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Bear Grylls, Channel 4 Explore ‘The Island Of Lost Blokes’
Bear Grylls is teaming up with the UK’s Channel 4 for documentary series The Island Of Lost Blokes. The show sends 12 male volunteers to a remote deserted island for four weeks and leaves them with a limited supply of food and water. Once they run out, the men will have to work to survive. The series asks the question: Without the luxuries of 21st century living, can modern man cut it? Grylls calls it “Lord Of The Flies meets Bear Grylls meets Darwin’s survival of the fittest.” Shine TV is producing with Bear Grylls Ventures. Read More »

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Discovery’s ‘Bear Grylls’ Stunt Spurs False Alarm For London Firefighters: Video

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 3:37am PDT

A lavish event promoting Discovery Networks International‘s new Bear Grylls survival series Escape From Hell went up in flames Wednesday night — sort of. As part of the stunt, Grylls rappelled down the side of London’s historic Battersea Power Station. As he did so, flames were projected onto the side of the landmark building. The flames were evidently so lifelike that a witness put in an emergency call summoning the London fire brigade. Once on the scene, firefighters said they “quickly realized it wasn’t an incident for us.” Discovery is launching the show on the Discovery Channel in 224 markets. It kicks off in the UK on October 7, now with a little extra promotional heat. Here’s a video:

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MIPTV Briefs: Keshet Int’l; AMC/Sundance; ‘Big Brother’; ‘Restless’; Bear Grylls; OWN UK; Warner TV Distribution

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Keshet International‘s UK office has hired producer Amelia Hann as head of unscripted programming to oversee a new factual production venture. Hann was most recently executive producer on Channel 4’s The Undateables and her other credits include the BAFTA winning Ross Kemp On Gangs, Wife Swap USA, Baby Bible Bashers, Scrapheap Challenge/Junkyard Wars and The Hunt For Britain’s Sex Traffickers. Read More »

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Bear Grylls Returns To Discovery With ‘Ultimate Survivors’

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 5:48am PST

Discovery and former Man Vs. Wild host Bear Grylls parted ways in 2012 over a programming disagreement, but bygones would appear to be bygones. Discovery Networks International says the survival expert will return to the overseas fold with new series, Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivors. The six-part hourlong show will air on the Discovery Channel in 217 international markets across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Ultimate Survivors sees Grylls chronicle incredible stories of ordinary people stranded in dire situations. He’ll then pit himself against the same dangers and scenarios. Grylls said he was “super excited to be working with Discovery again” and Discovery returned the compliment:  “We are thrilled to welcome Bear back to the Discovery fold,” said DNI chief content officer and EVP Luis Silberwasser. The show is produced for DNI by Discovery’s betty TV. Sarah Davies is executive producer for DNI, and Neil Smith exec produces for betty.

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