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Sportsman Channel’s “Shed Wars” Rage On Thursday, June 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (June 16, 2015) – Justin “Iron Man” Greshko and Team Grenda face daunting obstacles in this week’s episode of Sportsman Channel’s Shed Wars. A spring snowstorm sweeps through the Rocky Mountains causing “Iron Man” more trouble than he bargains for and the Grendas are in for a surprise when Adam struggles to land their bush plane. Shed Wars airs exclusively Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sportsman Channel.

Shed-Wars-Justin-Greshko-320x200Greshko risks driving onto muddy roads to reach a location he has never shed hunted before. The unpredictable weather brings sheets of snowfall and after deeming the remainder of his trek too dangerous, he decides to head home. The spring snow takes its toll on the roads, and Iron Man’s vehicle won’t budge in the mud – leaving him stranded.

As the shed season progresses, Adam and Tana Grenda continue to fly their bush plane to easily locate antlers from the sky. But this week, the couple realizes their once helpful tactic could become dangerous. “The wind must have switched to a tailwind and we were moving way too fast across the ground to land,” explained Adam Grenda. “I came in too hot and I [couldn’t] get the plane to land. We [were] going to overshoot and run into the fence at the end.”

Viewers also will catch a glimpse into the buying and selling of sheds, as Fish prepares to meet with “Antler Man” – one of the most well-known antler brokers in the country. Fish’s pile of sheds weighs in at nearly 4,000 pounds, but he worries tensions will rise if they can’t see eye to eye on pricing.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To find Sportsman Channel in your area click here.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Shannon Kolpin, Sportsman Channel, P: 262.432.9100 ex 102, skolpin@thesportsmanchannel.com

Sportsman Channel’s “Saving Private K-9” Offers Back-to-Back Episodes, Season Finale Airs Thursday, June 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (June 8, 2015) – Sportsman Channel’s Saving Private K-9 reports for duty in the season finale with a special two-episode event. Explosions, bravery, camaraderie and strength outline the intense episodes featuring two K-9 heroes and their handlers, whose mission is to protect and serve. Tune in to the award-winning original series Saving Private K-9 on Thursday, June 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

savingprivatek9randyvandusenbodie-320x200When the Taliban began to retreat from Sangin, one of the most dangerous cities in Afghanistan, they left behind hidden explosives, in hopes of stinting U.S. troop numbers. Marine Cpl. Jose Armenta and his K-9 partner Zenit are called to ensure the safety of their fellow soldiers while setting up a patrol base in the area. The brave team discovers and eliminates multiple IEDs on their mission. But danger continues to lurk in all corners of the city, making the discovery of every threat nearly impossible – a fact the team would soon learn when Cpl. Armenta steps on an IED.

“I take one step, and my ears just ring and everything goes slowly,” recalls Cpl. Armenta. “My body is stiff as a board and I feel like I’m on fire. At that moment I knew instantly I had stepped on an IED.”

The danger and bravery continues in Episode Two when a routine traffic stop turns into a high-speed pursuit, as a suspected car thief evades law enforcement. Officer Randy Van Dusen releases K-9 Bodie, a patrol and narcotics detection dog, to engage the suspect. Unbeknownst to the officers, the suspect is carrying a stolen gun. Moments later, Bodie finds himself in the most dangerous fight of his life – a fight that would showcase just how strong the bond between a K-9 and handler can be.

“The bond between a handler and his K-9 partner is one that’s difficult to explain. We are with these dogs 24/7. They are our partner at work, our friend at home and they love us no matter what,” said Officer Van Dusen. “They are with us in very stressful situations. We are always together as a team. He is part of the family, and you never leave family behind.”

