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Producer Chandra daCosta brings 'biggest and baddest' animals to worldwide TV screens
Chandra daCosta loves being a producer. With her years of experience, every time she works on a new project, she feels the same sense of adrenaline that she had on her first day on the job. Her work has been appreciated across the globe, and she has travelled around the world filming different countries and cultures. No matter the project, daCosta is passionate about her work.

"I love the feeling of being able to find good stories and put them on paper, meeting different people and hearing their stories. I love the thrill and high of live to tape filming and I definitely thrive in live to tape settings. It's like, everything has to be done on the fly, and even if it doesn't look like it's going to work out, it always does and that feeling of accomplishment is second to none," she said.

Throughout her career, daCosta has worked on a series of distinguished projects. Television shows like A Wedding and a MurderThe Stanley Show, and more exemplify her talent as a Producer. She is instrumental in putting together projects that are constantly captivated by audiences, and all those who work with her are greatly impressed with her talent.

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Chandra daCosta for 10 years. I have really enjoyed working with her from day one. We have worked on various projects together and always focused on the end goal as a team. Chandra's subtle humor and calmness definitely made the long days fly by. Chandra is very passionate about her professional career and is extremely capable of handling any situation thrown her way. She has proven herself to be a very gifted and talented producer. We started out as colleagues many years ago, but since then have become close dear friends," said Sandy Gibson-Beck, Producer.

One such project that Gibson-Beck worked alongside daCosta was Biggest and Baddest, where Global explorer/Biologist Niall McCann tracks down the largest, fiercest animals in the world to learn more about their behaviour and habitat. His conservation research takes him to the swamps of Venezuela to catch giant anacondas, into the jungles of Nepal to follow fearsome predators like the royal Bengal tiger, and to Australia's Northern Territory to wrestle with deadly saltwater crocodiles. McCann also studies human encounters with abnormally big or dangerous animals in the places he visits.

"The fact that we have a Biologist out there with the film crew added a very unique perspective in telling the stories for the series. I think learning about animals in different countries and how they live in their habitat is fascinating for viewers to see. It's entertaining and informative. Doing research for this series was so interesting. Learning about different animals and trying to find the stories that go with it," said daCosta.

When daCosta worked on Biggest and Baddest, she was part of Gryphon Productions, which has created factual programming for Discovery Channel US, Animal Planet, History Channel, BBC, National Geographic, TLC, PBS and more. Back in the Gryphon office, daCosta supported the crew in the field while they were in the various countries. Being available 24/7 was important in making the crews feel at ease, and daCosta knew how important this was to the show's success. With so much international travel involved, her own travel experience was very helpful when setting up shoot details in the destination countries. 

"It was fascinating to have access to our host who was a wildlife biologist and working with a small crew and team was really nice. It really felt like a family production," she said.

The series aired on Animal Planet Canada and Discovery International, both networks that daCosta has always been a fan of, and she enjoyed creating quality content for them. The Tigers in Nepal episode was nominated for the prestigious Environmental Media Award in 2015.

"I am very proud that this series was such a success. This was a series that everyone in my circle watched. It aired internationally as well and so I had friends from Spain call me and say they watched it and loved it. Nature documentaries are always fascinating, then throw in the animal, it was a favorite amongst my peers," daCosta concluded.

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