Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm of Sky, will be distributing adventurer and explorer Levison Wood’s latest series about Arabia.
The series, entitled Arabia: A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East (w/t), is a co-production between Sky Vision and Blackmane Media, which is owned by Levison Wood, and will be completed in early 2019. It is co-funded by Sky Vision, who acquired international rights via Blackmane’s agent, Wolfsong Media.
The new series sees the writer and photographer, whose expeditions have taken him around the world, exploring the Middle East on his most ambitious journey yet: a 5,000 mile expedition through the most perilous region on earth – the Arabian Peninsula.
Moving from Iraq to Lebanon, Wood’s mission is to immerse himself in the lives of locals and challenge the myths and stereotypes that plague this ancient land. Viewers will join him as he dodges warzones, crosses fabled deserts and follows in the footsteps of the great explorers, discovering the hopes and realities of an incredible range of characters he meets along the way.
Sky Vision has distributed a number of Levison Wood’s previous titles including: Walking the Nile, Walking the Himalayas, Walking the Americas and From Russia to Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier, which were all shown on Channel 4 in the UK.
Each of the four series sold to over 100 territories including France 5, RTL Netherlands, BBC Worldwide Channels Australia, Spiegel Wissen Germany, Servus TV (Redbull) Germany, DR Denmark, Blue Ant Canada and Discovery India.
Barnaby Shingleton, Director of Entertainment & Factual at Sky Vision said: “This is Lev’s most ambitious series yet. It has a unique storytelling style and has global appeal. We are proud to launch this remarkable series at MIPCOM.”
Levison Wood added: “Travelling through the Middle East was my biggest challenge to date. It’s a fascinating place where the unpredictability and danger of war is contrasted by ancient cities and beautiful, tranquil landscapes. The journey was a genuinely moving experience.”
Jo Cantello of Wolfsong Media said: “We’re delighted to be working with Sky Vision, who have been a fantastic champion of Lev’s work from the very beginning. We can’t wait to share his latest epic adventure with audiences around the globe.”