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Nik Wallenda tackles Grand Canyon for Discovery

On June 23, U.S. cable network Discovery Channel will air tightrope walker Nik Wallenda's attempt to cross the Grand Canyon live.
March 19, 2013

On June 23, U.S. cable network Discovery Channel will air tightrope walker Nik Wallenda’s attempt to cross the Grand Canyon live.

Without using a harness, Wallenda, known as “The King of the High Wire,” will tightrope walk 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River, the highest walk he’s ever attempted.

Peacock Productions will produce the live event, with Gretchen Eisele, Knute Walker and Benjamin Ringe serving as executive producers. Howard Swartz serves as executive producer for Discovery

“Discovery Channel continues to bring some of television’s most talked about and historic live events of the year,” said Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC Networks. “From Felix Baumgartner setting the world record for highest skydive in Space Jump Live to this latest feat showcasing Nik Wallenda’s greatest challenge yet.”

“The stakes don’t get much higher than this,” added Wallenda. “The only thing that stands between me and the bottom of the canyon is a two-inch thick wire. I’m looking forward to showing the audience a view of the canyon they’ve never seen before.”

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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