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Published on July 5th, 2016 | by Genevieve Mc Bride

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Destination America Announces New Paranormal Series And San Diego Comic Con Panel

DESTINATION AMERICA GREENLIGHTS NEW SERIES KINDRED SPIRITS (WORKING TITLE),

HOSTED BY PARANORMAL ALL-STARS ADAM BERRY AND AMY BRUNI

-Network to Unveil a SUPERNATURAL SUPER PANEL at Comic-Con International,

Anchored by the Biggest Names in Ghost Hunting:

Nick Groff, Katrina Weidman, Adam Berry, Amy Bruni, and John Zaffis-

(Silver Spring, Md.) – Destination America today announced that it has begun
production on an all-new series hosted by world-renowned ghost hunters Adam Berry
and Amy Bruni. KINDRED SPIRITS (working title) will premiere in 2016 exclusively on
Destination America following the fearless duo as they help real families tormented
by paranormal activity at home, with the added stress that the spirits may be their
own late family members. Scared by the mysterious happenings but hesitant to pick up
and leave their homes, these families have turned to two of America’s leading
paranormal investigators to capture evidence, try to guide the wayward spirits into
the light, and bring closure to each home.

Destination America will unveil more about KINDRED SPIRITS (wt) exclusively at
Comic-Con International on Friday, July 22 from 7-8pm in Room 7AB in a Supernatural
Super Panel that will unite ghost hunting’s elite investigators for one night only.
Join PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN’s Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman – who are also currently
in production on the show’s second season – Adam Berry and Amy Bruni from KINDRED
SPIRITS (wt), and the “Godfather of the Paranormal” John Zaffis from HAUNTED
COLLECTOR, which airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Destination America.

“KINDRED SPIRITS takes paranormal investigation back to its roots with a simple
mission of making contact with the other side but, first and foremost, helping
people who are terrified and don’t know where else to turn,” said Jane Latman,
general manager of Destination America. “Over the years, Amy and Adam have built a
kinship with each other and their fans that make them the best paranormal team to
bring closure to these families and the perfect addition to our family here at
Destination America.”

Berry and Bruni got their start on SyFy’s groundbreaking series Ghost Hunters, which
defined a new genre in supernatural storytelling on television. The pair recently
guest-starred on an episode of PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN on Destination America, joining
hosts Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman on an 72-hour investigation of the
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Throughout their combined career, Nick Groff, Katrina Weidman, Adam Berry, Amy
Bruni, and John Zaffis have more than 10,000 investigations under their belt, from
famous haunts like The Exorcist house, the Stanley Hotel and the house on which A
Haunting in Connecticut was based, to secret hotspots that only the bravest dare
speak of. They rose to fame in some of TV’s hottest paranormal programs including
Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and Haunted Collector, but now
call Destination America home and, for the first time together on stage, will regale
the Comic-Con audience with tales of their darkest, creepiest, and most
life-altering paranormal experiences. Also, they will discuss how the work of Ed and
Lorraine Warren – Zaffis’ uncle and aunt – and the original paranormal Holy Grail of
The Conjuring led them to where they are today. Additionally, they will make
themselves available for all-access questions from fans, unveil never-before-seen
footage, and reveal exclusive news to the Comic-Con audience about what Destination
America has in store for a history-making Halloween.

About Amy Bruni and Adam Berry

Amy Bruni has been chasing the unknown for over 20 years. Raised in a haunted house
with her free-thinking family, she was never taught to fear ghosts but only to seek
out and try to understand them. After spending a decade in the health insurance
industry, Bruni decided to follow her dreams and turn paranormal investigation into
her livelihood. She began traveling the country to visit its most haunted places,
researching the group dynamics of ghost-hunting teams, and lecturing on the history
of paranormal investigation. Beginning in 2008, Bruni was a staple on Syfy’s Ghost
Hunters and served as the team’s historical researcher for seven seasons, during
which time she met her ghost-hunting partner Adam Berry. In 2014, she left the show
to stay home with her family and start her own business, a boutique paranormal
travel company called Strange Escapes<http://www.strange-escapes.com>. She also
writes for her blog, My Spirited Life<http://www.myspiritedlife.com>. The birth of
her daughter and the importance of family have brought new value to Bruni’s
investigations, putting more focus on helping families try to reach the spirits of
their loved ones.

