Production Underway on Season 2 of Discovery’s Blockbuster Original Canadian Series HEAVY RESCUE: 401

— February 27, 2017

– Season 1 premiere of HIGHWAY THRU HELL spin-off series HEAVY RESCUE: 401 became most-watched debut in channel history; Season 1 finale airs tomorrow, Feb. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Discovery –
– Seasons 1 of HEAVY RESCUE: 401 streaming on the Discovery GO app and at –

TORONTO (February 27, 2017) – Discovery today announced production is underway on a second season of its new, smash hit original Canadian series, HEAVY RESCUE: 401. With the Season 1 finale scheduled to premiere tomorrow night (Feb. 28) at 10 p.m. ET on Discovery, the network has confirmed 10 brand new episodes are already in production for broadcast in early 2018. Debuting last month to a premiere episode audience of more than 760,000 total viewers, HEAVY RESCUE: 401 became the most-watched premiere in the network’s 22-year history. In all, nearly 3.5 million unique viewers – or one in 10 Canadians – tuned in to the first episode. To date, the series has an average audience of 627,000 viewers in its premiere timeslot. “Appealing to audiences in much the same way as HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401’s debut season has proven to be a great success, surpassing the high expectations we had when commissioning it,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery Networks. “We’re thrilled to be working with Great Pacific Media and all of our fantastic partners on Season 2, bringing more of the nail-biting, real-life drama that our viewers – many of whom traverse the 400 series highways regularly – can’t seem to get enough of!” Produced by Thunderbird Entertainment’s factual arm and the creators of Discovery’s HIGHWAY THRU HELL, Great Pacific Media, HEAVY RESCUE: 401 follows multiple major tow operators, rescue, and maintenance crews day and night along North America’s most intense stretch of highway, Highway 401. With the support of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, York Regional Police, maintenance contractors, and several other organizations, the series features the men and women who keep Ontario’s 400-series highways operating at any cost. “HEAVY RESCUE: 401 is a remarkable series that not only helps to educate all of us about the importance of road safety - it is also a true testament to the incredible work that the OPP, road maintenance teams, tow truck operators, MTO enforcement and our safety partners do to keep our roads safe,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation. “This is an example of television making the world a better place,” said Mark Miller, Great Pacific Media. “By teaching Canadians about road safety and what it takes to run our highways, we can reduce the needless injuries and fatalities on our roads.” More than 300 people work on the production of HEAVY RESCUE: 401. The series is made possible with the support of the Ontario government’s film tax credit program, and the Canada Media Fund. Subscribers can access live streaming of Seasons 1 of HEAVY RESCUE: 401 through the Discovery GO app and, in addition to catching up on past episodes. Complete series details about HEAVY RESCUE: 401 are available here. HEAVY RESCUE: 401 is produced by Great Pacific Media (a Thunderbird Company) in association with Discovery. Executive Producer is Mark Miller and Blair Reekie. The series producer is Todd Serotiuk. For Discovery, Bruce Glawson is Executive Producer. Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Source: Numeris; final data (Season 1, Episodes 1-6)

About Great Pacific Media:

Great Pacific Media is a global leader in factual television. Started by TV veterans Blair Reekie and Mark Miller, their programs are seen in more than 170 countries. They specialize in development, production, co-production, and financing of factual, documentary, game show and reality television. Great Pacific Media was recently acquired by Thunderbird Entertainment to accelerate the growth of Thunderbird’s presence in the unscripted television space. The Thunderbird Group includes UK-based theatrical distributor Soda Pictures and Vancouver-based production companies Reunion Pictures and Atomic Cartoons.


About Bell Media Independent Production:
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 ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER, Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, and nine new series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, 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 ranks as the #1 Canadian entertainment specialty network among total viewers and all the adult demos. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction 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. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at



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