Bear Grylls films new "Running Wild" series in Mountain Area

The Madera County Film Commission is pleased to announce they have just finished filming an NBC TV series - "Running Wild With Bear Grylls"

Believe it or not, survival expert/adventurer Bear Grylls and movie star Channing Tatum, of 22 Jump Street, spent last Monday night camped on top of Fresno Dome in the Sierra National Forest just north of Oakhurst.

Filming continued all week in various areas of Madera County as NBC produced one of six celebrity survival series programs; "Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”

Grylls, best known for his Discovery Channel series, Man vs. Wild, is no stranger to Madera County, having spent a few weeks filming here in 2010.

The crew of 40 – 50 and a helicopter stayed in the Oakhurst area, employed some local labor, rented motorhomes, trucks and trailers and provided a huge infusion of money into the local economy.

The NBC series will allow a rarely seen view of celebrities including Tatum, Zac Efron, Ben Stiller and Tom Arnold, NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders and "Today" anchor Tamron Hall.

The celebrities will be partnered one-on-one with Grylls in their own standalone episodes. The wild adventures will include, in addition to the Sierra episode, skydiving into the Catskill Mountains, rappelling down cliffs in Utah and hiking through rough Montana weather.

“Running Wild allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity,” Grylls said in a statement. “Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege.”

The series is set to premiere Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on NBC.

-Madera County Film Commission