Diamond Divers

May 16th, 2012 by gulatis

 

Diamond Divers – Bios

May 16th, 2012 by leungm

CAPTAIN JOHN AYDELOTTE

 Born in Denver, CO, Captain John M. Aydelotte, 64, spent his high school years in Germany, due to his father’s employment as a chief engineer at Boeing.  After graduating high school in Munich, Germany, Captain John relocated to Washington, where he got a seasonal job fixing boats at the marina.  In 1978, he founded his own boatyard, salvage and rescue boat operation, assisting the Coast Guard in helping out vessels in distress.

Now a Master Mariner with 35 years of experience, Captain John is a boat builder, salvage master, mechanic, diver and welder.  His vessel assist water rescue program annually saves countless lives and boats from loss at sea.  His team has received awards from the Boat US, WA State Patrol and the US Coast Guard, and has twice been bestowed the esteem of the Vessel Assist Woody Pollak Memorial Award.

 Several years ago, Captain John caught the treasure fever, diving for treasure in the Caribbean and building equipment for underwater gold mining in Alaska.  His role in this South African adventure is captain of the crew and to operate a diamond mining vessel.   He is going to South Africa for the adventure and to strike it rich, but he also hopes to improve his turbulent relationship with his son, Jason, who will be working as a deck hand and 2nd officer.   Finding diamonds will help support his family and his crew, hopefully allowing him to “keep on fishing until the money’s gone.” 

 Captain John currently resides in Cornet Bay, WA with his wife, Trish.  In his spare time, he enjoys riding his Harley, hunting big game and restoring hot rods and antique cars.  

 

JASON AYDELOTTE

Jason Aydelotte, 34, is Captain John’s son, and by all accounts a younger version of the Captain himself, which often leads to a clashing of too similar temperaments.

Raised in Cornet Bay, WA, Aydelotte grew up learning the family business from his father, who has been grooming him to eventually taking over.  After graduating from Oak Harbor high school in ‘96, Aydelotte went into full training mode, becoming a licensed salvage and rescue diver and professional welder.  He is currently on his way to becoming certified ship captain and frequently helps manage the salvage yard and work alongside his father in his vessel assist water rescue program.  

Working together has always been a source of great tension between Aydelotte and his father, as their stubborn and hot head personalities are more alike than is beneficial for their relationship.  Captain John hopes for his son include taking over the family business, but he is concerned his son is not disciplined enough, fighting him at every turn.  Aydelotte, on the other hand, feels his father is controlling and doesn’t trust him enough to take charge.  Though reluctant at first, Captain John has agreed to let his son come to South Africa to serve as a deckhand and able-bodied seaman.   Aydelotte hopes for success in South Africa to prove himself to his father or get rich enough to get out of the family business. 

Aydelotte currently resides in Anacortes, WA and spends his free time hiking, tinkering with machinery, riding motorcycles, fishing and lazing on the couch.  

The crew is led by Captain John, a big-game hunting, Harley-Davidson riding, hardscrabble, financially-ambitious boat captain.  The other crew members include Jason, the captain’s son and able-bodied seaman, whose hot headed temper is a constant source of tension and infighting with his similarly tempered father; J.R., the master mechanic and ex-Marine who can build anything and serves as the first mate; Marty, the high-energy, mohawked-expert diver who has problems with authority; Sam, Marty’s best friend and fellow expert diver; and Doc, the oldest and wildest member of the group, who will serve as ship medic and cook.       

 

J.R. ALLEN

 J.R. Allen, 50, was born in Springfield, OR, but spent most of his life on Whidbey Island, WA. After graduating from Oak Harbor high school in 1979, Allen joined the Marine Corps, where he studied diesel truck mechanics and graduated at the top of his class.  From there, he spent the next several years working towards getting his Captain’s license, while doing machine work in the shop, fixing autos and boats.  

10 years ago, Allen was involved in a serious accident, crashing his motorcycle into a motor home.  His leg was shattered and he was told he would never walk again.  Severe depression set in and he spent months unable and unmotivated to get off the couch, until Captain John came along and gave him a job restoring boats for him.  To this day, Allen credits him for saving his life, acknowledging that if Captain John hadn’t come along; he wouldn’t be alive, much less walking.  He is now one of the most respected boat mechanics in the entire Northwest. 

