TLC Adds West Coast Customs to Thursday Night Turbo Lineup with New Series, STREET CUSTOMS, Starting This Fall

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TLC announces its new six-part TURBO series, STREET CUSTOMS, starring Ryan Friedlinghaus and his automotive shop, West Coast Customs. The series features the West Coast Customs crew in their new state-of the-art facility as they tackle some of the most extraordinary car builds ever conceptualized and built on television.

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STREET CUSTOMS is a highly anticipated series for TLC and will complement our strong lineup of automotive and motorcycle enthusiast programming like AMERICAN CHOPPER, AMERICAN HOT ROD and WRECKS TO RICHES. These TURBO on TLC series explore the drama and artistry of the build process and we are excited to have the West Coast Customs team join TLC

    STREET CUSTOMS is expected to premiere in the fall of 2007 on TLC's Thursday night lineup, TURBO ON TLC, which features the best "motorized" content Discovery Networks has to offer. STREET CUSTOMS is executive produced by Craig Piligian and his Pilgrim Films and Television with Ryan Friedlinghaus as an executive producer. For TLC, Mark Poertner is executive producer.

STREET CUSTOMS highlights the talents of car customizing star Ryan Friedlinghaus and his unorthodox approach to managing his West Coast Customs family of artisans and technicians. STREET CUSTOMS features not only the process behind the builds, but showcases West Coast Customs' original designs that have propelled them to the top of the car-tuning game. Each episode of STREET CUSTOMS chronicles the boundary-busting car builds that epitomize the street edge, passion and craftsmanship West Coast Customs represents and Friedlinghaus demands. The builds range in scope from customizing modern-styled street rods to chopping up $100,000 luxury vehicles. These incredible creations have an impressive client list to match, including sports icons, Hollywood elite and famous car aficionados. West Coast Customs houses experienced craftsmen, each greatly skilled, yet territorial and temperamental. As a result, Friedlinghaus is forced to spend much of the build getting crew members to work together, an endlessly demanding task that provides for much of the series' drama. West Coast Customs new facility is located in Corona, Calif., and is the primary location for STREET CUSTOMS.

"TLC is a great home for West Coast Customs to display the one-of-a-kind cars our shop builds on a regular basis and the highly creative and skilled craftsmen we have on our team," said Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner of West Coast Customs.

"STREET CUSTOMS is a highly anticipated series for TLC and will complement our strong lineup of automotive and motorcycle enthusiast programming like AMERICAN CHOPPER, AMERICAN HOT ROD and WRECKS TO RICHES. These TURBO on TLC series explore the drama and artistry of the build process and we are excited to have the West Coast Customs team join TLC," said Christian Drobnyk, Senior Vice President of Programming for TLC.

Having pioneered the "automotive/motorcycle build" genre of reality television with the hit series, AMERICAN CHOPPER, Pilgrim Films and Television's CEO and President, Craig Piligian, adds STREET CUSTOMS to his run of groundbreaking series like DIRTY JOBS, AMERICAN HOT ROD, GHOST HUNTERS and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

The TURBO ON TLC lineup is the on-air home for TURBO, the multiplatform, multimedia destination for Discovery Network's best "motorized" content, from choppers to supersonic jets and everything in between. TURBO programming blocks air on Thursday nights on TLC and Tuesday nights on Discovery HD Theater. TURBO's 24-hour broadband channel, http://www.turbo.com, highlights cars, bikes, hot rods, planes and boats, as well as events, behind-the-scenes footage and in-depth insights into the passionate personalities that bring these machines to life. TURBO On Demand offers Discovery's popular auto-engineering series, as well as military programming and original short-form content, while Discovery Mobile's TURBO block provides enthusiasts with an adrenaline boost on the go.

About West Coast Customs

West Coast Customs, the world's premier vehicle modification shop, was started in 1993 by Ryan Friedlinghaus and gained international recognition from the success of MTV's Pimp My Ride. West Coast Customs' impressive client list includes Hollywood's elite, foreign royalty and the rich and famous around the world. The shop's reputation for creating original designs using the latest technology and cutting-edge style has propelled them to the top of their game. WCC has pioneered the concept of custom car shop franchises, opening shops in Dubai and Moscow with additional locations in the works. For more information please visit http://www.westcoastcustoms.com.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications is the number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Through TV and digital media, Discovery's 100-plus worldwide networks include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, The Science Channel, Discovery Health and Discovery HD Theater. Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Co. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery's founder and chairman. For more information, please visit http://www.discovery.com.

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