Saloon Media and Corus Entertainment
Web Series Informed By Fans Makes Its Broadcast Debut
Sunday, October 26 at 10 pm ET/ 7 pm ET on CMT
This past August, CMT launched its first ever web series, Tornado Hunters. In the series, thrill seekers Greg Johnson, Chris Chittick and Ricky Forbes captivated viewers with a first-hand look at the risk and intensity that comes with living a life of storm hunting. On Sunday, October 26 at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT, Canada’s extreme weather chasers return, tackling the most powerful tornadoes in North America for the broadcast debut on CMT.
Produced by Saloon Media and developed in association with CMT and with the participation of the Bell Fund, the pilot will carry the same nail-biting and comical elements that struck a chord with viewers who provided feedback from the webisodes using @CMTCanada and #CMTTornadoHunters. On October 26, audiences will witness Greg, Chris and Ricky zigzag their way across “Tornado Alley” while dealing with their own personal and professional roadblocks.
The Tornado Hunters main purpose is to capture extreme weather imagery and chase that with every storm. In their pursuits, they have become recognized as real-time weather experts within the news media and have garnered mainstream popularity for their stunning footage of the world’s most severe storms.
About the Tornado Hunters team
Greg Johnson (@Canadogreg) – As a former staffer on Parliament Hill and marketing executive, Greg left his desk job to pursue his passion and turn his hobby into a business. Greg is the public face of Tornado Hunters and has become one of North America’s top professional storm-chasers and severe weather photographers, with his signature nerd goggles and hockey helmet in tow.
Chris Chittick (@ChittickChris) – Chris is the storm-chasing veteran with a cool demeanor. Having starred in the U.S. hit series Storm Chasers, Chris has 15 years of chasing and over 400 tornadoes on his extreme weather resume. Known as the videographer with the steadiest hands in the business, Chris also acts as the chief interpreter of tracking storm data constantly being analyzed by the team. The only American in the group, Chris moved to Saskatchewan to be with his Canadian girlfriend, and is still getting the hang of the metric system.
Ricky Forbes (@ForbesRicky) – Saskatchewan native with movie-star looks, Ricky, takes the driver seat in every adventure, navigating the team fearlessly through each storm. As the resident media whiz, Ricky spearheads the team’s online presence that has garnered millions of hits including his most recent “Momma Bear Highway Rescue” video.
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About CMT Canada
Available in over 9.5 million homes, CMT is Canada’s source for country music lifestyle programming. Exploring themes relevant to country music and country music fans, the network offers an exciting mix of comedy and dramatic series, movies and country music news, videos, concerts and specials. CMT’s Video Advantage Program, established in 2000, supports the production of original music videos for Canadian artists. The station’s website, www.cmt.ca, is Canada’s number one website dedicated to country music.
About Saloon Media
Saloon Media is a new world-market factual-entertainment venture specializing in popular, returnable series and high-impact TV specials. Headed by Executive producer Michael Kot with broadcast and production partners around the world, Saloon is set to unveil some of the most talked-about new productions in the cable universe. The spectacular eight-part series Miracles Decoded recently debuted on HISTORY in Canada, and is set for its European Premiere. Currently airing on SLICE in Canada, is Handsome Devils, (a co-pro with UK’s BriteSpark Films) about 10 notorious lady-killers. Their next venture, Mummies Alive is currently in production. http://www.saloonmedia.com/