Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., the world leader in deep ocean shipwreck exploration, has granted Primetime Emmy Award-winning JWM Productions exclusive access to film Odyssey's 2008 Atlas Search expeditions to produce a shipwreck exploration television series. Discovery Channel expects to premiere the 11-part High Definition (HD) series to worldwide audiences in 2009. Production is slated to begin immediately.
"We have the most experienced team of shipwreck explorers in the world manning our ships, and on a regular basis they make amazing discoveries in the deep ocean - things that have never before been seen by human eyes. We're proud of the exploration and archaeological work our team accomplishes in the challenging offshore environment, and for a long time we've been looking for the right format to share the excitement of our expeditions with viewers around the world," stated Greg Stemm, Odyssey's Chief Executive Officer. "JWM has a proven track record of producing smart, compelling television and Discovery Channel is the #1 media and television brand in overall quality for the eighth straight year. We're sure that Discovery's viewers will enjoy 'being there' during our shipwreck search and exploration expeditions," Stemm continued.
"Odyssey is recovering not only treasures, but fascinating shipwreck stories from the bottom of the world's oceans. And our job is to deliver these stories, discoveries and adventures to Discovery's viewers in a way that brings them right into the action," explained Jason Williams, President and Co-founder of JWM Productions. "We're looking forward to an exciting season with unparalleled coverage of Odyssey's operations."
"This series will give our viewers a front row seat as Odyssey's archaeological and forensics teams search for sunken treasures and unravel the mysteries of long-lost shipwrecks," said John Ford, president and general manager of Discovery Channel. "This compelling 11-part series will show viewers the intense drama of underwater detective work and we are excited to have JWM creating this series for our audiences around the globe."
In this immersive series, viewers will join the Odyssey Marine Exploration team as they brave high seas, heavy weather, political red tape and courtroom clashes to keep their research vessels and deep ocean equipment operational on the hunt for underwater archaeological sites and shipwrecks that each have unique stories to tell. Episodes will include forensic analysis with stunning computer graphics as well as experts in cutting-edge laboratories laboring to analyze and conserve fragile artifacts recovered from the watery depths. Each episode, viewers will be involved in solving dramatic maritime mysteries and treated to spectacular underwater HD video of shipwreck discoveries through the cameras of Odyssey's Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), as well as the real life battle to keep the treasures they discover.