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WILD RUSSIA Premiers Thursday, July 23rd!

Beginning Thursday, July 23, from 8-10 PM (ET/PT) for three consecutive weeks, Animal Planet presents WILD RUSSIA, a new six-part documentary that reveals the fierce beauty of the country and the amazing animals that have adapted to survive there. Filmed over the course of three years, the series presents the drama inherent to the natural world’s stories of survival and amplifies it with breathtaking high-definition footage. WILD RUSSIA’S unprecedented access reveals this epic wilderness and the animals that live there like never before.

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Treasure Quest's Dramatic Season Finale Aired April 2nd at 10pm

In 2007, working in international waters , Odyssey Marine Exploration secretly recovers a king’s ransom from the deep: seventeen tons of silver and gold coins. It is the largest deepwater treasure find in history with an estimated value of half a billion dollars. Odyssey registers a claim in US Federal Court, but it’s immediately contested. Spain is convinced the treasure comes from the MERCEDES, a Spanish frigate blown up in 1804. And they want it back. They impound Odyssey’s flagship, the EXPLORER, and throw its American captain in jail. Who will get final possession of the Black Swan and half a billion dollars in treasure?

For an online trailer click here!

Online, viewers can dive deeper into the shipwrecks featured in TREASURE QUEST at discovery.com/treasurequest. Online features include shipwreck tours, spectacular shipwreck photomosaics, disaster timelines and a treasure chest that details the types of coins and artifacts brought up from the depths.

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Mutual of Omaha's 7th Season Premiers April 5th at 7pm

The landmark natural history series Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom returns to Animal Planet Sunday, April 5th with six new episodes. The tradition continues with Season 7, as viewers are transported around the globe to witness the incredible stories of some of the most exotic and endangered species on our planet. From the brave “Tigerhounds” who are trained to save the tigers of Bangladesh to Peru’s elusive Red-Faced Uakari Monkey to the critically endangered gharial crocodile of India, India, this season's Wild Kingdom reveals the fragility and beauty of wildlife around the world.
For more information, including video clips, interviews with the experts and episode descriptions go to: http://www.wildkingdom.com/ or http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/wildkingdom/wildkingdom.html

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JWM’s Cameras Capture the Discovery of the HMS Victory!

Odyssey Marine Exploration (OME) has found the HMS Victory, believed to be one of Britain's greatest historic shipwrecks and potentially an estimated value of one billion dollars in gold. Featured in the fourth episode of Discovery Channel's world premiere original series TREASURE QUEST, it aired in the U.S. on Thursday, February 5 at 10PM EST/PST and received huge ratings.
Online, viewers in the U.S. can dive deeper into the shipwrecks featured in TREASURE QUEST at discovery.com/treasurequest. Online features include shipwreck tours, spectacular shipwreck photomosaics, disaster timelines and a treasure chest that details the types of coins and artifacts brought up from the depths.
TREASURE QUEST airs Thursday nights at 10PM EST/PST in the US

JWM Completes Production on the Newest Season of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom for Animal Planet

Animal Planet will air the 7th season of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom on Sunday, April 5th.

Treasure Quest begins...

Thursdays at 10pm starting January 15 on DISCOVERY CHANNEL

Join the seasoned treasure seekers of Odyssey Marine Exploration as they hunt for a shipwreck of enormous historic and financial value…

This groundbreaking, nonstop race against time plunges viewers into secret locations and international intrigue. The world of deep-sea wreck hunting is a fast paced, enormously expensive gamble, but Odyssey Marine is the best in the business.

Online, viewers can dive deeper into the shipwrecks featured in TREASURE QUEST at www.discovery.com/treasurequest. Online features will include shipwreck tours, disaster timelines and a treasure chest that details the types of coins and artifacts brought up from the depths. Users will get a closer look at life on a modern-day exploration vessel in exclusive webisodes, from gourmet meals (fruit sculptures!?) to MacGyver-like ingenuity and high-seas hijinks. Odyssey's unique and spectacular shipwreck photomosaics and crystal clear images of previously undiscovered deep ocean sites will also be available on the site.

Viewers should also visit Odyssey Marine’s website at http://www.shipwreck.net/

History Hacker Premiers to Acclaim– Repeat Air Date Set for Nov. 12th

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History Hacker’s recent premier on History elicited a huge response from enthusiastic fans. JWM Productions, The History Channel and the host, Bre Pettis, received hundreds of letters and emails from around the world praising the show and demanding more.

History will repeat the pilot episode on November 12th at 12pm and 6pm.

History Hacker to air September 26th on the History Channel

New York City, September 14, 2008 -- Internet celebrity and DIY guru Bre Pettis is teaming up with Emmy Award-winning JWM Productions to launch History Hacker. This exciting new program for History turns humankind’s greatest scientific achievements into off-the-wall, hands-on projects you won’t find in a high school textbook.

