HAWAII SHARK ENCOUNTERS IN DEVELOPMENT AS REALITY SERIES

HAWAII SHARK ENCOUNTERS IN DEVELOPMENT AS REALITY SERIES

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Oahu-based Hawaii Shark Encounters of Haleiwa is on track to be part of the new reality series Shark Boat in development by Hell’s Kitchen producer A. Smith. The project is about the only company in the United States permitting people to swim with sharks outside protective cages… Hawaii Shark Encounters is run by free diver Stefanie Brendl

The show will focus on the struggles that Brendl and her staff face as they attempt to stay in business following the death of her boyfriend and business partner…Brendl and Jimmy Hall launched Hawaii Shark Encounters in 2002. Hall died in May 2007 after a base jumping accident…

Shark Boat features Brendl taking divers outside of the cage to swim with sharks, as well as the interaction among her staff…

Hawaii Shark Encounters and another similar excursion company have received scrutiny from some Hawaii lawmakers worried that the companies feed the sharks in order to attract them. The companies deny feeding the sharks…A. Smith founder Arthur Smith will exec produce with Kent Weed; Frank Stinton is also an EP. A. Smith’s other credits include Kitchen Nightmares and I Survived a Japanese Game Show…

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