About Pilgrim Studios: Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television, including hit series Fast N’ Loud, Misfit Garage and Street Outlaws for Discovery; Ghost Hunters for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Down East Dickering for History; Swamp Pawn for CMT; Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley for OWN; David Tutera’s CELEBrations for WEtv; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: North vs. South for National Geographic Channel; Amazing America with Sarah Palin and Saving Private K-9 for Sportsman Channel; Bring It! for Lifetime; Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe for CNN; and the recently launched My Big Fat Fabulous Life for TLC. The company also produced the breakout movie Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives for Discovery’s 2013 Shark Week, as well as the movie Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine and the special Megalodon: The New Evidence for the channel’s Shark Week 2014. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim has produced the pilot Recovery Road ABC Family, recently picked up for a full season. The company’s original movies for Lifetime include Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In ItalyAbducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To find Sportsman Channel in your area click here.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Shannon Kolpin, Sportsman Channel, P: 262.432.9100 ex 102, skolpin@thesportsmanchannel.com

Sportsman Channel’s “Shed Wars” Take to the Sky Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (June 8, 2015) – The heart of shed season has arrived and Team Grenda (Adam and Tana Grenda) could not be more excited. In this week’s episode of Sportsman Channel’s Shed Wars, the Grenda’s put their pilot’s licenses to good use on an aerial journey to shed hunt from a bush plane. Back on the ground, Brady “Bone Daddy” Dixon finds himself in an unexpected race for time. Shed Wars airs exclusively Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sportsman Channel.

By combining Team Grenda’s two passions – flying bush planes and shed hunting – they become an unstoppable team. Adam and Tana Grenda work together to pinpoint sheds from the sky, marking the coordinates with their GPS and tracking the antlers once they are back on the ground. It is an expensive endeavor, reserved only for the heart of shed season. Team Grenda hopes to discover as many antlers as they can from the sky, without losing their bearings once on the ground.

“Your prospective from the sky is so different,” said Tana Grenda. “But that’s why we mark it on our GPS, because if we see it in the air, there’s no way to find it on the ground and try to navigate your way around.

While Team Grenda hopes to gain an advantage over the other competitors from the sky, remaining teams continue their search for antlers on the ground – including Brady “Bone Daddy” Dixon. The intense hunter brings out his ATV for a more efficient antler hunt, but discovers even the most unsuccessful day can bring more shed hunting woes. While out scouting, Bone Daddy loses his ATV keys with only a moment’s notice to decide if he will continue to search or walk back to his truck as nightfall quickly closes in.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To find Sportsman Channel in your area click here.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Shannon Kolpin, Sportsman Channel, P: 262.432.9100 ex 102, skolpin@thesportsmanchannel.com

Pigman: The Series Shares Emotional Road to Recovery in Two-Part Episode of “Pigman Rising” Sunday, June 7 on Sportsman Channel

Special Guest Ret. Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris Attempts to Take Pigman on First Hunt Since Accident

 NEW BERLIN, WI (June 2, 2015) – “These are the two hardest episodes I’ve ever filmed,” states Brian “Pigman” Quaca in the opening sequence of a special two-part event called “Pigman Rising” on Pigman: The Series, Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m. ET exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

“I am not sure if I was ready to come back. I may look a little different – I am still healing, but trust me in my heart I’m exactly the same. And you definitely don’t want to miss these two shows,” continues Quaca. The conclusion of the two-part event is on June 14 at 8 p.m. ET. Quaca also will host a Twitter chat during the episode and fans can ask questions using #PigmanRising and following @SmokinPork.

BrianPigmanQuaca-320x200On Dec. 26, 2014, Brian “Pigman” Quaca nearly died in a horrific automobile accident on a snowy road in Colorado. The violent crash left Quaca critically injured, with devastating injuries that included 11 skull fractures, bleeding on the brain, cracked ribs and blood in his lungs. In this two-part episode, Pigman and his dad, Dap, go into great detail about the circumstances surrounding the accident, Quaca’s fight for his life and the numerous obstacles he has overcome – including severe nerve damage and significant vision loss.

Viewers will follow Quaca along one of numerous doctor visits, acupuncture treatments and more as he, and Dap, struggle with their new reality.

Seeing his son struggle, Dap finds Ret. Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris who has lived to tell his near-death story in his book Steel Will. While on patrol in Iraq in 2007, Harris’ Humvee hit an IED. That blast cost Shilo his ears, part of his nose, some fingers and over one third of the skin on his body – as well as three of his best friends.

“For me the physical scars will heal quickly,” stated Harris. “But there’s an internal, emotional and mental healing that goes with this. That’s why I’m here to help. (Brian) is going to realize just how strong he can be. He’s not broken. This is a new chapter in his book.”

What Dap doesn’t realize is Harris is there not only to help get Pigman back out on his first hunt since his accident, but also to help heal the emotional wounds inside Dap and the entire family.

