Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage to Executive Produce New Discovery Channel Series, UNCHAINED REACTION

Discovery Channel announces UNCHAINED REACTION, a new series executive produced by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of MYTHBUSTERS. The duo also serve as judges for the six-part series, which pits two teams of varying backgrounds against each other to build an elaborate chain reaction contraption. But they’re not creating a mere string of dominoes – teams must utilize ingenuity, innovation and know-how to build contraptions on a massive scale. UNCHAINED REACTION is set to premiere on Discovery Channel in March 2012.

Each week, two teams made up of artists, rocket scientists, animatronic specialists, engineers and even your average Joe, are provided with identical sets of tools and materials and given five days to complete a series of mechanisms based on a specific theme. It’s the ultimate build-off pressure cooker, where refined mechanical movements, pyrotechnics and large-scale destruction are encouraged. Making a refrigerator a pendulum? Totally possible on UNCHAINED REACTION. Catapults? Flying saucers? Guillotines? Anything goes as long as they trigger the next link in the chain.

Teamwork and outside-the-box thinking are what it will take to be the UNCHAINED REACTION winner, as teams compete to see who can achieve the most impressive build in such a short time. Each week, Jamie and Adam are joined by a new guest judge to decide which team impressed them the most with their innovation, energy and how much spectacle they can create.

“The spirit of UNCHAINED REACTION is at the intersection of art and engineering, and Adam and Jamie are the masters at celebrating teamwork and gee-whiz wonder at how the world works,” said Eileen O’Neill, Group President, Discovery Channel and TLC. “We are thrilled to bring this new series to our always curious and engaged Discovery Channel audience.”

Said Savage, “We wanted to craft a show that puts the process of problem solving and ingenuity front and center, and we’ve done exactly that with UNCHAINED REACTION.” Hyneman continued, “The innovative solutions and boundless energy demonstrated by the contestants surprised us every single time.”

UNCHAINED REACTION is produced for Discovery Channel by Discovery Studios and BermanBraun. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are executive producers. For Discovery Studios, Daniel Soiseth is executive producer and Derek Wan is co-executive producer; for BermanBraun, Lloyd Braun, Gail Berman and Gene Stein are executive producers, and Jared Heinke is co-executive producer. David Pritikin and Tracy Rudolph are executive producers for Discovery Channel.

About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 210 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit http://www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Studios
Established in 2007, Discovery Studios is the full-service production studio within Discovery Communications that develops and produces high-quality original specials and series across multiple genres – from science and natural history, to reality and lifestyle.

With offices in Los Angeles, London, and Silver Spring, Discovery Studios is one of the largest domestic producers of series and specials across the Discovery networks. In 2011, Discovery Studios expanded their reach to produce quality content for all networks.

Some of Discovery Studios’ most notable programs include the hit series, “Hoarding: Buried Alive” (currently in its third season on TLC), “Enough Already with Peter Walsh” (now producing season two for OWN), “True Crime with Aphrodite Jones” (currently in its second season on ID), “Shark Bites!” with Craig Ferguson for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie,” “Finding Amelia” and “Alaska: The Final Frontier (DSC). It is also home to all seven seasons of the legacy franchise, “Puppy Bowl” for Animal Planet, with the eighth installment set to premiere soon.

About BermanBraun
BermanBraun is an independent media company with three divisions — television, feature film and digital — which create and exploit entertainment content and advertising solutions across all platforms throughout the world.

BermanBraun’s digital division has created and operates some of the most popular properties online. They include the celebrity news site WONDERWALL, which BermanBraun launched in partnership with Microsoft in February 2009. The site is the primary celebrity destination on the MSN network, and currently ranks first in engagement among all competitive sites in entertainment news. The site averages nearly 14 million unique users per month. WONDERWALL exceeded 1 billion page views for the month of December 2012. In April 2010, BermanBraun launched GLO — a site created in partnership with MSN and Hachette Filipacchi Media. GLO features an innovative design that creates a unique “digital magazine” experience for women seeking style, beauty and lifestyle content. GLO currently ranks first in engagement among competitive sites in its lifestyle categories. BermanBraun is launching three new sites with AOL in 2012 in the categories of weather, pets and men.

In series television, BermanBraun is producing REWIND, a two-hour pilot for the Syfy network. They also produce the recently renewed ALPHAS for the Syfy network; BRAD MELTZER’S DECODED (currently in its second season on History Channel); JUNK GYPSIES (to air in 2012 on HGTV); and two additional new series to be produced with MythBusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage for Discovery Channel.
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via Discovery Press Release

Science and STAR TREK Join Forces with Feature Length Roddenberry Documentary TREK NATION

With the 2011 Comic-Con International in San Diego as the backdrop, SCIENCE today announced its partnership with science fiction royalty, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, and Roddenberry Entertainment on the upcoming the feature-length special, TREK NATION, scheduled to air in fourth quarter 2011. TREK NATION explores the popularity and appeal of Star Trek through the man who created it all – the late Gene Roddenberry.

