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Thunderbird Entertainment’s Great Pacific Media announces new projects, slate of renewals for 2024 and 2025

GPM’s Highway Thru Hell greenlit for a 14th season, new scripted film
Sidelined: The QB and Me on the way

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 06, 2024--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Great Pacific Media ("GPM"), a Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV: TBRD, OTCQX: THBRF) company, is pleased to announce renewals for several of its flagship productions into 2025 and new productions. GPM currently has five series underway with over 50 hours in production.

Highway Thru Hell continues to expand its presence with an historic 14th-season renewal from Bell Media’s Discovery. The new season will begin filming in the winter of 2024. Season 13 is slated to debut on Discovery Canada and The Weather Channel this fall.

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Production is now underway on the film Sidelined: The QB and Me, based on the smash hit Wattpad novel that is being produced and financed by GPM for Tubi, and sold internationally by Blue Fox Entertainment. The movie tells the story of Dallas (Siena Agudong), a burdened but headstrong dancer, who is determined to get into the best dance school in the country — her late mother’s alma mater.

However, that dream is suddenly derailed when the cheeky yet secretly grieving football star, Drayton (Noah Beck), crashes into her life with a unique story of his own. Rounding out the cast are James Van Der Beek (Pose, CSI: Cyber, Varsity Blues), Drew Ray Tanner (Riverdale), Deborah Cox (Station Eleven) and Jake Foy (Allegiance). The film is slated to premier on Tubi later this year.

Blue Fox, meanwhile, has closed deals in Germany and Austria (Capelight Pictures), Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and South Africa (Sun Distribution Group), France (SND), Australia and New Zealand (Kismet Movies), Scandinavia (Mis.Label), Switzerland (Praesens-Film AG), Turkey (Videomite), and Eastern Europe excluding Poland (Prorom).

Additional renewals include Timber Titans, which had a successful debut in early 2024. The docuseries has been greenlit for a second season by Bell Media and will be heading into production this month. Wild Rose Vets, produced by Wapanatahk Media in partnership with GPM, has also been greenlit for a second season by APTN and Blue Ant Media in advance of the first season’s debut in late 2024. Deadman’s Curse season 2 is slated to air this fall on Corus Entertainment’s The History Channel. Season 3 of this docuseries is currently in production. Season 2 of the companion podcast, produced with Curioscast, Deadman’s Curse: Volcanic Gold, premiered this month on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

"Great Pacific Media continues to move from strength to strength thanks to our incredible teams and strong network partnerships," said GPM CEO David Way. "Along with the renewal and expansion of our unscripted hits, we’re taking on new genres with an exciting development slate and further delving into scripted films with our latest project Sidelined: The QB and Me."

ABOUT GREAT PACIFIC MEDIA

Great Pacific Media programs are seen in more than 180 territories, and the Thunderbird Entertainment company specializes in the financing, development, production and co-production of factual, documentary, and reality television, with a growing slate of scripted projects that include Syfy series Reginald the Vampire and feature films Boot Camp and Sidelined: The QB and Me. Additional productions at GPM include the highly rated Discovery Canada series Highway Thru Hell, new series Rocky Mountain Wreckers (The Weather Channel, Discovery Canada) and Timber Titans (Discovery Canada), with new seasons of Deadman’s Curse (The History Channel, Hulu), Wild Rose Vets (produced in association with Wapanatahk Media for APTN, Blue Ant Media) and Styled (HGTV, Hulu) on the way. greatpacifictv.com

ABOUT THUNDERBIRD ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

Thunderbird Entertainment Group is a global award-winning, full-service multiplatform production, distribution and rights management company, headquartered in Vancouver, with additional offices in Los Angeles and Ottawa. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted, and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and international broadcasters. The Company develops, produces, and distributes animated, factual, and scripted content through its various content arms, including Thunderbird Kids and Family (Atomic Cartoons), Thunderbird Unscripted (Great Pacific Media) and Thunderbird Scripted. Productions under the Thunderbird umbrella include The Last Kids on Earth, Molly of Denali, Highway Thru Hell, Deadman’s Curse, Kim’s Convenience and Reginald the Vampire. Thunderbird Distribution and Thunderbird Brands manage global media and consumer products rights, respectively, for the Company and select third parties. Thunderbird is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @tbirdent. For more information, visit: www.thunderbird.tv.

Neither the TSX-V nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX-V) accepts responsibility of the adequacy or accuracy of this release, which has been prepared by management.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Thunderbird’s public communications may include written or oral "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" as defined under applicable Canadian securities legislation. All such statements may not be based on historical facts that relate to the Company’s current expectations and views of future events and are made pursuant to the "safe harbour" provisions of applicable securities laws.

Forward-looking statements or information may be identified by words such as "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "may", "will", "plan", "project", "should", "believe", "intend", or similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements in this document include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to timing for filming and debuting productions; film and podcast premiere dates; and a growing slate of scripted projects. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic and social uncertainties; litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments; product capability and acceptance; international risk and currency exchange rates; and technology changes. An assessment of these risks that could cause actual results to materially differ from current expectations is contained in the "Risks and Uncertainty" section of June 30, 2023 MD&A. The foregoing is not an exhaustive list. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to Thunderbird or that management believes to be less significant may also adversely affect the Company.

The forward-looking statements or information contained in this document represent the Company’s views as of the date hereof and as such information should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this document. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

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