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2015

The summer event returns with the most hours of shark programming in its 28-year history. In addition to kicking off "Shark Week" earlier than ever before, for the first time, Discovery is introducing a special weekend of all-new "Shark Week" programming at the end of the summer in August, officially making 2015 the "Summer of the Shark" with a total of 19 hours of Prime Time "Shark Week" programming.

70 years after the largest Great White shark was caught off the Cuban coast, a 21-foot Great White named "El Monstruo." "Tiburones: The Sharks of Cuba" (working title) marks a first ever for "Shark Week"; a shark expedition in Cuba that brings together American and Cuban scientists in search for a great white shark population in an unexplored area of the world, untouched by man for decades. Filmmaker Ian Shive and a team of shark researchers headed to Havana earlier this year because of El Monstruo, and while searching Cuban waters for these Great White sharks, Shive and his team for the first time ever electronically tag a rare species of shark.

"Shark Planet" (working title) captures spectacular all-new footage of shark behavior, delving into how they hunt as well as their social lives, courtship and growing up. With over 13 shark species filmed across the globe in the latest 4K and high-speed camera technology, "Shark Planet," a BBC co-production, reveals the global world of the shark rarely seen before with the most up to date technology.

"Alien Sharks: Close Encounter" is the third installment in the "Shark Week" fan favorite series, Alien Sharks. This year shark researcher and scientist Paul Clerkin heads back into the deepest and darkest unexplored oceans armed with the newest technologies available to get as close as possible to some of the most incredible and unusual sharks on the planet, rarely seen on film. In a first ever, a 20-foot mega-mouth shark is tagged with a pop-up satellite tag, filmed off the eastern coast of Taiwan.

"Shark Trek" (working title) features Dr. Greg Skomal, Massachusetts' senior marine fisheries marine biologist, as he tags Great White sharks off the coast of Cape Cod and attempts to determine their swim patterns once they leave the Massachusetts coast. As patterns point to the southern U.S., Dr. Skomal tries to determine why the Florida coast is the new Great White shark hotspot in the Atlantic.

Mako sharks are the fastest of all species of sharks in the world. They live in warm waters, colder temperatures, in the depths of the ocean and close to shore in shallow waters. However, little is known about the large Mako sharks that live in the Gulf of Mexico. In "Monster Mako," "Shark Week" explores this area as scientists outfit a Mako shark with cameras in order to unlock and reveal the mysteries of their swift, immediate and unseen world. And a rare sighting is caught on film as a Mako shark breaches the waters during the expedition.

"Island of the Mega Shark" follows famed shark experts Jeff Kurr, Andy Casagrande and Dickie Chivell as they travel to the volcanic Pacific island of Guadalupe, off the west coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, home to some of the largest Great White sharks on earth. Kerr, Casagrande and Chivell search for one of the largest Great White sharks ever recorded with new technologies and innovative methods.

Return of the Great White Serial Killer seeks to find answers for a series of Great White shark attacks that have occurred with clock-like precision at the same beach, in the same month, every two years. The location is Surf Beach, California, and the last two attacks in 2010 and 2012 both resulted in fatalities. According to this schedule, the next attack would occur in October 2014. Shark expert Ralph Collier and Brandon McMillian seek answers to the main questions in this case: is the same shark responsible for the previous attacks, will there be more attacks, and why?

In "Sharks of the Shadowland," divers in New Zealand for the very first time tag a Sevengill Shark as they are charged with protecting and saving a pristine underwater environment, home to this species of shark that has seven gills vs. five. The Sevengill shark remains somewhat of a mystery and a team of shark experts are on a mission to find out how they hunt and more importantly how to better understand their behaviors and prevent shark attacks.

"Shark Island" (working title) explores the latest in a string of deadly bull shark attacks. Shark experts are in a race to determine what is causing so many attacks, and how to stop them.

Additional "Shark Week 2015" programming will include "Bride of Jaws," which searches for Joan of Shark, the largest female Great White ever tagged; "Super Predator" (working title), which explores a deep sea trench in New Zealand that is home to a super predator large enough to take on a Great White shark; and "Ninja Sharks," which explores six sharks with unique adaptations that have evolved over millions of years making them the most lethal hunters in the sea. Also this year is "Shark Clans" (working title), featuring Rodney Fox and his team as they dive with, tag and track Great White shark clans moving ever closer to Australia's shores and "Sharksanity 2," which takes a look at the most insane bites, strikes and close calls from "Shark Week" as viewers rank their favorite viral shark clips.

"Shark After Dark" will return for its third consecutive year with an all-new host, award-winning film director, producer, writer and actor Eli Roth ("Inglourious Basterds", "The Green Inferno," and "Knock Knock" amongst other projects). For five consecutive nights, Roth will bring his unique style to "Shark After Dark" and make his mark on "Shark Week" with celebrity guests, shark fans and shark experts, among many others. Additionally, Roth will look back at some of the highlights from "Shark Week" and look ahead to give viewers a sneak peek at the next day's "Shark Week" programs.

