EXCLUSIVE: The Weather Channel and Bell Media’s Discovery Canada are set to ride the dangerous I-80/I-15 interstate ring highway.
Weather Channel has greenlit docu-series Rocky Mountain Wreckers, which will follow the harrowing adventures of four family-owned heavy wrecking businesses — Mountain Recovery, Stauffer’s Towing & Recovery, Reliable Towing and Big Al’s Towing — across Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
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Weather Channel has U.S. rights and will act as international distributor. Bell Media is the Canadian production partner and has taken rights for Discovery Canada. Production has begun, with the series set to deliver in fall 2024.
Thunderbird Entertainment’s Great Pacific Media is producing the show, marking its first majority U.S. commission. David Way, Todd Serotiuk, Millan Curry-Sharples and Michael Francis serve as executive producers for the Canadian unscripted producer.
The series is a familiar set-up, as Great Pacific already makes Weather Channel-Discovery Canada series Highway Thru Hell, which about a treacherous trucking route, and its spin-off, Heavy Rescue: 401. However, it is not a spin-off of either show.
“The Weather Channel is committed to sharing stories about how weather can have major, life-changing impacts on our lives,” said Nora Zimmett, President, News and Original Series of the Weather Group, which is the parent company of The Weather Channel television network.
“Rocky Mountain Wreckers follows the lives of four wrecking crews who brave extreme weather conditions just doing their daily jobs. One wrong turn can mean a business catastrophe — or even prove fatal. This series will be a great addition to our primetime line-up as it combines high-stakes excitement, adventure and weather stories that our viewers expect to see on The Weather Channel.”
Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group owns Weather Group.
“Rocky Mountain Wreckers captures the real peril and drama inherent in some of the most dangerous jobs in the world, set amongst some of America’s most breathtaking landscapes,” said David Way, Great Pacific’s CEO. “Not only do the companies we follow do some of the most challenging and unbelievable recoveries, but the series’ documentary subjects are also immensely entertaining and will make for great television.”
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