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Taking you behind all those edge-of-your-seat moments in hit blockbuster films like Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers and I Am Legend, experience the illusion of the impossible transformed into THE possible!

Premiering Monday, September 27 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, Discovery Science gives viewers an all-access pass inside the world of movie magic with SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES. Meet the innovative wizards who bring these films to life as Discovery Science invites viewers on a geektastic journey to the cinematic intersection of art, culture, science and technology.

As a cornerstone of pop culture, movies fascinate societies around the world and, with an ever-increasing impact of technology, learn how computer science has fundamentally changed the movie-making landscape and is now creating what cameras can’t.

Whether it’s helping Fxperts Inc reconstruct a six-metre replica of Bumblebee from Transformers, or visiting the virtual set for the hit television series 24, hands-on host and self-proclaimed movie geek Nar Williams brings viewers the inside scoop on the tricks of the Hollywood trade.

Appealing to the movie junkie in us all, this new Discovery Science series explores the remarkable – yet rarely celebrated – scientific world that exists behind the screen. SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES breaks down famous movie scenes to reveal the inside science on how each sequence was strung together. From motion-capture film techniques and the science of perspective in chase scenes, to state-of-the-art cameras and creating 3-D worlds, SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES features rare behind-the-scenes footage to help bring viewers to the cutting-edge of filmmaking technology.

Acting as the guinea pig, Williams gets some much appreciated hands-on experience to show the technological creative process behind the scenes. Highlighting the equipment used in creating the latest visual effects and computer graphics, coupled with interviews with the award-winning artists, stunt men and technicians responsible for using – or sometimes even inventing – the equipment, SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES celebrates the world of movie magic like never before. 

 

Highlights from SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES include:

 

SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES – “Transformers: Bumblebee Rises”

Monday, September 27 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Host Nar Williams helps Fxperts Inc reconstruct a six-metre replica of Bumblebee from Transformers and later morphs into a video game character at Image Metrics. Then he digs into the science of 3-D moviemaking at Stereoscope and gets his brain waves read by neuromarketing company Applied fMRI Institute – but something goes horribly wrong. 

 

SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES – “The Explosive Science of ‘24’”

Monday, October 4 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Willams gets a lesson in movie sound design at Todd A.O and later the science of night vision and thermal cameras at Sofradir EC. He gets blown up on a Look Effects Inc. virtual set for the TV show 24, and a nuclear physicist challenges the notion that Indiana Jones could survive the nuclear blast from the latest “Indy” movie. 

 

SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES – “The Force is with You: Skywalker Sound”

Monday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Williams visits Skywalker Sound and lends his voice to a battle droid from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, then Rhythm & Hues creates cutting-edge visual FX for Land of the Lost and Svengali’s matte paintings for I Am Legend. Later, Williams and a palaeontologist see if dinosaurs could really be cloned from DNA à la Jurassic Park.

We’ve discovered more about the universe in the past century than in all of human history. And as this picture of the cosmos – and our place in it – takes shape, the facts are both breathtakingly beautiful and bewildering.

In a riveting new two-hour special, Professor Stephen Hawking reveals the wonders of the cosmos to a new generation. The final instalment of this special series, INTO THE UNIVERSE WITH STEPHEN HAWKING: “The Story of Everything” premieres Sunday, September 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Delve into the mind of the world’s most famous living scientist and discover the splendour and majesty of the universe as never seen before. See how the universe began, how it creates stars, black holes and life – and how everything will end.

Says Hawking: “I never get over the fact that within this massive universe lays one perfectly ordinary spiralled galaxy. Inside that galaxy exists a commonplace yellow star, orbited by eight planets. On one of those planets, lives a species that has only just worked out what a remarkable place the universe is…us.”

In this stunning two-hour conclusion to INTO THE UNIVERSE WITH STEPHEN HAWKING, we’re taken on a journey which spans the life of our universe. From the Big Bang to the death of the Sun and on to the ultimate cosmic climax, it’s an unprecedented voyage of scientific discovery. In his unique story-telling style, Hawking explains how the universe was first formed and the remarkable chain of events that produced us. He goes on to show how the fate of humanity is tied to the fate of the universe, and that in the end, complete mastery of physics could lead us to new universes, even as our own is destroyed.

