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Press Release for Season Premiere of “Mudcats”

January 25th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HISTORY ANNOUNCES NEW

MUD-BREAKING SERIES

MUDCATS

PREMIERES THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 10pm ET/PT

Launches on (Nipping) Heels of

New Season of SWAMP PEOPLE

New York, NY, January 25, 2012 – It’s a practice that has been going on for generations – hand-fishing for giant flathead catfish. There’s no rod, reel or bait – just two hands and a whole lot of guts. It’s a cult and a culture, the disappearing remnants of a dangerous tradition that has played out on American rivers since the 1800s, man versus nature at its elemental best.

MUDCATS, premiering Thursday, February 9, 10pm ET/PT follows the men who compete with each other in an effort to showcase the best “mudcatters” in Oklahoma – “hands down”! Deep in the heart of this historic state lives an adventurous group of people, who have chosen to hand-fish as their passion – these men have learned the ways of from their fathers and grandfathers, and who have every intention of passing the tradition down to their sons and daughters and grandchildren.  The drive to be the best runs deep.

The practice of catching a giant catfish may sound easy, or insane. The fisherman must get into the water, and then wait for a fish to bite him, at which point he wedges his hand all the way down into its gullet and then wrestles it into the boat.  Following them on their fearless hunts for big fish and even bigger thrills, viewers will enter a culture of natural recklessness, one-ups-manship and danger, where bites from turtles, snakes and beavers are just the price of doing business, and where losing your whole forearm down the maw of a sixty-pound catfish is, well, a smashing success.

History goes on a wild journey right into the heart of a disappearing daredevil breed.

The MUDCATS:

  • SCOOTER” BEVINS “The Defending Champion” – The reigning champion of the 2010 Okie Noodling Tournament, Scooter is a man’s man and then some.  For Scooter, a fourth generation “mudcatting” is matter of defending his family’s honor.
  • CATFISH JERRY RIDER “The Father and Son Team” – Jerry has been a fixture on the Oklahoma hand-fishing scene for decades. Known as a risk-taker and a man who can bring in monsters, he’s ready to prove he’s the best. A cantankerous personality, Jerry has headstrong opinions on everything. His son and fishing partner Andy is proof that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” After spending the last decade apart, they’ve reunited in a bid to claim the crown. But will their decision to fish together again heal their relationship or destroy their chances?
  • MARION KINCAID “The Catfish King” – Catfish King Marion’s a Harley-driving, rough-and-tumble showman.  Everybody loves Marion, and it’s easy to see why – he’s loose and loud and easygoing, and he doesn’t get nearly as wrapped up in the backbiting and rivalries as the other guys do.  And yet, he’s still one of the best around.
  • TEDDY GOOD “The Young Gun” – Teddy is the next generation of hand fishermen, and a volunteer fireman whose wife happens to be Mrs. Oklahoma 2010. A fourth generation, he learned from his grandfather when he was three years old, and he’s dedicated to continuing the legacy. Like Scooter, Teddy views his participation in the Tournament as a matter of honor and he’s vowed to make his family proud.
  • THOMAS RIGGS “The Veteran” – Straight out of central casting, Thomas Riggs is pure Oklahoma through and through – a walking talking study in self-reliance. Abandoned as a child in the tiny town of Jerome, Idaho, he has persevered on sheer grit, the epitome of the never-say-die Okie spirit. For Thomas hand fishing was once a means of survival but now it’s his passion. This salt-of-the-earth veteran will reach deep into his survival skills to prove himself.
  • Don “Katt Daddy” Brewer “The Challenger” – To say Don is larger than life is an understatement; for one thing, he has the nickname “Katt Daddy” tattooed in nine-inch letters across this back.  “When I walk away, I want people to remember my name.”  Long known as one of the most competitive hand-fishermen in Oklahoma, his appetite for winning is unmatched. An expert deep water diver, “Kat” won’t hesitate to put it all on the line if it means getting an advantage over the competition.

