Smithsonian Channel Expands Aerial Franchise


Smithsonian Channel has upsized its Aerial franchise with the addition of Aerial Greece, a four-part series that will explore Greece’s landscape, culture and history.

Produced in partnership with Dublin’s Tile Films, the hour-long episodes will uncover the ancient splendor of the birthplace of Western democracy and surprise viewers with dramatic human stories. Aerial Greece follows the channel’s Aerial America series and several subsequent titles, including Aerial Britain, Aerial Ireland and Aerial New Zealand.

Filmed in 6K ultra high definition using helicopters and the latest drone technology, Aerial Greece will reveal the iconic sites and stories of the Greek mainland and its islands, from the major landmarks of the Parthenon and Olympia to the daredevil aerial dancer of the Pindus Mountains and the bungee jumpers of the Aradena Gorge. As we descend over the Aegean islands, viewers will discover famous pop culture moments—how The Beatles found inspiration in the islands’ folk music to the doorway that became one of the most Instagrammed in the world after appearing in The Bourne Identity.

“Smithsonian Channel prides itself on being the industry leader in aerial programming,” said David Royle, executive VP and chief programming officer at Smithsonian Networks. “Our viewers love being transported across magical landscapes and Aerial Greece enables us to tell stories as varied as the epic history of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae to the filming of Mamma Mia! on the island of Skopelos. The talented filmmakers at Tile Films have a wonderful way of capturing the visual richness of a landscape and we are delighted that they will be bringing the dramatic, surprising and sometimes quirky story of Greece to our growing international audience.”