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Hollywood Execs Launch Exclusive Dive Club

Several Hollywood film executives have launched an exclusive club for passionate scuba divers.

As Pier Nirandara, Columbia Pictures’ director of development, international content, told The Hollywood Reporter:

“If I can face a shark head-on, Hollywood doesn’t seem so daunting. It’s not as common as, say, people who play golf, but we’re definitely around. Once you’ve dived with someone and all goes well, you have this bond you’re not able to replicate in other situations.”

Morgan Howell, vice president for production and development at Hodson Exports, says:

“I’ve always worked in studio movies where our entire job is to create new worlds for people. My favorite world, literally, is underwater. Diving for me is my comfort and sense of peace. It’s an untapped landscape I love to visit. It’s a really great juxtaposition with the round-the-clock crazy momentum of Hollywood.”

They’ve coined the temporary name “Hollywood Divers” for their group, a name which they’ll probably have to change if they don’t want to be confused with the Hollywood Divers dive shop in Los Angeles.

Check out the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.

(Image credit: Pier Nirandara)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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