JUNE 13th, 2013 -- Lawrence, MA -- Renowned medical documentary series, BIZARRE ER, recently filmed at Lawrence General Hospital, will air initially in the US on Discovery Fit & Health beginning on Saturday, July 6th at 10:00 pm. The award-winning program from Maverick TV is narrated by famed singer, stage and TV actor John Barrowman, and features the compelling, fascinating and downright strange cases of amazing medical survival that come through hospital doors from both sides of the pond. This marks the season premiere of the 5th Season of BIZARRE ER, and the first time the medical documentary series has filmed at a U.S. hospital. According to Executive Producer Mark Downie, the fifth season of the popular series will be accessible to over one billion potential viewers worldwide.
Filmed primarily in the U.S. at Lawrence General, the United Kingdom and with follow up stories from around the world, each 30 minute episode of BIZARRE ER follows several patients facing an unusual injury, from the moment they walk through the doors of the emergency room. Viewers will join patients through the process of diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately discharge from the hospital. The circumstances which caused these patients' peculiar injuries are often funny, and are reconstructed with Maverick's award-winning graphics and animationsi. From body piercings gone awry to an eye glued shut, BIZARRE ER brings viewers into the lighter side of the emergency room.
"We are thrilled that Discovery Channel and Maverick TV selected our high-efficiency Emergency Center for the series. Viewers around the globe will soon be witness to the depth and breadth of the care provided at Lawrence General, as well as the compassion and capabilities of our amazing clinical team." states Dianne J. Anderson, President & CEO, Lawrence General Hospital.
"Our Emergency Center is renowned for superior care delivered in a highly-efficient manner. Our strength is derived from our team of talented, dedicated physicians, nurses, consulting specialists, technicians and support staff; we are excited to be able to offer viewers a glimpse into the care delivered each and every day at Lawrence General Hospital." adds George Kondylis, MD, FACEP, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Lawrence General Hospital.
"I was amazed at the professionalism, capabilities, efficiency and overall calmness of Lawrence General's trauma staff, and it was an honor to work with them. We are excited that worldwide, viewer access to BIZARRE ER will top one billion individuals, our show's widest spread yet; the series is already airing in Norway and Bulgaria and is rated in the top ten in both countries." says Mark Downie, Executive Producer of BIZARRE ER, Head of Factual for Maverick TV.
BIZARRE ER is produced for Discovery Networks International (DNI) by Maverick TV. For DNI, Jon Sechrist is Executive Producer and for Maverick, Head of Factual Mark Downie is Executive Producer.
About Discovery Fit & Health: Discovery Fit & Health, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), entertains viewers with gripping, real-life dramas, featuring storytelling that chronicles the human experience from cradle to grave. Network programming includes forensic mysteries, amazing medical stories, emergency room trauma, baby and pregnancy programming, parenting challenges, and stories of extreme life conditions. Discovery Fit & Health also features popular online and social media destinations found at www.discoveryfitandhealth.com, www.facebook.com /DiscoveryHealth and www.twitter.com/disc_health.
About Maverick TV: For two decades, Maverick has created hundreds of hours of award-winning shows from characterdriven documentaries, factual and features series for all major UK broadcasters from their UK offices in London and Birmingham. In Spring 2012, Maverick launched an office in Los Angeles, USA. The multi-award winning company has enjoyed considerable success internationally, with its shows now sold to more than 130 territories. In recent months, Maverick has triumphed with programs including International Emmy-winning Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic (Channel 4), Billy Connolly's Route 66 (ITV1), Britain's Next Big Thing (BBC Two), Gok's Teens: The Naked Truth (Channel 4) and My Naked Secret (Discovery Real Time). Alongside its broadcast output, Maverick pioneers in digital media: it has a treble-BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning multi-platform department, producing highly innovative content. Learn more about Maverick TV at: http://www.mavericktv.co.uk/.
About Lawrence General Hospital:
Founded in 1875, Lawrence General Hospital is driven by its mission of providing access to high quality, affordable medical care for the region. Lawrence General Hospital serves nearly 300,000 patients annually, and provides acute inpatient, outpatient and emergency care for the whole family. Lawrence General Hospital is proud to be clinically affiliated with both Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Last year, Lawrence General Hospital provided over $13 million in community benefits to the Merrimack Valley region. For more information on Lawrence General Hospital please visit www.lawrencegeneral.org.