This year, Discovery will partner again with Oceana through multi-platform content and public service announcements. Oceana is the largest international non-profit group working solely to protect the world's oceans and wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, they have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. Additionally, "Shark Week" will also partner with One World One Ocean a for-purpose, multi-platform media campaign that is harnessing the power of film, television and new media to generate greater global awareness of the ocean's importance to society.

"Shark Week" for the first time will partner with Sea Save Foundation which strives to protect our oceans by raising awareness about the beauty of marine ecosystems and their fundamental importance to human survival. They seek solutions, advance public policy, and drive advocacy and have also brought global attention to the plight of sharks through their "Give Em the Fin" campaign. Additionally, "Shark Week" will partner for the second time with Ghost Fishing, a non-profit organization that collects, motivates and initiates "ghost fishing" projects around the globe. Derelict fishing gear, sometimes referred to as "ghost gear" or "ghost nets" is any discarded, lost or abandoned fishing gear in the environment. This gear continues to fish and trap animals, entangle and potentially kill marine life, smother habitats and act as a hazard to navigation. Ghost Fishing is a network of experienced and well-trained divers who remove marine debris and make the problem of ghost fishing visible to a worldwide audience.

"Shark Week" shows no signs of slowing down. Last year, "Shark Week" reigned with Discovery earning its highest-rated "Shark Week" ever in its 27-year history across several key demos including Persons and Women 25-54, and Women 18-49 ratings, no exclusions. The week drew in over 42 million viewers (6 minute P2+ cume). Additionally, "Shark Week 2014" was the highest rated week ever in Discovery's history among Women 18-49, surpassing the record held since 2000. The return of "Shark Week's" late-night talk show, "Shark After Dark," out-delivered every late-night cable talk show across key demos.

"Shark Week" has long been a pop culture juggernaut, giving online and social media even more bite each summer. Leading up to and during "Shark Week," Discovery Channel is collaborating with filmmakers, scientists, photographers, artists and advocates to share their passion and insight about sharks online - including the issues our finned friends face - through the Shark Finbassadors program. During "Shark Week," the Shark Finbassadors will be connecting with fans through live Q&As, discussing "Shark Week" programs and taking over "Shark Week's" Instagram account highlighting beautiful shark photography.


2014

Building upon last year's 11 shark-filled specials, a whopping 13 "Shark Week" shows coupled with a live talk show each night gives this year's "Shark Week" the most premiere hours ever featured in the event's 27-year history.

"Shark Week's" late-night live talk show, "Shark After Dark," will return. Host Josh Wolf will lead viewers through an hour-long celebration of all things shark-related, including celebrity guests and shark experts. The talk show will give viewers the opportunity to interact live on-air every night with tweets, questions to celebrity guests, and more.

Hawaii is thought of as an idyllic vacation destination, but recent spikes in shark attacks are turning these shores into a shark hot spot. Hawaiian native and surf legend Kala Alexander knows these waters better than anyone, and he hopes to uncover the reason behind this sudden shark invasion in "Sharkageddon."

"Lair of the Mega Shark" follows famed shark experts Jeff Kerr and Andy Cassagrande head to New Zealand on a life-or-death mission to investigate the sightings of a 20 foot Great White that resembles the legend of a giant great white shark Maoris call the "lord of the sharks." Jeff and Andy will risk everything to track down this Mega Shark believed to be lurking in the shadows of the New Zealand coast line.

"Zombie Sharks" explores tonic immobility, a catatonic zombie-like state that can be achieved in sharks. This shark phenomenon has been studied by scientists for years, but a recent spike in orca whale attacks on great white sharks suggests that orcas have now learned how to immobilize and prey on great whites. Professional diver Eli Martinez looks to prove this theory by being the first person to induce underwater tonic immobility in a massive great white shark.

In "Alien Sharks: Return to the Abyss," shark researcher Paul Clerkin heads to the Indian Ocean to investigate the ocean's darkest depths in search of shark species that scientists never even knew existed and get a glimpse of the last known group of bioluminescent sharks in the world.

"Monster Hammerhead" explores a legendary hammerhead shark that has been patrolling Florida's shores for the past 60 years. Now, a team of scientists and anglers look to explore the mystery and find out if the legend could be real.

Dr. Michael Domeier has spent years scouring the Pacific Ocean hoping to solve one of the greatest mysteries of shark science: the location of great white pupping grounds. In 2013, he set the process in motion by successfully tagging a pregnant female shark that he called Gil Rakers. Now he's returning to the sea in "Spawn of Jaws 2: The Birth" to follow her journey and be the first to capture the birth of a baby great white shark.

