Confirming recent rumors, Discovery Communications announced Thursday that it has acquired the global rights to a new eight-part documentary series with the working title “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” to air on TLC. The rumor mill puts the price at $1 million per episode.
Discovery’s announcement says the series will be “about the remarkable Governor Palin and her home state of Alaska.” The series will be executive produced by Emmy-award winner Mark Burnett of “Survivor” (CBS) and “Apprentice” (NBC) fame.
“Our family enjoys Discovery’s networks. I look forward to working with Mark to bring the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans,” said Palin, the 2008 GOP nominee for Vice President of the United States.
“Discovery Communications is so excited to help Sarah Palin tell the story of Alaska, and to have a great documentary filmmaker in Mark Burnett helping to reveal Alaska’s powerful beauty as it has never been filmed, and as told by one of the state’s proudest daughters,” said Peter Liguori, COO, Discovery Communications.
“With a dynamic personality that has captivated millions, I can’t think of anyone more compelling than Sarah Palin to tell the story of Alaska,” said Mark Burnett.
“TLC is grounded in great storytelling, strong characters, and passionate audiences drawn to extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. We are confident Sarah Palin’s Alaska will be another compelling television event,” said TLC President/GM Eileen O’Neill.
Discovery noted that he series reunites the company with Mark Burnett Productions, which co-produced “Eco-Challenge,” the precursor to Survivor, for Discovery Channel from 1996-1999.
RBR-TVBR observation: If the election had gone the other way, would we be watching “Joe Biden’s Delaware”? Just wondering.