Anchorage, Alaska - The Iron Dog Race has announced an agreement to develop a new TV special episode with local film and television production company 59th Parallel Productions, Inc.
This first ever look at the reality of what makes the Iron Dog so unique, this new production will focus on the human drama, extreme environmental challenges and remote Alaska communities that measure up to Iron Dog's slogan of being the World's Longest, Toughest Snowmobile.
Filming was scheduled to begin before the December and will cover more than 2,000 miles of Alaska's backcountry including more than a dozen communities, both rural and urban.
59th Parallel Productions, Inc. is bringing together a team of acclaimed producers and crew sourced locally in Alaska to make this "Iron Dog Special" a first class production. The team includes 2009 Emmy award winning Cinematographer, Richard Cooper of Frostline Productions and 59th Parallel Productions founder, Tim Delarm who also carries a hefty resume of television and film production experience including work for CBS Sports, HBO and many others.
"We are genuinely excited to be in a position to develop a new TV show about the Iron Dog," Kevin Kastner, Iron Dog executive director, said. "This effort is due to the generous support of our sponsors as well as the genuine interest by 59th Parallel Productions to make this a reality. Our goal is to shine a light on what makes the Iron Dog such a rugged and unique event, which touches more Alaska communities than any other race of its kind. I can't wait to see it."
Airing of the final production is currently scheduled for release as a special episode of Alaska Outdoors Television as early as April 2011. Alaska Outdoors Television presently airs locally on FOX 4 KTBY and premieres nationally on the Outdoor Channel Dec. 31, 2010. Future airings are planned, but have not yet been released.