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Sportsman Channel’s “Saving Private K-9” is on the Run – Thursday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (May 4, 2015) – “Man’s best friend” is often considered loyal, unwavering and tenacious – the definition of Reno, a German Shepherd partnered with Officer Tim Nading of the Des Moines, Iowa Police Department. In this week’s episode of Sportsman Channel’s Saving Private K-9, viewers meet an exceptionally brave dog who – despite experiencing one of the most grueling suspect apprehensions he has ever encountered – soldiers on.

Tune in to the award-winning original series Saving Private K-9 on Thursday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

k9Officer Nading and his K-9 partner, Reno, were known as an unstoppable team. This week, viewers witness the strength of their bond. When the duo responds to a call to assist in the apprehension of a suspect on the run, the chase leads them to a densely wooded area. Police officers lose sight of the suspect and Reno is deployed to find him. But when Reno alerts Nading to the suspect’s location, all he can see is a gun – pointed directly at him. Reno lunges forward in an attempt to disarm the newly discovered suspect, and in doing so, begins a grueling battle for survival.

“Some people don’t understand the connection. ‘It’s just a dog,’ they’ll say. But they have never been through the stuff that we’ve been through,” said Officer Nading. “The bond that I had with Reno is probably the strongest bond I’ve ever had. The work things we went through, the emotional things I’ve been through, he has been the one constant that has never left my side.”

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 “AWAY presented by Go RVing” Hits the Open Road – Saturday, May 2 at 4 p.m. ET

NEW BERLIN, WI (April 28, 2015) – Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Hop into an RV and take the road less traveled through the great outdoors in a four-part mini-series event, AWAY presented by Go RVing airing exclusively on Sportsman Channel on Saturday, May 2 at 4 p.m. ET.

Friends and families head out onto the open road in RVs to experience hunting and fishing like never before. From coast to coast, AWAY presented by Go RVing, proves RVs are one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors and engage in do-it-yourself hunting and fishing adventures. Viewers will travel to locations around the country, including the southern Oregon coast, Florida Keys and Florida Panhandle. From a group of fishing fanatics dropping lures in Oregon, to a Midwestern family heading south in an attempt to escape winter’s unrelenting grip – adventure awaits.

AwayGoRvingTruckCamperScenic-320x200 “This Sportsman Channel series – AWAY presented by Go RVing – is a unique look into ways that people choose to satisfy their craving for the outdoor lifestyle,” said Graig Hale, vice president of business development of Sportsman Channel. “The series delivers a complete experience in the outdoors – possibly different than what most people may perceive as a typical hunting or fishing excursion – by enjoying the lifestyle with friends and family from the comforts of an RV.”

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.

About Outdoor Sportsman Group – Integrated Media

As a premiere destination for the most avid outdoors enthusiasts, Outdoor Sportsman Group’s Integrated Media division is widely recognized for its strong special-interest multichannel brands, including Petersen’s Hunting, Guns & Ammo, In-Fisherman, North American Whitetail, Game & Fish and 10 other leading magazines that reach more than 26 million readers. Its network of 17 websites, including BassFan.com, attract more than 38 million annual unique visitors, and hundreds of TV episodes of original branded hunting, sport shooting and fishing programming that airs on Outdoor Sportsman Group’s broadcast entities.

About Go RVing

The Go RVing Coalition, formed in 1994, consists of RV manufacturers, component suppliers, dealers and campgrounds. Go RVing works to provide the public and media with pertinent information about the benefits of RV travel. For more information visit GoRVing.com.

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

Sportsman Channel’s “Saving Private K-9” Offers Tense Moments of Real Life Warfare – Thursday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (April 27, 2015) – Much like human soldiers, military working dogs rarely flinch in the face of grave danger. K-9 heroes like Digo, a bomb-sniffing dog, and his handler, Chief Petty Officer Benito Olson, take that bravery to the next level. Lt. Col. Oliver North, host of Sportsman Channel’s Saving Private K-9, shares the harrowing story of the team’s deployment to Iraq and their mission to locate the enemy in a bomb-laden city. Intel led them to what appeared to be an empty building, but what transpired next could – potentially – bring an end to both of their careers.

