New Series “Tactical Arms” Headlines Sportsman Channel’s Fresh, Original Programming Lineup for Third Quarter
Parent Company InterMedia Outdoors to Supply 65 New, Original Episodes for Q3
Industry Icon Mossy Oak Productions and Producer Team Fitzgerald TV, Also to Debut in Q3
New Berlin, WI – -(AmmoLand.com)- Sportsman Channel announced today the launch of an exclusive new series—Tactical Arms—to debut Tuesday, June 30, as part of more than 65 original series episodes being supplied to the network by parent company InterMedia Outdoors (IMO) for the third quarter of 2009. The network’s Q3 lineup also features new show debuts from several independent production companies, including industry icon Mossy Oak Productions and seasoned producer Team Fitzgerald TV. In total, Sportsman will debut more than 500 original series episodes and 15 new shows.
Tactical Arms, which offers a unique exploration of modern weapons, from machine guns to battle rifles to combat pistols, will have its primary airing on Thursday nights at 9:30 pm ET during the network’s “Thursday Night Shooting” lineup presented by Midway USA. Each episode is devoted exclusively to one tactical firearm platform, and the expert hosts reveal each gun’s true anatomy and performance DNA. Tactical Arms joins the network’s other critically acclaimed tactical show, Tactical Impact, as the only tactical shows offered to sportsmen on television. Tactical Impact will return in Q4 for its second season.
“Tactical Arms is yet another example of Sportsman benefiting from IMO’s vast programming resources, truly allowing us to redefine the category with fresh, cutting-edge programming,” said Willy Burkhardt, President of Sportsman Channel. “The original programming from dynamic independent producers, as well as IMO’s unparalleled internal resources, continues to provide true sportsmen with an unrivaled viewer experience. This has allowed us to blaze a trail of innovation and quality in the outdoor space.”
Also new to Sportsman is an original series from Mossy Oak Productions called Anchor Point; the introduction of the bowhunting father and son combo of Team Fitzgerald TV, and the first TV show focusing on air guns called American Airgunner. Additional programming debuts on Sportsman include: Hunting University, Deer TV, No Fences, Heartland Bowhunter, The Rule, The Fowl Life, Powder Horn Montana TV, and Factory to Field.
This year, IMO will supply more than 230 episodes of original programming to the network, including 65 episodes in Q3, and 78 in Q4. Tactical Arms will join an award-winning programming lineup that includes new episodes from established series Guns & Ammo (now entering its seventh season), North American Whitetail (sixth season), Bowhunter TV (fifth season), and Petersen’s Hunting (fourth season).
Sportsman Channel is currently available to more than 17 million homes, after announcing several distribution agreements during the past several quarters, including with DIRECTV and Bright House. Sportsman Channel is poised to make several additional carriage announcements throughout the remainder of the year. The network has grown distribution by 600 percent since early in 2008, when IMO began to implement a new and aggressive growth strategy.
Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel is the only television and digital company fully devoted to the more than 82 million sportsmen in the United States, delivering 100 percent hunting, shooting and fishing programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Acquired by InterMedia Outdoors Holdings in 2006, Sportsman Channel is now a part of the nation’s largest multimedia company targeted exclusively to serving the information and entertainment needs of outdoors enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.thesportsmanchannel.com.
InterMedia Outdoors, Inc. is the largest media company in the outdoor-enthusiast category, exclusively serving the information and entertainment needs of outdoors enthusiasts, with the largest network of websites dedicated to hunting, shooting and fishing; a portfolio of 15 magazines including powerful brands such as Petersen’s Hunting, North American Whitetail, Guns&Ammo, In-Fisherman, Fly Fisherman, and Florida Sportsman; syndicated radio programming; 23 market-leading television productions, the largest library of outdoors television programming and Sportsman Channel, the only television network 100% dedicated to hunting, shooting and fishing.