Discovery Greenlights Its First Scripted Miniseries, With Ridley Scott on Board

Dec 11, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Discovery Channel announced that it has ordered production to begin on its first-ever scripted miniseries. The program is "Klondike," based on Charlotte Gray’s novel “Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike."

The show “brings to life the tale about six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town in the remote Klondike,” the network said.

“Klondike” is a co-production of Discovery, Entertainment One Television (eOne) and Nomadic Pictures in association with Scott Free Television. Paul Scheuring (“Prison Break,” “A Man Apart”) is the primary writer and will serve as executive producer along with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker, with John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg exec producing for eOne. Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes will serve as co-producers for Nomadic, and Eileen O’Neill and Dolores Gavin will serve as executive producers for Discovery.

Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz are also writing episodes as consulting producers.

Said Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC Networks: “We’ve been developing scripted for some time, but wanted to find the perfect fit. When we read ‘Gold Diggers,’ we knew we finally found it. Discovery created and owns the ‘gold’ narrative with several of our hit series and we’re elated to partner with Scott Free Television and eOne Television on a subject we know so well as our first scripted project.”

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