Mark is currently on location working on the recently commissioned BBC/PBS co-production "Wild Alaska Live", which is due to be broadcast simultaneously in the UK and USA at the end of July 2017.
Here is the press release from the BBC, with more information about this exciting commission.
Here is the press release from PBS, describing the series as a "Not-to-be-missed television event."
Mark will spend five weeks in various locations across Alaska from 2nd June until 8th July, gathering material and filming pre-recorded wildlife stories, which will slot into the live broadcasts in July. The programme will follow a similar format to the hugely successful award-winning production Big Blue Live, broadcast from California's Monterey Bay in 2015. Wild Alaska Live will be produced with key personnel from this series as well as being presented by the same team (for the UK): Steve Backshall, Matt Baker and Liz Bonnin. The US/PBS broadcasts will feature as hosts brothers Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt.
Moving around different locations across the 49th state of the USA, Mark will be joined by presenter Steve Backshall for a couple of the films, as well as filming with Alaskan guides, fishermen and wildlife experts in some extraordinary locations. Mark will be filming at locations including Prince William Sound, Bristol Bay and Katmai National Park. The live programmes will concentrate on the mass rush of wildlife and people attracted to the annual salmon run, an event which sees millions of salmon across the state swim up river systems to their spawning grounds.
The resulting wildlife spectacle provides huge feeding opportunities to a range of predators including bears, bald eagles, sea otters, sea lions and porpoise to name just a few. Mark will be filming pieces to show this mass wildlife event, as well as the influx of fishermen and nature tourists to profit from and witness the annual mass migration and feeding frenzy.
Mark and the team will be concentrating on filming the pre-salmon run behaviour, to show what the wildlife are up to and feeding on before the salmon season begins, so when the live programmes air, the presenters can compare and contrast what they are seeing.
Mark will be filming on his Sony FS7 camera and will be one of the first in the world to be using a pair of new cine lenses, the Fujinon MK18-55mm and MK50-135mm. The MK18-55mm has only recently come to market and the MK50-135mm is due for wide release in July 2017.
These lenses will hopefully prove to be excellent tools for documentary and sync (presenter and contributor-led) work, and to capture the stunning scenery on show. Watch this space for a review of the lenses following this job. Mark will also be scuba diving to film an underwater piece using his FS7 Sealux housing and Keldan LED light.