"Great White Matrix" features legendary shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder and cameraman Andy Casagrande on an expedition into the deadly shark infested waters of Australia. Their mission is to investigate a series of bizarre shark attacks in an area swarming with great white sharks. Paul and Andy explore what's bringing these great whites so close to shore and what's responsible for the surge in attacks in this area.

"Air Jaws" programming has pushed and expanded our understanding of great white sharks and has become one of the iconic "Shark Week" programs. In "Air Jaws: Quest for Colossus" (working title), Natural History producer Jeff Kurr and his team return using incredible new cameras and high tech underwater gadgetry to track down the missing "mega-shark" named Colossus.

In "Jaws Strikes Back," marine biologist Greg Skomal and the sharkcam team travel to the remote Pacific island of Guadalupe, home to some of the largest great white sharks on earth, to film an epic clash of the titans. Their mission: to film Jaws hunt two-ton mega seals.

"I Escaped Jaws 2" is a shark special featuring attack stories told from the perspective of the survivor. Using first person interviews and actual footage of the attacks, we take a look at why the attacks occurred and how the victims narrowly escaped with their lives.

"Shark of Darkness: Submarine Returns" (working title) explores the legend of "Submarine," an enormous great white shark off the coast of South Africa. This 30-foot shark is said to be the largest great white shark of all time. Locals believe that this shark is responsible for countless fatal attacks, but its existence has never been proven. This documentary explores the evidence and asks the question: can Submarine exist?

In April 2013, a fishing vessel off the coast of South Africa was attacked, killing all on board. A TV crew documented Marine Biologist Collin Drake as he worked to determine the predator responsible. "Megalodon: The New Evidence" presents "Shark Week" viewers with shocking new evidence and interview footage.


2012

Mike Tyson was on the cover of Life magazine, "Hold on to the Nights" by Richard Marx topped the charts, "Coming to America" was #1 at the box office for the third straight week and "Shark Week" was born! Cable's longest running programming event and everyone's favorite summertime ritual celebrates 25 years with eight all-new shark-filled specials that get you so close to the action, if you were any closer you'd be bait!

Picking up where 2011's Emmy-nominated "Ultimate Air Jaws" left off, shark expert Chris Fallows and legendary natural history producer Jeff Kurr embark on a quest to learn more about the great white sharks of Seal Island, South Africa — and one shark in particular, Colossus, in "Air Jaws Apocalypse." Kurr and his team push the envelope even further with new hair-raising encounters ... even if it means risking their lives for the ultimate close-up with the now-legendary 14-foot great white.

They've lost limbs and nearly their lives — but they haven't lost faith in the ocean's apex predator. In "Shark Fight," relive the harrowing moments when all went wrong and sharks mistook humans for prey. And learn why these victims turned what could have been tragedy into a tool for triumph, making it their mission to protect the lives of the very animals that almost took theirs.

In a groundbreaking partnership with Discovery Channel, a Stanford University research team, led by Dr. Barbara Block, sets out to tag the great whites of the Farallons off the coast of California in "Great White Highway." They attempt to track where the ocean's apex predators are migrating in the Pacific, where they are meeting and possibly mating, and maybe where they go to give birth — something that continues to elude scientists.

Also new this year: witness the resurrection of the largest shark ever to swim in our oceans and test out its chomping capabilities with "MythBusters'" Kari, Grant and Tory in "Sharkzilla"; relive some of the scariest, funniest and most memorable moments of the past 24 years in "Shark Week's 25 Best Bites"; learn the true impact one of the most legendary movies had on both audiences and the filmmakers in "How Jaws Changed the World"; watch the inspiring true story of two war heroes who survived shark-infested waters in "Adrift: 47 Days with Sharks"; and mark "Shark Week's" anniversary with none other than Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as they count down their top 25 shark myths of all time and reveal the #1 myth that will literally blow people away in "MythBusters' Jawsome Shark Special."

In the last 24 years of "Shark Week," Discovery Channel has aired 143 programs, from "Caged in Fear" (1988) to "Jaws Comes Home" (2011), which ranks in the top 10 most-watched "Shark Week" shows of all time. In 1994, legendary "Jaws" author Peter Benchley served as the first-ever host for the week (20 years after the release of the best-selling novel), introducing each program from the same locations where the movie "Jaws" was filmed. "Shark Week" went live in 1999 with a two-hour special from the Pacific's Bikini Atoll titled "Live from a Shark Cage." In 2000, the first-ever 3-D shark program premiered, appropriately titled "Sharks 3-D." And in 2011, the network enlisted its first-ever Chief Shark Officer (CSO), tapping comedian Andy Samberg for the highly coveted job.