The U.S. Coast Guard has teamed with production company Armada Partners to develop a scripted television series about the nation’s oldest and premier maritime agency.The project is in the early concept stages, but the idea is to draw on stories ripped from the headines, as well as the Coast Guard’s long history in the U.S. and abroad.
Armada Partners’ David M. Rudy will executive produce, and retired USCG Cmdr. Jeff Loftus will be the lead Technical Consultant and USCG Liaison to help develop the project alongside the Coast Guard and Armada. The pair are starting to look for a writer to write the script.
“As former head of the USCG’s MOPIC (Motion Picture & Television Office) division I’ve not seen a concept such as his come across my desk with as much excitement that is true to the Coast Guard’s Core Values,” Loftus said. “Armada shares my vision for this dynamic and realistic portrayal of the USCG and I’m very excited to be collaborating side by side with them and my colleagues at the USCG on this next endeavor.”
Rudy said he was drawn to the project by the inherent drama and depth that the USCG handles in the day-to-day protection of the United States and waterways around the globe. “We had the chance to talk to ‘Swabs’ (cadets), MSST Members (Coast Guard’s version of SWAT) and Commanding Officers of their Cutters to hear their personal stories of courage, kindness, camaraderie and adventures,” he said.
Established in 1790 the United States Coast Guard is the oldest continuous seagoing service within the Five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security.