Discovery Delivers First-Hand Accounts of Hurricane Matthew With Original Canadian Documentary HURRICANES: ROGUE EARTH, Premiering May 26

TORONTO — May 6, 2019

–HURRICANES, the fourth installment in the ROGUE EARTH series, re-examines the natural disaster’s effects and the resilience of coastal communities hit by the first Atlantic Category Five hurricane in nine years –

TORONTO (May 6, 2018) – In the past two decades, hurricanes along the North American coastline have grown more powerful and destructive than ever. Discovery’s Original Canadian Documentary special HURRICANES: ROGUE EARTH, premiering Sunday, May 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, recounts the catastrophe created by Hurricane Matthew, beginning in the Caribbean, all the way up to Canada.

The fourth installment in the ROGUE EARTH series of original documentaries, the new one-hour special tells the gripping stories of real people desperately struggling to save their homes and neighbours, against blistering gale force winds and relentless sheets of rain in the Fall of 2016.

With raw and never-before-seen mobile phone footage, interviews with experts who risked their lives to gather storm data, and commentary from Weather Channel Senior Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross, HURRICANES: ROGUE EARTH showcases the bravery and generosity of individuals impacted by the storm, as they share anecdotes of using drones to assist in rescue missions and gathering supplies for people in need.

In Atlantic Canada, the devastating after-effects of Hurricane Matthew were powerfully felt by communities across the region. On October 9, 2016, curtains of rain, tropical storm force winds, and power outages left parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador drenched and in the dark for several days. With over 200 millilitres of rain over the course of two days, rampaging floods caused road washouts, school closures, and states of emergency throughout Atlantic cities, resulting in over $100 million in insured damages.

Despite stories of profound tragedy, HURRICANES: ROGUE EARTH highlights the true tales of resilience, teamwork, and hope left in Hurricane Matthew’s wake. Survivors reflect on the immense losses they experienced, but also share their determination to rebuild their lives and better prepare for future disasters, while experts caution the importance of developing stronger infrastructure and a deeper understanding of natural disasters.

HURRICANES: ROGUE EARTH represents the newest addition to Discovery’s ROGUE EARTH documentary series, which focuses on the terrifying true accounts of communities caught in the middle of catastrophic weather events. Previous ROGUE EARTH documentaries include: ALBERTA FLOODS: ROGUE EARTH (2018), FORT MAC WILDFIRE: ROGUE EARTH (2017) and TORNADOES: ROGUE EARTH (2017).

Subscribers can access live streaming of HURRICANES: ROGUE EARTH through the Discovery app. The special will also be available on-demand for free on the Discovery app and Discovery.ca following the broadcast.

HURRICANES: ROGUE EARTH is produced by Pixcom Productions in association with Discovery. Producer is Nicola Merola. Series Producer is Manu Wiecha. For Discovery, Bruce Glawson is Production Executive. Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual, and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Edwina Follows is General Manager, Discovery Networks. Shawn Redmond is Vice-President, Discovery Networks and TSN. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

About Pixcom Productions:
Founded 30 years ago, Pixcom Productions is a private communications company based in Montréal, Canada. As one of Canada’s major independent producers of television programming, Pixcom has a reputation for creating first-class factual, scripted, variety, kids, and magazine programs which have garnered praise and a host of awards. Pixcom’s series are seen by audiences in Canada and around the world, and are known for their high production and entertainment values, integrity, and thorough research.

About Bell Media Original Programming:
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL; the record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; new comedy series JANN; new lifestyle series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; new drama TRANSPLANT; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; Bravo’s mystery dramedy CARTER; Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; Crave’s hit comedy LETTERKENNY and recently announced mockumentary NEW EDEN; and SnackableTV’s interactive stand-up series JOKEOFF and upcoming animated series LITTLEKENNY. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and HEAVY RESCUE: 401, in addition to new original series DISASTERS AT SEA, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.

About Discovery:
With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best factual programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.

 

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