UNIVERSUM: MOUNT ST HELENS - LIFE FROM ZERO

UNIVERSUM: MOUNT ST HELENS - LIFE FROM ZERO
Mount St. Helens' volcano erupted in May 1980. One of the greatest natural disasters of our time turned a pristine forested mountain into a barren lifeless landscape. It seemed as though St. Helens might remain wasteland forever. Then one day a single lupine plant heralded the start of a recovery that would be assisted by seemingly insignificant local wildlife such as gophers and elk. Award-winning biologist Charlie Crisafulli, the only scientist to have stayed on the site over the last 30 years, shares his story of personal determination and of nature's struggle for survival. This stunning film demonstrates this ecological miracle through macro-photography, aerial views and archive footage of the crater, underwater filming and state-of-the-art CGI.

PITCH DOCUMENT

Duration:
1 x 1 hr

Rights:
Standard and Non-standard TV - World excl German-speaking Europe, US, Canada, UK & France

Clearances:
Cleared

TX:
18th May 2010

Target Demographic:
All age groups

Delivery : Feb 10 2010 12:00AM to Feb 10 2010 12:00AM

Pitch Availability:
Now

Brief Synopsis:
Mount St. Helens' volcano erupted in May 1980. One of the greatest natural disasters of our time turned a pristine forested mountain into a barren lifeless landscape. It seemed as though St. Helens might remain wasteland forever. Then one day a single lupine plant heralded the start of a recovery that would be assisted by seemingly insignificant local wildlife such as gophers and elk. Award winning biologist Charlie Crisafulli, the only scientist to have stayed on the site over the last 30 years, shares his story of personal determination and of nature's struggle for survival. This stunning film demonstrates this ecological miracle through macro-photography, aerial views and archive footage of the crater, underwater filming and state-of-the-art CGI.

Key Points:
It will be the 30th Anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18. Documentary following the miraculous ecological recovery of the site. Award winning biologist Charlie Crisafulli, the ONLY scientist to have stayed on the site over the last 30 years, shares his research. Features macro-photography, aerial views and archive footage of the crater, underwater filming and state-of-the-art CGI. A co-production with NOVA, the prestigious US science strand High quality natural history and science documentaries from Austrian broadcaster, ORF. ORF’s documentaries are multi-award winning, this year UNIVERSUM’s Nature Tech received an Emmy® for Best Camera at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York. Due to its success, UNIVERSUM’s output has doubled and now fills two weekly primetime slots on ORF. The programming is themed around natural history & science, ancient civilizations and adventure boasting exceptionally high production values, strong narrative and outstanding photography. UNIVERSUM is already an established international success having aired in more than 100 countries around the world. Available in HD

Press Coverage / Other Information:
Official website: www.universum.co.at

Marketing Materials:
Programme card available Online - programme card, promo and episode available Promo available OTV - promo and episode available

Research:
Airing on the 18th May 2010 on ORF2, Mount St. Helens exceeded its channels prime time average for all key target groups including Men, Women, Adults 12-29 and Adults 12-49. Mount St. Helens attained an audience 19% greater than ORF2's prime time average. Attracting a key young audience (Adults 12-29), the show gained a share 24% ahead of RF2's prime time average.

Producer:
ORF

UNIVERSUM: MOUNT ST HELENS - LIFE FROM ZERO


PITCH DOCUMENT

Duration:
1 x 1 hr

Rights:
Standard and Non-standard TV - World excl German-speaking Europe, US, Canada, UK & France

Clearances:
Cleared

TX:
18th May 2010

Target Demographic:
All age groups

Delivery : Feb 10 2010 12:00AM to Feb 10 2010 12:00AM

Pitch Availability:
Now

Brief Synopsis:
Mount St. Helens' volcano erupted in May 1980. One of the greatest natural disasters of our time turned a pristine forested mountain into a barren lifeless landscape. It seemed as though St. Helens might remain wasteland forever. Then one day a single lupine plant heralded the start of a recovery that would be assisted by seemingly insignificant local wildlife such as gophers and elk. Award winning biologist Charlie Crisafulli, the only scientist to have stayed on the site over the last 30 years, shares his story of personal determination and of nature's struggle for survival. This stunning film demonstrates this ecological miracle through macro-photography, aerial views and archive footage of the crater, underwater filming and state-of-the-art CGI.

Key Points:
It will be the 30th Anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18. Documentary following the miraculous ecological recovery of the site. Award winning biologist Charlie Crisafulli, the ONLY scientist to have stayed on the site over the last 30 years, shares his research. Features macro-photography, aerial views and archive footage of the crater, underwater filming and state-of-the-art CGI. A co-production with NOVA, the prestigious US science strand High quality natural history and science documentaries from Austrian broadcaster, ORF. ORF’s documentaries are multi-award winning, this year UNIVERSUM’s Nature Tech received an Emmy® for Best Camera at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York. Due to its success, UNIVERSUM’s output has doubled and now fills two weekly primetime slots on ORF. The programming is themed around natural history & science, ancient civilizations and adventure boasting exceptionally high production values, strong narrative and outstanding photography. UNIVERSUM is already an established international success having aired in more than 100 countries around the world. Available in HD

Press Coverage / Other Information:
Official website: www.universum.co.at

Marketing Materials:
Programme card available Online - programme card, promo and episode available Promo available OTV - promo and episode available

Research:
Airing on the 18th May 2010 on ORF2, Mount St. Helens exceeded its channels prime time average for all key target groups including Men, Women, Adults 12-29 and Adults 12-49. Mount St. Helens attained an audience 19% greater than ORF2's prime time average. Attracting a key young audience (Adults 12-29), the show gained a share 24% ahead of RF2's prime time average.

Producer:
ORF

Runtime:
1 x 1 hour

Genre: FACTUAL

Sub-genre: SCIENCE

Format: SINGLE

Country of Origin: AUSTRIA

Year of Production: 2010

Available in HD: Yes

Available in DVD: Yes

Cast & Credits

An ORF/Universum and Interspot Film production in co-production with WGBH and ARTE in association with FremantleMedia Enterprises.