Adam Berry has spent the past 10 years investigating, researching and exploring some
of the most haunted locations in the world. While growing up in Muscle Shoals, Ala.,
he began a lifelong fascination with the supernatural after having a ghostly
encounter that changed his entire way of thinking about life, death and “the great
beyond.” Berry founded his own investigation team out of Provincetown, Mass., in
2007 to document cases and bring answers to those experiencing strange activity in
their homes. In 2010, he won Syfy’s reality competition show Ghost Hunters Academy,
earning a coveted spot on the network’s hit original series Ghost Hunters, where he
met and first teamed up with his investigation partner Amy Bruni. Berry stepped away
from TV to focus on family and running his non-profit theatre company Peregrine
Theatre Ensemble, but never stopped ghost hunting. He still collaborates with
spiritual enthusiasts through lectures, events, and one-on-one investigations so
that he can continue to help families deal with the unexplainable.

About Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman

Nick Groff has been fascinated with the paranormal ever since surviving a near-death
experience as a child. Now, he chases ghosts full-time with the goal of finding new
evidence of the afterlife and discovering a breakthrough in paranormal research.
After graduating from the University of Nevada with a B.A. in Film, Groff made his
big break when he co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed, co-edited, and co-starred in
Ghost Adventures: The Original Documentary, which aired on the SciFi Channel in
2007. The film was a winner at the Los Angeles Film/Video Festival and was nominated
for “Best Feature Film” at the Eerie Horror Film Festival. The documentary served as
a pilot for the Ghost Adventures television series that debuted in 2008 on Travel
Channel. Groff was an Executive Producer, co-host, and investigator on seasons 1-10.
Groff is also the author of the book “Chasing Spirits: The Building of the Ghost
Adventures Crew.” Now, Groff is the executive producer and host for the hit series
Paranormal Lockdown on Destination America and is also featured as an ensemble cast
member in the network’s #1 hit series Ghosts of Shepherdstown.

Katrina Weidman is a paranormal researcher and investigator, host, producer, and
lecturer. She’s best known for her role on A&E’s hit series Paranormal State, in
which she worked on hundreds of cases of unexplained supernatural phenomena and
interviewed thousands of witnesses with the world-renowned Paranormal Research
Society (PRS) from 2006-2011. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University,
Weidman has been working professionally as a paranormal researcher and investigator
since 2006, but her passion for the supernatural began when she was a child living
in historic Bucks County, Penn., where many locations are said to be haunted.
Weidman also hosted Chiller’s Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies, following
Weidman and her team as they travel the country looking for the real-life stories
that inspired some of the world’s most iconic horror films. Currently, Weidman can
be seen alongside Nick Groff as host of Destination America’s hit series, Paranormal
Lockdown.

About John Zaffis

John Zaffis is considered one of the foremost authorities in paranormal
investigation today, with more than 40 years of experience studying and
investigating the field. His research has taken him throughout the United States,
Canada, England and Scotland to face ghosts, poltergeists, and demonic and
diabolical entities. Studying under his aunt and uncle, Lorraine and Ed Warren,
broadened Zaffis’ expertise beyond ghost hunting to also include demonology and
cases of possession and exorcism. He has worked with prominent exorcists Bishop
Robert McKenna, Father Malachi Martin, and the Reverend Jun, along with other Roman
Catholic priests, monks, Buddhists, rabbis and ministers. He has also worked
extensively with spiritualists and psychics to further the depth of his
understanding. Over the years, Zaffis has collected hundreds of infested items that
are currently housed for safe keeping at the John Zaffis Paranormal Museum. He wrote
and starred in the 2010 documentary Museum of the Paranormal, which gives the viewer
a tour of his museum and the stories behind some of the objects. Zaffis was the host
of the SyFy television series Haunted Collector from 2011-2013 and has been featured
on Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, A&E’s Ghost Hunters, Discovery Channel’s A
Haunting in Connecticut and Little Lost Souls as well as Unsolved Mysteries. He is
also mentioned in “Graveyards” and “In A Dark Place,” both books written by Ed and
Lorraine Warren. His first book, “Shadows of the Dark,” co-written with Brian
McIntyre, was released in 2004.

KINDRED SPIRITS (wt) is produced for Destination America by Paper Route Productions
with Alan LaGarde and Sumit David as executive producers. Amy Bruni and Adam Berry
are also executive producers. For Destination America, Fay Yu is executive producer,
Jane Latman is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of
Investigation Discovery, Destination America, and American Heroes Channel.

About Destination America
Destination America is the only network devoted to celebrating the people, places,
and stories of the United States. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is
available in 56 million homes, featuring unique original series like: Paranormal
Lockdown, Mountain Monsters, Smoked, A Haunting, Buying Alaska, and more. For more
information, please visit
DestinationAmerica.com<http://www.destinationamerica.com/>,
facebook.com/DestinationAmerica<http://www.facebook.com/DestinationAmerica>, or
twitter.com/DestAmerica<http://www.twitter.com/DestAmerica>. Destination America is
part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1
pay-tv programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries
and territories.

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