Ewan McGregor Revs Up Engines in Fox Reality Channel’s Newest Original Series ”Long Way Down” Premiering August 2 at 9pET/PT
Fox Reality Channel, the only all reality, all the time cable and satellite network, presents another new original series, “Long Way Down.” Featuring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, this is a follow-up series to “Long Way Round”, which also airs on Fox Reality Channel. This time, the team’s 15,000 mile journey has them traveling through volatile political hotbeds, treacherous road conditions and stunning natural wonders. Get ready for the journey of a lifetime when “Long Way Down” makes its US television premiere on Fox Reality Channel, Saturday, August 2 at 9pET/PT. The series was directed and executive produced by David Alexanian (Elixir Films) and Russ Malkin (Big Earth), who also served in the same capacities on “Long Way Round.”
Best friends, McGregor and Boorman travel through numerous countries including Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Namibia, taking time to examine the various cultures and natural wonders they encounter along the way. Their course takes 85 days, crosses two continents and is filled with innumerable adventures and challenges. McGregor’s wife, Eve Mavrakis, joins the show for the first time, and introduces an all new dynamic to the team as she rides along with them for a leg of the journey. In addition to lending a personal hand to projects for UNICEF, McGregor and Boorman also raised over $1 million for Children’s Hospice Association and Riders for Health through the show.
“Ewan and Charley’s journey from Scotland to South Africa is even more demanding, more riveting and more real than their previous journey,” said David Lyle, President, Fox Reality Channel. “Fox Reality Channel is the home of exciting domestic and international reality TV covering a wide range of formats, and this barrier-breaking series fits well within the network’s programming strategy.”
Fox Reality Channel is bringing the popular series to American audiences for the first time after its successful run as the #2 program on the BBC2 (UK) when it aired there last fall. Fulfilling its brand promise, Fox Reality Channel is also going to extend the consumer experience by producing a comprehensive microsite, which will include exclusive video content, an interactive map and the exclusive “Long Way Down Explore! Sweepstakes” sending a lucky viewer on their own African adventure. Additionally, a hardcover book called Long Way Down chronicling McGregor and Boorman’s journey will be released by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, on July 15. EMI America Records will release the series’ soundtrack on CD and digitally, August 5. In October, upon conclusion of the series run on Fox Reality Channel, EMI America Records will release “Long Way Down” on DVD.
About Fox Reality Channel
Fox Reality Channel launched May 24, 2005 to become the first destination for lovers of unscripted programming. The channel offers major US network favorites, exclusive international reality programming, Original Series and Specials. Fox Reality Channel offers reality viewers more of their favorite reality programming with RealityRevealed in Primetime with never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, behind the scenes secrets and more reality fun. Fox RealityChannel distribution propelled past 35 million subscribers in its second year, becoming one of only four new networks to achieve that feat. Its programming is available on television, broadband, cellular phones and other leading mobile devices. It recently entered into a sweeping deal with Apple(R) to deliver upcoming original series to iTunes(R) (excluding American Idol Extra). To get more information on Fox Reality Channel programs and schedules, please visit foxreality.com.
About Big Earth
Big Earth was founded 15 years ago by Russ Malkin and has been responsible for some of the world’s most exhilarating television programmes, including the Long Way Round, Long Way Down, Race to Dakar and Murder or Mutiny. Its current production, By Any Means will follow Charley Boorman as he travels from Ireland to Sydney by any means possible, using a variety of forms of transport.
Big Earth is a one stop shop for developing ideas, finding finance, co-ordinating major international projects and assembling teams to produce TV programmes, books, DVDs from a central idea. With a number of high profile awards under its belt including, 2008 Best Book in the non-fiction category for Long Way Down and winner of the Best Channel Programme Award at the 2005 Broadcast Awards, Big Earth has a proven track record.
About Elixir Films
Elixir Films intends to distinguish itself as an innovative producer and financier of independent feature films. The company is committed to help meet the growing demand for smart, character-driven film and television by forging and supporting lasting relationships with individuals of profound creative vision. As a self-funded and truly independent company, Elixir is able to advance the filmmaking process by avoiding the logjam often associated with traditional studio financing.
Although Elixir is passionate about filmed entertainment and its endless potential to communicate, the company aspires to successfully combine that artistic passion with a rigorous and thoughtful approach to sound business.
About Atria Books:
Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a part of the CBS Corporation. In 2007, Atria celebrated its fifth anniversary. In that time, Atria Books has established itself as one of the most successful imprints in publishing today. With 12 New York Times Bestsellers in 2007, including The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, The First Commandment by Brad Thor, Reposition Yourself by T.D. Jakes, and Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn, Atria Books can now boast over 125 bestsellers in its brief history.
EMI Music is the recorded music division of EMI Group Limited, one of the world’s leading music companies. Its EMI Music division represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. EMI has been at the cutting edge of the rapidly growing digital music marketplace since it released David Bowie’s ‘Hours’ as the world’s first ever album to be offered as a digital download in 1999. EMI has signed agreements with hundreds of digital partners to distribute its music across the globe, including its premium DRM-free, higher-quality offering sold through partners including Apple iTunes, Amazon.com and more. For further information on EMI, please visit: www.emigroup.com.