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[05/24/10 - 08:45 AM]
Mythbusters' Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage Announce New Agreement to Develop and Produce Multiple New Series for Discovery
The pair have also formed a new production company and they will team with BermanBraun to develop and create additional television series.

[via press release from Discovery]

DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS AND MYTHBUSTERS' JAMIE HYNEMAN AND ADAM SAVAGE ANNOUNCE NEW AGREEMENT TO DEVELOP AND PRODUCE MULTIPLE NEW SERIES FOR DISCOVERY CHANNEL WITH BERMANBRAUN

LOS ANGELES, CA, -- Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of Discovery Channel's MythBusters series, have signed a multi-year deal to co-executive produce the popular science show. In addition, Hyneman and Savage have formed a new production company and they will team with BermanBraun to develop and create additional television series with Discovery Channel.

Building on their production activities, Hyneman and Savage will extend their activities to video games and a live show to take on tour around the country. The duo, along with BermanBraun, also will create and produce a new branded web initiative.

"We're excited not only to continue on the MythBusters series for Discovery, but also to expand our reach into additional opportunities in television, the internet, touring, video games and more. We could not have accomplished this escalation without the dedicated efforts of our entire team, and we're also extremely grateful to Discovery for their continuing expressions of confidence." said Jamie Hyneman.

"Adam and Jamie infuse science with their special brand of humor, tenacity and passion," said Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel and President of Science Channel. "Now that they are taking on co-executive producer roles, viewers are guaranteed to see even more of their smart and engaging personalities throughout the new shows."

Lloyd Braun and Gail Berman said: "Jamie and Adam have a truly special appeal and speak to a dedicated and wide-ranging audience. We are excited about developing new series, which speak to that audience and continue to build on the unique Jamie and Adam brand."

MythBusters, the longest running series on Discovery Channel, which airs on Wednesdays at 9PM ET/PT, is produced by Australian producer Beyond Productions, and began airing on the network in 2003. Dan Tapster is the executive producer for Beyond Productions; Tracy Rudolph is the supervising producer for Discovery Channel.

William Morris Endeavor will package and represent all new series and represent the pair in all other platforms and ancillaries. Hyneman and Savage are currently working with WME on developing the live show to take on tour later this year.

Hyneman and Savage are represented by Joel Behr of Behr & Abramson, an entertainment attorney who formed the Jamie and Adam team which includes WME, BermanBraun and Rob Donnell of the branding company Brand Arc, Santa Monica CA.

About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.1 million U.S. homes, can be seen in over 180 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

About BermanBraun

BermanBraun is an independent media company whose three divisions - television, feature film and digital media - create and exploit entertainment content and advertising solutions throughout the world. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company founded by principals Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun in January 2007, has separate strategic global alliances with NBC and Microsoft to create and distribute creative content across all platforms. In February 2009, BermanBraun launched WONDERWALL - the primary celebrity destination on the MSN Network, ranking ahead of TMZ.com and People.com in traffic, with number one user engagement in the celebrity news space. In April 2010, partners BermanBraun, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (HFM U.S.) and MSN launched GLO, a lifestyle destination site. BermanBraun is currently producing THE CAPE for NBC's 2010/2011 television season. They are also producing DECODED for the History Channel for Fall 2010. BermanBraun also produces SWORDS for Discovery Channel and IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM? on MTV.





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