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Discovery’s Newest Original Canadian Series VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS Unearths Retro Technology and Rare Pop Culture Treasures, Premiering Nov. 5

– All-new series features intrepid hosts Bohus Blahut and Shaun Hatton as they take an epic road trip across North America seeking out vintage technology, with an eye towards profit –
– VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS features a slew of throwback treasures from the 20th century, including the world’s first commercial video game, vintage jukeboxes, and an Apple I computer –

Click HERE for a sneak peek of Discovery’s all-new series VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS

TORONTO (October 16, 2018) – This fall, Discovery takes viewers on a nostalgic journey through the history of technology in the all-new original Canadian series VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS, with back-to-back episodes airing Mondays at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT beginning Nov. 5 on Discovery and the Discovery app.

Viewers are invited to join technophile co-hosts Bohus Blahut and Shaun Hatton as they sift through dusty barns, liquidation sales, and back country antique auctions to reveal rare treasures from decades past. Produced by Crooked Horse Productions (a division of Boat Rocker Studios) each 30-minute episode follows Hatton and Blahut on their quest to uncover “rare, weird, and nostalgic” tech, pursuing the most valuable items, and working to connect with the right collector to drive sales. Taking a cross-continental road trip from an e-waste recycling facility in Los Angeles all the way to a flea market in rural Nova Scotia, the 14-part series showcases the unique combination of tireless dedication and offbeat sense of humour required to unearth these ultra-rare pop culture collectibles.

(L-R): Series hosts Shaun Hatton and Bohus Blahut

Seeking out classic consumer technology and pop culture items, spanning forgotten fads to technology still in use today, this effervescent duo turn up a slew of throwback collectibles, including the world’s first talking pinball machine, a Robert the Robot, a Minox B Spy Camera, a Speak ‘n Spell toy, and an Apple I computer.

“We are very excited to introduce VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS, a homegrown series that takes viewers on a fascinating journey of 20th century tech through a pop culture lens,” said Edwina Follows, Director, Commissioning and Production, Discovery Networks Canada. “The rare treasures featured in the series will unite audiences of all ages, and we can’t wait for viewers to join our hosts Bohus and Shaun on this epic tech road trip across North America.”

“The captivating antiques uncovered in VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS highlight the significance of technology in our collective memory,” said David Lerech, Senior Vice President, Crooked Horse. “Bohus and Shaun bring a contagious excitement to each item they uncover, and using their expertise, they reveal how yesterday’s tech has paved the way for the multitude of devices we use today.”

Episode highlights from the debut season of VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS include:

Bohus and Shaun… Go on an Odyssey”
Monday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Passing through Illinois and Wisconsin, Hatton and Blahut discover a Magnavox Odyssey, officially known as the world’s first commercial video game. To dramatically increase the game’s monetary value, they need to sell it as a complete package. While rummaging for missing parts, they also uncover antique exercise equipment, including the Vitamaster Model 35 Vibrator Belt Exercise Machine from the 1950s, complete with a Vitamaster Roller Massager from the same era.

Bohus and Shaun…Talk to Gorgar”
Monday, Nov. 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT
Hatton and Blahut take their newest acquisition, the world’s first talking pinball machine (nicknamed Gorgar), to Dallas, where they arrange for a much-needed restoration. While in Texas, they unearth rare musical instruments at a swap meet, including a 1951 Shure 55S Microphone and a 1960s electronic Zeetar. Before trekking on to their next destination, the hosts find themselves hunting through a massive and crowded liquidation sale, meeting numerous compelling characters in the process.

Bohus and Shaun… Buy a Jukebox”
Monday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
During a road trip along the coast of Southern California, Shaun Hatton and Bohus Blahut stumble upon a vintage jukebox in dire need of repair. They take it to an expert in L.A. where they desperately hope to have it restored to mint condition. While in the City of Angels, the hosts hunt for vintage tech items at a local flea market and browse around an e-waste recycling facility, uncovering several former technology marvels including a Lasonic TRC 931 boombox from the 1980s and a Corona 3 typewriter originally built in 1913.

VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS is produced by Crooked Horse Productions in association with Discovery Canada and Boat Rocker Studios. The series is co-financed by Boat Rocker Studios with Boat Rocker Rights distributing the series internationally and managing the global brand and licensing. Executive Producers for Boat Rocker Studios are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, along with David Lerech and Bree Tiffin from Crooked Horse. From Boat Rocker Rights, Jon Rutherford is President and Series Producer is Robert Scott. For Discovery, Edwina Follows is Executive Producer, and Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media.

