Smithsonian’s Quake hits UK
C21 Media, Richard Middleton • 13th August 2015
A UK broadcaster has picked up Smithsonian Channel’s one-hour doc about the earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 8,000 people in April.
Channel 4 has acquired rights to Nepal Quake: Terror on Everest (1×60′) from the sales arm of Bristol-based Silverlining TV, with the doc examining the events of April 25, when Nepal’s worst quake for 80 years struck.
The quake caused a massive avalanche on Everest that killed 19 people at the mountain’s base camp, and the film uses interviews and rarely seen footage shot by survivors of the catastrophe.
The special was produced for Smithsonian by Emporium Productions, marking the indie’s first commission since launching this March, in a deal brokered by Silverlining TV.
Emporium MD Emma Read said the show had been filmed across four continents and delivered in less than a month. It will air on C4 on August 18 at 21.00 under the title Terror on Everest: Surviving the Nepal Earthquake.
Silverlining is known for raising finance for factual productions including fast turnarounds such as The Disappearance of MH370 and MH17: Murder in the Sky. Its sales arm Silverlining Rights was launched in January 2015.