MUDCATS launches following the Season 3 premiere of SWAMP PEOPLE which follows the intrepid hunters and family men as they head out in pursuit of these most powerful beasts during the 30-day alligator hunting season, regulated by the state of Louisiana. The third season will premiere Thursday, February 9, 9pm ET/PT.

MUDCATS is produced by Original Media for HISTORY. Executive Producers for Original Media are Jay Peterson, Charlie Corwin and Brian Catalina. Executive Producers for HISTORY are Mary Donahue and Paul Cabana.

HISTORY® and HISTORY® HD are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network’s program offerings are hit series such as American Pickers, Ax MenAmerican Restoration, Ice Road Truckers, Top Gear, Pawn Stars and Top Shot, as well as acclaimed specials including  Vietnam in HD, Gettysburg, America the Story of Us, WWII in HD, 102 Minutes That Changed America. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, eleven Primetime Emmy® Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards and received the prestigious Governor’s Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network’s Save Our History® campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network’s signature initiative connecting America’s schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY website, located at www.history.com, is the leading online resource for all things history, featuring over 20,000 videos, images, audio clips, articles and interactive features that allow visitors to dig deeper into a broad range of thousands of historical topics. For more information go to www.historypressroom.com

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Press Contact:

Vicky Kahn vicky.kahn@aetn.com 212-210-9443

Lauren Manzella lauren.manzella@aetn.com 212-210-1400 ext. 5431


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Kansas Lottery Press Release

January 18th, 2012

DATE:              January 18, 2012

CONTACT:       Karie Lowe (785) 296-5744, karie.lowe@kslottery.net

Swamp People Stars Featured on New Kansas Lottery $2 Instant Scratch Ticket

TOPEKA, KAN. – Kansas Lottery players captivated by the History Channel’s hit reality series Swamp People will enjoy the Lottery’s newest $2 game.  The new $2 Choot ‘Em instant scratch ticket features reality television stars Troy and Jacob Landry of Pierre Part, Louisiana.

The new Choot ‘Em instant scratch game will be shipped to retailers statewide this week.  The game features three ticket scenes and offers players a chance to win up to $10,000 instantly!  Troy Landry coined the phrase “Choot ‘Em” while hunting alligators in the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana with son and partner, Jacob Landry.

To celebrate the launch of Choot ‘Em, the Landrys will make a special appearance at Bass Pro Shops® in Olathe February 11.  The father and son team will greet fans and sign autographs from 12 to 4 p.m.  The Kansas Lottery will also have a selling location at Bass Pro Shops Friday, February 10, 2012 through Sunday, February 12, 2012, where players can purchase Choot ‘Em tickets.  Players who make a $10 minimum purchase of Choot ‘Em tickets during the weekend event will receive a Choot ‘Em t-shirt while supplies last. The Lottery will release further details of the special appearance later this month.

For more information on the new $2 Choot ‘Em game, visit www.kslottery.com.


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Press Release for Season 3 of “Swamp People”

January 11th, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HISTORY® BRINGS BACK

THE LAST AMERICAN PIONEERS

WHO THRIVE IN THE LOUISIANA WILDERNESS

Swamp People

SEASON 3 PREMIERES

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 10PM ET/PT

New York, NY, January 11, 2012 – Welcome back! To the Atchafalaya Swamp, America’s Last Frontier. History announces Season 3 of Swamp People. The third season will premiere in Thursday, February 9, 10pm ET/PT.

Season 2 of Swamp People set a record for the program, with 4.1 million Total Viewers.

Swamp People ranks as the #7 ad-supported cable non-fiction series in 2011 to-date among A25-54.   Overall, Season 2 of Swamp People averaged 2.1 million Adults 25-54, 2.1 million Adults 18-49, 1.3 million Men 25-54 and 1.3 million Men 18-49. The sophomore season was up +24% among A25-54 and +31% among A18-49 vs. its freshman year.  The season 2 finale captured record highs for the show, earning 2.8 million A18-49 and A25-54.

