Reality shows continue to favor Hawaii’s Neighbor Island as locations and Maui is no stranger to that genre. truTV – formerly Court TV – has begun producing six, half-hour episodes of the tentatively titled Maui Chopper. The series, which began filming July 4th and continues for eight weeks, features rescue helicopter pilots who “navigate some of the windiest and most dangerous skies in the world as they rescue hikers, surfers and anyone else who encounters danger in the tropical paradise of Maui,” a truTV executive explained. Among truTV’s primetime original series this year are Forensic Files, Ocean Force, Speeders, Haunting Evidence, Psychic Detectives and Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice. The network is owned by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.



Maui Chopper features Windward Aviation based at Kahului Airport working with Maui County’s Fire Department and Ocean Safety Department, and state and federal agencies. Macy Productions of Los Angele is producing the show. Six episodes have already been purchased by truTV with the potential for another six depending on ratings. Discussions about the show between Macy Productions, Windward Aviation and its owner Don Shearer and others started nearly two years ago. Windward Aviation provides all the helicopter rescue work for Maui County and several state and federal agencies involved in environmental and law enforcement work including marijuana and alien species eradication. (Shearer piloted the helicopter for Oahu-based videographer Don King who filmed big wave surfers Laird Hamilton, Derek Doerner and Dave Kalama in the spectacular opening title sequence shot at Maui’s Jaws surf break and other segments of the James Bond film, Die Another Day in 2002.

Maui Chopper is executive produced by reality show veteran Al Edgington who also produced the TV series Comedy ColosseumTreasure Hunters, Last Comic Standing, American Idol: Life on the Road, The Amazing Race, and Entertainment Tonight. 

truTV also currently airs the popular series Black Gold, which delves into the dangerous world of oil drilling. The TV crew has been with the helicopter company sunrise to sunset seven days a week since filming began July 4. The rescue helicopter has three cameras attached: one pointed into the cockpit, one pointed straight down to capture that action, and one aimed forward. When available another helicopter will be used to take aerials of the rescues and other work…


Check out the new international trailer for Tropic Thunder which opens nationwide Aug. 15


No word from DreamWorks Pictures if a special premier as recently rumored will be held for Kauai crew and others who worked on the film on the Garden Isle for nearly five months. Ben Stiller, the film’s star, writer and director, has a home on Kauai’s North Shore…


Publicist Blaise Noto is back from China where the Maui resident taught movie marketing and publicity for two weeks at the Beijing Film Academy on an official invitation from the Chinese government. In Beijing, Noto met with high level film and government officials to discuss Blaise Noto & Associates working with them on a number of projects. Noto has worked on two film projects in China shooting back to back in Beijing and one in western China. At the  Shanghai International Film Festival Noto and co worker Jeff Von Schamuder represented the Canadian/USA film Heart of a Dragon and set up interviews with Michael French, the producer, director and writer from Vancouver. Next for Blaise Noto & Associates is handling the production publicity on Mel Gibson‘s new starrer Edge of Darkness shooting in Boston and Massachusetts…


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