Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV:TBRD) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company”), is excited to announce a second season of the hit series Queen of the Oil Patch, has been ordered by national broadcaster APTN. The critically acclaimed documentary series is produced by Thunderbird, a global multiplatform entertainment company, in collaboration with Kah-Kitowak Films. Production is now underway in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and the Mikisew Cree First Nation.
Queen of the Oil Patch received strong reviews for its groundbreaking coverage of the inspirational journey of one man with two spirits – Massey Whiteknife and Iceis Rain. Whiteknife is an openly gay Indigenous entrepreneur. After his multi-million-dollar oil empire in Fort McMurray was devastated by the collapse of oil prices and the 2016 wildfires, Whiteknife worked to rebuild his life with the help of his other spirit, Iceis Rain, a fearless female pop singer and anti-bullying advocate.
“We’ve been so touched by the response to Season One of Queen of the Oil Patch, and it’s gratifying for everyone involved that APTN has chosen to bring back this ground-breaking series for a second season,” says Mark Miller, President, Thunderbird Entertainment and Chief Executive Officer, Great Pacific Media. “The journey that Massey Whiteknife and Iceis Rain are undertaking, and bravely sharing with the world, is truly inspiring. It’s a genuine honour to continue production on Queen of the Oil Patch. We look forward to continuing to push boundaries and challenge perceptions, with a journey that is far from finished.”
The first season of Queen of the Oil Patch was nominated for Best Writing in a Factual Series at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards, and Best Screenwriting in a Documentary Series at the 2019 Leo Awards. It was also well received by critics, with John Doyle of The Globe and Mail writing: “Queen of the Oil Patch is…truly distinct, about a true original. And truly inspiring. This is wonderful TV.” Additionally, Rachna Raj Kaur from NOW Toronto called it “a great entryway into the life of a man breaking down boundaries, but also an insightful look into a community unseen on mainstream TV.”
Queen of the Oil Patch Season Two will air in Fall 2020, and will feature eight episodes.