He’s a zoologist, animal trainer, lion attack survivor and, above all, made-in-Canada adventurer. Now, Ontario-native Dave Salmoni takes viewers on an EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE as the host of Mark Burnett’s thrilling new extreme adventure reality series, airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 23 on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
Best known for hosting Animal Planet programs like INTO THE PRIDE, Salmoni won the attention of one of television’s most influential producers, Mark Burnett (THE VOICE, SURVIVOR) to land his first role in a major U.S. network television series.
Built for the job, Salmoni’s impressive credentials have equipped him to lead 13 teams of competitors on the biggest adventure of their lives.
Racing against time – and through dangerous, exotic terrain in the Kingdom of Morroco – Salmoni reveals the weakest players each week, awarding the last team standing $150,000 and a new Ford Explorer.
An encore broadcast of EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE airs Sundays on Discovery Channel beginning June 26 at 7 p.m. ET and will also be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.
“Where most survivalists go to test their mental and physical limits, Dave Salmoni goes on vacation,” said Creator and Executive Producer, Mark Burnett. “When I met Dave and we started swapping stories about being out in the wild, I knew he would have no problem feeling at home in the rugged terrain of EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE.”
A trained outdoorsman, Salmoni could often be found behind the scenes of the grueling reality series, helping competitors pitch tents and build fires at camp. His extensive animal training was also put to good use during filming, as he lent his animal expertise to the stage production that was learning to work with wildlife in the middle of the Moroccan desert.
“EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE was an amazing adventure and exciting chapter in my career,” said host Dave Salmoni. “Though my adventure-seeking nature often drove me to want to jump right in and compete in the expeditions alongside the contestants, watching the teams achieve incredible feats, capturing their human drama for viewers at home, and becoming a part of their journey to the finish line was thoroughly rewarding.”
With the Rocky Mountains in their backyard, and mountaineering, climbing and trekking their favourite pastimes, certified mountain guides from Canada’s west coast were among the most sought-after professionals in their field hired to join Mark Burnett’s production team. Whether it’s Jim Orava, 2009 Canadian paragliding champion of Mount-Currie, BC, or Colin Zacharias who rigged for Mark Burnett’s series ECO-CHALLENGE of Vancouver, BC, Canadians helped create, troubleshoot and capture EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE for each of the 13 teams of competitors.
Joining Canadian host Salmoni, are some of the world’s most elite production professionals working hard to make each new stage of the expedition safe, secure – and possible. From mountain safety specialist Paul McSorley, Squamish, BC, and aerial shooter Mark Hyrma, Oakville, ON, to race director Scott Flavelle, Whistler, BC, and expedition specialist Christy Long, Delta, BC, these – along with nearly 20 other Canadian industry experts in the fields of rigging, stage production and safety – set the stage for each of the 10 stunning legs of competition.
Full of high adventure and human drama, the 10-part series from Mark Burnett features 13 teams of three who will do the extraordinary, solving problems and competing in the biggest adventure of their lives. Will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete the expedition? After 10 legs of competition with drama, comedy and great characters, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.
The diverse group of EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE competitors include: brainy beauties THE CALIFORNIA GIRLS, Massachusetts officers THE COPS, southern coyboys THE COUNTRY BOYS, the athletic FAB 3, blood brothers THE FISHERMEN, former NFL all-stars THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS, outdoor specialty store owners GRANDPA’S WARRIORS, free-spirited THE GYPSIES, spicy LATIN PERSUASION, problem-solving MOM’S ARMY, comrades NY FIREMEN, supportive NO LIMITS, and cutthroat sisters TEAM KANSAS.
About Dave Salmoni:
Dave Salmoni wears many hats. He’s an adventurer, a zoologist, a renowned animal trainer and a television host. Born and raised in Sarnia, ON, he now splits his time between Toronto and South Africa, where he follows his passion for the outdoors by hosting and producing wildlife documentaries for his independent production company, Triosphere. Salmoni’s career began 10 years ago, when he embarked on a life-changing adventure to Africa to train captive-bred Bengal tigers how to hunt and survive in the wild. To achieve this, he lived in a tent in the African bush for five years as he combined his trainer and zoology techniques. This process was documented and became Discovery Channel’s LIVING WITH TIGERS. Following this experience, Salmoni’s career has blossomed, taking him to some of the most dangerous places on Earth for his Animal Planet series WORLD’S DEADLIEST TOWNS. He was accepted into a wild pride of African Lions in INTO THE LIONS DEN, then followed that feat by living in a tent in the Namibian bush in order to save a pride of problem lions in INTO THE PRIDE. The quintessential adventurer and not happy when confined to city life, Salmoni is constantly seeking his next exotic journey.