Posts Tagged ‘CatchCon’

Animal Planet & Science Are NY-Bound for Comic Con

October 13, 2011 | by aharris

Discovery’s networks are no strangers to Cons – CatchCon, San Diego Comic-Con… not to mention those criminals on Investigation Discovery. So it’s logical that beginning tomorrow visitors to New York Comic-Con will be treated to panels and more courtesy of Animal Planet and Science.

Finding Bigfoot TEamOn Friday, the cast of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot (Bobo, Cliff, Matt and Ranae) will be joined by 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander for an hour-long panel to talk about the hit series and the network’s Halloween special, Finding Bigfoot: Birth of a Legend. The action starts at 6:30pm, but only the first 100 will receive a special Bigfoot t-shirt!

Science LogoThe following day, Science is bringing Comic Con attendees a chance to meet Rod Roddenberry (son of famed Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) and the team from Obscura Antiques featured in the quirky and addictive Oddities. Rod’s autograph session starts at 10:30am in the Autograph Pavillon and Evan, Mike and Ryan from Oddities will be there at 4:15pm. However, the can’t miss portion of the day is the network’s 1:15pm panel featuring Trek Nation, Oddities and Ridley Scott’s Prophets of Science Fiction (with Dr. Michio Kaku, to boot!)

Not in New York? Don’t worry. You can follow Animal Planet and Science Channel on Facebook and Twitter for updates:

‘American Chopper’ Meets ‘Deadliest Catch’ Tonight on Discovery Channel

May 23, 2011 | by gweiswasser

In a special crossover episode tonight at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel, Paul Sr. and the Orange County Chopper crew from American Chopper head up to Alaska to meet up with Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand and their crew aboard the Time Bandit before building a Deadliest Catch bike. In addition to testing their sea legs, the OCC guys also participate in other local activities while in Alaska, including ice climbing, fishing and dog sledding.  The bike is revealed as a surprise to fans at CatchCon, where the OCC crew get to meet more of the Catch guys.

In this clip, Paul Sr. meets Capt. Phil’s sons Josh and Jake, and they talk about how Capt. Phil was a perfectionist and loved bikes, and would have enjoyed meeting Paul Sr.:

Also check out this slideshow of Paul Sr.’s visit to Alaska for more behind-the-scenes access to this crossover episode of American Chopper.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Fans Converge in Seattle, Prepare for New Season

April 11, 2011 | by aharris
F/V Wizard & F/V Northwestern at CatchCon 2011

F/V Wizard & F/V Northwestern at CatchCon 2011

Seattle. It’s known for coffee, its signature climate and…CatchCon — the annual fan fest celebrating Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and its dedicated viewers.

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my first CatchCon (now in its third year) with well over 1,000 Deadliest Catch fans from across the U.S. and beyond. Our guests began lining up as early as 4am at Bell Harbor in anticipation of the doors opening at 12pm. As the morning progressed, the line along Alaskan Way continued to grow — with fans cheering as they caught a glimpse of their favorite captains and crews arriving for the day’s festivities.

The Captains Take Questions from Fans

The Captains Take Questions from Fans

Once inside, attendees heard from the captains and later from the crews in the always popular Crew Strikes Back panel. Fans also had a chance to try their hand at a variety of crab fishing inspired games, to insert themselves into this year’s ad campaign, to tour the F/V Wizard and F/V Northwestern and, finally, to meet the Deadliest Catch stars individually.

Deadliest Catch Premiere StickerDiscovery Channel streamed the event live to fans at CatchConNow.com, and video highlights are available on the site. Two of my favorite moments? The ultimate fan who can’t contain her excitement at nabbing a rag from the Northwestern and Jake Anderson tearing up recounting taking the helm of Sig’s boat as his proud mom watched.

Deadliest Catch returns for its seventh season on Tuesday, April 12 at 9pm ET/PT and GetGlue users can also check in each Tuesday night to earn new stickers featuring their favorite captains.

Fans Gather for the Crew Panel

Fans Gather for the Crew Panel

Wild Bill's Relay Team Gets Ready to Compete

Wild Bill's Relay Team Gets Ready to Compete

One Fan Gets Some 'Catch' Love

One Fan Gets Some 'Catch' Love

Employees ‘Creating Change’: Meet Betsy Clawson

October 21, 2010 | by aharris

Last week, we introduced you to Beth Stewart, one of our many talented employees who will be volunteering their creativity and time to  Discovery Impact: Creating Change — a 12-hour marathon event benefiting nonprofits in need of marketing, communications and creative services. Today, we introduce you to Betsy Clawson from our Global Events team.

Betsy ClawsonTell us about your current position at Discovery Communications.
I am part of the Global Events team and work with departments across Discovery’s network and business divisions to produce events that allow press, clients, consumers and influential audiences the opportunity to positively interact with Discovery’s brands.

