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A&E, Essential Media team on stunt series “The Impossible Live”

A&E Network has partnered with Essential Media Group, a division of Kew Media Group, to produce the live daredevil series The Impossible Live. The tentatively titled 10 x 120-minute event series ...
June 21, 2019

A&E Network has partnered with Essential Media Group, a division of Kew Media Group, to produce the live daredevil series The Impossible Live.

The tentatively titled 10 x 120-minute event series will feature a number of daredevils performing death-defying stunts in real time, including a parachute-less jump from a plane onto a speeding train, a motorcycle jump off a cliff in which the daredevil must drop the bike and grab the skids of a passing helicopter before the cycle plummets to the ground below, and the highest wire walk ever attempted from one hot air balloon to another.

Seventh-generation daredevil Bello Nock and his daughter, Annaliese, will attempt the hot air balloon wire walk.

The Impossible Live begins pre-production this fall.

The Impossible Live will take viewers on a wild ride as they witness, in real time, the world’s greatest daredevils risking life and limb to pull off stunts worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster film, but without the benefits of retakes and CGI,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming for A&E, in a statement. “The excitement of pulling off the impossible is why we have been working together with Bello, his team and Essential for the last year to continue to develop the biggest stunt of them all.”

Elsewhere, A&E and Essential have extended their partnership with Nock and his Opportunity Nocks to create the live special Volcano Walk Live (working title). The one-off film will showcase a world record high-wire walk over an active volcano.

“We’ve spent two years traveling the world with top volcanologists and engineers planning this untethered, world record-breaking high-wire walk. We first considered a volcano in Nicaragua but recent geological events have made the lava lake too small so we decided on a larger, more active and far more challenging volcano in East Africa,” added Nock.

The Impossible Live and Volcano Walk Live are produced and developed by Essential Media Group, with Jesse Fawcett, Greg Quail and Chris Hilton serving as executive producers. Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Holcman are executive producers for A&E.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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