The third and latest in the “Deep Dive” panel series presented by ICG Magazine, which is published by the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600), will delve into the world of unscripted programming spotlighting NBC’s acclaimed competition franchise American Ninja Warrior produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions. The virtual panel will take place on November 12 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM (PST). REGISTER HERE

Under the restrictions of COVID-19 safety protocols, the American Ninja Warrior team faced the greatest challenges of its 12 seasons. ANW’s Local 600 crew typically visits eight cities in a season. But the latest season had them isolated in a “bubble” in St. Louis for several weeks, with social distancing and individual PPE requirements strictly followed – a tough requirement for any show, but particularly so for this action-heavy series.

Heading the panel will be ANW’s Director of Photography/Lighting Designer Adam Biggs, who will be joined by two-time Emmy®-nominated DGA Director Patrick McManus, four-time Emmy®-nominated PGA Executive Producer Kristen Stabile and Local 600 Camera Operator Daniel Whiteneck, who has worked on AMW for nine seasons. ICG Magazine Executive Editor David Geffner will moderate the conversation with the first unscripted broadcast series to safely return to work during the global pandemic.

Upcoming Deep Dive panels will explore the outer limits of VFX for television on Disney+’s The Mandalorian, Season 2, and the challenge of going from stage to screen with Amazon Studios’ upcoming theatrical feature One Night in Miami.
For season 12 of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” which was filmed in St. Louis at the Dome at America’s Center, the top 50 athletes will bring along two people from their communities to compete with them for a total of 150 competitors. The season will feature an abridged format with multiple rounds: Qualifiers (6 obstacle course), Semi-Finals (10 obstacle course) and Finals (10 obstacle course + Power Tower playoff bracket). To determine the winner during the Finals, the top eight ninjas will compete in a playoff bracket where they will race head-to-head on the Power Tower. The winner will earn $100,000.

The series is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed along with Brian Richardson, Anthony Storm and Kristen Stabile.

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A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced over 5,000 hours of award-winning programming, more than 180 shows, for more than 50 networks and platforms, with formats sold to well over 120 territories. In 2011, A. Smith & Co. joined forces with the Tinopolis Group to create a transatlantic television powerhouse. For two decades, A. Smith & Co. has been a global leader in non-fiction television for productions including “Hell’s Kitchen” (FOX), “American Ninja Warrior,” (NBC), “The Titan Games” (NBC), “Mental Samurai” (FOX), “Welcome to Plathville” (TLC), “American Gangster” (BET), “Unsung” (TV One), and more.
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The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents approximately 9,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as directors of photography, camera operators, digital imaging technicians, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, all members of camera crews and publicists. The first cinematographers’ union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn’t until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. ICG’s ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine.