CMT’s First Web Series Tornado Hunters Greenlit for 10 Episodes
Corus Entertainment’s CMT (Canada) gives viewers even more thrilling storm chasing footage this fall. Announced today, Tornado Hunters has been greenlit by the channel following the success of the web series and broadcast pilot debut on October 26, 2014. Production is set to start in March for the 10 x 30-minute reality series.
“Tornado Hunters was a huge hit on digital and with their specials on CMT this year, says John MacDonald, Vice President of Head of Corus Women and Family. “We are excited to bring a full season of these Canadian storm chasers to our CMT audience who can’t get enough of the adrenaline and craziness they bring each week as they put their lives at risk.”
Developed with the participation of the Bell Fund, the Tornado Hunters web series was produced by Saloon Media in association with CMT. In August, CMT.ca captivated viewers with five webisodes that gave a first look at the risk and intensity that comes with living a life of storm hunting. The web series garnered ample fan engagement through social media leading it to become the highest performing video content in the history of the site.
The Tornado Hunters are Greg Johnson, Chris Chittick and Ricky Forbes. Already recognized as real-time weather experts within the news media, the Tornado Hunters have acquired a massive fan base for their stunning footage of the world’s most severe storms.
About the Tornado Hunters
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. TornadoHunter.com 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) – This 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. Saloon is behind the spectacular eight-part series Miracles Decoded for HISTORY in Canada, UK, Poland and India. Handsome Devils, a co-pro with UK’s BriteSpark Films, gets inside the minds of 10 notorious charming lady-killers for Slice and Discovery ID US. Canadian broadcast premiere on Slice, and soon to debut on Discovery ID US is the ground-breaking series, See No Evil – a co-production with UK’s Arrow Media that delves into the world of crime and CCTV surveillance. Coming up: the enthralling 6-part series Mummies Alive, that uses CGI graphics and world leading researchers to bring back the dead. www.saloonmedia.com