In the show’s pilot, he journeys back to the golden age of electricity, when a clash between two brilliant inventors – Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla – created the electrical world we live in today.
History Hacker introduces a brand-new style of storytelling to primetime. Filmed entirely in HD, its blend of hand-drawn animation, high-contrast cinematography, and reality-bending imagery looks like nothing else on television. “History Hacker” airs Friday, September 26th at 8PM EST on History™, with an encore presentation at 12AM EST.

About Bre Pettis
Bre Pettis produced and hosted the internet hit series “Weekend Projects” for Make: Magazine, and is one of the top authorities on DIY technology and recreational science. His website IMakeThings.com offers technology-centric podcasts, and garners upwards of 1 million downloads every week. He has presented short-form programs on everything from power-tool drag racing, to robots, to homemade electronic musical instruments. Bre is a frequent lecturer, and spent 7 years as a teacher in the Seattle Public School system.

JWM and Norman Gershman present "Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in WWII"

JWM Productions is currently producing a feature length film about the untold story of Muslims that harbored Jews during the holocaust. We're proud to announce that our main character, Norman Gershman, is displaying his beautiful photographs at the Ann Loeb Brontman Gallery in downtown Washington, DC.

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JWM Begins Production on World Premiere Series for Discovery Channel

JWM Productions has begun shooting a shipwreck exploration television series based on Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), the world leader in deep ocean shipwreck exploration. Discovery Channel expects to premiere the 11-part High Definition (HD) series to worldwide audiences in 2009.
“We have the most experienced team of shipwreck explorers in the world manning our ships, and on a regular basis they make amazing discoveries in the deep ocean - things that have never before been seen by human eyes. We're proud of the exploration and archaeological work our team accomplishes in the challenging offshore environment, and for a long time we've been looking for the right format to share the excitement of our expeditions with viewers around the world,” stated Greg Stemm, Odyssey’s Chief Executive Officer. “JWM has a proven track record of producing smart, compelling television and Discovery Channel is the #1 media and television brand in overall quality for the eighth straight year. We're sure that Discovery's viewers will enjoy 'being there' during our shipwreck search and exploration expeditions," Stemm continued.
“Odyssey is recovering not only treasures, but fascinating shipwreck stories from the bottom of the world’s oceans. And our job is to deliver these stories, discoveries and adventures to Discovery’s viewers in a way that brings them right into the action,” explained Jason Williams, President and Co-founder of JWM Productions. “We’re looking forward to an exciting season with unparalleled coverage of Odyssey’s operations.”
“This series will give our viewers a front row seat as Odyssey’s archaeological and forensics teams search for sunken treasures and unravel the mysteries of long-lost shipwrecks,” said John Ford, president and general manager of Discovery Channel. “This compelling 11-part series will show viewers the intense drama of underwater detective work and we are excited to have JWM creating this series for our audiences around the globe.”
In this immersive series, viewers will join the Odyssey Marine Exploration team as they brave high seas, heavy weather, political red tape and courtroom clashes to keep their research vessels and deep ocean equipment operational on the hunt for underwater archaeological sites and shipwrecks that each have unique stories to tell. Episodes will include forensic analysis with stunning computer graphics as well as experts in cutting-edge laboratories laboring to analyze and conserve fragile artifacts recovered from the watery depths. Each episode, viewers will be involved in solving dramatic maritime mysteries and treated to spectacular underwater HD video of shipwreck discoveries through the cameras of Odyssey’s Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), as well as the real life battle to keep the treasures they discover.

Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom in its Sixth Season

Animal Planet's landmark series Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom is still going strong in the midst of its sixth season. Journeying across three continents, viewers gain a unique glimpse into the lives of animals as diverse as: the snow leopard, adelie penguin, hyena, banded mongoose, elephant and cheetah.

'Bama Girl Premiers at SXSW

'Bama Girl, a JWM co-production, is a feature length documentary directed by Rachael Goslins that premiers at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival. The film follows a charismatic black woman at the University of Alabama as she runs for Homecoming Queen, going up against a century of ingrained racial segregation, internal black politics, and a secret association of all-white fraternities called "The Machine".

Launch of the new JWM Website!

Welcome to the new JWM website! We are pleased to include new interactive features and an easy to navigate layout that will allow you to learn more about the exciting projects underway at JWM. Don't forget to check the blog regularly for updates on new projects and ways to get involved with JWM!

Got a "real" idea?

We are currently looking for great ideas, great characters, and great people. If you've got an idea for a documentary contact amanda.rothman[at]jwmprods.com.