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November 2, 2017

Contact - Paul Schur
Group VP, Communications

Animal Planet announced today the greenlight of a second season of I WAS PREY which begins production this month.  The series, produced for Animal Plant by Hit + Run, premiered in July and is the network’s highest rated new Sunday night series among Adults 25-54 since the premier of Lone Star Law (June 2016). The new season of I WAS PREY will premiere in 2018.

I WAS PREY retells true stories of people who were brutally attacked by dangerous predators, fought their way through unimaginable life and death scenarios and lived to share their stories. Using intimate interviews with the survivors themselves, cinematic visuals and high-end sound design, these stories reveal how the serenity of the ocean or the quiet of the wilderness can quickly turn and how a person’s will to survive is key to overcoming the direst situations.

“It’s very exciting as such a young company to have a hit series on our slate, especially with a great partner like Animal Planet," said Rob Shaftel, Founder and Executive Producer for Hit + Run. “We put the storytelling into the hands of the survivors and use unique visuals and sound design to highlight the dramatic and suspenseful moments. It’s cinematic, experiential and ultimately rings scarily true."

“These stories don’t blame or demonize the animals. In fact, the people who survive these extraordinary and terrifying encounters often discover a new level of respect for the animals they’ve encountered,” said Lisa Lucas, executive producer for Animal Planet.

Season one of I WAS PREY is available in its entirety on the Animal Planet Go app that allows viewers to watch full episodes of their favorite Animal Planet shows anytime, anywhere, and features a wide variety of predators, from polar bears to great white sharks. Season two will expand even deeper into the animal kingdom.

I WAS PREY is produced for Animal Planet by Hit + Run where Rob Shaftel and David Bresenham serve as executive producers and Noah Korn is supervising producer. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer with Patrick Keegan as supervising producer.

About Animal Planet

Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the network of hit franchise series and special programming dedicated to animals and the natural world that includes RIVER MONSTERSDR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET, PIT BULLS & PAROLEESTANKED, TREEHOUSE MASTERSTHE VET LIFE, THE ZOO and PUPPY BOWL, the largest non-sports TV event on Super Bowl Sunday. Animal Planet is the premiere TV, digital and social community for all things animal, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality content across all Animal Planet platforms including: Animal Planet television network, available in more than 90 million homes in the U.S., that is complimented with a deep Video On Demand offering; online assets, the ultimate online destination for animal lovers and pet owners; the Animal Planet Go app that allows viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime anywhere; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access via live cameras around the globe in a variety of animal habitats; Animal Planet Social including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @AnimalPlanet and on Snapchat as AnimalPlanetTV.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories. For 30 years Discovery has been dedicated to satisfying curiosity and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its global television brands, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Discovery controls Eurosport, the leading pan-regional sports entertainment destination across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit

About Hit + Run

Based in New York and led by founder and Executive Producer Rob Shaftel, Hit + Run is a full service production company known for high concept and high quality story-driven programming with unprecedented access to incredible locations and underground subcultures.  Combining storytelling with compelling and dynamic visuals, the company produces across all genres, from disruptive digital programs to cutting edge television.  Since launching just over a year ago Hit + Run has produced numerous series including the cult hit Way Past Midnight for Red Bull TV, I Was Prey for Animal Planet and American Down Low for Complex Networks. The company has also sold projects to History, Nat Geo, Travel Channel, Nat Geo Wild, and Oxygen. Most recently, Hit+Run announced a co-production deal with former Red Bull Media House executive Brian Lavin and his newly launched production company Bee Media.