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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
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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