“I love getting out hunting,” concluded Harris. “I know how therapeutic it is. I am hoping to encourage Brian to get out there to do what he does best – to kill pigs.”

Learn more about Pigman: The Series at http://facebook.com/PigmanTV on Twitter http://Twitter.com/SmokinPork, Instagram at http://Instagram.com/PigmanTV and online http://PigmanTV.com and www.youtube.com/PigmanTheSeries

About Pigman: The Series: Set deep in the heart of Texas, Leupold’s Pigman: The Series takes viewers on a wild ride with its ever unpredictable and crazy Executive Producer and four-time Sportsman Channel Host of the Year, Brian ‘Pigman’ Quaca, at the helm.  Now in its sixth season, Pigman: The Series has earned rank as one of Sportsman Channel’s top-rated shows by entertaining the masses with a plethora of hunts and locations.  Of course, Pigman’s pursuit of pigs is always his love and passion, but don’t think he isn’t capable of sharing the love to any species who dares to step out in front of his sights. Pigman: The Series is Executive Produced by Brian Quaca and David Luce in association with Duality Filmworks. David and Daniel Holechek serve as co-producers. Learn more at http://PigmanTV.com

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To find Sportsman Channel in your area click here.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Shannon Kolpin, Sportsman Channel, P: 262.432.9100 ex 102, skolpin@thesportsmanchannel.com

Tom Caraccioli, Sportsman Channel, P: 212.852.6646, tcaraccioli@thesportsmanchannel.com

Sportsman Channel’s “Saving Private K-9” Calls on Canine Cops in Back-to-Back Episodes on Thursday, June 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (June 1, 2015) – How do working dogs and their handlers control a home invasion? Or find a suspected drug dealer on the run? The award-winning original series Saving Private K-9 answers these questions and more in two emotional and inspiring back-to-back episodes on Thursday, June 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

SPK9BanditOfficerGaryDahl-320x200Episode One takes viewers on a dangerous and highly-charged patrol to apprehend a suspected drug dealer. Shadow, a Dutch Shepherd trained as a narcotics detection dog, is on the case. Shadow’s handler, Officer Mark Rand of the Indianapolis Police Department, witnesses the fierce dog engage the suspect. The process, a seemingly routine procedure and apprehension, suddenly went wrong when the suspect began hurtling down a dangerously steep hill, Shadow in tow. Officer Rand knows his K-9 teammate was tough, but training back at the station couldn’t prepare the dog for a potentially lethal fall.

“When you first go on the streets with a new dog, there are two feelings,” explained Officer Rand. “One is the excitement of a new dog and being able to see a dog that you spent hours in training…getting to actually see him perform in the world and seeing what he is capable of. But then there’s also the anxiety of, is this dog actually going to engage a person on the street when there’s no equipment around and do what he’s been trained to do?”

The action continues in Episode Two, as Officer Gary Dahl of the Sacramento Police Department and K-9 Bandit are called to the scene of a home invasion. The suspect, armed and dangerous, fled the scene after Dahl’s failed attempts to call him to surrender. The perpetrator enters another home nearby, warranting Bandit’s release to obtain him. Officer Dahl loses sight of Bandit, and moments later his stomach drops, as shots are fired. Officer Dahl soon discovers it is a race for time…and his K-9 partner’s survival.

“Bandit has kept so many people safe that have no clue as to who he is or what he’s ever done. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him and have my family be around him. That’ll be something I’ll have for the rest of my life,” said Officer Dahl.

About Pilgrim Studios: Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television, including hit series Fast N’ Loud, Misfit Garage and Street Outlaws for Discovery; Ghost Hunters for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Down East Dickering for History; Swamp Pawn for CMT; Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley for OWN; David Tutera’s CELEBrations for WEtv; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: North vs. South for National Geographic Channel; Amazing America with Sarah Palin and Saving Private K-9 for Sportsman Channel; Bring It! for Lifetime; Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe for CNN; and the recently launched My Big Fat Fabulous Life for TLC. The company also produced the breakout movie Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives for Discovery’s 2013 Shark Week, as well as the movie Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine and the special Megalodon: The New Evidence for the channel’s Shark Week 2014. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim has produced the pilot Recovery Road ABC Family, recently picked up for a full season. The company’s original movies for Lifetime include Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In ItalyAbducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To find Sportsman Channel in your area click here.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Shannon Kolpin, Sportsman Channel, P: 262.432.9100 ex 102, skolpin@thesportsmanchannel.com

