Time Warner/Warner Bros


The production company ‘Wall to Wall’ (Client) approached SEAK Global whilst preparing to embark to south east Iraq for the filming of ‘First Civilisations’, a series for PBS and ARTE. The Client’s primary production objective was to explore the civilisation of early man and transition from nomadism.

SEAK Global’s task was to deliver the following capabilities in order to provide a secure environment for filming and production crew: tribal and PMU facilitation, local interpreters, accommodation and food at location, local security (Popular Mobilisation Unit (PMU), flights, visas to be organised through the MOI with all letters and permission granted for filming, armoured transportation, technical mobile and tracking hardware, national SIM cards, supported by 24-hour tracking and monitoring through SEAK’s Common Operating Platform (COP).


Operating in a particularly hostile Iraqi region with considerably under-reported regional tensions and dangers. With the Client’s filming and support crew working with valuable production equipment, a tracking solution was required that could monitor the Client’s individual employees, as well as their assets and expensive critical mission equipment.

Whilst all employees on the trip completed limited hostile training, with frequent power cuts and poor GSM signalling in this part of Iraq, providing a tracking solution that would be 100% dependable, accurate, and timely, was essential.

The Solution

Based on the unique nature of the task, SEAK Global offered a tailored service to the Client by utilising in-house satellite trackers and native Apps, supported by our Common Operating Platform (COP). With the platform enabling remote monitoring from security offices in London, as well as by the Client throughout, staff on the ground in Iraq had the reassurance of 24/7 support and security communications. Further, via the local expertise of our in-house facilitation team and a wealth of community knowledge, any possible emerging tensions could be monitored by a regional armed security unit capable of operating in this part of Iraq.    

The Results

The Client was able to monitor the progress remotely from their London office and receive daily insight reports. In addition, SEAK Global assisted in facilitating licensed filming equipment such as UAV’s and, whilst all employees were kept safe throughout, other groups operating in the region encountered hostile engagement. Through effective facilitation of our S²I Team and technical competence, the Client completed all filming to provide coverage for the documentary, within all budgetary and time constraints.