Of all the programs that fall under the umbrella of Discovery Communications, Chief Operating Office Peter Liguori says “Whale Wars” is the one he’s most proud of.
Liguori, who was once a boss at the Fox Broadcasting Company, made the comments during the launch of Oprah’s new OWN network earlier this year. He admitted that the show brings an unusual amount of tension to not only television, but also for those filming what’s happening in the Southern Ocean this time of year. From the article:
These are tricky waters to navigate, Liguori admitted: On the one hand, Whale Wars makes for riveting television — “and this season is no different” — but on the other, Liguori is fearful of what might happen if events spiral out of control off Antarctica. Discovery Network is going through a period of unprecedented growth. Whale Wars is now one of the most-watched programs on the suddenly resurgent Animal Planet. Supervising a reality series from half a world away, where human lives are on the line, is considerably different from trailing a clan of tanned, toned-up, oversexed chowderheads from New Jersey, though.
“I really, really hope cooler heads will prevail,” Liguori told Postmedia News. “You have no idea how much I hope that. In a way, the whole situation is ridiculous. In a better world, none of this should need to happen.”