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Discovery Goes Exploring With Odyssey

May 29, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Discovery Channel is diving deep to find compelling programming.
The network and production company JWM Productions have made an exclusive deal with
Odyssey Marine Exploration, a leader in deep ocean shipwreck exploration, that will let cameras follow Odyssey’s divers for an 11-part high-definition series to air next year.
“This series will give our viewers a front-row seat as Odyssey’s archaeological and forensics teams search for sunken treasures and unravel the mysteries of long-lost shipwrecks,” said John Ford, president and general manager, Discovery Channel. “This compelling 11-part series will show viewers the intense drama of underwater detective work. We are excited to have JWM creating this series for our audiences around the globe.”
The network expects JWM’s cameras to record Odyssey’s crew facing high seas and heavy weather. At the same time, there will be political red tape and legal battles to be dealt with in order to maintain access to shipwrecks.
The series will employ computer graphics to help tell the story and high-tech labs to analyze the fragile artifacts recovered from the wreckage.
“Odyssey is recovering not only treasures but fascinating shipwreck stories from the bottom of the world’s oceans. And our job is to deliver these stories, discoveries and adventures to Discovery’s viewers in a way that brings them right into the action,” explained Jason Williams, president and co-founder of JWM Productions. “We’re looking forward to an exciting season with unparalleled coverage of Odyssey’s operations.”
Last year, Odyssey discovered half a million silver and gold coins weighing 17 tons from a Colonial-era site code-named “Black Swan.” In 2003, it discovered the Civil War-era shipwreck of the S.S. Republic and recovered more than 50,000 coins and 14,000 other artifacts from 1,700 feet underwater.
“We’re proud of the exploration and archaeological work our team accomplishes in the challenging offshore environment, and for a long time we’ve been looking for the right format to share the excitement of our expeditions with viewers around the world,” said Greg Stemm, Odyssey’s CEO. “JWM has a proven track record of producing smart, compelling television and Discovery Channel is the No. 1 media and television brand in overall quality for the eighth straight year. We’re sure that Discovery’s viewers will enjoy ‘being there’ during our shipwreck search and exploration expeditions.”
Odyssey has several shipwreck projects in various stages around the world.

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