EXCLUSIVE: MindRiot Entertainment (Gamergate) has set a new docu-series titled Salvaged, based on the life of former Oceangate mission director Kyle Bingham.
Bingham served as OceanGate’s mission director from 2018 to 2023. During that time, he directed two successful expeditions to the Titanic. The first dive was in 2021, followed by a second in 2022. The docuseries will chronicle Bingham’s submersible dives around the globe from the depths of North America’s Puget Sound and the Hudson Canyon to the Bahama’s Abaco Coast.
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“Our series is about a hero and a vision for exploration that is beyond courageous,” said MindRiot founder Jonathan Keasey.
We understand that the multi-episode docuseries will also touch on the Oceangate Titan tragedy, which claimed five lives. The company’s Titan submersible vanished on June 18, setting off a massive search led by the US and Canada. The passengers included OceanGate CEO, Stockton Rush. Wreckage from the Titan was found on June 22 near the Titanic.
“The Titan tragedy is reminiscent of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster of 1986: it’s a tragedy I’ll never forget,” said Justin MacGregor, MindRiot’s Head of European content.
The filmmakers behind the docuseries have been given access to footage and audio recordings predating and during the tragedy and everything thereafter. While they are currently subject to an NDA, the filmmakers told Deadline that they, like others who were there to witness, know the extent of Kyle’s heroics which “rival any action or superhero movie.”
“It was beyond incredible,” Keasey said. “Our series will simply correct a narrative of hate and vitriol that much of the world has been fed about human beings, their families, and those who still suffer. This desire to pile on hate and not allow people to grieve is horrendous.”
Keasey added: “People like Kyle deserve the world’s admiration, not condemnation. And that’s exactly what our series will show — factually and empirically. The truth is, no one knows what we know, and we’re very humbled Kyle entrusted us with his story.”
Salvaged is part of MindRiot’s upcoming slate of docuseries projects, including a project in development based around Seattle’s underground rap scene. The company recently opened an Irish office headed by MacGregor, who is also head of film at Trinity College, Dublin. MindRiot’s staff also includes COO Randa Minkarah. She is the former head of Business Development at North America’s Fisher Communications, where she led sales teams for ABC, Fox, and Univision.
“At present, WGA writers can’t write, and actors can’t act, but at least we can all still tell stories,” said MacGregor.
Keasey is repped by Circle of Confusion, and David Matloff, Jake Shapira, and Adam Vitale of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman. He is also a part-time professor at Seattle University.
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