The Red Bull TV Original Series Features the Stories Behind the Air
Zermatt Team Who Risk It All to Save Others on the Treacherous Cliffs of
SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Red
Bull TV announced the release of The Horn, a new original
series chronicling the serious, life-saving daily work of the world’s
best air rescue team, Air Zermatt. Providing a real-life glimpse into
the incredible team and their harrowing rescues, The Horn sheds
light on the most virtuous aspects of putting your own life at risk when
Launching On Demand globally on Red Bull TV on October 17, the six-part
original docuseries is shot through the first responders’ eyes and set
in the shadows of the most treacherous terrain of Switzerland’s
Matterhorn mountain. In each heart-pounding episode of this action
documentary series, viewers ride side-by-side with the first responders
to experience rescues – from a desperately injured man who fell nine
stories inside a dark crevasse to a completely immobile ski racer lying
hurt on the freezing slopes.
The Matterhorn’s 14,692-foot crag draws the world’s most daring winter
sport athletes, as well as families and tourists who can underestimate
the danger behind its beauty. The captivating cinematography of the
series brings the viewer into the unforgiving mountain and provides
unprecedented access to its most inhospitable domains.
Native to the region, the elite rescuers of Air Zermatt know every rock
and boulder. They dedicate their careers to helping others, courageously
risking their personal safety with a level of caring that elevates the
human spirit. With families of their own, these men are as compassionate
as they are skilled, but when standing on the fragile edge of a crevasse
or piloting a helicopter through thick mountain fog, they focus squarely
on the rescue.
“The Horn was an opportunity to make something beautiful that speaks to
the human condition,” commented Red Bull TV Executive Producer Josh
Cole. “It isn’t a show just about mountain rescues, but the rescue
scenes are catalysts to learn about our characters, turning a helicopter
rescue show into a meditation on what it means to be human.”
The pilots, medical team and rescue specialists featured in The Horn
include the following heroes:
GEROLD BINER, CEO & PILOT: Gerold’s grandfathers were
mountain guides, and he worked up from window cleaner to CEO at Air
Zermatt, becoming one of the world’s best helicopter pilots along the
way. Gerold has logged over 12,000 rescue flight hours, including
missions on Everest. With a love for flight – and for his fellow man –
Gerold declares he has “the best job in the world,” and running the
business side of Air Zermatt doesn’t stop him from taking on perilous
ROBERT ‘ROBBIE’ ANDENMATTEN: A fifth-generation
mountaineer whose father climbed the Matterhorn over 850 times, Robbie
has scaled The Horn about 70 times himself. But flight is his true
calling (“an eagle, that’s what you want to be”), and he’s fearless.
Watch this family man and ace pilot – who has logged more than 4,400
rescue missions over 25 years – push the limits to save lives.
SAM SUMMERMATTER, CHIEF PILOT & FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER:
Chief pilot Sam has world-leading skills in flying a helicopter, his
dream job ever since watching rescue flights as a child growing up in
the region. Today a father with a son of his own, after Sam’s
daredevil youth and a life-changing emergency landing, he’s cautious
and precise – because “every mistake could be your last.”
PATRICK WENGER, FLIGHT PARAMEDIC: Inspired to become a
paramedic by witnessing his brother’s near-death experience, Patrick’s
skills are a lifeline in those tense moments on the mountain and in
the air before the helicopter reaches the hospital. He rides a
motorcycle to work and says he likes the smell of jet fuel, but with
patients he’s a gentle giant, full of compassion that also makes him a
natural-born mentor to the next generation of flight paramedics.
DOMINIK IMHOF, FLIGHT PARAMEDIC: Talented and passionate,
Dominik is a paramedic in training, and he thinks it’s “the perfect
job” for him. He has a deep respect for nature, hiking to the
backcountry for hunting and outdoor photography when he’s not on duty.
Dominik is learning fast from his mentor Patrick, but as one of Air
Zermatt’s newest members, will he be able to keep it together in
life-or-death situations under extreme conditions on The Horn?
SIMON ANTHAMATTEN, MOUNTAIN GUIDE: One of the world’s best
climbers, Simon is the mountain specialist the team trusts for rescues
at the limit of what’s possible. He’s a top athlete whose mind adapts
quickly to critical situations, and although he’s on call 24/7, he
never cracks. With a thirst for adventure, Simon has traveled the
globe. Descending 30 meters into “the trap” of a crevasse to save a
life is second nature to a man whose greatest passion is exploring the
The events of the series are the result of unprecedented access to
alpine search and rescue operations, as well as to the rescuers’ lives
behind the scenes. Advances in technology including the use of GoPro
cameras allowed the filmmakers to capture previously unseen views of the
mountain, the missions and the real-life heroes, offering a purer form
of documentary filmmaking.
Punch Drunk Pictures’ Rob Hill developed The Horn for Red Bull
TV, and it is produced by Original Media, with Brian Mandle, Charlie
Marquardt and Lisa Bloch as Executive Producers. Josh Cole is Executive
Producer for Red Bull TV.
Red Bull TV is distributed digitally across mobile phones, tablets,
consoles, OTT devices and Smart TVs.
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For Red Bull TV
Erin Webber, 646-619-2797