Casting on for Operation Unplugged

From a media release:

Casting Now for New Travel & Escape Series Operation Unplugged

  • Travel & Escape, Parks Canada and HLP+Partners Team Up on New Canadian Original Series in Production this Summer

A casting search has begun to find eight technology obsessed Canadians who are willing to “unplug” for a new docu-adventure series Operation Unplugged to air on Travel & Escape channel early next year. The series will take the selected self-proclaimed “techno-dependent” Canadians on a coast-to-coast adventure through Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a post-secondary education program this fall in order to be eligible. The casting call closes on May 27th, and the series begins shooting across Canada this August. Application form and more information available at

Operation Unplugged is a multiplatform production, with a robust online component allowing viewers to connect with the host and competitors, follow additional storylines and engage in interactive games.

Alan Bishop, a world adventurer who has worked on Survivor and The Amazing Race as a challenge producer, will host the series. Alan will guide the recruits through a series of challenges that will turn their world upside-down as they struggle to survive the great outdoors without their favorite gadgets.

In addition to casting for Operation Unplugged, Travel & Escape is inviting advertisers to get involved in the series through meaningful brand integration. Categories such as automotive, technology, outdoor clothing/gear outfitters and QSR’s are natural fit offering advertisers organic ways to showcase their brands.

Operation Unplugged is being produced for Travel & Escape channel by HLP + Partners in collaboration with Parks Canada. The series is being Executive Produced by Henry Less, Lee Herberman and Kevin Newman.