Series Premieres Monday, March 5 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery
(Los Angeles) – Fast N’ Loud star Aaron Kaufman is back, and this time, he’s the boss. Redefining the custom car building space, he’s pushing his design abilities to the limits and focusing on vehicle builds driven by passion. Taking on concepts and builds he’s always dreamed of, Aaron will extend his skills in spaces he’s never worked in before and with different types of vehicles in the brand-new series SHIFTING GEARS WITH AARON KAUFMAN, premiering Monday, March 5 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery. The series is produced by Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Media Group.
After departing Gas Monkey Garage in 2016, Aaron Kaufman set out on a new venture – opening his own shop, Arclight Fabrication, in Dallas, Texas, and providing aftermarket parts for the F100 market. Joined by a dream team of hand-selected builders from around the country, Aaron makes it clear that his shop will pride itself on the extreme performance of its vehicles. His goal for every build this season is to test each vehicle in some of the harshest conditions known to the auto world. Aaron will be learning along the way, breaking out of his comfort zone and talking to some of the top experts in the country, all while pushing the boundaries of vehicle performance.
The builders – Josh Freeman, Jonathan Rodriquez, Jason Bowman, Jeremy Webster and Jonathan Mansour – were hand-picked by Aaron, and each of them brings a specific skill set to the shop. They are all fueled by the same passion and curiosity for how far their talents will take them, as they and Aaron set out to prove their work. Putting their build expertise, stamina and creativity to the test, Aaron and his team work tirelessly to push the limits of custom car builds – even risking the vehicles’ destruction in the process.
For their first major build, Aaron proposes an Ultra4 truck – his plan being to take an International Scout, known for its unique style, and transform it into one of the toughest Ultra4 trucks ever conceived. He has very specific goals for the build and wants it to be able to perform on asphalt as well as off-road terrains – ultimately competing in “King of the Hammers,” the toughest one-day off-road race in the world, which combines rock crawling with high-speed desert racing. He’s going to create a street legal beast that he can drive through some of the world’s most treacherous locations – even if that means it comes back to the shop in a million pieces.
Viewers will also be able to catch the current season of SHIFTING GEARS on the Discovery GO app – free with their paid TV subscription.
SHIFTING GEARS is produced for Discovery Channel by Pilgrim Media Group, with Craig Piligian and Eddie Rohwedder serving as executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Craig Coffman and Todd Lefkowitz are executive producers with Lindsay Malinchak serving as coordinating producer.
About Discovery Channel
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About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and captivates superfans around the globe with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids content brands including Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. Available in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery’s programming reaches 3 billion cumulative viewers, who together consume 54 billion hours of Discovery content each year. Discovery’s offering extends beyond traditional TV to all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio and Discovery Kids Play; over-the-top streaming services such as Eurosport Player; digital-first and social video from Group Nine Media; and virtual reality storytelling through Discovery VR. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
About Pilgrim Media Group
Pilgrim Media Group, a Lionsgate company, produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted content for television and digital platforms, as well as feature films. Among the company’s hit series are Discovery’s Fast N’ Loud, Street Outlaws, Misfit Garage and Garage Rehab; two-time NAACP Award-winner Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s for OWN; The Ultimate Fighter for FS1, in its 26th season; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks for National Geographic; Bring It! for Lifetime; and My Big Fat Fabulous Life and Ghost Brothers for TLC, among many others. Pilgrim also produced the scripted series Recovery Road for Freeform, multiple original movies for Lifetime, and is in development on numerous other scripted projects for TV, film and streaming outlets. Pilgrim’s feature documentary Soufra (which won two awards at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival) premiered in North America at DOC NYC, with 2017 theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles. The company also continues to produce award-winning content via its digital studio 1620 Media.