[01/12/10 - 12:34 PM]
Snake Eyes: Animal Planet's Donald Schultz Rolls the Dice in 10-Day Vegas Event with 100 Deadly Snakes
The two-hour event will air as a special edition of "Wild Recon" on Tuesday, February 9.

[via press release from Animal Planet]


Animal Adventurer and Host of WILD RECON to Spend 24/7 in Glass Box with 100 Snakes on the Las Vegas Strip to Raise Awareness for Global Snakebite Victims

(New York, New York, January 12, 2010) -- Animal adventurer and venom expert Donald Schultz has traveled worldwide to collect venom and DNA from rare animals for his television series WILD RECON (Tuesdays at 9 PM on Animal Planet). Each week, Donald gets his hands on some of the deadliest animals on the planet: black mambas in South Africa, sea snakes in Australia, and even rampaging elephants in Sri Lanka. But in January, he will face his toughest challenge yet: to spend 10 consecutive days with 100 snakes -- many of them deadly -- in full view of tourists and webcam fans on AnimalPlanet.com around the world. The event - a special edition of WILD RECON - will be packaged for the two-hour VENOM IN VEGAS airing Tuesday, February 9 at 8 PM ET/PT.

From Sunday, January 17 through Tuesday, January 26, 2010, in front of the crowds outside of world-famous O'Sheas Casino, Donald will eat, sleep and drink alongside snakes such as pythons, rattlesnakes and cobras. Their shared custom-designed 16' x 20' glass enclosure, complete with a bed and tiny bathroom, will be situated on Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip) in front of O'Sheas Casino and across from Caesars Palace. The jeopardy increases each day for Donald: he'll start with 50 snakes and have five new ones added daily to reach 100. He won't know which species will be introduced until he opens up each double-bagged snake delivery and discovers a potentially deadly new roommate. Animal Planet will air a daily VENOM IN VEGAS on-air update during the event so viewers can watch Donald's exploits from the comfort - and safety - of their living rooms.

But Donald will be doing more than simply existing alongside these dangerous snakes. He'll be working with them hands-on every day, extracting venom that will be shipped around the world so research for venom variation and potential pharmaceutical use can continue. And when he's not milking venomous snakes with his bare hands, he'll be conducting cutting-edge tests to measure, for example, the potency of venom, the depth of fang penetration, and the strike range of the world's fastest snakes, through the use of high-speed cameras.

"Usually what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas," said Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media. "But we're hoping this event will slither its way into the headlines. Our goal for VENOM IN VEGAS is to get the best marketing and press for these maligned and misunderstood reptiles, and to spotlight the kind of groundbreaking event television viewers can expect from the new Animal Planet."

"Every year, more than 100,000 snake bite victims die because the antivenom that could save them isn't available or is in short supply," noted Schultz. "Not only do I want to raise global awareness of the urgent need for anti-venom in developing countries, I want to push myself and test the boundaries of human/serpentine co-habitation. While this might be an average person's nightmare, this is truly my dream!"

While there's no guarantee even a venom veteran like Donald won't be bitten, Animal Planet has readied a team of world-class experts should something go wrong with Donald or any of the snakes. He'll be working with Dr. Jeremy Sabatini, a veterinarian with extensive reptile experience; Dr. Sean Bush, envenomation expert and professor of emergency medicine at Loma Linda University; and Dr. Bruce Young, associate professor of biology at Washburn University. While living in the box, Schultz might just manage to squeeze in some fun when some famous guests stop by... And he has a specialized "armored" outfit to give to visitors who might want to get in the box and visit with him and the snakes.

Animal Planet is partnering with the University of Arizona's Venom Immunochemistry, Pharmacology and Emergency Response Institute (VIPER) on the VENOM IN VEGAS event. On AnimalPlanet.com consumers will find links to venom information and be able to donate to VIPER's research initiatives. After the event, certain snakes and venom will be donated to VIPER, whose affiliated scientists will give them good homes while developing new ways to diagnose and treat snakebites and scorpion stings.

