By August 13, 2013Press Releases


Returning Fan Favorites Include Scam City, BBQ Crawl, Boundless and Rebel Without A Kitchen.

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(Toronto, ON) August 13, 2013 – Following successful sophomore seasons, Travel+Escape announces the return of four popular Canadian original series greenlit for a second season. Returning exclusive original series include: Scam City, BBQ Crawl, Boundless and Rebel Without A Kitchen. In their first seasons all four original productions ranked within Travel+Escape’s top ten titles consistently drawing audiences and engaging fans online.

“We were amazed at the viewer response to these four original series both on-air and online,” said Marcia Martin, SVP Original Content, Blue Ant Media. “We are building on that momentum for the second seasons, as we up the ante with more high stakes adventures, discoveries and experiences.”

Host Conor Woodman will return for the second season of Scam City (10 x 60 min). From Jerusalem to Hong Kong Woodman once again crosses the globe on a mission to expose the darker side of tourism: the scammers on the fringes of the tourist trade. This series is co-produced by Handel Productions and ZigZag shooting has already begun. Exclusive Original Series Premieres Sunday, October 27 – 8PM ET/PT

After the first series of endurance events around the world didn’t break the Boundless boys, Simon Donato and Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock are back for a second season. In Boundless Season 2 (10 x 60 min) watch as they once again push their physical and mental limits by competing in some of the most extreme endurance events on Earth. Produced by HLP+Partners and already in production. This exclusive original series will premiere Spring 2014.

Canada’s BBQ Champion Danielle Dimovski will be back for seconds with BBQ Crawl Season 2 (13 x 30 min). In its first season BBQ Crawl drew the largest audience of any of Travel+Escape’s original productions garnering an unprecedented viewership for an original production on the channel. Season 2 continues the journey in the American South. Kicking off in Nashville Tennessee and ending up in Kansas City Missouri, Danielle will dig deep into BBQ culture and explore new hotspots along the way. Produced by RTR Media, Season 2 will premiere Spring 2014.

Host Matthew Basile, better known as Fidel Gastro, is at it again for season 2 of Rebel Without a Kitchen (13 x 30 min). This time he’s taking his goods on the road, touring across North America as he seeks out all the major street food vendors and festivals from coast to coast, exploring the ground gaining movement that is street food. This exclusive original series will premiere Spring 2014.

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Travel+Escape is a Blue Ant Media channel.

Travel+Escape is the destination for travel enthusiasts and brands interested in reaching travel fans and enthusiasts on all platforms. The digital specialty channel features top rated travel themed television programs with entertaining hosts, compelling stories and exotic locations. Popular lifestyle series include Anthony Bourdain’s The LayoverBBQ Crawl, No Reservations, Rebel Without a Kitchen, Ghost Adventures and Scam City. is the ultimate source for travel-related content featuring news from around the world, commentary from over 200 global bloggers, exclusive web-series and videos. Recently launched Travel+Escape Magazine features stunning photography, exhilarating video and exclusive editorial content to take the reader around the world.   (

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Blue Ant Media is a privately held integrated Canadian media company that creates and distributes great content in lifestyle, travel, documentary, music and entertainment categories. The company owns specialty channels Bold, Travel+Escape, Bite TV, and AUX TV along with four premium, commercial-free channels Oasis HD, HIFI, eqhd, radX and their companion websites. Blue Ant Media’s digital publishing division produces daily content for its web and mobile sites, AUX Magazine, a monthly music tablet magazine and recently launched Travel+Escape Magazine, a monthly travel tablet magazine. Producing over 400 hours of original content, Blue Ant Media develops both in house programming and co-productions with international partners. Blue Ant recently acquired Cottage Life Media, publishers of Cottage Life, Cottage, and Outdoor Canada and producers of the Spring & Fall Cottage Life consumer shows. Cottage Life, a national television channel will be launching this fall. Blue Ant Media was named Marketing Magazine’s 2012 Media Player of the Year.

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HLP+Partners is a leading producer and global provider of broadcast and multi-platform content that is smart, responsible and above all, entertaining. With an unfaltering desire to create and produce groundbreaking programming, our productions always push boundaries in their ideas, form and unique visual style. Our collaborative environment empowers the brightest stars to shine on all platforms.

Handel Productions is one of Canada’s leading producers of documentaries and factual television. Founded by former CBC television producer Alan Handel in 1985, the award-winning Montreal-based company has established an international reputation for innovative programming, producing some of the most ambitious CGI factual specials on television. Highlights include: Scam City; Strip the City; Earth From Space; Titanic the Aftermath; Inside the Titanic; Journey to the Edge of the Universe; Aliens: The Definitive Guide and How William Shatner Changed the World, which wasnominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards and three Canadian Gemini Awards. Current projects include the second season of Scam City, as well as Inside the Mind of Leonardo, Rise of the Machines and Brave New World with Stephen Hawking (Season II). Handel Productions has worked with broadcasters worldwide, including: Travel + Escape, Discovery, CTV, CBC, and Global Television in Canada; National Geographic, Bravo, The History Channel and PBS in the US; BBC, Channel Five and Discovery in the UK; Discovery Networks International and many other major broadcasters in Europe, Asia and Australia. Find more information at:

RTR Media produces inventive and entertaining television series and digital content for the international marketplace.  We’re also about partnerships; we collaborate closely with broadcasters, digital clients, distributors and funders. We’re committed to producing content that deliver high ratings, expert lifestyle hosts, compelling factual content and superb scripted stories.  The Toronto based company is eight years old.  CEO and owner Kit Redmond is a 30-year television veteran. RTR Media Inc.

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General Purpose Pictures General Purpose Pictures is an independent Canadian production company that produces and delivers high quality, critically acclaimed content across all platforms to major broadcasters worldwide. Headed by award-winning industry veteran Scott Clark McNeil, the company is recognized internationally for the substantial inroads it has made in the genres of reality, factual and docu-soap TV, and for its signature General purpose style. GPP has produced hundreds of hours of programming including THE HEAT with MARK MCEWAN for Food Network, HOLMES ON HOMES and THE FIX for HGTV Canada, SAVE US FROM OUR HOUSE and MAKING HOUSE for W Network, and SHOTGUN RENO for Slice.

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