Tune in to the award-winning original series Saving Private K-9 on Thursday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

OliverNorthSavingPrivateK9Digo and Olson set out on a mission to find one of al Qaeda’s top money handlers in Iraq. The location, known to be littered with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), meant the team would have to remain highly-attuned to their surroundings. Olson received information confirming the enemy’s presence in a nearby building, and it was clear Digo needed to assess the situation. But before Digo could enter the building, standard procedure had to be followed and a grenade was launched to clear the area of any threats. Digo and Benito soon discovered they were in for more than they had bargained for.

“If Digo could talk to the public, he would say he’s just doing what he loves to do. And he’s taught me so many things – not just about training dogs,” said Benito. “There is no price to put on working with these dogs. There are hard times and there are good times. It’s a lot of work to put in, but it’s really rewarding at the end.”

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 “Apex Predator” Runs with Wolves – Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (April 20, 2015) – Intrigued by the Grey Wolf’s physical ability to hunt, Remi Warren, host of Sportsman Channel’s original series Apex Predator, explores what it takes to run with wolves. He will test his own strength and endurance by attempting to run down a herd of elk with a bow – as a wolf. When his physical strength isn’t enough, he must enlist the help of his brother and the director and cinematographer of Apex Predator, to form a wolf pack. Warren leads the pack in this week’s episode of Apex Predator airing Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

Wolves are well designed hunters and in order to hunt like one, Warren must learn the physical attributes he needs to successfully execute the wild animal’s hunting techniques. Warren heads to the local professional sports and fitness training center to learn the science behind his own physical strengths and weaknesses in comparison to a wolf. Warren discovers he is extremely fit and agile – for a human – but his physical strengths cannot compete with a wolf’s natural ability. Warren uses his newfound knowledge to use the tactics of a wolf on a bowhunt for elk. When he realizes physical fitness isn’t enough, he devises a new plan and forms a wolf pack with his brother and members of the Apex Predator team.

apexpredator-300x169“It’s amazing how quickly bonds can form when you’re engaged in a shared task like a hunt,” said Warren. “I think I have a little taste of what it really means to be a wolf. You live as a pack, you die as a pack and you succeed and fail as a pack.”

Follow along with @RemiWarren and @ApexPredatorTV on Twitter for a LIVE tweet throughout Thursday’s episode of Apex Predator, beginning 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 KSE Outdoor 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” Introduces New Host Lt. Col. Oliver North in Season Two Premiere – Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (April 17, 2015) – Jony, a Belgian Malinois with a “rough around the edges” reputation, teams up with two-time Purple Heart recipient Sgt. Brian Riddle on deployment in Afghanistan. Together they work astonishingly well as a bomb detection team, but Jony and Riddle quickly learn even the most skillful must prepare for the unexpected. Lt. Col. Oliver North, host of Sportsman Channel’s Saving Private K-9 presented by Kel-Tec, introduces the indestructible duo and tells the tale of a routine foot patrol gone awry in the premiere of the award-winning original series.

Season Two of Saving Private K-9 presented by Kel-Tec begins Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

k9s2Jony and Sgt. Riddle are required to “lead the pack” while on deployment in Afghanistan, as their bomb-sniffing skills help clear the way for fellow soldiers. Jony’s detection skills led to the discovery of more than 3,800 pounds of explosives, so it was no surprise when the Marine Corps chose them to lead the way on a mission thought to be one of the more dangerous in the area. Jony and Sgt. Riddle embark on a routine foot patrol to begin a search that would – unknowingly and unpredictably – change their lives.