Rod will take SCIENCE audiences along with him as he explores his father’s work and the impact of his legacy that still resonates today. Through interviews with his most devoted fans, including George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Stan Lee and many others, TREK NATION is the story of a son trying to learn more about his father by unraveling the intricacies of Star Trek.

The film demonstrates how Gene’s work not only captivated legions of fans across the globe, but also generated a movement which has influenced entertainment, politics, space travel, social morality and much more. Fostering a timeless understanding of the human condition and capturing man’s constant search for a better world defines everything that is TREK NATION.

“This project is very personal for me, as it literally documents my education on Star Trek, my father, and the Roddenberry legacy. Because of that, I can’t tell you how happy we are to have found a network that shares our vision for it,” said Rod Roddenberry “TREK NATION strikes a strong balance between exploring a science fiction phenomenon and relating a very universal story between a son and his father. I have every confidence that Star Trek fans and non-Star Trek fans alike are going to enjoy the film.”

“Star Trek isn’t just a television show; it is a global phenomenon, a way of life, which has shaped so many facets of how we define our world today,” said Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vice president of SCIENCE. “We are honored to carry on the Roddenberry mission by continuing his legacy with TREK NATION.”

TREK NATION is produced for SCIENCE by Roddenberry Entertainment. Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry is an executive producer and Trevor Roth is a producer for Roddenberry Entertainment. Bernadette McDaid is vice president of production and executive producer for SCIENCE. New Animal Productions producer is Nicole Rittenmeyer and Scott Colthorp produces for Atmosphere Pictures.
About SCIENCE
SCIENCE, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of “how” and “why not.” The network is a playground for those with audacious intellects and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown. Guided by curiosity, SCIENCE looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard. SCIENCE and the SCIENCE HD simulcast reach more than 68 million U.S. households. The network also features high-traffic online and social media destinations, including ScienceChannel.com, facebook.com/Science Channel and twitter.com/Science Channel.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 210 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 130-plus worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, SCIENCE and Investigation Discovery, as well as US joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit http://www.discoverycommunications.com.
About Roddenberry Entertainment
Roddenberry Entertainment is a science-fiction leader with a tradition of groundbreaking entertainment. Originally founded in 1967 by Gene Roddenberry, the company has since led a steady stable of science-fiction successes including Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and, most notably, Star Trek. Roddenberry Entertainment continues to produce entertainment for all audiences, employing a viewer-centric creative process and resulting in insightful explorations of humanity. The company’s mission is to make good on its namesake’s promise of superior science-fiction while utilizing new and varied vehicles of delivery. Building on its television roots, this entertainment pioneer has also successfully ventured into graphic novels, documentaries, and comic strips, all the while continuing a long and unique tradition in quality merchandising. Roddenberry Entertainment has set itself apart by creating content that surpasses mere entertainment; it challenges its audiences to think, question and explore the world, as well as those beyond. For more information on Roddenberry Entertainment please visit http://www.Roddenberry.com Roddenberry Entertainment can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/roddenberrycom) and Twitter (twitter.com/roddenberry).
via Science Channel Press Release

Discovery Channel Will Be At Comic-Con!

Mark your calendars, Comic-Con attendees! Discovery Channel has announced it will bring two new shows and a returning favorite to Comic-Con International in San Diego this July.

Magician/comedian Penn Jillette and his partner, Teller, will host a panel for their new series Penn & Teller Tell a Lie, airing this fall on Discovery. On Thursday, July 21 from 7-8pm, audiences will get a first-hand account of this new Penn & Teller series in which the duo answer the world’s biggest questions such as “Can you lift a 5,000 pound car with human hair?” and “Does cursing help with pain management?” However, at the end of each episode, one outrageous question will be revealed as a lie.

Discovery will also introduce Reign of the Dinosaurs (working title), a behind the scenes look at the industry’s foremost dinosaur illustrators and animators premiering this fall. The panel, taking place on Friday, July 22, from 8-9pm, will feature producer Erik Nelson, Ricardo Delgado (Dark Horse Comics’ Age of Reptiles), David Krentz (Disney’s Dinosaur) and more discussing the creative aspects of dinosaur storytelling, as well as presenting a first look at revolutionary dino animation.

And finally, the crew from Mythbusters will be back in San Diego for another popular panel on Saturday, July 23, from 7:45-8:45pm! Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara will take questions from fans about upcoming busted myths airing this fall.