Equitrekking Expands Broadcast Reach to Asia

June 9, 2010

Equitrekking, the Emmy Award-winning Public Television travel series, today announced the sale of its 26-episode high definition equestrian travel series to the Tabi Channel, a Japanese cable television channel specializing in travel. 

Equitrekking is broadcast on international networks in over 30 countries including the United States, France, Italy, Russia, and Turkey. This is Equitrekking’s first sale in Asia. APT Worldwide, a leading source for U.S. Public Television programming in the international market, made the sale. The deal was brokered by the Tuttle-Mori Agency. Tabi Channel is part of the Japan Entertainment Network (JEN), a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS). TBS Inc, a Time Warner Company, is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.


The Equitrekking series follows host Darley Newman as she travels the world riding horses with local people to get an in-depth, eco-friendly look at a destination’s natural surroundings, culture and history. The tight-knit Equitrekking crew travels to destinations that are challenging to film on horseback, like the crater of a volcano on Maui, high altitudes in the Canadian Rockies, the jungles of Belize and the backcountry of snowy Quebec.


“I am excited that viewers in Japan will be able to experience the wonderful and unique adventures with the interesting locals we’ve met as we’ve filmed around the world,” said Darley. “We continually strive to produce a beautiful travel series that sheds light on the world’s diverse cultures through our insider’s interactions with local people, granting viewers a truly special way to get off the beaten path and see the world.”


The crew is currently in post production on a fifth season with episodes from Jordan, Turkey, Alberta, Uruguay and specials on Great Ranches and National Parks. Host Darley Newman and executive producer Chip Ward have recently been nominated for  Equitrekking for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Series for the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. In September 2009, Equitrekking was honored with a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Single Camera Photography and was also nominated in the Outstanding Special Class Series category alongside the popular MTV series True Life and Made. Last month, Equitrekking was awarded First Place for Best Travel Broadcast in the North American Travel Journalist Awards Competition for the second year running.


Learn more at Equitrekking.com and learn how to watch Equitrekking in Japan on the Tabi Channel’s Equitrekking page. (Rough Google English translation of Equitrekking on Tabi Channel website)


About Equitrekking and Darley Newman

Equitrekking is the Emmy Award-Winning PBS equestrian travel series that takes viewers on global horseback riding and travel adventures. Hosted by travel expert and journalist Darley Newman, Equitrekking broadcasts in high definition on PBS in North America and on international networks in over 30 countries Italy, Turkey, France, Japan, and Russia. Equitrekking’s current 26 half hour episodes feature Belize, Costa Rica, Southern Quebec, Vermont, the Carolinas, the Georgia Coast, Wyoming, Colorado, Spain, Iceland, Ireland, Hawaii's Big Island, Maui, Virginia Hunt Country, California Wine Country, Alaska, Wales, Scotland, Southern Spain, Quebec City & Beyond and Central Turkey. The crew is currently producing a new season in Uruguay, Alberta, Turkey, Jordan and beyond. The show’s companion website, Equitrekking.com, is a one-stop site for equestrian travel featuring video clips, the Equitrekking Travel Guide, expert tips, travel articles, Darley’s blog, photos and a monthly e-newsletter. Darley is also the founder of Equitrekking Travel at www.EquitrekkingTravel.com, featuring exceptional equestrian vacations led by many of the local guides seen on the Equitrekking TV show on Public Television.

Equitrekking was awarded a Daytime Emmy in 2009 for Outstanding Single Camera Photography and nominated for Outstanding Special Class Series. The North American Travel Journalist Association awarded Equitrekking Best Travel Broadcast for 2008 and 2009. Equitrekking’s companion book Equitrekking Travel Adventures on Horseback, published by Chronicle Books and written by Darley Newman, received the Merit Award for Best Travel Book 2008 from the North American Travel Journalist Association. In addition to Equitrekking, Darley writes for Practical Horseman and True West magazines, Equisearch.com and speaks frequently at events. Darley and Equitrekking have been featured in the Washington Post, Ralph Lauren magazine, New York Times, USA Today and the book How’d You Score That Gig, a look at the coolest careers for twenty and thirty-something’s, published by Ballantine Books/Random House. Visit www.equitrekking.com

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