Nat Geo WILD: From ‘Shark Attack’ Producer John Grassie

Producing any live program has its share of concerns… all of which are labeled, ‘what do I do if something goes wrong.’ That’s fine and is actually one of many exciting reasons to do a live program. In so many ways, doing so is always a challenge, but more importantly, an adventure at the same time. And in terms of Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE, that concept could not be more accurate. After all what can possibly go wrong? We are producing a program half way around the world, in some of the most shark-infested waters on the planet, in the middle of the night, all while having divers in with the sharks at absolutely the most dangerous time to do so? Oh, and then add to that totally uncontrollable elements such as storms, waves and God knows what else and it all seems to be an insurmountable challenge. But in the end, that is exactly what makes it irresistible for me.

I am proud to be part of the team, taking on this challenge, and being charged with producing the live program. All I have to do is stop at any moment during the day and imagine how it will be in the control room… live… battling whatever challenges arise… and I am excited. All of those at Aquavision, the production company in South Africa, and the tremendous support from everyone at National Geographic contribute to making this the great adventure I mentioned earlier.

As the days count down, there are always new issues, new concerns, and, of course, unexpected challenges. It is a thrill, all of which will come alive when the red light on the first camera goes on at 9pm ET on November 25th. Quite honestly, I cannot wait.

John Grassie is Producer of Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE – a two-hour special event on Nat Geo WILD airing live this Friday, November 25 at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

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