BBC Worldwide Acquires Shankly’s “First Ascent” Series

Global television distributor Shankly International Distribution has closed a multiterritory deal with BBC Worldwide Channels for its rock climbing series “First Ascent”. The deal gives BBC Worldwide Channels premiere rights to the series for its BBC Knowledge feeds in Poland and the Nordic region.

A co-production with National Geographic International and Sender Films, “First Ascent” captures all the excitement and adrenaline as expert mountaineers push their vertical skills to the limit. The climbers tackle some incredible feats such as walking tightropes across rock spires, BASE jumping off impenetrable peaks, and dangling thousands of feet off the ground without a rope or safety harness.

“Already licensed in 100+ countries, ‘First Ascent’ has been a major hit for us”, says David E. Brenner, Shankly International Distribution’s Executive VP. “We’re thrilled that the series will receive an even larger TV audience in Europe on the BBC Knowledge channel.” BBC Knowledge showcases the best factual and non-fiction entertainment programming from the BBC and independent producers.

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