Questions Surround Sportsman Channel’s First Episode of “Shed Wars” As Reality Tumbles Face First with Reality

Episode Three Airs on Thursday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (June 1, 2015) – When the first episode of Sportsman Channel’s Shed Wars (Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT) concluded, viewers were left on the side of a trail in the Rocky Mountains with The Rack Pack (Josh Yandle and Justin Lottman) wondering how they were going to scale the dangerous Rocky Mountain ravine in the pitch dark with limited light available or be forced to spend the night in the wilds.

ShedWarsTeamAdrenaline-320x200Talk about a cliffhanger!

When viewers returned for the second episode, expecting to see how Yandle and Lottman managed to escape the danger-filled scenario, the scene was curiously absent of explanation.

How and why?

Reality collided with “reality” when a member of the True Sight Media production team – cameramen Forest Cox – fell 35 feet down the side of the mountain ravine while trying to shoot the scene – in the dark – for episode two. Cox’s fall resulted in the camera getting destroyed but, luckily, he was not seriously injured. The hearty cameraman did suffer a bruised spine, sprained wrist and swollen ankle but managed to return the next day to shoot more episodes.

“This was a case where the reality of ‘reality-based’ television came into play in a very dangerous scenario,” said Tyler Lindsay, senior producer for Shed Wars. “Losing the storyline of Josh and Justin was the least of our worries that night when Forest fell. In fact, Josh and Justin carried the injured cameraman to safety. Amazingly, Forest returned to the top of the mountain the next day to continue shooting more scenes for future episodes.”

Sportsman Channel’s new original series Shed Wars follows the adventures – sometimes dangerous – of five teams vying to compete for the skyrocketing demand for antler sheds in the Rocky Mountains. The underwhelming supply of sheds – with high demand – has turned the opening of shed season into one of the fiercest competitions the great outdoors has ever seen and sometimes life threatening. The five teams provide viewers a glimpse into what it takes to survive the entire shed hunting cycle. Through months of preparation and challenging Rocky Mountain terrain, they risk it all in the pursuit of the ultimate pay day.

Catch a sneak peek: http://bit.ly/1DUkHgW.

Teams take great risk for what they hope will be an even greater reward. The four other teams include:

  • Bone Daddy – Brady “Bone Daddy” Dixon (Fruita, Colo.) is always convinced the next big score is just around the bend. Dixon is relentless in his pursuit for the next record breaking shed set. Love him or hate him, it is his way or the highway.
  • Fish – Fish Fisher (Bozeman, Mont.) has a long history of shed hunting. With the good book at his side, he is out to share the message and stack some bone.
  • Team Grenda – Bush pilot Tana Grenda, her brother Tom and husband Adam (Bonners Ferry Idaho), are all about having the upper hand. With ATVs, snowmobiles, dogs and an airplane at their disposal, they can overcome any obstacle standing in their way, and claim the hardest to reach shed piles.
  • Iron Man – Justin “Iron Man” Greshko’s (Edwards, Colo.) obsession with antlers keeps him awake at night. With the agility of a mountain goat and the veracity of a bear, there is no mountain that can contain him.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To find Sportsman Channel in your area click here.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Shannon Kolpin, Sportsman Channel, P: 262.432.9100 ex 102, skolpin@thesportsmanchannel.com

Tom Caraccioli, Sportsman Channel, P: 212.852.6646, tcaraccioli@thesportsmanchannel.com

 

Sportsman Channel Names Mitch Petrie Vice President of Programming

NEW BERLIN, WI (May 21, 2015) Sportsman Channel, a division of the Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks, has named Mitch Petrie, vice president of programming in an announcement made today. He will report to Jeffrey Wayne, executive vice president of programming and production for Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks.

Mitch Petrie “As an experienced producer and avid hunting and fishing enthusiast who is well known and respected in the outdoor industry, Mitch will make an immediate contribution to Sportsman Channel’s aggressive drive to become one of America’s favorite lifestyle networks,” said Wayne. “He brings a wealth of experience in production and programming, client services, business development and advertising sales. I know he will be a tremendous asset to our team.”

