Wildlife & Wild Places

Nat Geo WILD: Inside ‘Shark Attack’ Production Meeting

Each morning the Nat Geo WILD production team in South Africa  has been getting together to review the issues, challenges and technical concerns in the lead-up to the show.

This morning, several concerns were still on the table.  Fortunately, the weather forecast for Friday, the day of the show, has been steadily improving. Bad weather, however, is expected tomorrow for when a full dress rehearsal on the boat was to take place.  In-studio rehearsals have been scheduled instead, and the hotel pool may be pressed into service to test diving equipment.  Another point of discussion in this morning’s meeting was the microwave link between the boat and the hotel where our studio is located.  Environmental conditions were effecting the reliability of the transmission.  This ship-to-shore link is vital to the live broadcast and engineers have been working to ensure it is rock solid for Friday.

The show must go on, as they say, and this team has been meeting extraordinary challenges to make sure that’s exactly what happens.

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