From a media release:
Farpoint Films and Peace Point Entertainment announce
start of production on ESCAPE OR DIE! with DEAN GUNNARSON
in partnership with OLN
Farpoint Films and Peace Point Entertainment announced today the start of production on new original series, Escape Or Die!, for OLN. The 12-episode, half-hour, OLN original series documents the world’s greatest escape artist Dean Gunnarson and will premiere on OLN in the spring of 2015. Production begins today. Peace Point Rights will handle international distribution of the series.
Each episode will lift the curtain and show Dean Gunnarson, the modern day Harry Houdini, preparing with his trusted team for a real escape that he will perform at the end of each show in a major metropolitan center across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, and more.
“I have spent my life travelling around the world, attempting hundreds of death defying escapes for international audiences and loving every second of it. Now I have the chance to give a behind-the-scenes peek at how I prepare, and the reality of the dangers of the escape,” said Dean Gunnarson.
“We are very happy to partner with Peace Point Entertainment and OLN to show the world the man behind the upside-down-straitjacket-hanging-from-a-burning-rope escape artist,” said Kyle Bornais of Farpoint Films.
“Dean’s world of massive-scale events makes for an epic documentary series and we couldn’t be happier to be working with our friends at OLN and Farpoint to bring this series to television markets the world over,” said Les Tomlin, President & Executive Producer of Peace Point Entertainment.
“Dean is a world-class escape artist with a relatable and dynamic personality that perfectly fits the “outrageous characters – real life” mandate of OLN,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers. “We are thrilled to be following Dean on his epic adventures and bringing his death defying escapes to OLN audiences across the country.”
The Escape or Die! creative team includes Showrunner Sharon Lewis (Buying and Selling), Senior Story Editors Chris Charney (The Illegal Eater) of Farpoint Films and Vallery Hyduk (Superbodies) of Peace Point Entertainment, Director John Barnard (The Sheepdogs Have At It) of Farpoint Films, Producers Scott R. Leary (The Illegal Eater) of Farpoint Films and Julie Chang (Sanctuary) of Peace Point Entertainment, and Executive Producers Kyle Bornais (The Illegal Eater) of Farpoint Films and Les Tomlin President and Executive Producer Peace Point Entertainment. Marni Goldman is Production Executive for Original Programming, Rogers Media.
ABOUT DEAN GUNNARSON
Dean Gunnarson has achieved new heights as an escape artist. Whether he is dangling by his toes from a trapeze bar 726 feet over Hoover Dam in Las Vegas or opening for legendary bands like Aerosmith; Dean is always setting new records. He has successfully conquered many challenges and obstacles by taking his daring escapes to incredible limits. When Dean was honoured as the first recipient of the Houdini Award on the Magic Stars television show in Tokyo, Japan, it officially recognized what the world has known for many years, Dean is the “World’s Greatest Escape Artist!”