Seven Questions with Jeff Kurr, 'Shark Week' Filmmaker/Executive Producer of 'Shark After Dark'
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Today's subject is Jeff Kurr.
Jeff is an LA-based filmmaker who recently wrapped his 24th Discovery Channel "Shark Week" episode, called "Shark After Dark." Shark Week, which kicks off its 22nd year tonight, is cable’s longest-running event and Jeff who produces, directs, writes, edits and shoots has been along for the ride since 1991.
Jeff's documentary "Air Jaws" was voted by viewers as the all-time favorite episode in 20 plus years of Shark Week and is one of the most successful nature documentaries in Discovery Channel history, seen in virtually every country in the world going on 10 years. The San Diego State graduate has also served as a spokesman for Shark Week, appeared in a Diet Mountain Dew "shark rider" commercial and co-wrote the "Field Guide to The Great White Shark."
Jeff, a resident of Ventura County, took some time to talk to LAist about "Shark Week," which include six all-new programs this year, his latest work - "Shark After Dark" (premieres Thursday night at 9pm) and his day job. We even asked him if he lives every week like it's Shark Week, you probably won't be surprised by his answer.