“Alaska State Troopers” is the latest addition to ZDF Enterprises’ new Factual Series program brand
Mainz, 20th September 2011.
Launched at the television-industry trade fair MIP TV in April 2011, ZDF Enterprises’ new genre brand – Factual Series – proudly welcomes a new addition, the “Alaska State Troopers” (5 x 50' HD).
Produced for the National Geographic Channel, the series follows the fearless men and women of this elite police force in the biggest – and most heavily armed – state of the United States. The filmmakers spent many months on the beat with these daredevil peacekeepers, traveling by car, boat, plane and snowmobile to missions in some of the remotest parts of Alaska. They are the first line of defense on the last frontier, the roughly 400 state troopers who patrol the rugged and unforgiving terrain of America’s largest state. One of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the nation, these officers often travel hundreds of miles in piercing subzero temperatures to uphold the law. Responding by land, air and sea — with backup sometimes days away — they face danger to protect the people and wildlife of Alaska. National Geographic Channel gained rare access to this elite law enforcement agency for the new series Alaska State Troopers. Filmed over 10 months, the series captures a mixture of raw nature and criminal activity throughout the Alaskan wilderness and its remote villages. Follow state troopers from two divisions within the storied organization: the “blue shirt” Alaska State Troopers, who police the towns and villages, as well as the “brown shirt” Alaska Wildlife Troopers, who enforce fish and game regulations for both commercial and sport activities. In a state where just about every resident is armed, any scenario a trooper confronts could be fatal. Wildlife Trooper Sgt. Scott Quist explains what it’s like approaching hunters: “One thing that’s a little bit different about our version of law enforcement is that when we go on patrol, when we contact people we know a few things. We know that they will have guns, they will have knives, and they’ll know how to use them.” Whether performing search and rescue missions on a frozen river or arresting a snowmobiler for a DUI, the challenges an Alaska State Troopers faces are diverse, but one thing is for sure — these are not your average cops.
Following “Repossessed” (10 x 50' HD) and “Hard Time” (6 x 50' HD), “Alaska State Troopers” is one of several factual series in ZDF Enterprises’ sales catalogue that are either already currently available or will be available in the near future. This collection comprises programs that take an unconventional, no-holds-barred approach to their topics. Dramatic, emotional, in-your-face, they put the viewer right into the midst of the action.
About ZDF Enterprises
Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.
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