Premiere Digital Mounting First Title Release With Doc ‘The Wall — Climb for Gold’

Premiere Digital is getting into content distribution.

In collaboration with Windfall Films, the media services and software solutions company is distributing its first title, The Wall – Climb for Gold, a feature-length documentary scheduled to debut to global audiences on digital platforms in early 2022.

It marks the first release of an ongoing slate of films and content offerings planned from Los Angeles-based Premiere Digital.

The Wall is produced by international production company Windfall Films (part of the Argonon Group).  The film was made with the support of sports brand Adidas and follows four elite female climbers from the Adidas team over a two-year period as they battle to make it through the qualifying events to get to Tokyo for the first ever Olympic climbing competition. The journey includes a grueling season of competition and training that sees all their original plans in tatters as the COVID-19 pandemic forces the Olympics to be postponed. As they battle both mentally and physically en route to the games, the film offers insight into what it means to be an Olympian through an intimate look into the lives of these elite climbers: Brooke Raboutou (United States), Janja Garnbret (Slovenia), Miho Nonaka (Japan) and Shauna Coxsey (Great Britain).

Garnbret was a child phenomenon and holds the most world titles under her belt in the sport. Heralded as the greatest competition climber of all time and the overwhelming favorite for the Olympic title, she is under extraordinary pressure to deliver when it matters most.

Raboutou, 20, is one of the youngest competitors at the Games and must balance training and being a student at U.C.-San Diego. Both Raboutou’s mother and father are legends of the sport, winning numerous World Cup titles in the 1990s, and she hopes to continue the family success.

Nonaka, the 2018 Bouldering World Cup champion, is a Tokyo native and must overcome all the extra pressure of representing her country in her home city.

Coxsey is one of the most successful British climbers in history, with Bouldering World Cup titles in 2016 and 2017. Coxsey has fought to overcome serious injury but hopes to continue her success with a record-shattering performance at the Olympics.

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The film is directed by Nick Hardie (“Formula 1: Drive to Survive”), features a score by multi-award winning composer Nainita Desai (The Reason I Jump, For Sama) and is edited by Emily West.

The Wall is an intimate, emotional and epic story charting the astonishing journeys of four inspiring athletes from across the globe,” said Dan Kendall, executive producer for Windfall Films, in a statement. “The film provides a unique window into the climbers’ lives, capturing their amazing strength of character. With its broad international appeal, The Wall – Climb for Gold will excite and engage audiences across the world.”

“It is absolutely fitting that the first film we are distributing as part of our new distribution business is a remarkable story about dedicated, passionate and goal-oriented female athletes who overcome obstacles and challenges abound to reach new heights,” said Steve Rosenberg, chief commercial officer, Premiere Digital, in a statement. “We are truly excited to bring this incredibly riveting and inspirational documentary to audiences worldwide and look forward to a prosperous future working with filmmakers and content producers to have their stories shared.”

The Wall – Climb for Gold was created by Windfall Adventures Ltd, a subsidiary of Windfall Films. Windfall was supported by Adidas in the making of the film but throughout retained complete independence and editorial control, according to the press release.

Disney+ Greenlights Nat Geo Docu-Series ‘On the Edge With Alex Honnold’

Disney+ has greenlighted the three-part National Geographic original docu-series “On the Edge With Alex Honnold.”

In the series, Honnold, subject of Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo (now available on Disney+), will embark on his dream of exploring Greenland and summiting its most challenging and remote peaks. Along the way, he will meet the scientists working on the front line of climate change and witness the impacts of the rapid melting for himself.

With an overabundance of virgin climbs, impossible walls, world class and deadly, Greenland is considered the world’s last great climbing frontier and has also become the crucible of the climate crisis. In 2020, 300 billion tons of Greenland ice disappeared, the biggest annual melt in recorded history.  As Honnold explores the impact that has had, he and his team will face intimidating icebergs, dangerous moulins (sinkholes on glaciers), difficult rockfalls and ice storms.

His ultimate test will come from Peak 3342, to-date unclimbed and one of the highest peaks in Greenland. Though there’s more exposed rock and less snow and ice, this is uncharted territory.

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“I’ve always wanted to climb in Greenland — it has some of the most remote and epic walls in the world. But it’s also being tremendously affected by climate change,” Honnold said in a statement. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to explore the climbing while also sharing some of the local impacts of climate change with a global audience. Our changing climate is the biggest issue facing humanity and I hope that this will help inspire people to take action.”

Honnold is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. He is also the founder of the Honnold Foundation, an environmental nonprofit devoted to fighting climate change by promoting solar energy for a more equitable world.

HBO Max Orders Rock Climbing Competition Series Starring Jason Momoa

Aquaman is heading to the mountains.

HBO Max July 20 announced it has greenlighted an eight-episode order for a rock-climbing competition series called “The Climb,” with Aquaman star Jason Momoa, through his production company On the Roam, rock climber Chris Sharma, and series creators The Intellectual Property Corporation, an Industrial Media company.

The series is described as a “visually arresting and life-changing” adventure that represents the foundations of rock climbing and the exploration of the human spirit. Amateur climbers are put through a series of mental and physical challenges, utilizing the most intimidating ascents in the world to crown the world’s best amateur climber.

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“We are thrilled to be working with Jason Momoa and IPC on this cinematic approach to a physical competition show with Mother Nature providing the most beautiful and challenging of obstacle courses,” Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of nonfiction and live-action family programming of HBO Max, said in a statement.

Founded in 2016 and acquired by Industrial Media in 2018, Intellectual Property Corporation’s recent productions include “Indian Matchmaking” and “Night Stalker” (Netflix); “Selena + Chef” (HBO Max); “We’re Here” and “The Swamp” (HBO); “This Is Paris” (YouTube Originals); “The Last Narc” (Amazon); “The Substitute” (Nickelodeon); “Empires of New York” (CNBC); and “The Con” (ABC).

Momoa’s On the Roam production company in August will release action/thriller Sweet Girl for Netflix. It is currently in production on an eponymous unscripted series for Discovery+.