VENOM IN VEGAS is a production of Gurney Productions for Animal Planet. Scott and Deirdre Gurney are the executive producers for Gurney Productions, and Lisa Lucas is the executive producer for Animal Planet. Marc Etkind is vice president of development for Animal Planet.

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 96 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

  [january 2010]  


[10/26/16 - 03:23 PM]
Lifetime Partners with "The View" for Primetime Event Program, "The View Live Election Special"
The special will feature "The View's" co-hosts from their set with a live studio audience, election-themed Hot Topics, interactive election activities and up-to-the-minute results from key battleground states.

[10/26/16 - 02:01 PM]
Freeform Says Farewell to "Pretty Little Liars" with an Exclusive One-Hour Tell-All Following the Series Finale
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse, as well as executive producer I. Marlene King, will sit down for an hour long unbarred and uncensored tell-all after show.

[10/26/16 - 01:31 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases Poster and New "Presidential" Teaser for Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Special
On election night, Colbert will be reacting in real-time to the election results as the state by state returns come in, making it the perfect election night destination for people who want to see all the latest news, without actually having to watch the news.

[10/26/16 - 12:45 PM]
New Comedy "The Mick," Starring Kaitlin Olson, to Premiere Sunday, January 1, After NFL Doubleheader, on FOX
The series will then regularly air Tuesday nights following "New Girl."

[10/26/16 - 11:42 AM]
Samantha Bee Interviews Her First Male President, Barack Obama
Said installment of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" airs Monday, October 31 at 10:30/9:30c on TBS.

[10/26/16 - 11:00 AM]
Starz Adds Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco to Spy Thriller "Counterpart"
The espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist also stars Oscar(R) winner J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
Weinstein Television's Epic Scripted Event Series "Waco," Lands on Spike TV
Previously announced in August, the six-part event series is based on the harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of a religious sect in Waco, Texas that resulted in the deadly shoot out and fire.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
"Broad City" Original Series Soundtrack Available Friday, October 28 via Milan Records in Association with Comedy Central Records
The album artwork and packaging is designed by artist Mike Perry, who is also the creator of the animated show opener for "Broad City," and features an insert with spliff-rolling instructions.

[10/26/16 - 10:23 AM]
The CW Gets Into the Spirit with Its Schedule of Upcoming Holiday Specials
New this holiday season, The CW will broadcast an original holiday special, "Terry Crews Saves Christmas," for five hour-long episodes across four consecutive nights, starting Tuesday, December 20.

[10/26/16 - 10:09 AM]
WGN America's Hit Supernatural Thriller "Salem" Returns Halloween Week Wednesday, November 2 at 9:00 PM ET/PT
In advance of the premiere, the network released a riveting new trailer featuring a gruesome twist on "Cats Cradle."

[10/26/16 - 09:26 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Opens on Top for FOX
The network's coverage is up more than 17% among adults 18-49 from last year.

[10/26/16 - 09:01 AM]
Disney Begins Production on New "Muppet Babies" Series, Slated to Debut in Early 2018
Geared towards kids 4-7, each episode will feature two 11-minute stories that follow the Muppet Babies on various adventures as they let their imaginations take them to the farthest corners of the universe.

[10/26/16 - 09:00 AM]
Esquire Network Teams Up with Nick Offerman and the Movember Foundation to Throw a "'Stache Bash" to Raise Awareness of Men's Health
Take a look at Nick chatting about moustaches and tune in to the marathon to see the best of the beards and flavor savers.

[10/26/16 - 08:56 AM]
Travel Channel Says Week of December 25 Is the Perfect Time for a "Chill-cation"
Travel Channel's favorite experts and explorers - Josh Gates, Jack Maxwell, Anthony Melchiorri, Don Wildman, Andrew Zimmern and Zak Bagans - will lead ultimate chilly escapes with ice-themed episodes of the network's most popular series.

[10/26/16 - 08:32 AM]
ABC Brings You "Home for the Holidays" with Series and Specials from Thanksgiving Through the New Year
Highlights include new seasons of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" and the re-monikered "The Great American Baking Show."