Thom Beers, CEO and Executive Producer of Original Productions, a division of FremantleMedia, and his Emmy® nominated Deadliest Catch team are set to debut their first scripted television event. The team, including Beers and Original Productions President Philip Segal, will premiere the movie, Deadliest Sea, this Sunday night July 19 at 9PM ET/PT, on the Discovery Channel. The epic launches just a few days after the ATAS (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) announcement (7.16.09) that their five-year-old Discovery Channel ratings winner, Deadliest Catch, has been nominated for four Primetime Emmy® Awards.
“The scripted film is a natural extension of Original’s and Discovery’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ brand, because there are stories of heroism that have been left untold on the ocean’s storm-whipped waters,” said Beers. “The Deadliest Sea tells the story of the decision every sea captain fears: the announcement to abandon ship,” said Segal. “This is a very real concern each time our film crews are out on the Bering Sea with the fishing vessels.
Both Thom Beers and Philip Segal are Executive Producers of the Deadliest Sea, along with noted writer, producer, director Karen Wookey, who is also credited as producer of the film.
Original Productions 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations for the series Deadliest Catch include: Outstanding Nonfiction Series, Outstanding Cinematography Nonfiction Programming, Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming.
Founded by Thom Beers in 1997, Original Productions produces authentic non-fiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations. Beers’ steadfast focus on top-notch storytelling with engaging personalities in high risk circumstances has produced more than 1,000 hours of original programming. In February 2009, a majority stake in the company was purchased by FremantleMedia, one of the leading entertainment brands in the world.
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