NBC goes on Relic Quest with Bruce Burgess in Israel


While all of Israel was enjoying the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Sukkoth, Biblical Productions was busily preparing the arrival of Bluebook Films from LA. Bruce Burgess and his team arrived in Israel after a challenging shoot in Egypt to continue their worldwide Relic Quest.

Line producer Tom Cline oversaw the production while DP Jacob Pinger and cameraman Eric Purugganan robbed through tunnels and caves with Bruce, the show’s host and creative head. Completed by field producer Robin Acutt, sound recordist John Iskander and NBC security consultant Scott Charnick, the 7 American crew members explored some stunning locations, i.e. the caves of Beit Guvrin, Zedekiah’s Cave, and the Basilique St Anne with its fascinating vaults, cisterns and underground tunnels.

The show’s expert and second explorer were archaeologists Simon Gibson who shared his extensive knowledge with Bruce on various relics and the business of tomb raiders. The production was managed by international producer Sharon Schaveet who was also the main field producer.

Biblical Productions prepared the entire shoot including challenging location permissions, conducted a risk assessment and took care of logistics. We are exceptionally proud to have been part of such an exciting reality documentary series, and we are all eagerly awaiting the show’s start in January 2009 on the Sci-Fi Channel.

For all their future locations across the globe, we are wishing the crew much success and smooth sailing.