Killing more people throughout history than all wars combined, pandemics are unpredictable – and inevitable.

What would happen if an infectious epidemic was unleashed in a contemporary urban setting? Are we ready for the next big one? Montreal, the site of the last epidemic of smallpox in the modern world, was shocked in 1885 with a plague that claimed over 3,000 lives.Over 125 years later, what have we learned from that tragedy?

That’s the question asked by Discovery World HD’s new docu-fiction OUTBREAK: ANATOMY OF A PLAGUE premiering September 13 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Addressing modern-day fears of bio-warfare and recent experience with H1N1 and SARS, this one-hour special breaks with traditional documentary format by juxtaposing riveting re-enactments of the 1885 Montreal epidemic with a fictional contemporary scenario: Patient Zero, a flight attendant, lands in Montreal with what looks like chickenpox. A few weeks later, she’s back on the job – completely unaware of her role in an impending public health catastrophe.

Epidemics feed on chaos – and by the time it had run its terrible course, Montreal’s 1885 smallpox plague had claimed thousands of lives, mostly children from the city’s impoverished slums. Echoing the events of 1885, OUTBREAK: ANATOMY OF A PLAGUE presents strikingly conceived re-enactments of over-crowded emergency wards and police coercion. With authorities struggling to contain the infection in the face of social unrest, ethnic scapegoating and economic ruin, this special boldly illustrates what a plague would be like in today’s global village.

Cautionary history injects OUTBREAK: ANATOMY OF A PLAGUE with dramatic urgency, as Dr. Teresa Tam – who oversees Canada’s Federal Emergency Response Team – joins epidemiologist Michael Libman and other experts to speculate on the possible trajectory of a contemporary pandemic. Based on the book Plague: How Smallpox Devastated Montreal, by eminent historian Michael Bliss, OUTBREAK: ANATOMY OF A PLAGUE skilfully blends fiction with popular history to present a timely and engaging reflection on what can happen when pandemics strike.

OUTBREAK: ANATOMY OF A PLAGUE was produced by PMA Sciences Inc. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada in association with Discovery World HD Canada and Radio-Canada Television with the participation of SODEC.

Man-eating alligator gars, killer piranha and demon fish: tall tales or frightening facts?

In 1976 a packed coach crashed into the Amazon killing 39 people. When the bodies were pulled out, some had been so viciously mutilated by piranhas they could only be identified by their clothes.

Following the upcoming horror blockbuster Pirahna 3D, don’t miss an investigation of the real-thing when host and expert angler Jeremy Wade sets off of on a six-week murder mystery in the new Discovery World HD series, RIVER MONSTERS.

Premiering Wednesday, September 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT – with the remarkable quality of high-definition – Wade goes in search of these legendary, supernatural beasts living and moving murderously in the serpentine waterways of the planet on a global hunt for freshwater fish with a taste for human flesh. From tiny piranha that can tear apart humans in the Amazon to large killer catfish of man-eating proportions, Wade has seen it all…or has he?

Join Jeremy Wade as he attempts to solve a series of mysteries surrounding strange creatures that lurk beneath the water when RIVER MONSTERS airs Sept. 8 on Discovery World HD.

Fact or fiction: freshwater fish can grow as long as a whale; sharks can live in fresh water 160 kilometres from the sea; and a breed of fish feature teeth as big as a lion’s. With the hope of proving these mysteries right from wrong, Wade has taken his life-long passion for finding new varieties of aquatic vertebrae and turned it into a full-time career. Wade’s RIVER MONSTERS quests have him reeling and diving in with such fascinating creatures as nile perch, goliath tiger fish, freshwater sharks and piraiba catfish – all alleged man killers.

This international excursion takes Wade through the dark side of watery depths as he engages in a battle of wills with the beasts that lurk in our planet’s rivers and lakes. Watch as Wade opens his tackle box and risks his life in a quest for the truth – barely escaping peril in his encounters.

