Second Highway Thru Hell spin-off enters production

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Mud Mountain, produced for Bell Media's Discovery channel, will create around 300 jobs, many of them in rural B.C.

Cameras are rolling in British Columbia on the logging-focused factual series Mud Mountain (working title, 8 x 60 minutes), the second spin-off series from the Highway Thru Hell franchise.

Produced by Thunderbird-owned factual prodco Great Pacific Media and Bell Media Studios, the project is billed as taking place “just down the road from the Highway Thru Hell, where giant logs and bigger pay days beckon men to take huge risks.” The show follows two brothers, Craig and Brent Lebeau, who have separate businesses in B.C., as they are forced to bury the hatchet and team up.

The series will create 300 jobs, many of them in rural B.C., according to Thunderbird, whose president Mark Miller will serve as executive producer.

Thunderbird, which owns kids-focused Atomic Cartoons and factual-focused Great Pacific, has been able to retain a steady production pipeline throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said the implementation of “strict health and safety cultures” has allowed it to remain fully operational during the pandemic, adding that these protocols and measures “were key to the safe development and production” of Mud Mountain.

Highway Thru Hell, which was recently greenlit for its ninth season, has been a consistent hit both in Canada and internationally, selling to more than 170 countries around the world. Heavy Rescue: 401, the property’s first spin-off, has also become a factual hit in its own right, pulling in an average audience of 481,000 viewers (2+) in its season-three debut last year. Heavy Rescue: 401 was also recently renewed for a fifth season during Bell Media’s virtual upfront presentation.

Jeff Kinnon serves as producer on the series, with Bell Media execs Edwina Follows and Heather Williamson serving as production executives. Bell Media is handling international distribution.