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About Crooked Horse Productions

Crooked Horse Productions is a creative-first full-service content production company. After more than a decade of creating and producing over 150 hours of premium unscripted content as “Temple Street – Factual,” Crooked Horse Productions has emerged as a distinct division of Boat Rocker Media.  With the strategic advantages that come from our association with Boat Rocker’s other divisions, Crooked Horse is able to offer our creators and broadcast partner’s innovative financing, production and distribution models to bring amazing stories to life. Reporting to Co-Presidents of Boat Rocker Studios, David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, is Crooked Horse Senior Vice President, David Lerech. Crooked Horse’s productions include LATE NITE EATS (Cooking Channel U.S.), HISTORY IN THE MAKING (Boat Rocker Media), SAY YES TO THE DRESS CANADA (W), MILLION DOLLAR CRITIC (W, BBC America), COOK’D (YTV), OVER THE RAINBOW (CBC), RECIPE TO RICHES (CBC, Food Network, Global), COVER ME CANADA (CBC), CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (CTV), and HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? (CBC).

About Boat Rocker Media

Boat Rocker Media is a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium media content for all platforms and develops brands and IP for worldwide monetization. Under its banner are Boat Rocker Studios (which includes Temple Street, Crooked Horse, Proper, Insight, Jam Filled Entertainment and Radical Sheep), Boat Rocker Rights (which includes Boat Rocker Brands), and Boat Rocker Ventures (which includes Industrial Brothers, MarcoPolo Learning, Serial Box, The Outline, and CAA Creative Labs). A selection of its recent projects includes ORPHAN BLACK (BBC AMERICA, Space), KILLJOYS (Syfy, Space), X COMPANY (CBC), (Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), MASTERCHEF CANADA (CTV), CANADA’S WORST DRIVER (Discovery), THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel), LOST & FOUND MUSIC STUDIOS (Family Channel, Netflix), RECIPE TO RICHES (CBC, Food Network, Global), CANADA’S NEXT TOP Model (CTV), THE BAGEL AND BECKY SHOW (Teletoon Canada), THE LOUD HOUSE (Nickelodeon), and FANGBONE! (Family CHRGD, DISNEY XD US). For more information on Boat Rocker Media, please visit www.boatrocker.com and connect via Twitter or Facebook.

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; 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;  CraveTV’s hit comedy LETTERKENNY and recently announced mockumentary NEW EDEN; and SnackableTV’s interactive stand-up series JOKEOFF and upcoming animated series LITTLEKENNY. In addition to adventure drama FRONTIER, Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, 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.

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Discovery’s Newest Original Canadian Series VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS Unearths Retro Technology and Rare Pop Culture Treasures, Premiering Nov. 5

– All-new series features intrepid hosts Bohus Blahut and Shaun Hatton as they take an epic road trip across North America seeking out vintage technology, with an eye towards profit –
– VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS features a slew of throwback treasures from the 20th century, including the world’s first commercial video game, vintage jukeboxes, and an Apple I computer –

Click HERE for a sneak peek of Discovery’s all-new series VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS

TORONTO (October 16, 2018) – This fall, Discovery takes viewers on a nostalgic journey through the history of technology in the all-new original Canadian series VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS, with back-to-back episodes airing Mondays at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT beginning Nov. 5 on Discovery and the Discovery app.

Viewers are invited to join technophile co-hosts Bohus Blahut and Shaun Hatton as they sift through dusty barns, liquidation sales, and back country antique auctions to reveal rare treasures from decades past. Produced by Crooked Horse Productions (a division of Boat Rocker Studios) each 30-minute episode follows Hatton and Blahut on their quest to uncover “rare, weird, and nostalgic” tech, pursuing the most valuable items, and working to connect with the right collector to drive sales. Taking a cross-continental road trip from an e-waste recycling facility in Los Angeles all the way to a flea market in rural Nova Scotia, the 14-part series showcases the unique combination of tireless dedication and offbeat sense of humour required to unearth these ultra-rare pop culture collectibles.

(L-R): Series hosts Shaun Hatton and Bohus Blahut

Seeking out classic consumer technology and pop culture items, spanning forgotten fads to technology still in use today, this effervescent duo turn up a slew of throwback collectibles, including the world’s first talking pinball machine, a Robert the Robot, a Minox B Spy Camera, a Speak ‘n Spell toy, and an Apple I computer.

“We are very excited to introduce VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS, a homegrown series that takes viewers on a fascinating journey of 20th century tech through a pop culture lens,” said Edwina Follows, Director, Commissioning and Production, Discovery Networks Canada. “The rare treasures featured in the series will unite audiences of all ages, and we can’t wait for viewers to join our hosts Bohus and Shaun on this epic tech road trip across North America.”

“The captivating antiques uncovered in VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS highlight the significance of technology in our collective memory,” said David Lerech, Senior Vice President, Crooked Horse. “Bohus and Shaun bring a contagious excitement to each item they uncover, and using their expertise, they reveal how yesterday’s tech has paved the way for the multitude of devices we use today.”