Prior to joining Sportsman Channel, Petrie established Muddy Boot Productions, LLC, an award-winning, full-service television production company. Currently, among many popular programs for outdoor enthusiasts, Petrie produces the award-winning hit series Wardens on Outdoor Channel, which just wrapped its fifth season. It will air its 100th episode on Outdoor Channel in 2016.

Prior to starting his own production company, Petrie was president of Ron Schara Productions, based in Minnesota. Offering a rare blend of creative ability and operational strengths, he focused effort on building company infrastructure and developing sales pipelines. In that role, he also served as executive producer of all Ron Schara television productions including popular outdoor shows: Minnesota Bound, Due North Outdoors, Pheasants Forever Television, Backroads with Ron & Raven, FOXPRO’s Furtakers and Destination Polaris.

“This is a great opportunity for me to help take the already successful Sportsman Channel to an even higher level,” said Petrie. “Sportsman Channel has always been seen as the place where active hunting, fishing and shooting enthusiasts go to watch their favorite shows. That will not change. I look forward to serving this passionate fan base for many years ahead.”

Petrie resides in Plymouth, Minn. with his wife, Kristin, and sons Theo (16), Aaron (13) and William (11). All five are avid hunting and fishing enthusiasts.

About Outdoor Sportsman Group

Outdoor Sportsman Group is a division of KSE Media Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) and the corporate management entity for KSE’s outdoor-related multichannel network, publishing and digital media assets. The Group is comprised of Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and a 50 percent interest in World Fishing Network; 15 market leading outdoor magazines, such as Guns & Ammo, Petersen’s Bowhunting and Florida Sportsman; and 17 top websites, including BassFan.com. The division also includes KSE’s television production operations, including Winnercomm.

About Sportsman Channel

Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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 Media Contact:

Tom Caraccioli, Sportsman Channel, 212.852.6646, tcaraccioli@thesportsmanchannel.com

Sportsman Channel’s “Saving Private K-9” Tells Tale of Fight for Survival – Thursday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (May 18, 2015) – In this week’s episode of Sportsman Channel’s Saving Private K-9, Officer Bryan Rodriguez and K-9 Officer Reiko are called to a murder scene in West Covina, Calif. With the suspect still on the run, Reiko deploys to apprehend the threat. Before the K-9 officer can complete the task, the suspect retrieves and fires his gun. Reiko continues to fight on, but surrounding officers fear he is suffering from a lethal wound.

Tune in to the award-winning original series Saving Private K-9 hosted by Lt. Colonel Oliver North on Thursday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

Officer Bryan Rodriguez and ReikoOfficer Rodriguez and Reiko know if the perpetrator of a serious crime is still on the run, all they can do is prepare for the unexpected. With the help of a team of officers, the suspect is discovered and has no way to escape. But the criminal’s noncompliance to surrender meant Reiko must be deployed. Reiko approaches the armed fugitive, successfully engaging him. What Reiko did not expect, was a suspect with a gun. Shots are fired, a battle for survival ensues, and the unbreakable bond between K-9 and handler is tested.

 “I don’t know if the bond between a K-9 and a handler could ever be described,” said Rodriguez. “It would probably just be the same as the bond between a father and son, mother and daughter. You love these dogs as if they are your own kid. This is our work, together.”

About Pilgrim Studios: Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television, including hit series Fast N’ Loud, Misfit Garage and Street Outlaws for Discovery; Ghost Hunters for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Down East Dickering for History; Swamp Pawn for CMT; Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley for OWN; David Tutera’s CELEBrations for WEtv; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: North vs. South for National Geographic Channel; Amazing America with Sarah Palin and Saving Private K-9 for Sportsman Channel; Bring It! for Lifetime; Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe for CNN; and the recently launched My Big Fat Fabulous Life for TLC. The company also produced the breakout movie Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives for Discovery’s 2013 Shark Week, as well as the movie Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine and the special Megalodon: The New Evidence for the channel’s Shark Week 2014. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim has produced the pilot Recovery Road ABC Family, recently picked up for a full season. The company’s original movies for Lifetime include Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In ItalyAbducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To find Sportsman Channel in your area click here.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Shannon Kolpin, Sportsman Channel, P: 262.432.9100, skolpin@thesportsmanchannel.com

Tom Caraccioli, Sportsman Channel, P: 212.852.6646, tcaraccioli@thesportsmanchannel.com