Swamp People is the story of the American spirit, of the lost art of doing things the right way and of the unyielding desire to preserve a dying way of life from the encroaching modern world.

Deep in southern Louisiana there are nearly 1 million acres of flooded forest, marshland and bayous unlike anyplace else in the United States.  It’s a hidden world, a place where nature still rules – one of the least known territories in the United States. But a hardy breed of “Swamp People” knows the secrets of this dangerous mysterious territory. Most are Cajun descendants of French-speaking settlers who came from Canada in the 1700s – and their way of life has been fundamentally the same for generations. Hunting, especially alligator hunting, remains a major source of their livelihood.

Swamp People explores and celebrates a unique culture far removed from the mainstream of contemporary America. This is a united community that fends for itself and makes a living any way they can in an unpredictable environment. The families of Swamp People battle Father Time, Mother Nature and the challenges of life in and around the murky waters of the Atchafalaya Swamp.  They are America’s forgotten pioneers.

Season Three of Swamp People follows these intrepid hunters and family men as they head out in pursuit of these most powerful beasts during the 30-day alligator hunting season, regulated by the state of Louisiana.

Swamp People is produced by Original Media for HISTORY. Executive Producers are Jay Peterson and Charlie Corwin and Brian Catalina is co-Executive Producer. Executive Producer for HISTORY is Mary Donahue.

Press Contact:

Vicky Kahn vicky.kahn@aetn.com 212-210-9443

Lauren Manzella lauren.manzella@aetn.com 212-210-1400 ext. 5431

HISTORY® and HISTORY® HD are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network’s program offerings are hit series such as American Pickers, Ax MenAmerican Restoration, Ice Road Truckers, Top Gear, Pawn Stars and Top Shot, as well as acclaimed specials including  Vietnam in HD, Gettysburg, America the Story of Us, WWII in HD, 102 Minutes That Changed America. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, eleven Primetime Emmy® Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards and received the prestigious Governor’s Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network’s Save Our History® campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network’s signature initiative connecting America’s schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY website, located at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid., is the leading online resource for all things history, featuring over 20,000 videos, images, audio clips, articles and interactive features that allow visitors to dig deeper into a broad range of thousands of historical topics. For more information go to www.historypressroom.com

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Swamp People SEASON 3

•    R.J. MOLINERE

Helper: Jay Paul Molinere (Son)

Native American hunter R.J. is known for his fighter’s instinct. He is a former arm-wrestling world champion, and his competitive streak runs deep. With the most tags of anyone on the swamp, this season, he is out to prove that is the best hunter on the bayou. He hunts with his son Jay Paul, a sharpshooter who will carry the family tradition in years to come.

•    JUNIOR EDWARDS

Helper: Malcom McQuiston (Friend / Hired Helper)

Junior Edwards is a legend on the swamp, he spends his days out on the water year-round, crawfishing, hunting deer and crabbing. His helper is a lifelong friend named Malcom. This season, Junior is out to cement his legacy as one of the greatest ever. He is beginning to pass the torch, relying more on his sons to help fill his tags.

•    WILLIE EDWARDS

Helper: Randy Edwards (Brother)

Willie Edwards is Junior’s son and heir apparent. Willie has already proven himself as one of the toughest swampers on the bayou, but this season, he takes on bigger responsibility. He is becoming a veteran in his own right, and Junior trusts him with half of the family’s tags. Willie will work with his brother Randy to get the job done.

•    BRUCE MITCHELL

Helper: Ron Methvin (Hired Gun—Sniper)

Bruce Mitchell is a veteran who has long hunted with his sidekick, a dog named Tyler. Best known for his trademark overalls and bandana, Bruce is poised for his biggest season yet. He has employed a new helper, a war veteran with sniper experience named Ron.

•    TROY LANDRY

Helper: Clint Landry (Hired Gun)

Troy Landry is a veteran who has earned a reputation as one of the best. Last season, Troy’s longtime helper Clint couldn’t hunt…but this year, he is back with Troy. In addition, Troy is expanding his operation. With more tags than ever, he is employing a second boat, crewed by sons Jacob and Chase.

