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Greenlit: North America, Discovery Channel

North America (7 x 60′) – For many of us, North America is our home. We live in this extraordinary continent each and every day, but have we ever truly experienced first-hand the wide scope of incredible dangers challenging our diverse and tenacious continent? If you think you know North America, you can think again. This series captures a land where life collides with hostile, untamed wilderness in the most diverse, deadly environment on Earth.

Traveling the continent for more than three years from the sub-zero Canadian tundra to the tropical rainforests of Panama, the series reveals that “survival of the fittest” is truly the law here amid threatening terrain and ferocious weather.

You will never look at your backyard the same way again as we discover a hidden world where life — ranging from the familiar to the exotic — battles deep freezes, deadly fires and explosive super storms. Discovery’s determined production crew journeyed the span of North America including the frigid Yukon Territory, the lush forests of Belize, the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, the barren deserts of the American Southwest and more. They spent 2,830 days on location on 250 separate expeditions, and utilized eleven different types of cameras to shoot more than 850 hours of footage. State of the art equipment including ultra-high-speed cameras, night viewing devices, and a one-of-a-kind submarine camera allowed the crew to capture behaviors never seen before on television. Time-lapses shot in HDR transformed the continent’s most severe weather events into truly mind-blowing imagery.

The first five episodes reveal the intimate stories of animals struggling to survive in unforgiving weather and rugged terrain. Never-before-seen sequences range from the elusive desert jaguar in Mexico to daring grizzly bears diving in more than 20 feet of water to grab salmon in Alaska. The series Making Of episode chronicles the production team and the challenges they faced including battling the destructive Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters all while attempting to capture the most majestic animals in the continent. The final episode reveals what online voters chose as the number one, natural North American destination via Discovery’s “My North America” Facebook page.

For a deeper look behind-the-scenes, Discovery will offer a robust digital and mobile experience through its second screen, co-viewing mobile application TV Plus. Viewers will have access to bonus videos, photos, interactive quizzes and more rich content synched to their real-time television viewing experience. Discovery will also launch a mobile/web natural history application featuring photos, videos and facts from North America and Discovery’s extensive library of natural history content. Discovery will partner with an American zoo to debut a live camera feed featuring animals from the series in addition to hours of video and interactive content on the official North America website. Additionally, fans are invited to follow Discovery Channel on Facebook and @Discovery on Twitter using the #NorthAmerica hashtag to join the conversation.

Channel: Discovery Channel

Producer: Silverback Films

TX: 19th May 2013

Source: Discovery press release

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