Collective Media Group Producing New Season of Air Warriors


Collective Media Group, launched by former ViacomCBS International senior executives Claire McArdle and Rebecca Knight, is producing the latest season of the Smithsonian Channel’s Air Warriors.

Now in its tenth season, the series reveals the origin stories of the U.K. and U.S. militaries’ most iconic aircraft through rare, archival footage and testimonies from those who fly and maintain the planes. Air Warriors was previously produced in-house by the Smithsonian Channel.

The new season is executive produced by McArdle, Knight and Bob Strange for Collective Media Group and series produced by Andrew Barron. Passion Distribution distributes it internationally.

The new season of Air Warriors, which will feature two British planes and four from the U.S., is set to debut on May on the Smithsonian Channel in the U.K.

“We are very proud to be making this iconic series for Smithsonian Channel,” said Knight, co-CEO of Collective Media Group. “The channel’s global reach means it is an ideal partner for Collective and a perfect fit when it comes to our ambition of growing our high-quality, premium factual slate. We are thrilled to be working with them.”

Strange added, “Our new series aims to build on the high ratings of the previous must-watch Air Warriors shows. The series investigates the engineering, science and technology of these iconic aircraft. We are bringing with us a fresh use of green-screen technology, which brings the aircrafts to life and complements our deeper dive into the human stories behind the crews of these amazing machines.”