“We were briefed that there was a major operation coming up,” explained Riddle. “We were going to be going to a compound that was a major headquarters for the Taliban and we knew that this was going to be a pretty serious operation. Jony and I were on the first wave in on a CH-47, and all I could do was say the Lord’s Prayer one more time before landing.”

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 KSE Outdoor 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 Deploys Lt. Col. Oliver North as Host for Season Two of “Saving Private K-9” – Premiering Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Series chronicles stories of military and law enforcement service dogs and handlers

 NEW BERLIN, WI (April 2, 2015) Lt. Col. Oliver North is well known to Americans familiar with U.S. military activities and beyond. Among his prestigious honors, Lt. Col. North is a combat-decorated U.S. Marine, best-selling author, military correspondent for FOX News and – the new host of the award-winning original series Saving Private K-9 on Sportsman Channel.

Join Lt. Col. North for the powerful stories about fearless American service dogs and their handlers. Season Two of Saving Private K-9 – produced by Pilgrim Studios – premieres on Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

OliverNorthSavingPrivateK9-320x200 “Service dogs are a vital part of our military and I’m excited to highlight their bravery on Saving Private K-9,” said North. “This program gives Americans a true understanding about service dogs and their remarkable actions. These furry warriors are life-savers for our troops and I’m proud to bring these stories to the public.”

Lt. Col. Oliver North is a Texas native who graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served 22 years as a U.S. Marine. For his service in combat, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action.

From 1983-1986, North served on the National Security Council Staff as the U.S. Government’s counter-terrorism coordinator. He was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the island of Grenada and played a major role in the capture of terrorists who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro. President Ronald Reagan described him as “an American hero.”

Currently, North serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and is the founder of the Freedom Alliance, a foundation providing college scholarships to the sons and daughters of U.S. military personnel killed in the line of duty.

“Lt. Col. North has done so much for this country and is the perfect fit to host Saving Private K-9,” said Marc Fein, executive vice president of programming and production for Sportsman Channel. “A prolific storyteller, Lt. Col. North will bring audiences into the action during Season Two and honor the service of these heroic dogs and their handlers.”

Viewers will see inspiring accounts of battlefield service and heroic acts of valor that military dogs perform, as told by those who fought beside them. Viewers also will learn about canine courage and gain unique insights about the training and bonding process of the dogs with their handlers – and discover what happens to the dogs’ lives post-service. In some cases, these four-legged friends are put through a rigorous rehabilitation process to overcome injuries suffered during service. The show also documents the adoption process when these heroes retire. These gripping, emotion-packed stories are filled with bravery and unbreakable bonds.

More than 2,500 trained canines serve America’s military and law enforcement without flinching in the face of adversity. Saving Private K-9 calls attention to the dogs’ battlefield training, courageous achievements, and relationships with their handlers.

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 KSE Outdoor 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:

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

Shannon Kolpin, Sportsman Channel, P: 262.432.9100 x102, skolpin@thesportsmanchannel.com

 

DISH Offers Free Preview of Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network Beginning April 2

NEW BERLIN, WI (April 1, 2015) Sportsman Channel and sister network World Fishing Network will be available to DISH customers as a free preview beginning April 2 through May 5. The preview will be available on DISH in high definition and standard definition on Channel 395 (Sportsman Channel) and standard definition Channel 394 (World Fishing Network). Customers can visit www.dish.com/preview for more information.

Sportsman and World Fishing Network free previews are being offered as part of Dish’s Outdoor Sports Package promotion that is available for only $4/month. To order, customers can call: 800-333-DISH (3474) or go to mydish.com/outdoorsports. DISH also provides Sportsman Channel as part of its America’s Top 250™ programming package.

