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Discovery Channel Teams With Mark Burnett For Alaska Docu-Series

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 11:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mark Burnett, who teamed with Sarah Palin for the highly-rated Sarah Palin’s Alaska on TLC, is back with another reality series set in Alaska, this time producing solo and for TLC’s sister channel Discovery. The series, Mark Burnett’s Alaska, will depict “the colorful people, amazing history and unforgettable places” of Alaska, the network said. This was one of four new series Discovery Channel will unveil at this afternoon’s Discovery Communications upfront presentation. With so much business in Alaska, Discovery Channel should probably open an office there – Mark Burnett’s Alaska joins returning series Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush, Bering Sea Gold, Flying Wild Alaska and Alaska: The Final Frontier, all set in the Northern state. Discovery’s other new series include One Car Too Far, featuring a former British Special Forces operative and an American car junkie dropped into the wilderness with a regular small car they have to turn into all-purpose and fund their way out, Fast And Laud, about mechanics restoring classic cars, and previously announced Top Engineer, a search for America’s brightest, boldest, out-of-the-box thinkers. The channel’s new specials include Robert Redford’s recently announced All The President’s Men Revisited, History of The World and programs about Amelia Earhart and Osama bin Laden.

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Discovery Channel Greenlights Engineering Competition Series From Craig Piligian

By | Thursday January 5, 2012 @ 1:46pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Here is a competition show whose contestants will probably have the highest IQ in all of reality television. Discovery and top unscripted series producer Craig Piligian are introducing a new reality genre: an engineering competition show. Discovery Channel has ordered eight episodes from the untitled series. It will be set at WET (Water Entertainment Technologies), the renowned Los Angeles-based water/fire feature design and engineering firm that is behind some 200+ installations, including such technological landmarks as Fountains of Bellagio at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and The Dubai Fountain, the world’s biggest fountain. The show, which will be produced by Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios, will have design engineers competing against each other in extreme challenges that push the boundaries of technology, creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship. “Scientific exploration and experimentation is at the core of Discovery Channel’s DNA,” said Nancy Daniels, EVP, Discovery Channel Production and Development. “With its competition format, this new series will shine a spotlight on the exciting world of science and engineering in a completely new way.” Read More »

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