History to air treasure hunt series “Billion Dollar Wreck”

Produced by Original Productions and exec produced by Michael Bay, the eight-part series follows a team of salvage divers searching for rumored treasure aboard the sunken luxury liner, RMS Republic.
February 2, 2016

History will premiere the Michael Bay-exec produced series Billion Dollar Wreck on Monday (February 8).

Produced by Original Productions in association with Bay’s Platinum Dunes Productions, the hour-long, eight-part series follows treasure hunter Martin Bayerle, his son Grant and a team of salvage divers as they search for treasure aboard the sunken cruise liner, RMS Republic.

The White Star Line ship sank in 1909 after colliding with another vessel shortly after departing from New York Harbor. The luxury liner was rumored to have 150,000 gold coins on board. Some have estimated the treasure’s value would be in the billions, making it the largest sunken treasure in history if true.

Bayerle has spent three decades researching the ship and is convinced he knows where to find the treasure.

Billion Dollar Wreck will air on February 8 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Philip D. Segal, Sarah Whalen and Jarrod Harlow are exec producing the show for Original along with Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form for Platinum Dunes Productions. Paul Cabana, Michael Stiller and Jim Pasquarella are exec producing for the network.

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