 

Episode highlights from RIVER MONSTERS include:

RIVER MONSTERS – “Amazon Assasins”

Wednesday, September 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

In the darkest depths of the Amazon lurks a dinosaur. Legends tell of an evil spirit inhabiting an enormous fish. Taller than a man, it is covered in scales and crushes its prey with a tongue made of bone. Jeremy Wade encounters the legendary arapaima fish.

 

RIVER MONSTERS – “Alligator Gar”

Wednesday, September 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

In the deep South is a fish reputed to have committed a series of violent attacks on humans. This creature is said to be as vicious as a shark and big as a gator. Extreme angler Jeremy Wade heads to Texas to reveal the truth about the notorious alligator gar.

 

RIVER MONSTERS – “Amazon Flesh Eaters”

Wednesday, September 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

A man swallowed whole by a fish. A body eaten alive from within. Another penetrated in a most unnatural fashion. Yet more victims attacked with multiple stab wounds. Jeremy Wade is in pursuit of some of the Amazon’s most notorious flesh eaters.

 

Sea life in a whole new way! Only Discovery World HD and IMAX® can take viewers to the bottom of the deepest seas to experience a spellbinding underwater world that few have ever seen.

Touch giant turtles, escape man-eating sharks and discover astonishing creatures that could inspire science fiction, such as the unusual rainbow nudibranch sea slug.

Premiering exclusively on the all-new Discovery World HD on Saturday, September 4 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, IMAX: UNDER THE SEA offers an inspirational exploration of magical underwater wonders like Indonesia’s famed Coral Triangle.

Then one week later, on Saturday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, return to Discovery World HD for the exclusive premiere of IMAX: DEEP SEA, for a rare glimpse of a wolf eel crushing and eating prickly sea urchins (spines and all!).

Filmed with the incomparable scope and clarity of high-definition and IMAX technology, Discovery World HD offers an intimate look into an underwater world few people have ever seen.  Some predatory, some symbiotic, sometimes exquisitely beautiful and sometimes treacherous – yet all ultimately dependent upon one another for survival – meet the colourful cast of characters featured in these two enchanting specials living out their lives in a variety of unique and often humorous relationships.

 

IMAX: UNDER THE SEA

Saturday, September 4 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

From award-winning documentary filmmaker Howard Hall and the production team behind IMAX film favourites DEEP SEA and INTO THE DEEP, comes this dynamic new underwater adventure that explores the impact of global climate change on the oceanic wilderness. Narrated by award-winning Canadian actor Jim Carrey, IMAX: UNDER THE SEA takes viewers from the waters of Southern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia’s famed Coral Triangle for face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. Discover the habits and habitats of great white sharks, flamboyant cuttlefish, leafy sea dragons and playful Australian sea lions as they play out the dramas of their lives amidst vast coral formations that rise from the ocean floor.

 

IMAX: DEEP SEA

Saturday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

From the mantis shrimp who engages in a one-on-one, matador-like challenge with a threatening octopus, to the green sea turtle who allows schools of fish aestheticians to clean its shell of unwanted algae, IMAX: DEEP SEA  focuses on the unusual and often surprising alliances struck between some of the world’s most exotic creatures. Produced by the legendary Howard Hall and narrated by multiple Academy Award® nominees Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, IMAX: DEEP SEA transports viewers to the underwater realm of the giant Pacific octopus, scorpion fish and barracuda. Discovering the strange and unusual partnerships these “star wars” creatures forge to ensure their survival, this one-hour special reveals how this co-operation allows life in this enchanting world to continue to flourish.

 

Their stories may be different, but their motive is always the same: to stay out of prison and live life on the run.

After they’ve evaded justice for years – even decades – go inside the minds and motives of 13 slippery criminals and find out why they were so tough for authorities to track down. Launching on Discovery’s gripping new channel Investigation Discovery, the 13-part series I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT premieres Friday, September 3 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT.

From removing their own fingerprints to identity theft, there’s nothing these guys won’t do to get away! With the best and the brightest in law enforcement after them, the now-captured inmates reveal first hand where they found shelter, how they changed their identities and how they (almost) got away with it.

How did these fugitives escape capture? Find out when I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT premieres Sept., 3 on Investigation Discovery.

