VIVA Creative

September 14, 2010 08:00 ET

VIVA Creative and OceanGate Form Original Production Partnership

Undersea Expeditions and Film Production Capabilities Showcased at Blue Ocean Film Festival

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) -  At the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, Calif., held earlier this month, VIVA Creative announced a production partnership with OceanGate, a research company that specializes in ocean science-based expeditions.

In this new partnership, VIVA will create and produce original documentary and film content, providing onsite production, network negotiations, relationship development, and resource management to support OceanGate.

"OceanGate was founded as an ocean exploration company with a specific mission of supporting marine research, but as we've ramped up our expeditions, we've gotten a lot of interest in filmmaking," said OceanGate Co-founder Guillermo Söhnlein. "To capitalize on this opportunity, we needed a partner that can lead us from the realm of marine research into the world of storytelling, and we've found that with VIVA Creative."

OceanGate, based out of Seattle, Wash., will provide filmmakers with access to its one-of-a-kind marine submersibles and a host of remotely operated vehicles, which can be transported anywhere in the world. The flagship sub of the OceanGate fleet, Antipodes, can comfortably accommodate five people. Its two 58-inch hemispheric viewing domes provide unobstructed views to ocean habitats inaccessible by divers.

"OceanGate is an expert at bringing the depths of the sea to the eyes of the research community, and we are proud to provide our extensive production background to bring these groundbreaking expeditions to the forefront of the film production community," said Lorne Greene, CEO of VIVA Creative.

OceanGate brings marine sciences and deep-sea adventures to community members with a desire to learn and a curiosity for underwater exploration. In 2011, OceanGate will collaborate with these community members on an array of new expeditions that are focused on capturing underwater footage and documenting the history behind each expedition.

"Every expedition we do provides a unique filming opportunity and the chance for new original movie content," said Söhnlein. "In the coming year, we are looking forward to including, if not completely centering, our expedition work around this new production element and the film prospects that our partnership with VIVA will provide."

Additional Information about OceanGate can be found at, and details about VIVA and OceanGate's underwater cinematography opportunities can be found by visiting VIVA Creative's online gallery

About VIVA Creative
VIVA Creative is a global experiential communications agency focused on content creation, live experience design and production, virtual events, and mobile content delivery. Fusing creativity with technology, the company helps organizations engage target audiences, build brand loyalty, and achieve business results. The award-winning VIVA team delivers innovative solutions for clients globally including General Electric, Discovery, Marriott, AIPAC, Galderma, and the United States Department of Agriculture. VIVA is headquartered in Rockville, MD with offices throughout the United States. For more information, please visit or call 301.670.9700.

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