•    JACOB LANDRY

Helper: Chase Landry (Brother)

Jacob Landry has long served as helper for his father Troy, but this season he is captain of his own boat. His helper is younger brother Chase, a newcomer to the family business.

•    LIZ CAVALIER

Helper: Kristi Broussard (Friend / Hired Helper)

Liz Cavalier served as Troy Landry’s hired gun last season. This year, she is captaining her own boat, alongside her helper named Kristi Broussard. These women are tough as nails, and with over 200 tags, they’re out to prove that women can compete and triumph in a man’s game.

•    JOE LAFONT

Helper: Tommy Chauvin

Joe and Tommy have long been best friends and hunting partners. Joe works harder than anyone else on the swamp…while Tommy is known for his more relaxed ways. The two are constantly bickering, but always side-by-side.

•    AUSTYN & BLAKE

Austyn Yoches and Blake McDonald are cousins and best friends who call the swamp home. The two live on a houseboat far from civilization, and they live the true Cajun life. They are only in their early 20s, but these they are out to prove they can compete with the best.

•    GLENN & MITCHELL GUIST

These brothers were born and raised on the bayou, and make their living only off the land. On the swamp, they are always up to something—hunting for dinner and using everything the swamp can offer. Their adventures always lead to interesting places.


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“Gator Man” Bruce Mitchell and Smokey Bear

December 15th, 2011

“Gator Man” Bruce Mitchell and Smokey Bear are doing their part to help prevent wild fires…are you?

 


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VWerks Red Jacket Firearms Jeep

December 14th, 2011

Our friends over at VWerks built an insane JK8 for Red Jacket Firearms, and they’ve got more up their sleeves.  Check out this video that explains what they do.

 


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Press Release for Season 2 of “Sons of Guns”

July 11th, 2011

SEASON 2 PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 9PM ET/PT

Baton Rouge, LA, July 13, 2011 – Welcome back to the Red Jacket crew! Base Camp Management’s client cast of Sons of Guns Season Two have been announced: Will Hayden, Stephanie Hayden, Kris Ford, Vincent Buckles, Joe Meaux, Charlie Watson, Glenn Harrison and Glenn Fleming are ready for the challenges building custom weapons can bring, deep in the heart of Louisiana. This all-star team of craftsman are featured in Discovery Channel’s hit series SONS OF GUNS, returning for a second season on Wednesday, July 13th at 9PM ET/PT.

SONS OF GUNS showcases one of America’s most skilled and creative gun works, Red Jacket Firearms, and its founder, Will Hayden. While pursuing its bread-and-butter work with customizing and improving AK-47′s, the Baton Rouge-based team delves into the world of historic and classic weapons.  Keeping the bayou-based operation running is Will’s daughter Stephanie.  While she has been running the business side of things since the shop opened ten years ago, she is a weapons expert in her own right – and can out-shoot the best of them at the range.

Season Two of SONS OF GUNS Will, Stephanie and the crew of Red Jacket Firearms take on some of their toughest challenges yet. Can the team join three M16′s together in what Will calls a Triamese? Is it possible to silence a grenade launcher? And what happens when the crew combines an AK and a sniper rifle?  See how these amazing groups of eclectic gunsmiths build one-of-a-kind custom firearms and other weapons every Wednesday at 9 p.m. E/P starting on July 13, 2011.
SONS OF GUNS SEASON 2 (Cast represented by Base Camp Management):

Will Hayden – Will Hayden is the founding force behind Red Jacket Firearms. A native of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area, his early exposure to guns came from his family — “country people with a shotgun” — who occasionally hunted.  Red Jacket officially opened in 1999, when his first big order was a build of 20 AK-47s for an Arizona distributor. In exchange for a cut rate on the price, Will requested that his builds be listed as “Proudly Manufactured by Red Jacket” in advertisements. That banner caught the attention of Atlantic Firearms, a highly regarded dealer and distributor, and business boomed. Will’s daughter Stephanie came on as a business manager and partner in the operation in 2003. The partnership has lead to Red Jacket’s continued success as “the nation’s most unique weapons business”.

