Disasters at Sea Secures Partners Worldwide


Bell Media’s Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) is producing the new Canadian original series Disasters at Sea (working title), which has been commissioned by Discovery Canada, with international broadcast partners Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. and Seven Network in Australia.

Disasters at Sea is a six-episode docudrama series about the most mysterious and unexpected marine disasters in recent history, recreated in each 60-minute episode through the firsthand accounts of seamen and women. Exploration Distribution (EDI) exclusively manages international rights for Disasters at Sea.

“As part of Canada’s leading content company, EPI—led by award-winning executive producer Kelly McKeown—is a world leader in creating quality and sought-after factual programs,” said Nanci MacLean, the VP and head of Bell Media Studios. “We’re proud to offer viewers across Canada and around the world this enthralling docudrama, diving deeper than ever into the most perplexing marine disasters of our time.”

“After hugely successful runs of the Mighty franchise, which have become integral to our blue-chip, international broadcast partners, we’re thrilled to have their confidence in coming to EPI for quality, entertaining factual programming for their audiences,” commented Tony Leadman of EDI. “We are proud to offer this new program and can’t wait to showcase it to additional international audiences.”

Edwina Follows, the director of commissioning and production at Discovery Networks, remarked: “Disasters at Sea continues Discovery’s proud tradition of creating compelling, insightful storytelling with an investigative approach. Employing cool science, dramatic recreations and cutting-edge CGI, this series not only reveals what went wrong in some of the worst nautical disasters in recent history, but also how they can be prevented in the future. We look forward to continuing our successful partnerships with Smithsonian Channel and Seven Network.”