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Discovery, Kinetic Content set to unleash “Man vs. Bear”

The physical competition series sub-genre of unscripted is broadening its talent pool somewhat, with Discovery commissioning Red Arrow Studios’ Kinetic Content to produce the unscripted competition series Man Vs. Bear. Commencing ...
October 31, 2019

The physical competition series sub-genre of unscripted is broadening its talent pool somewhat, with Discovery commissioning Red Arrow Studios’ Kinetic Content to produce the unscripted competition series Man Vs. Bear.

Commencing with the series premiere on December 4, each week, three Grizzlies — Bart, Honey Bump and Tank — will take on three human competitors at their Utah sanctuary in five distinct challenges designed to test speed, strength and stamina.

The challenges will be based on the bears’ natural instincts as well as predatory skills and actions, whether it’s engaging in a game of “tug of war” or using brute force to roll giant logs.

In the final round, the two top competitors will come together to face Bart, standing eight feet, six inches tall and weighing 1,400 pounds.

The human competitor who earns the most points of the day will be named champion.

At the end of each season, the top three competitors with the most points will return one more time for the super-human showdown against the bears.

The series will also include commentary from on-the-ground experts Brandon Tierney, host of CBS Sports Radio talk show Tiki and Tierney, and Casey Anderson, wildlife expert, filmmaker and founder of the Montana Grizzly Encounter.

In addition to watching the series on Discovery, viewers will also be able to stream new episodes each week on the Discovery GO app.

Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler, Vincent Cariati, Steve Kaufman, Paul Lima and Karrie Wolfe as executive producers for Kinetic Content.

For Discovery Channel, Joseph Boyle and Bill Howard are executive producers. Jessica Mollo is associate producer.

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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