Stephanie Hayden – Stephanie Hayden grew up learning about hunting and the outdoors from her dad Will. For her 18th birthday, Will made her his partner and the business manager for Red Jacket. Now 25, she is known as the brains behind the Red Jacket operation. She manages the day-to-day business including the vast amount of paperwork involved in purchasing firearms, and keeps the orders running smoothly. However, Stephanie isn’t just an administrator. She knows her guns too. In fact, she probably knows as much or more than many of the walk-in customers. Her favorite weapon depends on what she’s shooting at the time, but she’s fond of anything that Red Jacket builds — particularly the Suppressed AK-47

Kris Ford – Twenty-eight-year-old Kris Ford has spent the last year working his way up the ladder at Red Jacket. Despite coming from a family of hunters and gun enthusiasts, Kris didn’t consider himself a gun person. That all changed in 2009.  That year, Kris met Will’s daughter Stephanie Hayden at a party. Kris was in need of a job and Stephanie offered him an apprenticeship at Red Jacket. He started out by sweeping floors and now, under Will’s tutelage, can build a gun from scratch. Kris that says his main job will always be “happily saying yes to Will” who has become a real mentor. In his free time, Kris likes to read, write and play music.

Vincent Buckles – Vincent Buckles is Red Jacket’s lead gunsmith and a native of Detroit, Michigan. He was raised camping, fishing and backpacking on his family’s property in Northern Michigan. Growing up, Vince was (and remains to this day) an Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 1024. Vince started tinkering with guns prior to enrolling in the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School in 2002, which he graduated from in 2004.

Joe Meaux – Joe Meaux, age thirty-three, is Red Jacket’s one-man development department. When Will comes up with a weapon design, it’s Joe’s job to determine if it can be built. But typically, when Joe says “it can’t be done,” Will says, “let’s do it.”

Charlie Wilson – Thirty-six-year-old Charlie Watson is a forensic firearms expert, but at night he moonlights as Red Jacket’s technical troubleshooter. Charlie is a Baton Rouge native and attended Louisiana Tech University where he received a degree in Animal Biology. He then attended LSU where he received a Masters Degree in Natural Science. He has a passion for the science of weaponry. To Charlie, it’s all about the precision and the physics.

Glenn Harrison – Glenn Harrison is an antique gun fanatic and Red Jacket’s unofficial historic weapons expert. He is an active member of the reenactment community and a steadfast collector of guns. Glenn met Will Hayden at a Civil War Reenactment in 1989, and they have been friends ever since.

Glenn Fleming – Glenn Fleming is the newest edition and “welder” on the Red Jacket team. Glenn grew up a quintessential “military brat.” His father was in the Air Force and the family moved from base to base. Glenn had some familiarity with guns through his father, but it wasn’t until he joined the Air Force that he received his own extensive firearms training. Glenn became a Staff Sergeant as part of the 20th Special Operations Squadron and did multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as Africa and Bosnia.

In the first season of SONS OF GUNS, the premiere was watched by an average of 1.79 million people, making it one of the top five shows among men on Wednesday nights.  In all of 1Q11, SONS OF GUNS finished as the #3 Wednesday night cable program among M25-54/M18-49 (excluding sports).  Premieres of Sons of Guns averaged 1.29 HH / 0.83 P25-54 AA%.*

SONS OF GUNS is produced for Discovery Channel by Jupiter Entertainment.  Stephen Land is executive producer, with Patrick Leigh-Bell as co-executive producer. For Discovery Channel, Dolores Gavin is executive producer.

Management Contact

Pete Elkins pete@bcmanage.com

(o) 225-216-8340 or www.lacms.com

Base Camp Management

634 Connell’s Park Lane

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806


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