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“Shark Girl” headed to America

Australia's ABC Commercial has sold the documentary, which tells the story of a young woman with a passion for saving sharks, to the Smithsonian Channel.
February 26, 2013

Australia’s ABC Commercial has sold the 1 x 57-minute documentary Shark Girl, which tells the story of a young woman with a passion for saving sharks, to the Smithsonian Channel.

Shark Girl follows Madi Stewart, an 18-year-old woman who has spent the past four years on a mission to save sharks. At 14 years of age, she eschewed what some would call a “normal” way of life in favor of home schooling on a small boat in the Pacific. Since then, she has taken to the seas with a camera in hand to swim with and document every kind of shark on the Great Barrier Reef.

“Madi is a remarkable and charismatic young woman, with an extraordinary passion for saving sharks,” said David Royle, executive vice president for programming and production at the Smithsonian Channel in a statement. “She is quite fearless, and unbelievably determined. It is a wonder to see her diving among the reef sharks and hammerheads.”

The film is produced by Kaufmann Productions (Project Manta, Lizard Kings).

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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