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Coming Off Record Setting Ratings Success History(Tm) Builds on Its Momentum Greenlighting Seven New Series
The series cover such topics as "the complexity of machines, remarkable trains, ancient battles, historical inventions, underground construction, seminal moments in history and the evolution of civilization."

[via press release from History]


Diverse Network Slate Covers Subjects including Ancient Wars, Locomotives, Machinery, Historical Inventions, Military Tactics, Unseen Historical Events and Urban Miners

New York, April 28, 2008 � Following record-breaking ratings success over the last 18 months, History(TM) today announced an ambitious slate of seven new series in production that will continue to propel the network's dominance as the premiere destination for all things history. The series, set to premiere in 2008 and 2009, cover a variety of historical topics, such as the complexity of machines, remarkable trains, ancient battles, historical inventions, underground construction, seminal moments in history and the evolution of civilization. The announcement was made by Nancy Dubuc, Executive Vice President and General Manager, History.

"Powered by a hugely successful 2007 and our strongest first quarter ever in 2008, History has broken records in every single target metric with double digit increases in all the key demographics on every night of the week. Add to that the launch of our top nine series of all time, and our momentum just keeps getting stronger," said Dubuc.

New series are:

Evolve � A riveting look at the history of the key innovations that have driven nature's evolutionary path from the dawn of life to today. Premieres 2nd Quarter 2008 � 13 Episodes. Executive Producer for History is Charles Nordlander. Produced by Optomen Productions.

Extreme Trains - Train conductor Matt Bown lends his expertise to this series that profiles the history of the longest, strongest, highest, fastest, and just plain coolest trains on the planet! Premieres 4th Quarter 2008 - 8 Episodes. Executive Producer for History is Dirk Hoogstra. Produced by Tiger Aspect Productions.

The Works � Daniel H. Wilson puts complex subjects such as steel, motorcycles and power tools under the microscope revealing their history and unseen secrets and finds enough fascinating "did you know" facts that would make the most knowledgeable of history buffs scratch his head. Premieres 3rd Quarter 2008 � 10 Episodes. Executive Producers for History are Dirk Hoogstra and Paul Cabana. Produced by Powderhouse Productions.

"American Original" Sandhogs � Having built nearly every tunnel and underground project in New York City, Sandhogs have been an instrumental part of the development of the city. This new "American Original" explores the history of a world rarely seen, but one that is integral to the lifeblood of America's largest city. Premieres 3rd Quarter 2008 - 12 Episodes. Executive Producer for History is Carl H. Lindahl. Executive Producer for Eyepop Productions is Eddie Rosenstein. Executive Producer for Pilgrim Films and Television is Craig Piligian.

Surviving History � Thrill-seeking history buffs put history's artifacts and weapons to the test. Premieres 2nd Quarter 2008 - 9 Episodes. Executive Producer for History is Dirk Hoogstra. Produced by Brainbox Productions.

What Went Down � A front-row-center seat for the most amazing unseen moments in history, meticulously rendered in high-definition CGI from the point of view of key witnesses who were in the center of the action. Premieres 2009 - 6 Episodes. Executive Producer for History is David McKillop. Produced by Creative Differences.

Battles B.C. � Ancient battles meet the contemporary visual style of Last Stand of the 300 in this series that will focus on the heroes and military strategies of the ancient world. Premieres 2009 � 8 Episodes. Executive Producer for History is Susan Werbe. Produced by Four In Hand Productions.

Dubuc added: "The History brand is poised to continue its preeminence in the marketplace. Our mission is to make History the first-choice destination for viewers and our goal is to create appointment viewing series for every night of the week. We are making history more active, personal, and accessible and the response from viewers has been extraordinary. Our commitment to great storytelling and immersing viewers in the narrative is at the heart of our success. These new series reflect that and speak volumes about where we are headed."

The return of Ice Road Truckers, the most popular series to date on History, is set for June 8. The previously announced Eyes on Target (wt) from Reveille and Cabana 9, will debut in 4th Quarter 2008 and Jurassic Fight Club from 1080 Inc. will premiere in 3rd Quarter 2008. Said Dubuc: "Our commitment to providing the best non-fiction programming on television is evident when you consider that we are teaming up with best-in-class storytellers like Mark Burnett who is producing Expedition: Stanley and Livingstone for us, Thom Beers of Original Productions, Howard Owens of Reveille and Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films."

History.com, the premiere destination for all things history, will showcase each series with exclusive destination mini-sites featuring dynamic interactive broadband and short form content, games, video logs, timelines, and much more. Dubuc stated: "As our investment in the web increases there will be an upsurge of video and interactive content, including web-exclusives, and long and short-form content created to superserve those who just can't get enough of their History."

History(TM) and History HD(TM) are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning, original non-fiction series and event-driven specials that connects history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the networks' program offerings are hit series such as Ax Men, Battle 360, The Universe, Cities of The Underworld and Ice Road Truckers, as well as acclaimed specials including King, Life After People, 1968 With Tom Brokaw, Lost Book of Nostradamus, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed and Sherman's March. History has earned four Peabody Awards, three Primetime Emmy� Awards, 10 News & Documentary Emmy� Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History� campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take A Veteran to School Day is the network's latest initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. History's website, located at www.History.com, is the definitive historical online source that delivers entertaining and informative content featuring broadband video, interactive timelines, maps, games podcasts and more.

  [april 2008]  


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