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Discovery readies “Master of Arms,” “Hard to Kill”

Discovery Channel is prepping a historical weapons building competition series from New York- and Los Angeles-based producer Matador Content. Tentatively titled Master of Arms (pictured), the series brings the best weapons smiths of ...
April 10, 2018

Discovery Channel is prepping a historical weapons building competition series from New York- and Los Angeles-based producer Matador Content.

Tentatively titled Master of Arms (pictured), the series brings the best weapons smiths of today and pits them in a head-to-head battle to build the weapons of the past that changed the course of history.

In each episode, three builders face-off in two historical challenges that feature era-specific weaponry – from the firearms of the frontier to Viking blades.

A former Army Special Operations Sniper will determine each weapon’s velocity, accuracy, and durability in the armory and the field. Meanwhile, a panel of expert judges will score each build.

With an elimination after each challenge, each week, only one weapon smith walks away with US$10,000 and the title of “Master of Arms.”

For Matador Content, Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson and Brian Nashel are executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Chris Rantamaki, Matthew Vafiadis and Bill Howard are executive producers.

Elsewhere, Discovery, Inc.’s flagship network has partnered with LA prodco Karga 7 Pictures to produce Hard to Kill (w/t).

The series will follow Special Forces sniper and Green Beret Tim Kennedy as he traverses the country to attempt some of America’s most dangerous jobs, from scaling 1,500 feet to the top of a TV mast tower to travelling to the Mojave Desert to push the boundaries of flight.

Hard to Kill will shadow Kennedy as he’s trained by experts in each field to put the skills he learned to the test and determine whether he’s got what it takes to accomplish the jobs of everyday heroes.

Karga 7′s Sarah Wetherbee, Emre Sahin, Kelly McPherson, Jason Wolf and Chris Bray serve as executive producers, alongside Discovery Channel’s Russ McCarroll.

With files from Daniele Alcinii

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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