Using their families, fake identification and violence to avoid capture, I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT features criminals – from bank robbers, murderers and drug dealers – so ruthless and scheming that they fleetingly managed to avoid being locked up. Using all means necessary to capture these renegade felons, law enforcement officers use both determination and ingenuity to bring each case to justice.

 

Highlights from the first episodes of I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT include:

 

I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT – “Got Remarried”

Fri., Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

After an argument one morning, Michael McGuffey shoots his wife point blank in the head. With support from his mother, McGuffey flees to Mexico – and evades the cops by simply taking the bus! With the financial support of his mother and a fake ID, he starts a new life. While in Mexico McGuffey remarries and fathers a child. The FBI however is finally able to trace him by his bank records – and with the help of Mexican police, ambush him and bring him into custody, putting an end to his new life in Mexico.

 

I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT – “Got Dumped”

Fri., Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

After gunning down a girlfriend in a public parking lot, Michael Alfonso goes on the run to Mexico. He struggles, living in poverty and constantly on the run from the Feds. Now nine years after the first murder, and three years since his latest, Alfonso has a new girlfriend and an opportunity to strike again. It is Alfonso’s criminal lifestyle that gets him caught, ending his 13-year murderous rampage.

 

I (ALMOST) GOT AWAY WITH IT – “Got To Sing Karaoke”

Fri., Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

After 40 years of marriage, Joe Crouch wakes up one morning and – unable to bring himself to tell his wife of their financial ruin – shoots her while she sleeps. After a phone call confession, he flees to Florida and with his new identity of a retired widower, he is able to evade the Feds for months. Crouch embraces his life as a fugitive and begins to fund his hobbies of golf and karaoke by robbing banks. Ultimately, it is his love of karaoke that gets him caught and puts an end to his life on the run.

 

Just how close can you really get to wild animals? Exotic pet ownership is not as rare as one might think – or as wildlife experts wish.

Millions of exotic animals are brought to the United States every year and a significant number of them have the potential to severely injure or kill their owners, neighbours and family.

Premiering Monday, August 16, at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, Animal Planet presents FATAL ATTRACTIONS a three-part series that goes inside the homes of wild pet owners who insist that sharing their lives with deadly big cats, chimpanzees and venomous reptiles is worth the risk.

With wild animal attacks making headlines now more than ever, Animal Planet digs deep to uncover what causes human fascination with these dangerous animals and what drives these owners’ obsessions.

FATAL ATTRACTIONS shares stories of people who keep dangerous animals as pets and learn how just one mistake can result in devastating consequences, Aug. 16 on Animal Planet

Each episode of FATAL ATTRACTIONS features several exotic pet ownership cases that are carefully re-enacted, scrutinized and questioned as human behaviour experts and animal authorities bring forth their educated opinions and analysis. Owners unhesitatingly share their experiences with exotic pets and offer explanations as to why their love for these deadly animals is worth jeopardizing something horrible – even death.

“It’s common for exotic animal owners to believe they have a special kinship with their animals,” says Josephine Martell, program director of the Captive Wild Animal Protection Campaign, “often to a degree that becomes extreme when they compromise their own and others’ safety as well as the welfare of the animals.”

Many owners of wild animals are in complete denial about the needs or safety concerns of large, free-ranging carnivores. And despite what they believe, no amount of love or companionship can take the wild out of wildlife – appropriate care for wild animals requires considerable expertise, specialized facilities and lifelong dedication. Wild animals, by nature, are self-sufficient and fare best without our interference. Their instinctive and innate behaviour makes them unsuitable as pets.

While their love, admiration and intrigue is genuine, these exotic pet owners often ignore the fact that their choice of a pet could cost them, innocent bystanders or their beloved pets their lives. Why is it then that some people are comfortable with domestic pets like cats and dogs but others go to extremes to find companionship and love from animals that have the strong potential to kill them?

Episode highlights for FATAL ATTRACTIONS include:

 

FATAL ATTRACTIONS – “Big Cats”

Monday, August 16, at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

When Julie came across a black leopard for sale in an exotic pet magazine, she jumped at the opportunity and brought home Jovani – who she affectionately called JoJo. But on an ordinary February afternoon, Julie suffered the shock of her life as Jovani unexpectedly jumped on her and nearly ripped off her ear. Once he caught scent of the blood, Jovani’s wild instincts set in and he tore off a portion of her scalp with his teeth.