On this journey, Allen serves as the first mate and is the “grease monkey” Master Mechanic in crew.  He is a master welder who will work on fixing the machinery, the underwater pumps and any other mechanical problems with the boat.  He’s heading to South Africa primarily because his captain asked him to, but he’s also looking forward to the adventure and the potential riches. With the money, he hopes to finally gain financial independence.

Allen still lives on Whidbey Island, WA and spends his free time hunting, fishing, camping, restoring antique cars and panning for gold. 

 

MARTY HOUSE  

 Born and raised in Forks, WA, Marty House, 28, has always known he was going to become a commercial diver. 

 Growing up, House was shy kid up until he joined his high school football team, after which he became known for his boisterous voice and high energy.  As a child, he watched a fascinating documentary on commercial diving, deciding right then and there he wanted to be a commercial diver.  In order to start saving up for dive school, House began working in a restaurant while he was still in high school.  After graduating from Forks High School, class of ’02, he began logging and continued this for nearly five years.  During this stint, he lived briefly in Bellingham, WA, where he began working a higher paying job in hazardous tree removal.  After several years of saving up, House finally reached his goal and enrolled himself in a Seattle, WA dive school, earning his certification in commercial diving and rescue diving.  It was a journey that took him “from the top of the trees to the bottom of the seas.”     

From there, House moved to Houston, TX, where more work in his field is located.  His first year was a difficult one, as jobs were hard to come by.  During this time, he worked inland, mostly on dams, marinas and lakes, fixing sailboats.  Soon after, he landed a steady job working in the oil field offshore, where he spent 10 consecutive months at sea and excelled quickly. 

House serves as one of the two principle divers on this South African adventure, the other being his best friend Sammy, whom he met in dive school.  He is responsible for ensuring the underwater pumps are working properly at the bottom of the ocean and scouting diamond hot spots.  He and Sammy are the young, fun, troublemakers of the crew, often rebelling against Captain John’s authority.  House hopes to find diamonds so he can use the money to travel and provide for his mother, who is a single parent. 

House currently lives in Houston, TX and enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, sky diving, scuba diving, snowboarding, wake boarding and any other extreme sport in his spare time. 

 

SAM SIMPSON

Sam Simpson, 34, has always had the sea in his blood, coming from a long line of fisherman.  Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Simpson grew up learning the family trade of commercial fishing alongside his four brothers.  Even to this day, three of his siblings are still crab fishermen, including his brother Ryan, who crabbed on the Cornelia Maria on “Deadliest Catch.” 

Simpson moved around quite a bit in his formative years, including a few years in Anacortes, WA.  It was here Simpson learned how to folk dance at the age of 14, later traveling to Croatia to participate in a folk dancing troupe called the Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble.  From Anacortes, he moved to Canby, OR, where he attended Canby High School, class of ’96.  Realizing his natural abilities for dance, Simpson went on to study dance at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, one of the top performing arts colleges in the nation.  After serving an apprenticeship with The Oregon Ballet Theater in Portland, OR and performing at Seattle’s well-known Can Can Cabaret, Simpson realized the financial strain of being a dancer would be too much to bear and decided to move on.  After spending a few years working in construction, he decided to attend dive school.  He’s now a certified commercial diver, welder and rescue diver.  This new line of work took him to Houston, TX, where he has now lived for the past three years. 

Simpson’s main role on this diamond diving adventure is diving, fixing pumps and looking for diamond hot spots.  His welding and carpentry skills have also proven to be highly beneficial on the boat.  He and Marty are the young, fun, troublemakers of the crew, oftentimes clashing with Captain John’s authority.  Though he agreed to go to South Africa for the adventure, finding diamonds would mean some serious cash, and exactly what he needs to get out of debt. 

Simpson currently lives with his girlfriend in Seabrook, TX.  In his spare time he enjoys surfing, barbecuing and building. 

 

WILLIAM “DOC” SLETTEVOLD

Doc, 67, is not only the oldest member of the Washington crew, but the wildest.   Few things eclipse his love of adventure, and his “anything goes” attitude makes any journey an interesting one.     

Born in Bremerton, WA, Doc grew up in Seattle, WA.  He was raised in a family of construction workers and learned the ins and outs of building houses early on.  His family also owned a boat, which prompted Doc to become an adept seaman, even spending some time as a skipper on a landing craft in the service.  Though most of his career was spent in construction, he has also tried his hand in sales and trading; trading cars, boats and hot rods. 

