drive to find out about our world, and ourselves in the process, is a core element running through our programming.  Ed typifies a mix of curiosity and adventure that truly resonates with our audience and his new challenge responds to that thirst for discovering the unknown.”
Ed Stafford Trailblazer is executive produced by Helen Hawken for Discovery Networks International.  Will Anderson and Matt Cole are the Executive Producers for Keo Films.

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