Lakeway techie puts TV production in her sights
Friday, April 5, 2013 |
- COURTESY PHOTO Kim Harrington, Lakeway business owner, will premiere “Hunting Partners” on the Pursuit Channel on Sunday.
Kim Harrington, a Lakeway IT consultant, is strapping her boots on and stepping into the wilderness for her latest endeavor – producing a television show.
Harrington founded Adminatech in 2000 as a way to provide small businesses with IT consultation and accounting services, but she has always been passionate about photography. Harrington had never delved into the world of videography, let alone TV production, until she met Herman Brune.
Brune, also from Texas, has a varied career from semi-pro bronc rider to radio show host. But for most of his life, Brune has served as a professional guide in the wilderness of Wyoming and Montana.
Brune and Harrington met in 2011, where she shared her knack for technology and love of photography with him. Brune enlisted her help with his vision – a hunting and guiding television show.
“He asked would I be interested helping produce a television show, and I said I’d never done it, but it can’t be that hard,” Harrington recalled. “I really had no experience video editing, but I used a computer to teach myself how to do stuff, and I was learning as I went.”
Brune and Harrington found a network, Pursuit Media, that was willing to give them two time slots on Thursdays at 12:30 a.m. and Sundays at 7:30 a.m.
“Hunting Partners” premieres Sunday on the Pursuit Channel.
The show features Brune as the host with a guest each week. He and his guest venture into the wilderness to hunt elk, bighorn sheep and other game.
“It’s a little more involved, educational, about the country and the history and the ideas of what makes different parts of the country special,” Brune said of the show. “People don’t realize the millions of acres we have in Montana, Idaho, Utah set aside as wilderness areas. They’re not promoted a lot because the forest service isn’t looking for a lot of traffic, but the public needs to be aware why they’re set aside. You can’t go in unless you’re on horseback or on foot.”
Brune said the show has a bit of a Western theme – most of the hunting takes place on horseback, and the hunters use little technology.
Harrington believes the concept is unique to the genre, with more human interest to offer viewers.
“We have something that’s different,” she said. “I’ve watched hours of shows; it’s just boring, men whispering. There’s really no scenery. They talk about the animal, and then the show’s over. We feel like we’re doing more of an entertainment show like “Duck Dynasty.” We’ve got good old fashioned values and tips on safety.”
While Brune hosts and writes the show, Harrington does all of the video editing, and the two of them split marketing and video-shooting duties. The pair is entirely self-funded.
Harrington said although she still loves photography, videography is “addicting.”
“I’d really like to have a career in the video field,” she said. “[I’d like to] get an offer from another outdoor show … I love being around wildlife and animals.”
The show currently has seven episodes taped, and Brune hopes that he and Harrington will get enough funds for a second season.
“We’re hoping that by having something interesting and fun on that’s educational and also trying to inject some humor into it, we’ll get the whole spectrum of people who normally watch hunting shows and reach outside and find some younger people,” Brune said. “It’s not just whack ’em and stack ’em; it’s more than that.”
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