Reality TV camera operator, director John Driftmier killed in plane crash

John Driftmier, who worked as a director of photography and director on reality shows such as Discovery Canada’s Dangerous Flights, was killed Sunday along with the pilot of a plane when it crashed in Kenya. He was 30.

Discovery Canada’s president and GM Paul Lewis said in a statement, “The Canadian production community has lost a bright and rising star. His talents will be missed and we share our deepest sympathies for his wife, family, friends and colleagues.”

Driftmier also worked on Highway Thru Hell, License to Drill, and Ice Pilots NWT, among other shows. His web site says that he was developing a series for Discovery Canada called PYROS about “an elite team of fireworks pyrotechs.” This is how he summarized his work:

“Character-driven, action-packed, edge-of-your-seat documentary and reality TV is what I do best. Through years of experience, I have made it my specialty working in extreme conditions, following larger-than-life characters who earn their livings in wild and wonderful ways.”

Here’s a trailer for the first season of Dangerous Flights that features his work. He was filming season two when he died.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.