Doc first met Captain John years ago at a local fisherman’s bar.  Though their first meeting almost ended in fisticuffs, they soon became fast friends and have been ever since. Now retired, Doc still helps Captain John here and there when he needs an extra pair of hands.  On this South African adventure, he will serve as the ship’s cook, medic and deckhand.   Doc is more interested in the adventure and facing down sharks then he is in getting rich, but if he were to hit it big, he would buy himself a resort in the Philippines.   

After retiring, Doc bought an apple orchard in eastern Washington, where he spends much of his time.  The rest of his time is split between Quartzsite, AZ and the Philippines.   He enjoys traveling and working on hot rods and boats. 

 

Spike TV Premieres “Diamond Divers” on Wednesday, June 20

May 14th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE DELVES INTO THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA IN SEARCH OF  RICHES UNTOLD IN NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “DIAMOND DIVERS,” PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 AT 10PM ET/PT

 Unscripted Series Follows Courageous Crew of Divers and Sailors on the Hunt for Elusive Diamonds off the Perilous Coast of South Africa

New York, NY – May 14, 2012 – Billions of dollars worth of diamonds lie undiscovered at the bottom of the ocean, waiting to change the lives of those with enough guts and skill to claim them.  Spike TV’s new unscripted original series, “Diamond Divers,” captures the epic journey of the fearless Captain John and his tough nautical crew as they put everything on the line to battle the treacherous seas of South Africa in search of buried diamonds under the sea.  Six one-hour episodes of “Diamond Divers” premiere starting Wednesday, June 20 at 10PM ET/PT on Spike TV.

“Diamond Divers” chronicles the dangerous expedition of this enterprising maritime crew as they trek halfway around the world, from Washington State to the infamous Skeleton Coast off the dangerous coast of South Africa, an area renowned for shipwrecks and legendary storms, to mine for diamonds.  Meeting them in South Africa are two young, hotshot divers from Houston, TX, who will need to adjust to having to report to Captain John.  They will target what is believed to be the original mouth of the Groen River, a coveted spot thought to have an untouched jackpot of diamonds hidden deep in the trenches of the ocean floor.  The crew is contracted by the international company Panda Marine, a diamond mining and exploration company specializing in marine mining.

Battling 50-foot waves in some of the roughest waters on earth with the ever-looming danger of sharks, poachers and unpredictable weather, the crew will literally risk life and limb with every voyage to find treasure.  Fortunately, the experienced captain and crew are well-equipped for the daunting mission.  Cinematically shot, “Diamond Divers” captures the immense danger the men willingly face, knowing their efforts could mean the difference between going home empty-handed or scoring a million dollar payday, and documents the drama that unfolds along the way.

The crew is led by Captain John, a big-game hunting, Harley-Davidson riding, hardscrabble, financially-ambitious boat captain.  The other crew members include Jason, the captain’s son and able-bodied seaman, whose hot-headed temper is a constant source of tension and infighting with his similarly tempered father; J.R., the master mechanic and ex-Marine who can build anything and serves as the first mate; Marty, the high-energy, mohawked-expert diver who has problems with authority; Sam, Marty’s best friend and fellow expert diver; and Doc, the oldest and wildest member of the group, who will serve as ship medic and cook.

Viewers can join in the conversation about “Diamond Divers” by following @SPIKE_TV on Twitter and using #DiamondDivers.  Biographies, photo galleries, sneak peeks of upcoming episodes and more can be found on Spike.com’s dedicated “Diamond Divers” destination, divers.spike.com.  Content will be updated regularly throughout the season, including full episodes, video clips and blog posts.

“Diamond Divers” is created and produced by Studio Lambert (“Undercover Boss” and “The Pitch”) and American Chainsaws Entertainment.  Eli Holzman serves as Executive Producer along with Stephen Lambert, CEO, Studio Lambert; Liz Bronstein, President, The Lizard Trading Company; and Duke Straub, Colt Straub and Royal Malloy of American Chainsaws.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming.  Chris Rantamaki, Vice President of Original Series, serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

About Studio Lambert 

Studio Lambert is a fast-growing independent television production company based in London and Los Angeles.   It specializes in creating and producing entertaining, non-scripted programs for the UK, US and international markets.  It produces programs for a wide range of American and British networks including the Emmy-nominated worldwide hit, “Undercover Boss.” Chief Executive Stephen Lambert is responsible for creating ground-breaking programs in Britain and America, such as “Wife Swap,” “The Secret Millionaire,” “Faking It” and, most recently, “Undercover Boss.”   The US team is led by Eli Holzman, the former head and co-founder of Miramax Television, who created the award-winning hit “Project Runway.” Eli also developed and launched “Beauty & the Geek” and co-created Bravo’s “Work of Art: America’s Next Great Artist.”  Studio Lambert is backed by All3Media, a global group of production companies and an international distribution company.

