via press release:
DISCOVERY CHANNEL ONE-HOUR SPECIAL “Mile WIDE Tornado: Oklahoma Disaster” (WT) REVISITS THE RECENT OKLAHOMA TORNADO DEVASTATION
– “MILE WIDE TORNADO: OKLAHOMA DISASTER” (WT) premieres Sunday, June 2 at 10 PM ET/PT –
(NEW YORK) Discovery Channel examines the May 20th tornado tragedy near Oklahoma City and Moore, Oklahoma through the eyes of the people who survived this unprecedented event with “MILE WIDE TORNADO: OKLAHOMA DISASTER” (WT). Discovery partners with Pioneer Productions – the award-winning and internationally successful production company known for capturing weather at its most extreme ranging from Japan’s 2011 tsunami to Hurricane Katrina – with this new “instamentary.” Pioneer Productions has created over 50 hours of Tornado programming, making them experts in this field. Discovery’s new, one-hour special provides in-depth scientific analysis of the storm via on-the-ground footage, tornado-tracking CGI and eye-witness accounts of one of the deadliest tornadoes in the last decade. “MILE WIDE TORNADO: OKLAHOMA DISASTER” (WT) premieres Sunday, June 2nd at 10 PM E/P.
“MILE WIDE TORNADO: OKLAHOMA DISASTER” (WT) chronicles the EF5 tornado that traveled over 17 miles and left mass devastation within its 45 minute reign of terror. Watch as Discovery interviews storm chasers, meteorologists and emergency management who battled to save lives during that fateful day with exclusive footage of now condemned areas. This special provides one of the most comprehensive collections of user-generated footage of the Oklahoma tornado to date and conducts original interviews with those who recorded those first-hand accounts.
The one-hour special, via in-depth interviews with scientists and the latest data, also helps answer the “why” behind this devastating event including: How did the tornado form? How was this different from a similar EF5 tornado that hit in the same area in 1999? What role did the warning system have in saving lives? Have warning systems progressed to the point where they are more effective?
“MILE WIDE TORNADO: OKLAHOMA DISASTER” (WT) is produced by Pioneer Productions with Kirstie McLure and Robert Strange serving as executive producers. For Discovery Channel, French Horwitz and Julie Meisner Eagle serve as executive producers.
About Pioneer Productions
Pioneer Productions is prolific across a broad range of program genres including lifestyle, factual entertainment, history, science and drama-docs. The company has made over 700 hours of programming, sold in over 60 countries worldwide. World leaders in weather programming, Pioneer have produced multi award winning series such as Raging Planet and Catastrophe for Discovery to mention but a few and with over 50 hours of Tornado programming they are experts in the field. Pioneer has also developed an outstanding reputation for fast turnaround documentaries on world changing weather disasters such as the Japan Tsunami and Super Storm Sandy, to poignant current affairs issues such as Meteor Strike: Fireball from Space, Sars: Killer bug and Steve Jobs: i changed the world.
About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 210 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 149 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.