DISHFreePreviewPR-320x200 Sportsman’s lineup is devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans and revels in the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American spirit and great outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. The free preview takes DISH subscribers out to the field and into the blind to showcase great outdoor content and deliver entertaining and informative Sportsman Channel programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. April’s network lineup includes: Iditarod 43: The Deep Freezea dramatic two-hour special about the 2015 Iditarod Sled Dog Race (premiering April 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT); an exciting new show unlike anything ever seen before on television – Apex Predator (premiering April 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT); the return of award-winning original series Saving Private K-9 with new host, American hero Lt. Colonel Oliver North (debuting April 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT); three-part 10th anniversary special of Easton Bowhunting TV (April 3, 10 and 17 at 10 p.m. ET) and the arrival of Attack of the Bass (April 11 at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET) with seven hours of all-bass action.

“DISH has had a long relationship with Sportsman Channel, bringing the best in outdoor entertainment into our customers’ living rooms,” said Josh Clark, DISH’s Vice President of Programming. “We’re pleased to offer the channel to all DISH customers over the next month.”

World Fishing Network is the only 24/7 television network dedicated to all segments of fishing with programming that covers instruction, tips, tournaments, travel, food, boating, outdoor lifestyle and more. During the free preview, viewers will have a chance to see Bill Boyce’s Cali (April 4 at 12:30 p.m. ET), Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi (April 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET), JP DeRose Breaking Boundaries (April 4 at 11:30 p.m. ET), as well as WFN exclusive program Timmy Horton Outdoors (April 11 at Noon ET), and more.

About DISH: DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.978 million pay-TV subscribers, as of Dec. 31, 2014, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 250 company. Visit www.dish.com.

About World Fishing Network: World Fishing Network is North America’s only television network, online and mobile platform dedicated exclusively to fishing and outdoor enthusiasts with programming that covers instruction, tips, tournaments, travel, food, boating, outdoor lifestyle and more. World Fishing Network’s programming lineup includes a selection of the best international series and the most diverse species coverage of any TV channel. Featuring popular programs hosted by some of the top anglers from North America and across the globe, World Fishing Network offers a variety of exclusive lifestyle shows that appeal to a broad and diverse audience. Anchored by one of the top fishing websites, WorldFishingNetwork.com, the network’s multimedia platforms also include mobile portals for iPhone, iPad and Android, enabling anglers to stay connected wherever they go. World Fishing Network and World Fishing Network HD are available to more than 58 million cable, satellite and telecommunications households throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

 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 KSE Outdoor 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 CONTACTS:

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

Hayne Ellis, World Fishing Network, P: 720.873.5030; hellis@worldfishingnetwork.com

Sportsman Channel Showcases 2015 Iditarod Sled Dog Race with Two-Hour Special – “Iditarod 43: The Deep Freeze” on April 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Emerging Dynasty as Dallas Seavey Completes Back-to-Back Wins

 NEW BERLIN, WI (March 30, 2015) – “Dynasty” is not a word bandied around the sports world too often these days. But that may be changing as Sportsman ChannelOfficial Network of the Iditarod – is set to provide a two-hour special presentation – Iditarod 43: The Deep Freeze – on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. At the end of the special, viewers may be convinced that a “dynasty” is in the making in the “Last Frontier.”

deepfreezeEntering the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the name Seavey has been etched onto the Joe Redington, Sr. trophy for three years in a row – Dallas in 2012, Mitch in 2013 and Dallas in 2014. Following the 2015 race, the name Seavey will once adorn the championship trophy and make it four years in a row as Dallas earned back-to-back victories and his third title in the last four years. Already in the record books as the youngest winner of the famed sled dog race, Dallas Seavey earned the 2015 title by completing the 979-mile Iditarod trail course in eight days, 18 hours, 13 minutes and two seconds.

Sportsman Channel’s Iditarod 43: The Deep Freeze will tell the stories of not only Dallas Seavey but also some of the other 77 teams that set out into the Alaskan Outback – where they fought off the perils of the Yukon River while spending their days and nights in 40 degrees below zero weather and blizzards off the Bering Sea Coast – to stake a claim on history.

