Archives for June, 2012

Meet the Baboons of the Big Baboon House

A small town in South Africa is overrun by a troop of rambunctious baboons, so Nat Geo WILD has undertaken a simian social experiment of a lifetime to understand their behavior. We’ve built a house designed to study the baboons so we can learn how to keep them out of homes and coexist peacefully with…

Enjoying a Front Row Seat in the Big Baboon House

Written by Big Baboon House development director Jaco Botha. Directing Big Baboon House was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. At certain stages it was tough – extremely tough for a variety of reasons, but the crew kept on working with a lot of passion and commitment and eventually, I believe, we…

Locked Up Abroad: Where Are They Now? Reini Weigel

If you tuned in to Reini Weigel’s nightmarish story on Locked Up Abroad: Colombian Kidnap, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Reini to get answers and see what life is like for her today and here’s what she had to say: What intrigued you so much about “the Lost City” in Columbia…

Locked Up Abroad: Where Are They Now? Erez Eltawil

If you just tuned in to Erez Eltawil’s nightmarish story on Locked Up Abroad: Colombian Kidnap, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Erez to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say: What was the original draw to Colombia for you? I…

Learning to Love the Baboons of Big Baboon House

Written by Big Baboon House producer Darren Putter. Having the opportunity to film baboons, one’s imagination quickly flitters to cartoons and comic books. And in a weird way that’s exactly how this shoot unfolded. The acrobatic antics of these little grey monsters soon catches everyone’s attention and you find yourself so engaged with the entertainment…

Breeding Dangerous Exotics in the United States

In October 2011, Terry Thompson freed 56 exotic animals from his compound in Zanesville, Ohio including grizzly bears, black bears and Bengal tigers. Then Thompson immediately shot himself, committing suicide. Forty-nine of the animals were shot to death by the police to protect residents and only a few were possible to safely capture. The scene…

Q&A With the Late Henry Hill, “The Real Goodfella”

We are sad to have learned today that Henry Hill, the inspiration for Ray Liotta’s character in Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas, and star of the Locked Up Abroad episode “The Real Goodfella,” has passed away, according to various news reports. In remembrance of Henry Hill, we are re-airing his episode of Locked Up Abroad: The Real…

Locked Up Abroad Travel Tips: Colombia

Colombia is a serious traveler’s paradise. With dense Amazonian forests, remarkable beaches and white-powdered Andean peaks, the country has inspired visitors since before the Spanish conquest in the early 1500s. Vast stretches of land still remain untouched by modern civilization, so there’s plenty of mysteries yet to be discovered. Of course, they might have been…

‘Amish: Out of Order’ Recap With Mose: “Family Affairs”

The following is written by ex-Amish community leader Mose Gingerich who’s featured on the new series Amish: Out of Order: You know you’ve become too involved with a show when you are walking down the hallway at the dealership, walk by the door to the men’s room with a sign hanging on the door that…

‘Amish: Out of Order’ Producer on the Death of a Cast Member

Amish: Out of Order producer Daniel Laikind recently shared his thoughts on filming tonight’s tragic episode, “Living Fast.” “There is nothing in the reality TV producer’s handbook on how to deal with the death of a cast member of one of your shows. So when the phone rings and you are told that a teenager…