The Perils of Producing Reality TV
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With the recent helicopter crash during the making of an unnamed Discovery Channel show killing all three on board the issue of safety in reality TV production is in the news. We talk with veteran reality TV producer Monica Martino whose own harrowing experience shooting History Channel's Bamazon led to severe injuries, her firing and legal action. She's calling for changes in her industry to ensure the safety of cast and crew as reality TV continues to make dangerous shows and push the boundaries of "reality."
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The Perils of Producing Reality TV ()
Monica Martino has made a career of producing "guys in danger" reality shows, like Whale Wars and Deadliest Catch. So when she got the call to be the show-runner on History Channel's Bamazon she was game. But logistics on the shoot proved woefully lacking and she alleges that the safety plan in place for cast and crew was "fabricated." This proved dangerous when she and others suffered two boat accidents in the Amazon late at night. The result was not just injury but legal action and Martino is calling for changes in her industry.
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