New slate marks largest delivery in company’s 15-year history

Officials from Orion Entertainment have announced that six new series and six returning series will premiere in the first quarter of 2014.

“Our growth in the last 18 months has been unprecedented in our 15 years of existence,” says Orion president Chris Dorsey. “We’ve successfully repositioned the company to be a significant producer of top-rated mainstream cable TV content while growing resources to continue super serving the outdoor market place.”

Two new series will be premiering on HGTV this quarter. Living Alaska will track the moves of Lower 48 residents as they head to Alaska in search of a new life on the last frontier. New House New Life will follow couples and families as they chuck dead-end urban jobs and move to some of America’s most stunningly beautiful venues to open the businesses of their dreams in a part of the country they’ve always dreamed of living. Also reairing on HGTV will be the first season of Building Alaska, a series that premiered last year on HGTV’s sister network DIY. Building Alaska became DIY’s highest rated series in 2013 and the network doubled the order and moved to an hour-long format from a half-hour play.

Season two of Building Alaska, meanwhile, will premiere back-to-back episodes on DIY network January 5th at 10 and 11pm EST. This season, three intrepid builders create amazing homes in some of the most remote wilderness of Alaska. “This is a big adventure series with gritty characters and real life and death drama that comes with every day challenges in the extremes of the Alaskan bush,” says Dorsey.

Orion Entertainment and Discovery Studios have partnered to launch Kodiak, a series that provides an inside look at the life of a series of guides operating in some of the most treacherous environments in the world. The series will debut in late first quarter on the Discovery Channel.

World’s Weirdest: Creepy Cures will make its debut on NatGeo Wild January 24 at 9pm EST. The production takes a deep dive into the shocking world where ancient and modern medicines have come together to cure people across America. The use of maggots, leeches, bee and snake venom are just part of what is in store.

Additional Orion productions will be coming to HGTV and Animal Planet in early 2014.

Six series also will be returning to Outdoor Channel in first quarter starting with Federal Premium’s Deadliest Hunts, hosted by legendary professional hunter Jeff Rann. The series looks at hunters who specialize in stalking the world’s most dangerous big game animals.  Buccaneers and

Bones featuring Tom Brokaw, Huey Lewis, Yvon Chouinard and other luminary anglers will return with a fly fishing expedition based in the paradise of Belize.  ATK’s Grateful Nation hosted by actor and former Airborne Ranger Tim Abell returns as Abell takes wounded warriors on dream outdoor adventures. Ram Outdoorsman drives off in search of the continent’s best hunting with a personal narrative that explores both how and why to hunt. If you’re looking for the best in trophy deer hunting and management, look no further than Tecomate’s Whitetail Nation, led by all-star big buck guru David Morris. Rounding out the Outdoor Channel line-up is Ultimate Buck Zone, a series that delves into the best big deer hunting in North America.

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