TCA16: Discovery Revs Up Harley-Davidson Series

Beverly Hills, Calif. -- Discovery Channel in September will launch a miniseries that will chart the birth and growth of the iconic Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The mini-series, Harley and The Davidsons, debuts Sept. 5 and will follow the birth of the iconic bike by founders Walter and Arthur Davidson and their friend Bill Harley, said network officials. The three-part series will air over three consecutive days, ending on Sept. 7, according to network officials.

 “This is the type of compelling and honest storytelling that fits perfectly for Discovery Channel,” said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel in a statement. “It is a story about brotherhood, an ironclad will to succeed and going against the conventional wisdom of that time. The founders of Harley-Davidson created more than just a motorcycle. They created modern entrepreneurism.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.