“The grueling nature of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race is reality television in its most pure form,” said Marc Fein, executive vice president of programming and production for Sportsman Channel. “The drama that unfolds throughout the course of the nearly 1,000 mile trek is literally life and death…without a tribal council.”

Iditarod 43: The Deep Freeze is the culmination of Sportsman Channel’s 17 hours of Iditarod programming, as well as extensive print, digital and social media activation. Throughout the two-week programming stunt Iditarod Unleashed, the network gave viewers an inside look into the lives of the sled dogs and mushers, how they train to compete and what drives them to compete in the yearly endurance test.

Sportsman Channel is the Official Network of the Iditarod. The Iditarod – “The Last Great Race On Earth” – entered into an exclusive national television partnership with Sportsman Channel in 2013.

For more information go to: www.thesportsmanchannel.com or become an Iditarod Insider at www.iditarod.com/insider/.

 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 KSE Outdoor 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, P: 212.852.6646; tcaraccioli@thesportsmanchannel.com

Sportsman Channel’s Second Quarter Original Programming Line-up Brings Outdoor Experts, Adventure Series and Specials

Network Continues to Offer New Programs with 470 New Episodes and Big-Name Personalities That Celebrate “Red, Wild & Blue”

 NEW BERLIN, WI (March 26, 2015) – What does it mean to be an apex hunter? How big of a business is shed hunting? Ever wonder about the dog that helps your neighbor? Sportsman Channel’s Q2 program lineup is teeming with 470 new episodes beginning March 30. Sportsman’s lineup is devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans and revels in the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American spirit and great outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. The network will deliver entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling.

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“During the second quarter, Sportsman Channel will air 470 new, interesting and exciting episodes that appeal to viewers that love the outdoors,” said Marc Fein, executive vice president of programming and production for Sportsman Channel. “New and original shows like Apex Predator and Shed Wars – with all their adventure, drama and action – are certain to appeal to our core audience while bringing in new viewers to the outdoor lifestyle space.”

The Q2 lineup is part of the network’s “Red, Wild & Blue” initiative – where the American spirit and the great outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Highlights include:

Apex Predator (premiering April 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT) – By deconstructing nature and challenging himself to adopt the primal traits of the world’s top hunters, Remi Warren is on a mission to understand what it means to be a true Apex Predator.

Shed Wars (premiering May 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT) Shed Wars will focus on the entire life cycle of the shed antler season, from the adventure and danger of the hunt to the economics and bargaining of the antler market. The adventure series follows the stories of four of the best shed hunting teams in America as they go through a season in the Rocky Mountains. In every episode the audience will witness the moment when a prospector strikes it rich…or strikes out for good.

Sheep Shape (premiering June 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT): Sheep Shape is a documentary-reality style program that will follow hunters Chad Hall, Rick Carone, Kelsie Burford and Patrick Scrogin on one of the most extreme and challenging mountain hunting quests in North America – hunting North American wild sheep. The program will test the mind, body and soul of each hunter by first putting them through a grueling training program to prepare them for these difficult high country hunts. Each hunter’s story will unfold from their personal life challenges, through the training program and hunt preparations,  to the actual hunts.

 Saving Private K-9 (sophomore season returning April 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT): Hosted by Lt. Col. Oliver North, this award-winning series highlights military dogs battlefield training, heroic accomplishments, and relationships with their handlers – as well as their impact on those who have worked with them.

NRA Life of Duty (new episodes premiering May 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT): Sportsman secured exclusive rights to the series celebrating heroes of our military and homeland.

Choose Your Weapon (premiering on April 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT): Moving over from sister network Outdoor Channel, Choose Your Weapon is about exploring the extremes and pushing the boundaries of equipment, methods, and disciplines to help hunters discover the right weapon for the right job. Hosts Jim Burnworth and Ray Bunney start each show by picking one animal or style of hunting then dig into the facts and myths surrounding their weapon choices. These seasoned experts shoot and evaluate the primary tools of the hunting trade and help hunters discover a particular weapon’s place and purpose in the hunting world.