You may know me from my work on…
I’ve been with Discovery for over four years and have been fortunate enough to be involved in many amazing projects including the Planet Earth, Shark Week 20th Anniversary and When We Left Earth premiere screenings in New York; CatchCon; the Upfronts; the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge; Silverdocs and many more. However, 2010 has brought some of the most memorable events yet with the premiere screenings of Life in Los Angeles, New York and DC featuring some of this country’s most prestigious orchestras; Phil Harris’ public memorial on Seattle’s Puget Sound; the TLC Summer bash which was hosted on a rooftop overlooking New York’s Fifth Avenue; Discovery’s 25th Anniversary Celebration; The Hub‘s LA launch event complete with giant slide; and most recently Planet Green’s Dean of Invention premiere in Brooklyn which combined bowling and robots… amazing!

Life Screening

Life Screening

TLC Summer Party

TLC Summer Party

The Hub's LA Launch Party

The Hub's LA Launch Party

Where do you find creative inspiration?
From Discovery of course! A large part of my job entails developing creative solutions to address logistical issues including: set-up, timing, guest flow, messaging and budgetary challenges. Often times by focusing on the content itself I can identify successful ways to better represent the network, while solving the dilemma at hand.

What are you most looking forward to during the Creating Change pro-bono marathon event?
During June’s Discover Your Impact Day, I (like many others) enjoyed getting involved and supporting the local community. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves again and working with colleagues to help local nonprofit organizations that need assistance articulating their message and learning how to inspire their core audiences through innovative events.

Can you share with us one nonprofit we may not be aware of and a little bit about them?
Three years ago my two and a half year old friend Eliza was diagnosed with late-infantile Metachromatic Leukodystophy (MLD), a progressive and terminal disease that has robed her of the ability to walk, crawl, sit-up, talk, eat independently and see. To help raise awareness for this and other rare neurological diseases, Eliza’s parents have helped found Teamgive. Teamgive is an organization that brings together active professionals to participate in community and corporate-sponsored charitable cycling and similar athletic events to support research for the treatment and cures of rare neurological diseases like MLD.

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me…
Wait is there an option not to work…? (Kidding, of course. ) You’ll find me at the movie theater, with family and friends, or spending time with the kids that I have the great opportunity of sharing stories with and teaching silly songs each week.

If you’re with a nonprofit interested in applying to participate in Creating Change,  there’s one day left. Simply, fill out the online application by Friday, October 22!

‘Deadliest Catch’ Fans Converge on Seattle to Remember Captain Phil, Celebrate Series

May 3, 2010 | by aharris

Today’s post is from guest blogger David Tra,  our Discovery Channel Digital Publicist, who recently spent the weekend in Seattle for two very special Deadliest Catch-related events.

Captain Phil's Memorial ServiceAs the month of May neared, we packed up our gear and hauled across the country to Seattle for a pair of events centered around Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. On Friday, April 30, we honored the late Captain Phil Harris with a public memorial service, which was followed by CatchCon 2010 on Saturday, May 1.

Captain Phil's Memorial Service IIOn a chilly and windy evening at Smith Cove Pier 91, family, friends and fans all gathered to remember Captain Phil. This was the first opportunity for the public to pay their respects to Phil, who passed away in February, and his family. The audience was greeted by his sons Josh and Jake Harris, and then listened as a few of his closest friends recounted their memories of the iconic captain. Deadliest Catch Executive Producer Thom Beers closed the event with his fond memories of Phil for those in attendance, along with more that 40,000 viewers watching live on USTREAM. It was a touching ceremony that allowed friends and fans both at the pier and at home to say goodbye to our beloved Captain Phil.

Captain's Panel at CatchCon 2010On Saturday, CatchCon 2010 brought the ultimate Deadliest Catch fan experience back to Seattle for its second consecutive year. Fans from around the world assembled to meet the captains and crewmembers, coming from as far as Norway and Netherlands.  This was my first CatchCon experience and, even though I was working, I was able to get in on the fun: playing games, touring the boats, and getting an inside take on everything Deadliest Catch. In true fisherman fashion, both the Captains’ and Crew Panels were full of hilarious jokes and bleep-able moments. Fans at home joined the action as well, as the CatchCon USTREAM webcast reached more than 30,000 fans.

CatchCon 2010 Fan in CutoutThe one thing that surprised me the most about the captains and crew was how generous they are to their fans. From a behind-the-scenes perspective, the captains were on a tight schedule and we had to keep things moving at all times. However, no matter how late we were to the next scheduled event, I would turn around and see Captain Keith Colburn sign a poster or Captain Sig Hansen stop to chat with fans. It just was not something I was expecting from the hard-nosed fishermen I know from TV. Even during the autograph signing session, I was told that there would be no photography because it would slow things down. Minutes later, I noticed Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand posing for photos while signing autographs—multitasking to make sure that they could accommodate everyone in line. Anyone looking on could tell exactly how much these guys appreciate their fans.

Afterwards, I was sad to leave Seattle, but I am crossing my fingers for a return trip for CatchCon 2011. Below, you will find links to video from Captain Phil’s memorial and CatchCon. Deadliest Catch airs on Tuesday nights at 9pm ET/PT in the U.S. on Discovery Channel. You can also follow the show on Twitter at @DeadliestCatch for news and information throughout the week.