 

FATAL ATTRACTIONS – “Chimps”

Monday, August 23, at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Montana resident Jeanne, owner of two young adult male chimpanzees, Connor and Kramer, is fully aware of the risk of parenting two primates; her love for these chimps however seems to outweigh her concern for her own life. And even though Jeanne personally knew the infamous Travis the Chimp, who brutally disfigured Charla Nash in February 2009 in Connecticut (Travis is Kramer and Connor’s half brother) Jeanne remains faithful to her conviction that she’s doing the right thing.

 

FATAL ATTRACTIONS – “Reptiles”

Monday, August 30, at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Not every exotic animal owner is as fortunate as Julie and Jeanne however. This episode features stories where a man who lived with seven large Nile monitor lizards and a woman who owned more than 20 snakes and lizards were both killed by the animals they loved and cherished.

 

In a workplace where 15cm hooks attached to 64km-long lines can fly off the deck and take a crew member down 30 metres deep in seconds, there’s no question that the world of New England’s long line fishermen is anything short of risky.

Taking grit, guts and humour for these men and women to conquer the high seas and high stakes of swordfishing, Discovery World HD’s Canadian premiere of SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE is a truly potent mix of unbelievable footage and unforgettable characters.

Beginning Wednesday, August 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, this eight-part series follows four boats – Eagle Eye II, Big Eye, Seahawk and Frances Ann – as they head into the stormy waters of the North Atlantic to hunt for magnificent giants of the deep: swordfish.

The rewards are great but the risks are even greater when SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE premieres Aug. 4 on the new Discovery World HD.

Swordfish are vigorous, powerful fighters weighing nearly a thousand kilograms, so each boat’s skipper must use every ounce of experience and knowledge they have to locate and track down these legendary beasts. The best time to catch them is every fall surrounding the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and the Georges Bank off the Gulf of Maine – home to some of the wildest storms on Earth, including “The Perfect Storm” of 1991.

For these New England fishermen, each 20-hour work day is a major gamble – risking their life and livelihood to get the job done. Costing roughly $60,000 to make the month-long journey each fall, the fishermen need to catch literally thousands of kilograms of fish just to break even.

But with some fish reeling in as much as $20,000 a piece, each trip can turn from disaster to success in mere seconds. With their swordfish bounty on board, the fishermen still have to make the journey home – alive! – before they race to the market where the first to return gets the highest price. Both resilient and tough, these fishermen approach every mentally and physically exhausting day knowing it could be their last.

Upcoming episode highlights for SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE include:

SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE – “Voyage to Hell”

Wednesday, August 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The fall swordfishing season gets off to a rocky start after engine failure aboard Sea Hawk sends Eagle Eye II on a mission of mercy. Then a little coastal boat takes a big risk on the dangerous waters of the Grand Banks.

 

SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE – “Blood on the Deck”

Wednesday, August 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Accidents plague Eagle Eye II and leave them a man down, while Sea Hawk and Big Eye battle big seas to get swords on the deck. Then, Frances Anne sets out with a greenhorn surfer aboard ship.

 

SWORDS: LIFE ON THE LINE – “Hostile Takeover”

Wednesday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Eagle Eye II hits a patch of deadly blue sharks, while Sea Hawk and Big Eye get their lines crossed as they battle for territory.

 

Charged by a rhino, dragged by a 225kg alligator and bitten by a bull shark. Will these victims find the strength to overcome their fears and face these wild animals again?

Few people ever experience anything more physically devastating, blindsiding and bizarre than those who have been attacked by a wild animal. Just two days after the network launch, Discovery World HD takes viewers on an emotional – and harrowing – journey around the world with wild animal attack survivors when SAVAGED WITH DAVE SALMONI premieres Wednesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Join host Dave Salmoni – zoologist, big predator expert and attack survivor – as he uses expertise and forensic investigation to understand why people are attacked, how they can survive and how to avoid a similar fate.

