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Ed Stafford Challenges World’s Best Survivalists In New Discovery Series

LONDON, 12 JUNE 2018 – Discovery today announces ED STAFFORD: FIRST MAN OUT, a brand-new TV series which sees renowned explorer Ed Stafford compete against the world’s top survivalists in a gritty, real-life race to get out of some of the most hostile environments on the planet.

ED STAFFORD: FIRST MAN OUT (6×60) will not only test the extreme limits of human endurance and determination but also push state-of-the-art technology into new realms as the first survivalist show to be filmed in 4K. Alongside thermal sensing drones and night vision cameras, 4K technology will provide stunning footage of the survivalists’ epic journeys in some of the most brutal but breath-taking environments in the world.

In this six-part series produced by Beach House Pictures, Ed competes to test his survival skills to the limit, risking life, limb and reputation. His competitors include survival experts EJ Snyder (DUAL SURVIVAL and NAKED AND AFRAID), primitive survival expert Matt Graham (DUAL SURVIVAL and BUSHCRAFT BUILD OFF), intellectual survivalist Cat Bigney (THE GREAT HUMAN RACE), regional expert Ken Rhee (ULTIMATE HELL WEEK), military survival instructor John Hudson (DUDE YOU’RE SCREWED), and ex-military expert Commando Sniper Aldo Kane.

Providing viewers with analysis of the techniques and performance of the survivalists is Andrew “Woody” Wood, a former-Military jungle warfare and survival expert. With state-of-the-art tracking technology, Woody will track the survivalists as they tackle the punishing distances, fearsome challenges and diverse environments ahead of them.

Ed Sayer, Head of Original Commissioning at Discovery UK and Ireland, said:

ED STAFFORD: FIRST MAN OUT pits some of the greatest survival experts in the world against not only treacherous yet stunning environments but their most experienced and determined counterparts. With these new competitive elements, a first-of-its-kind production method and world class talent, this show elevates the survival genre into a thought provoking new space.”

Ed Sayer is the commissioner, Victoria Noble and Bryan Seah are the Executive Producers for Discovery and Donovan Chan is the Executive Producer for Beach House Pictures.

About Discovery: Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; and digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

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