National Geographic Channel has ordered a series from Gurney Productions that follows log-rafting Alaskans on the Yukon River. Premiering on National Geographic Channel in summer 2015, and globally in 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages, Rafting Alaska will introduce viewers to the log-rafting trade by following a cast of adventurous Alaskans as they navigate the Yukon River collecting logs to trade in camps or native townships. When they de-board their rafts at the end of the trip, they’ll disassemble their makeshift shelters and sell off the timber for cash. But to get to that point, they face harsh obstacles that test their survival skills.
“Rafting Alaska embodies what our viewers want from our programming,” Tim Pastore, president, original programming and production, NGC US, said in today’s announcement. “We’re giving them a glimpse into the hard-core lifestyle and the pioneering spirit of these tenacious and skillful log-rafting Alaskans, invoking a sense of adventure that’s based on sheer survival and ‘NO WAY!’ moments.”
For Gurney Productions, Scott Gurney and Dierdre Gurney are executive producers; Rick Sasson, Adam Flacks and Joseph Quigley are co-executive producers. For National Geographic Channel, Eric Lange is executive producer.