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Jurassic Fight Club
I am the co-creator of the new series that the History Channel announced
yesterday. My job is to host the show, choose the subject matter for each
episode, and pick the individuals we would like to interview in each show.
We have been working on the project for several years and are finally ready
to begin filming the first season. Our contract calls for 10 episode to be
ready by early 2008 and 10 more by mid 2008. If those rate well, we?ll do
another 20 for seasons 3 and 4.
I have to roll of trying to balance science with entertainment. It can be a
little challenging because the majority of the population has to be
entertained in order to be educated. I have studied paleontology for over 30
years but I am not a degreed paleontologist. Back in 1997 I quite a very
lucrative career and dedicated my life to teaching children about
prehistoric life. I speak 200 times each year in schools, museums, libraries
and public events and speak to nearly 100,000 people every year. The
entertainment part of the show is where I will excel. But I need to balance
that with the scientific side of the show.
A few years ago I joined your list and began to read your comments and
become familiar with your work. I recognized many of you from your books,
artwork and television appearances, but I was struck by the volume of
individuals who have done so much for your science but have not received as
much public recognition as they should. Certainly they are recognized within
your industry, but the general public may not be aware of the things they do
and their impact on Paleontology. I hope to interview the world?s most
recognized Paleontologists, but also give some well deserved exposure to
many others as well.
The most exciting thing about the show is that the History Channel is
willing to set aside their normal interview procedures of having our guests
sit in front of a blue screen and answer bullet point questions. In this
series we?ll get to interact more and allow you to go into more detail on a
more personal level than having you sit in a chair and answer questions. I
think that the ?way? Paleontologists are often interviewed does not give the
public a good perspective on ?who? the person is. Hopefully our show will
allow the public to get to know you a little better.
The show has been given the largest budget in their network?s history and we
have hired some of the world?s leading animators. The quality of the
animation is a good or better than anything on the market today. We have a
team of writers and researchers and will begin filming shortly. I can?t go
into details about the show, but I know from reading the few comments that
have already been posted, some of you might be a bit skeptical. I know that
television shows often go for ?entertainment over accuracy? but my focus is
to keep that in check. With your help I am sure we can create a popular show
that is entertaining and scientifically accurate.
I have given our producers a list of museums I would like to film in and
individuals who I would like to interview, so they will begin contacting
some of you shortly. I look forward to meeting many of you soon, and hope
that I can continue to ask for your help and guidance as I develop more
show?s for the second, third and fourth seasons. If there are individuals
out there that you think should be given some recognition, I would sure like
to hear from you. (And no, there is nothing wrong with self promotion!) All
I would need to know is who the person(s) is, how I can reach them and what
their contribution to your industry is. I can't promise you that I can use
everyone, but if what they do fits into an episode, then I'll sure as heck
San Antonio, TX.