Season 2 delves further into the impact of climate change on salvage operations and the courageous people risking their lives on harrowing missions
Second instalment of the docuseries to air on The Weather Channel in the U.S. and Cottage Life in Canada as Extreme Weather Salvage
Blue Ant International oversees worldwide licensing for both seasons
(Toronto, ON – October 4, 2021) – Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Studios company, announces today that it is partnering with LA and UK-based Renowned Films to co-produce the second season of Deep Water Salvage (10 x 60’; HD). The second installment of this returnable action-packed docuseries will go even further behind the scenes with professional salvage teams who brave rough seas around the world to save ships wrecked by fierce storms. The new episodes will also take a closer look at the havoc wreaked by the increase in deadly weather events like hurricanes, floods and tidal waves and the dire need for salvage crews to save the day. Deep Water Salvage Season 2 is an original commission for The Weather Channel in the U.S. and Blue Ant Media’s Cottage Life channel in Canada. Season 1 of the series was a hit with viewers in The Weather Channel’s winning slate of original programming. On Cottage Life, the series is broadcast with the title Extreme Weather Salvage. Blue Ant International oversees all international licensing for Season 1 and Season 2 of the series outside of the U.S.
“The second season of Deep Water Salvage has been increased to ten episodes and gives audiences even more inside access to the people and stories in this largely unknown world of thrilling ocean rescue missions,” says Julie Chang, EVP, International Co-Productions. “Partnering with Renowned Films on this ambitious and returnable series has given both teams the financial and creative resources to create a truly unique viewing experience and is a great example of Blue Ant Media’s commitment to developing strong, long-lasting partnerships with a broad range of premium producers around the globe.”
“This series offers viewers another chance to immerse themselves in the characters who sail, dive and salvage what Mother Nature tried to destroy. Daring, skill and bravery are the attributes needed and this series allows audiences to get to know these heroes of the sea up close and personal. The unprecedented access secured across the world means the stories unfold in real time, and the audience can be right there under the sea alongside the divers getting an insight to this underwater world.” Says Kate Maddigan, Head of Content, Renowned Films.
“Deep Water Salvage takes our viewers to the depths of the sea for exhilarating adventures and in Season 2 we have even more inside access to the salvage missions, intensifying the thrilling ocean rescue stories,” said Howard Sappington, Vice President of Original Programming at The Weather Channel. “The Weather Channel’s commitment to sharing impactful stories about weather and our changing climate that are science-based, educational and entertaining fits perfectly as our next season of Deep Water Salvage is set to deliver the kind of exciting original programming that our viewers love.”
Deep Water Salvage offers a rare and in-depth look at the demanding world of marine construction firms around the globe on missions to salvage ships in peril from extreme ocean weather. Each episode is an immersive, revealing and exciting adventure in which viewers get access to the closed and sometimes secretive world of marine salvage. Through exclusive admission to salvage companies operating in regions including the USA, Central America and the UK, the docuseries offers a look into the tough and unrelenting world of the salvage crews. Body cams and diving helmets equipped with HD cameras, combined with footage captured by production crews embedded in the action, allow audiences to go along on these high pressure missions.
Deep Water Salvage is executive produced by Max Welch, Duane Jones and Kate Maddigan at Renowned Films. Michael Kot, Betty Orr and Julie Chang are Executive Producers at Saloon Media. Overseeing the series for Cottage Life is Sam Linton, Head of Original Content, Blue Ant Media; and Howard Sappington, Vice President of Original Programming oversees the series for The Weather Channel.
Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Studios company, is a creative hub for compelling new television and digital productions. The founding partners have a wealth of experience in broadcasting and factual production, and a track record for delivering successful and award-winning programs to international clients. Saloon’s productions have broadcast on History, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Investigation Discovery, CMT, SBS, ZDF, Yesterday, Four, More4, and Netflix. Saloon is a specialist in international co-production, working with like-minded production partners around the world to produce top quality returning series and high-impact specials. Saloon Media is based in Toronto.
Renowned Films is UK Production Company of the Year as voted for by Edinburgh TV Festival and is 3rd fastest growing production company in the UK, headquartered in London, Manchester and LA with over 50 hours in production for UK/US and global buyers. Renowned is founded by youngest ever award winning Broadcast hotshot Max Welch, Tim Withers and Sony Gold Award winning Duane Jones, and is backed by leading indecent US studio Critical Content, Emmy winning producers of worldwide hit franchises including Catfish.
Renowned’s mission is to disrupt traditional media and create innovative, attention grabbing, engaging and compelling factual entertainment, documentaries and formats, all with a fresh perspective, difficult deep access, supporting new talent, and with a thought-provoking tone of voice. Renowned have big ideas and a broad set of specialisms, craft great stories, engaging characters and have great awareness of channel brands, audience trends and insights, making content that cuts through noise in order to connect with 16-34 audiences.
Landmark factual series for the company include major competition format ‘The Drop’ for The BBC starring grammy award winning Miguel, the global hit franchise ‘Copwatch’ which currently airs on BET in the US, BBC in the UK and has sold to platforms including Netflix, as well as feature length film ‘The Modern Game’ with David Beckham, Neymar Jr, Lionel Messi, ‘How to Be Anne Marie’ for youTube Originals, Red Bull Music global ’The Cut’ which syndicated across YouTube and the Red Bull VOD platform, as well as ‘Backyard Envy’ on Bravo, current affairs series tackling the dark worlds of trophy hunting in ‘Women Who Kill Lions; for Channel 4, and Broadcast nominated series ‘Peng Life’ as best original.
Renowned currently has over 50 hours of content in production including major formats, documentary series for a mix of next generation SVOD platforms, major legacy brands including Discovery, NBCU, YouTube Premium, BBC and more.
Blue Ant International is a leading worldwide distributor of high-quality, creative content that engages audiences worldwide and across multiple platforms. The company offers a full-service approach to production partners with sales operations in London, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Blue Ant International has a growing slate of over 4,000 hours of premium content, including distinctive series and formats in five key genres including factual entertainment, specialist factual, high-impact documentaries, kids and family, and scripted. Blue Ant International also has one of the world’s largest offerings of 4K natural history content. Blue Ant International is a division of Blue Ant Media.