Episode highlights from the debut season of VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS include:

Bohus and Shaun… Go on an Odyssey”
Monday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Passing through Illinois and Wisconsin, Hatton and Blahut discover a Magnavox Odyssey, officially known as the world’s first commercial video game. To dramatically increase the game’s monetary value, they need to sell it as a complete package. While rummaging for missing parts, they also uncover antique exercise equipment, including the Vitamaster Model 35 Vibrator Belt Exercise Machine from the 1950s, complete with a Vitamaster Roller Massager from the same era.

Bohus and Shaun…Talk to Gorgar”
Monday, Nov. 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT
Hatton and Blahut take their newest acquisition, the world’s first talking pinball machine (nicknamed Gorgar), to Dallas, where they arrange for a much-needed restoration. While in Texas, they unearth rare musical instruments at a swap meet, including a 1951 Shure 55S Microphone and a 1960s electronic Zeetar. Before trekking on to their next destination, the hosts find themselves hunting through a massive and crowded liquidation sale, meeting numerous compelling characters in the process.

Bohus and Shaun… Buy a Jukebox”
Monday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
During a road trip along the coast of Southern California, Shaun Hatton and Bohus Blahut stumble upon a vintage jukebox in dire need of repair. They take it to an expert in L.A. where they desperately hope to have it restored to mint condition. While in the City of Angels, the hosts hunt for vintage tech items at a local flea market and browse around an e-waste recycling facility, uncovering several former technology marvels including a Lasonic TRC 931 boombox from the 1980s and a Corona 3 typewriter originally built in 1913.

VINTAGE TECH HUNTERS is produced by Crooked Horse Productions in association with Discovery Canada and Boat Rocker Studios. The series is co-financed by Boat Rocker Studios with Boat Rocker Rights distributing the series internationally and managing the global brand and licensing. Executive Producers for Boat Rocker Studios are Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, along with David Lerech and Bree Tiffin from Crooked Horse. From Boat Rocker Rights, Jon Rutherford is President and Series Producer is Robert Scott. For Discovery, Edwina Follows is Executive Producer, and Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media.

For more information

Carolyn Doidge

carolyn.doidge@bellmedia.ca

Rob Duffy

rob.duffy@bellmedia.ca

About Crooked Horse Productions

Crooked Horse Productions is a creative-first full-service content production company. After more than a decade of creating and producing over 150 hours of premium unscripted content as “Temple Street – Factual,” Crooked Horse Productions has emerged as a distinct division of Boat Rocker Media.  With the strategic advantages that come from our association with Boat Rocker’s other divisions, Crooked Horse is able to offer our creators and broadcast partner’s innovative financing, production and distribution models to bring amazing stories to life. Reporting to Co-Presidents of Boat Rocker Studios, David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, is Crooked Horse Senior Vice President, David Lerech. Crooked Horse’s productions include LATE NITE EATS (Cooking Channel U.S.), HISTORY IN THE MAKING (Boat Rocker Media), SAY YES TO THE DRESS CANADA (W), MILLION DOLLAR CRITIC (W, BBC America), COOK’D (YTV), OVER THE RAINBOW (CBC), RECIPE TO RICHES (CBC, Food Network, Global), COVER ME CANADA (CBC), CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (CTV), and HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? (CBC).

About Boat Rocker Media

Boat Rocker Media is a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium media content for all platforms and develops brands and IP for worldwide monetization. Under its banner are Boat Rocker Studios (which includes Temple Street, Crooked Horse, Proper, Insight, Jam Filled Entertainment and Radical Sheep), Boat Rocker Rights (which includes Boat Rocker Brands), and Boat Rocker Ventures (which includes Industrial Brothers, MarcoPolo Learning, Serial Box, The Outline, and CAA Creative Labs). A selection of its recent projects includes ORPHAN BLACK (BBC AMERICA, Space), KILLJOYS (Syfy, Space), X COMPANY (CBC), (Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), MASTERCHEF CANADA (CTV), CANADA’S WORST DRIVER (Discovery), THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel), LOST & FOUND MUSIC STUDIOS (Family Channel, Netflix), RECIPE TO RICHES (CBC, Food Network, Global), CANADA’S NEXT TOP Model (CTV), THE BAGEL AND BECKY SHOW (Teletoon Canada), THE LOUD HOUSE (Nickelodeon), and FANGBONE! (Family CHRGD, DISNEY XD US). For more information on Boat Rocker Media, please visit www.boatrocker.com and connect via Twitter or Facebook.

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; 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;  CraveTV’s hit comedy LETTERKENNY and recently announced mockumentary NEW EDEN; and SnackableTV’s interactive stand-up series JOKEOFF and upcoming animated series LITTLEKENNY. In addition to adventure drama FRONTIER, Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, 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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