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Travel Channel investigates the paranormal in “The Holzer Files”

Discovery-owned adventure network Travel Channel is to reopen the case files of America’s first ghost hunter as part of its resurrected ‘Ghostober’ Halloween event. The Holzer Files (10 x 60 minutes) ...
September 13, 2019

Discovery-owned adventure network Travel Channel is to reopen the case files of America’s first ghost hunter as part of its resurrected ‘Ghostober’ Halloween event.

The Holzer Files (10 x 60 minutes) will set out to reveal the original documents, letters, photographs and audio and video recordings from the renowned 1950s studies of paranormal pioneer Dr. Hans Holzer and his four-decade exploration into hauntings like the Amityville Horror.

The Painless Entertainment-produced series will trace investigator Dave Schrader, psychic medium Cindy Kaza and equipment technician Shane Pittman as they pick up where Holzer left off in re-examining the hauntings that he dedicated his life to researching. The team will also be aided by Holzer’s daughter, Alexandra Holzer, and researcher Gabe Roth.

Using Holzer’s findings, the team track down recent developments from each haunting – including the Whaley House, the Morris-Jumel Mansion and the Peck House – and head back to the location to reinvestigate with a fresh perspective.

“The discovery of these case files is huge,” said Travel Channel GM Matthew Butler, in a statement. “We are excited to share Hans’ original findings with our viewers. His groundbreaking studies inspired generations and continue to influence pop culture to this day. With our stellar team on the ground to pursue further answers and carry the torch forward, this is history in the making.”

Executive producers for Painless include Jim Casey, Ross Kaiman and Rob Saffi. Travel Channel’s Christine Shuler is executive producer, Julie Meisner Eagle is VP of production and development, Matthew Butler is GM and Henry Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

The Holzer Files debuts Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel.

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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