About American Chainsaws Entertainment

American Chainsaws Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based production company that creates loud, personality-centric, unscripted television. Their partners were responsible for creating and producing Spike TV’s outrageous wrestling series, “Half Pint Brawlers,” Spike TV’s upcoming swamp-rat hunting series, “Rat Bastards” and Food Network’s Italian family feud series, “Family Style,” in addition to creating and selling shows to MTV, BET, Tru TV and G4. They are represented by ICM and financed by Rocodok Inc. 

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Spike TV Press Contact:

Melissa Sugiura           310-407-4729             melissa.sugiura@mtvstaff.com

Risking It All – “Diamond Divers” Premieres Wednesday, June 20 at 10PM

May 7th, 2012 by leungm
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SPIKE ORDERS 10 EPISODES OF NEW, ORIGINAL SERIES “DIAMOND DIVERS”

September 27th, 2011 by gulatis

SPIKE ORDERS 10 EPISODES OF NEW, ORIGINAL SERIES
“DIAMOND DIVERS”

New York, NY – September 27, 2011 – As Spike TV continues to fortify its primetime lineup with distinctive original series, the network announces the pick-up of 10 episodes of the original series, “Diamond Divers,” featuring a crew of rugged divers and sailors from Washington state who head to South Africa in search of incredible fortune under the sea. The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, executive vice president, original series, Spike TV.

“Diamond Divers” is produced by Studio Lambert (“Undercover Boss” and “The Pitch”). Eli Holzman serves as executive producer along with Stephen Lambert, CEO, Studio Lambert; Duke Straub, Colt Straub and Royal Malloy of American Chainsaws; and Liz Bronstein, president, The Lizard Trading Company. Chris Rantamaki, vice president, original series, Spike TV, will oversee the project for the network.

“Diamond Divers” follows an intrepid nautical crew from Washington state that travels to the infamous Skeleton Coast off the dangerous coast of South Africa, renowned for shipwrecks, to mine for diamonds. The enterprising crew is contracted by the international company Panda Marine, a diamond mining and exploration company specializing in marine mining.

Battling some of the roughest waters on earth with looming danger of sharks, poachers, and unpredictable weather, the crew will literally be risking life and limb with every voyage to find treasure. Fortunately, the experienced captain and crew are well-equipped for the daunting mission. Cinematically shot, the show will chronicle all the immense danger the men will face in securing some of the untold riches along with the drama that unfolds between the various crew members.

The crew is led by Captain John, a big-game hunting, Harley-Davidson riding, hardscrabble, financially-ambitious boat captain. The other crew members include the captain’s son, Jason, a master diver with the occasional temper like his father; J.R. The Mechanic, an ex-Marine who can build anything; Marty, the high-energy, mohawked-expert diver who has problems with authority; and Doc, a former Navy medic, who at 59 is the oldest and probably the wildest of the group.

The show goes into production this fall and will air on Spike TV in 2012.

About Spike TV
Spike TV is available in 99.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

About Studio Lambert
Studio Lambert is a fast-growing independent television production company based in London and Los Angeles. It specializes in creating and producing entertaining, non-scripted programs for the UK, US and international markets. It produces programs for a wide range of American and British networks including the Emmy nominated worldwide hit, Undercover Boss. Chief executive Stephen Lambert is responsible for creating ground-breaking programs in Britain and America such as “Wife Swap,” “The Secret Millionaire,” “Faking It” and, most recently, Undercover Boss. The US team is led by Eli Holzman, the former head and co-founder of Miramax Television, who created the award-winning hit “Project Runway.” Eli also developed and launched “Beauty & the Geek” and co-created Bravo’s “Work of Art: America’s Next Great Artist.” Studio Lambert is backed by All3Media, a global group of production companies and an international distribution company.

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Spike TV Press Contacts:
David Schwarz                        212-767-8639                      david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com
Melissa Leung                        310-752-5729                       melissa.leung@mtvstaff.com