Discovery Channel says it scheduled Everest Jump Live to debut during the short window of opportunity dictated by weather on Everest. Everest Jump Live is set for Sunday, May 11 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT. The 2-hour event, chronicling climber Joby Ogwyn‘s attempt to jump from the summit of Mt. Everest wearing a wing suit equipped with cameras, is produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions. NBC officially unveils its schedule to advertisers Monday morning.
NBC News’ Willie Geist will host the jump, and be joined by The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, who will serve as chief meteorologist and track Everest’s unpredictable weather conditions. Kyle Martino of NBC Sports and Chris Jacobs of Discovery and Velocity will deliver on-the-ground updates at Everest Base Camp, while Geist and Cantore will be based at a studio in New York City.
Walking up to the jump, Discovery will broadcast five nights of live late-night programs from Everest, Everest: Live From Base Camp, beginning at 11 PM ET/PT on Monday, May 5, and simulcast on Science Channel and Discovery en Español, hosted by Martino and Jacobs. The behind-the-scenes programs also will be telecast in India, Latin America and the United Kingdom beginning May 5 at 11 PM ET/4 AM GMT (May 6). The two-hour special event program, Everest Jump Live will air in every pay-TV market across Asia-Pacific, Central/Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, Nordics and Western Europe. Joby has 20 years of mountaineering and eight years of wing suit flying. In 2008, he set the world record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Everest, climbing from the base of the south side route to the summit in nine and a half hours. From Discovery’s announcement:
Viewers will have an opportunity to take part in the live broadcast by joining in the conversation with social media updates and can ask live questions from Joby the nights he is still at basecamp. Social media questions will be sourced from the audience around the world who will have the opportunity to interact with Joby and the production team. The live broadcast will capture the global social media conversation in new ways by looking at real-time data and reporting on who’s watching, in what countries and what they’re saying to support Joby in his trek. Live cameras will also be in place at Everest Base Camp that can be viewed 24/7 at http://www.EverestJumpLive.com. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #EverestJumpLive. Additionally, regional hashtags will track social media conversation in local languages around the world.
EVEREST JUMP LIVE and EVEREST: LIVE FROM BASE CAMP are produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions for Discovery. Gretchen Eisele, Colleen Halpin, Benjamin Ringe and Knute Walker are Executive Producers with Betsy Wagner as Executive Producer for EVEREST: LIVE FROM BASE CAMP and Solly Granatstein as Co-Executive Producer. Sharon Scott is President and GM of Peacock Productions. Howard Swartz serves as Executive Producer for Discovery with Executive Producers Denise Contis, Andrew Jackson and Julie Meisner Eagle. Discovery Education will bring the wonder of Everest to students nationwide with interactive content, digital learning experiences and resources found on its suite of digital classroom services.