Jimmy Big Time (premiering April 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) – Another Outdoor Channel show that will make its debut on Sportsman Channel in 2Q, Jimmy Big Time is a tongue-in-cheek “mockumentary” that goes behind the scenes of fictional hunting and fishing legend Jimmy “Big Time” Miller to show how his outdoor television program is made. See what it takes to produce this “award-winning” show, the people that make Jimmy who he is, and the machine the world knows as “Jimmy Big Time”.

Reel Time Florida Sportsman (returning April 5 at 8:30 a.m. ET)It’s time to find the shortest route to the hottest bite. We scan Florida Sportsman’s Regional Forums for the best fishing reports, then travel to make Reel anglers our local guides. Together, Sportsman lets viewers in on the secret spots and hometown moves. Florida Sportsman will send a professional film crew and RTFS host Capt. George Gozdz on the road in search of the hottest action. Each episode begins with George reviewing the hottest action in the state, based on the most current fishing reports from the region forums. The show proceeds to follow George as he hooks up his boat and packs up his gear to fish with the Florida Sportsman member who posted the best bet of the week.

Special episodes and features on tap also include:

Attack of the Bass (April 11, 8-11 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. ET): The annual fishing programming event, Attack of the Bass, presented by Can-Am Off-Road vehicles, returns for one special Saturday. No place on TV will provide more bass fishing action and expertise with two blocks of marathons – just in time for the fishing season.

Easton Bowhunting TV (April 3 at 10 p.m. ET): This three-part series honors the show’s 10th Anniversary and revisits the history of Easton and Easton Bowhunting, including a few of Fred Eichler’s crazy hunting adventures while pursing the Super Slam with a recurve bow.

Hot Shots (April 20 & 27 at 10 p.m. ET): In the two-part episode, Pistol Champion Max Michel tries to win his first-ever International Practical Shooting Federation World Championship, but trouble finds him every step of the way.

Skullbound TV (May 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET): Jana Waller takes retired Navy SEAL, Bo Reichenbach, who lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan, searching for his first bull elk. His father Don accompanies his son in their very first hunt together. True grit defines this epic warrior’s heart, spirit and soul as Bo climbs Montana’s rugged terrain for seven days in hopes of notching his tag. The highs and lows of this hunt will have you in awe as the Navy SEAL in Bo comes out in full force.

Away presented by Go RVing (May 2, 4-6 p.m. ET) – From a family that likes to camp close to home to a group of 40-something guys reuniting to fish for a weekend, these outdoor-minded folks utilize their recreational vehicles to make their journey in the outdoors even easier.

 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 KSE Outdoor 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, P: 212.852.6646; tcaraccioli@thesportsmanchannel.com

Sportsman Channel’s “Iditarod Unleashed” Marches on with Marathon Coverage on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. ET

NEW BERLIN, WI (March 24, 2015) – Sportsman Channel’s Iditarod Unleashed continues Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. ET with a four-hour block of marathon Iditarod programming, including 2014’s hit documentary, March to Nome. The two-part special showcases thrilling competition and the tenacity of the mushers and their dogs throughout the 2014 race.

iditarodCoverage of the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race concludes on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a two-hour special.

Highlights:

March 28:

“March to Nome” – 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race – 4 p.m. ET

“Why Do They Run” – 6 p.m. ET (encore)

“Why Do They Mush” – 6:30 p.m. ET (encore)

Live Ceremonial Start of 2015 Iditarod – 7 p.m. ET (encore)

April 2:

2015 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Special – 8 p.m. ET/PT

 

For more information go to: www.thesportsmanchannel.com or become an Iditarod Insider at www.iditarod.com/insider/.

 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 KSE Outdoor 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, P: 212.852.6646; tcaraccioli@thesportsmanchannel.com