SAVAGED WITH DAVE SALMONI investigates wild animal attacks on humans and explores ways to prevent similar attacks from occurring in the future, August 4 on Discovery World HD

An attack victim himself, Salmoni is uniquely suited to help victims recover from emotional trauma, providing an understanding of how wild animals become provoked and exploring ways to prevent similar attacks from occurring in the future.

In each episode Salmoni meets with two attack victims and walks them through their ordeal in an effort to help them learn to appreciate these untamed animals. Returning to the site of the attack, the victims recreate their terrifying experience and Salmoni introduces them to a tame animal of the same species to help them replace negative memories of their attack with positive images of animals in the wild.

Attacks on people by wild animals might be rare but when they happen they’re both physically and emotionally traumatizing. SAVAGED WITH DAVE SALMONI helps viewers understand the animal’s point of view by exploring the world of wild animals, their instincts and behaviour, and the pressures on their species to survive in an ever-shrinking habitat.

Salmoni shows the victims – and the viewer – that the animals are likely not stalking humans as prey but rather patrolling their territory, protecting their young or even suffering from starvation. Finally, he looks at how we can share our wild spaces with these animals while preventing similar near-death experiences.

 

Episode highlights for SAVAGED WITH DAVE SALMONI include:

SAVAGED WITH DAVE SALMONI – “Treacherous Waters”

Wed., August 4 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

A young man is left terrified of ever going back on the water after an aggressive hippo turns a family canoe trip in Zimbabwe upside down. Later, a son’s near-deadly encounter with a bull shark turns a sunny Bahamian spear fishing trip into a father’s darkest nightmare.

 

SAVAGED WITH DAVE SALMONI – “Fight for Survival”

Wed., August 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

While on a hiking trip through a remote area of Zimbabwe’s Chizarira National Park, angry elephants attack two young friends leaving one bleeding out while the other struggles to find safety. Later, 12-year-old Devin is swimming in a Louisiana pond and suddenly finds himself in a life-and-death struggle with a 225kg alligator who tears through his left arm.

 

SAVAGED WITH DAVE SALMONI – “Unexpected Danger”

Wed., August 18 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Deep in the British Columbia forest, one man’s seemingly normal workday turns deadly as he races to escape from an enraged grizzly. Later, a long awaited South African safari takes a dangerous turn as two brothers are left to deal with the aftermath of a rhino’s charge.

 

What a remarkable voyage! Discovery Channel Canada’s production company Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) announced today its biggest sale in the terrestrial marketplace.

Australia’s Seven Network has acquired EPI’s entire MIGHTY SHIPS library, representing three seasons (6 x 60), one pilot (1 x 60) and a soon-to-be-produced fourth season (6 x 60). And in the northern hemisphere, EPI has sold the series to the Emmy® Award-winning Smithsonian Channel HD for U.S. broadcast.

These deals build on EPI’s successful cable and satellite sales of MIGHTY SHIPS internationally, where the series is also available to viewers in the U.K., Europe, Scandinavia and South-East Asia.

Offering exclusive behind-the-scenes access, MIGHTY SHIPS explores every part of today’s most extraordinary vessels, from pirate-hunting naval frigates and high-tech ocean dredgers to luxury cruise ships and lethal nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Using high-end HD visuals and extraordinary 5.1 surround sound, MIGHTY SHIPS peers into engine rooms, bridges and bilges and meets captains, engineers and able seamen, as it reveals everything from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the human drama seafarers face.

The winning combination of “high tech, high stakes and high seas” makes MIGHTY SHIPS fascinating television viewing. Australian terrestrial broadcaster, Seven Network, recently premiered the series’ pilot episode, MIGHTY SHIPS: “Inside the Queen Mary 2,” and delivered one million viewers*. The series is also a popular audience hit on Discovery Channel Canada, where Season 3 currently airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

“From the Captain’s bridge to the boiler room, MIGHTY SHIPS indulges a human curiosity and sense of awe that’s universal,” said Tony Leadman, Head, Worldwide Program Distribution, EPI. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that my colleagues at the world’s leading broadcasting companies feel the same way and are adding this remarkable series to their schedules.”

MIGHTY SHIPS is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery Channel Canada.