Sportsman Channel’s “Apex Predator” Host Has Otter Ideas as He Dives Into Season Finale on Thursday, May 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (May 11, 2015) – River otters and humans share few, if any, of the same physical traits. A fact Remi Warren, host of Sportsman Channel’s original series Apex Predator, must learn to overcome. Warren will attempt to adapt to the underwater lifestyle while spearfishing for amberjacks in Florida waters – as an otter. Warren dives into the season finale of Apex Predator Thursday, May 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

ApexPredatorOtter-320x200North American River Otters know the ropes of underwater hunting. With webbed feet, streamlined bodies, and ability to hold their breath for up to eight minutes, they are highly-successful predators. Warren does not share any physical traits with the animal, so he must train to adapt. The host meets with experts to learn the ways of the otter and how to best conserve energy as an underwater hunter. He then puts his newfound knowledge to the test, on a journey below sea level to spear an amberjack off the Gulf Coast of Florida.

“I never thought I’d be able to hold my breath for as long as I did,” marveled Warren. “After I got up from the water, I felt that I could have stayed under for another minute or so. But this just gives me a starting point – something to go off of. Overall, I felt like I became the otter, but this is something I will continue to practice.”

Follow along with @RemiWarren and @ApexPredatorTV on Twitter for a LIVE tweet throughout Thursday’s episode of Apex Predator at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

 About Zero Point Zero: Zero Point Zero Production is an award-winning production company located in Manhattan. Founded by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia in 2003, with Partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009, Zero Point Zero has produced hundreds of hours of television in over 80 countries around the world, and has created original content for CNN, PBS, Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, HLN, History, and Travel Channel. ZPZ is currently in production on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN); The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN); City.Ballet (a co-production with Sarah Jessica Parker/Pretty Matches for AOL On Originals); the two award-winning series, The Mind of a Chef (PBS) and MeatEater with Steven Rinella (Sportsman Channel); and The Getaway (Esquire/NBC). Visit www.zeropointzero.com for additional information.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 34 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Sportsman Channel’s “Saving Private K-9” Features Canine Purple Heart Recipient – Thursday, May 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (May 11, 2015) – This week, Sportsman Channel’s Saving Private K-9, takes viewers on a journey to one of the most lethal cities in Afghanistan while telling the story of Drak, a drug-sniffing dog in the United States Marine Corps and Purple Heart recipient and his handler, Retired Marine Corps Sergeant Kenneth Fischer. During the team’s third deployment a routine patrol turned into one of their most dangerous missions.

Tune in to award-winning original series Saving Private K-9 on Thursday, May 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

 SavingPrivateK9FischerDrak-320x200After two deployments, Drak and Sgt. Fischer knew it was possible to get through almost any challenging situation while on deployment together. The team was presented with their next mission to one of the most dangerous cities in Afghanistan, but Sgt. Fischer was hopeful he and his loyal canine partner would be successful. Once the duo entered Sangin, all began as planned and the locals welcomed them to the area. But in a dangerous turn of events, a suicide bomber drove through camp. What happened next would test their bond and ability to overcome adversity like never before.

“I got a phone call from our kennel master telling me that there was a request for a drug dog in Sangin, and he needed me to go,” explained Fischer. “So that phone call felt like I got punched or kicked in the gut. It was a huge eerie feeling, because at that time Sangin was the most kinetic place that there was in-country. It was like no other feeling I had ever had before.”

About Pilgrim Studios: Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television, including hit series Fast N’ Loud, Misfit Garage and Street Outlaws for Discovery; Ghost Hunters for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Down East Dickering for History; Swamp Pawn for CMT; Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley for OWN; David Tutera’s CELEBrations for WEtv; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: North vs. South for National Geographic Channel; Amazing America with Sarah Palin and Saving Private K-9 for Sportsman Channel; Bring It! for Lifetime; Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe for CNN; and the recently launched My Big Fat Fabulous Life for TLC. The company also produced the breakout movie Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives for Discovery’s 2013 Shark Week, as well as the movie Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine and the special Megalodon: The New Evidence for the channel’s Shark Week 2014. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim has produced the pilot Recovery Road ABC Family, recently picked up for a full season. The company’s original movies for Lifetime include Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In ItalyAbducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To find Sportsman Channel in your area click here.

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