via press release:
AMC GREENLIGHTS NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES
EIGHT-EPISODE SERIES TO BE PRODUCED BY ASYLUM ENTERTAINMENT
(“The Kennedys,” “Addicted,” “The Locator”)
New York – November 28, 2012 – AMC announced today that the network has greenlit a new unscripted series, “Owner’s Manual.” The series will consist of eight, half-hour episodes and premiere in third quarter 2013. Produced by Asylum Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Addicted,” “The Locator”), “Owner’s Manual” will test one of the most common divides among man – those who read the owner’s manual and those who do not. Representing each side of this divide, Ed Sanders (“Extreme Makeover Edition”) and Marcus Hunt (HGTV’s “Hammer Heads”) are put to the test in a weekly challenge where they attempt to operate today’s most advanced, dangerous and powerful machinery and technology – from a fighter jet to a submarine, and more. With opposing points of view and conflicting methods of practice — one man works strictly from the rule book, while the other uses only his instincts — the real test will be how this “everyman” duo can collaborate to accomplish their challenge. “Owner’s Manual” is executive produced by Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Alex Piper and Jerry McNutt.
“The minute we saw this show, we knew it was a great concept,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content. “Every adult in the world falls into one of two categories. You either read the owner’s manual or you don’t. As a non-owner’s manual person, I have a whole shelf in my house dedicated to parts that never found their way into things I have assembled. Watching Ed and Marcus go at it every week in the great tasks that Asylum is putting together is going to be truly compelling entertainment no matter what side of the Owner’s Manual divide you live on.”
AMC’s Stillerman, Jason Fisher, SVP of production, and Mary Conlon, VP of non-scripted original programming, oversee the development and production for the network’s unscripted series.
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM
About Asylum Entertainment
Asylum Entertainment was established with the idea of producing diverse projects that are both creatively distinctive and commercial rewarding. From gritty documentaries and original reality series to scripted television and feature films, Asylum’s projects have garnered five Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. Some notable notable shows include 10-time Emmy nominated BEYOND THE GLORY, ESPN’s 30 FOR 30, THE LOCATOR, ADDICTED, AMERICAN GANGSTER and many more. Asylum is among the few production companies to successfully cross over to scripted projects with THE KENNEDYS, the highly acclaimed eight part epic mini-series starring Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes, Barry Pepper, and Tom Wilkinson. Asylum is committed to producing groundbreaking television and we take pride in our commitment to turning great ideas into great television.