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NGCI taps Shiver for fishing competition series

National Geographic Channels International has commissioned ITV Studios-owned Shiver to produce King Fisher, a series that takes anglers from across the globe and challenges them with different kinds of fishing.
March 21, 2013

National Geographic Channels International has commissioned ITV Studios-owned Shiver to produce King Fisher, a series that takes anglers from across the globe and challenges them with different kinds of fishing.

The 10-part series criss-crosses the globe to find top fisherman, and pits anglers from three different countries against each other to find which one is the most versatile. The series will make its debut on National Geographic Channels International this summer, with a premiere in the U.S. to follow.

Competitors will challenge each other in their home waters, with a fly fisherman from Belize competing against a Swedish ice fisherman on his home turf. In addition, the home turf fisherman needs to impress their competitors by having the best overall fishing trip, including food, lodging and entertainment.

King Fisher is the latest fishing-related series from NGCI, joining Wicked Tuna, in which a group of fishermen search for elusive tuna in North Atlantic waters.

“The beauty of King Fishers is that fishermen are naturally competitive, and during these spectacular expeditions around the globe there is plenty of rivalry along with the bonding, banter and big catches,” said Hamish Mykura, executive VP and head of international content for NGCI. “Tempers may flare, and the fishing is thrilling and intense. It’s gripping, and sometimes hilarious.”

“From the crocodile-infested waters of Botswana to the freezing wilderness of the Arctic, King Fishers is a fantastic fishing adventure packed with competition, camaraderie and cunning tactics,” added Shiver exec producer Jeremy Phillips.

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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