Series Premieres Wednesday, August 30 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery
(Los Angeles) – Many Americans dream of owning a successful business, and this summer Richard Rawlings – hot rod hunter from Discovery’s hit series FAST N’ LOUD – and his expert team are determined to help struggling shop owners get their businesses, and their lives, back on track in the all-new series GARAGE REHAB, premiering Wednesday, August 30 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery.
From Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Media Group, GARAGE REHAB follows team Rawlings as they travel across America to find shops in need of transformation. Once a garage is identified and the deal is sealed, Richard takes over, making all decisions for the business as he works to revamp and revitalize the enterprise. From a dilapidated garage in Texas filled to the rim with junk to a cash-strapped hot rod shop in Southern California about to close its doors, in each episode Richard takes on a seemingly impossible challenge and uses his entrepreneurial savvy, deep knowledge of the auto industry, and multi-faceted marketing skills to transform these struggling garages into profitable businesses. Dealing with out-of-touch owners, lazy employees, bad workflow and significant construction challenges, Richard and his team must work around the clock to meet tight deadlines and re-open the shops to their customers – if they have any left.
Richard is joined by dynamic duo Russell J. Holmes, project manager, and Chris Stephens, garage designer. While Russell is “the muscle” behind GARAGE REHAB’s renovations, Chris is the “hustle.” A construction expert with over 20 years of experience, Russell has seen and dealt with just about any problem a contractor could encounter. He’s tasked with getting Richard’s rehabs done on time and on budget – no small feat with looming deadlines and cost overruns. Russell watched his own father lose a family business and now is dedicated to helping other shops before it’s too late.
Chris is responsible for taking Richard’s vision for the shop and implementing the design from the ground up. Highly efficient and a stickler for detail, Chris demands that every aspect of the plan and the placement of every piece of equipment meet his approval. As a shop owner himself, specializing in restoring vintage European cars, Chris knows exactly what it takes for an auto garage to be successful and profitable.
GARAGE REHAB is produced for Discovery Channel by Pilgrim Media Group. For Pilgrim Media Group, executive producers are Craig Piligian and Eddie Rohwedder, with Rebecca Graham Forde serving as co-executive producer and Gretchen Morning serving as supervising producer. For Discovery Channel, executive producer is Craig Coffman and producer is Todd Lefkowitz. Richard Rawlings also serves as an executive producer.
About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information please visit www.discovery.com.
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 (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television and film, including hit series Fast N’ Loud, Street Outlaws, Misfit Garage and The Wheel for Discovery; My Big Fat Fabulous Life for TLC; Ghost Brothers for Destination America; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks for National Geographic; two-time NAACP Award-winner Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s for OWN; Bring It! for Lifetime; David Tutera’s CELEBrations for WE tv; and Zombie House Flipping for FYI. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim produced Freeform series Recovery Road and original movies for Lifetime including Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy; Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers. Pilgrim recently wrapped an urban agriculture-based feature documentary that is currently screening at various festivals, and announced a new feature film documentary, Soufra (Arabic for “feast”), which chronicles the powerful — and delicious — story of Mariam Shaar who, along with a diverse group of equally driven women, transcended the limitations of life in an impoverished refugee camp to launch a successful catering company.