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Advisor to the BBC, Channel 5 and other Media Organisations

When TV companies are preparing to make an overseas documentary or reality show, they need an expert ‘on the ground’ for guidance and advice. For many years, Elite Survival’s John Sullivan has been the go-to man for such projects.

John’s remarkable first-hand knowledge of some of the remotest regions of the world makes him the perfect choice for this consultancy role.

John has developed unique networks of in-country contacts – often local tribes. He uses these to advise media groups and expedition leaders on how best to deal with the cultures and natural environments of the countries they plan to explore. In this way, John is ideally placed to ensure the safety of presenters and crew.

John’s aptitude to inhospitable conditions in remote areas uniquely qualifies him for TV ‘groundwork’ and preparation. The BBC hired him to make all in-country arrangements for Last Man Standing and Extreme Dreams. For Channel 5, he executed a similar brief for the programme, Unbreakables. More recently, John prepared all the pre-shoot arrangements in Papua New Guinea for the National Geographic Channel’s documentary, Eating with Cannibals.

John loves nothing more than to pass on his passion for the natural world and for the peoples of the most remote regions of the planet. As an extreme survivalist, he is always looking for that next adventure and is perfectly suited to the role of TV production consultant.


Media / TV work undertaken

  • BBC Last Man Standing Papua New Guinea – 2007
  • BBC Extreme Dreams with Ben Fogle Papua New Guinea – 2007
  • Channel 5 Unbreakables with Benedict Allen Sahara Desert – 2008
  • National Geographic Channel, Eating with Cannibals with Piers Gibbons – 2010
  • Numerous interviews with BBC Radio, speaking about his adventures and survival skills.

To find out more about how Elite Survival can help with the preparations for your documentary or reality show, call us on 01604 415697 or email john@elitesurvivaltraining.com


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