Unscripted

Animal Planet to air series about eel fishermen

Cold River Cash (pictured) follows three teams of fishermen in Maine who spend two months out of the year braving the elements in order to catch elver eels, which can fetch as much as US$2,000 per pound.
December 10, 2013

An unscripted series about eel fishers in Maine is to begin airing on Animal Planet in the New Year.

Produced by Left/Right, the eight-episode Cold River Cash (pictured) follows three teams of fisherman during the state’s two-month eel fishing season as they attempt to catch the thread-like baby glass eels, also known as elver eels.

Maine is one of two states in the U.S. in which eel fishing is legal, and dealers pay as much as US$2,000 per pound for the tiny creatures. The fishing season begins in March and lasts 60 days.

The cast includes brothers Dana and Chris Hole who, along with their best friend Ken Cornelison, brought in $600,000 by the end of the last eel-fishing season; Chad Jordan, his brother Justin, son C.J. and friend Lester Toothaker; and father-and-son team Lee and Jason Leavitt and Mike Bradley, Jason’s brother-in-law.

The network originally commissioned the show last year under the title Eel of Fortune.

Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Anneka Jones and Geno McDermott serve as executive producers for Left/Right. Keith Hoffman is the executive producing for Animal Planet.

Cold River Cash premieres on January 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

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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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