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Neither stings nor summer heat can stop this Texas beekeeper from saving wild bees in his new reality show

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Ashley Scott Davison is no stranger to dangerous encounters with wildlife. 

“I got chased by an elephant in Zambia. I got chased by a giraffe in Kenya,” the Austin filmmaker said. “But, I think it’s more demanding to film bees in Texas in the summertime.” 

Davison spent three years working on a National Geographic documentary about population decline among giraffes across Africa, but his latest project is closer to home. “Charlie Bee Company,” a new show airing nationwide on PBS this spring, features New Braunfels beekeeper and removal specialist Charlie Agar as he rescues wild bees from San Antonio to Austin in the sweltering Lone Star sun. 

Through his production company Iniosante Inc., Austin filmmaker Ashley Scott Davison has produced multiple documentaries on giraffes, but filming Texas honeybees brought its own unique set of challenges. Photo courtesy of Iniosante Inc.

Just imagine trying to keep a camera steady underneath the crawl space of a mobile home when it’s 105 degrees outside.   

“We all probably lost 10, 15, 20 pounds just in water weight that summer shooting it,” Davison said. 

Unlike giraffes, bees can get all up in your business, squeezing into the crevices of a big camera or buzzing right into your frame. 

“There’s no eyepiece because you’re wearing a veil over your head. There’s no tripods because you have to be moving all the time,” he said. “We had to make sure the cameras had in-body image stabilization. We had to be really close to these bees to get a sense of what was going on.” 

But for Agar, it was all in good fun. 

“We were having a ball making it,” he said. “I’m having a ball playing with the bees. I think that’s our story, and I hope it comes across in the show”

“Charlie Bee Company” focuses on Agar’s business of the same name, following him as he fields nervous calls for bee removals from inside walls, boats, hot tubs and old oak trees. 

Once Agar rescues the bees, he puts them to work by harvesting and selling their honey. The first step is reintroducing a queen bee to the feral colony. Agar still remembers learning the biology behind that process at a beekeeping presentation. 

“I had no background in it and no interest per se,” he said. “But this presentation was captivating. I’d never thought about how a queen lays 2,000 eggs a day in the high season and can live up to 4 or 5 years. How they requeen, colonize and pass on their genes as a superorganism.” 

Agar also leases bees out to Texans with rural land. Raising bees on their property lets landowners qualify for an agricultural valuation, which can reduce property taxes. The beekeeper places hives on people’s property and manages the insects himself. 

“I always invite the property owners to join me,” Agar said. “Sharing beekeeping is one of the big joys for me, and I’m a bit of a show-off.”

A former journalist, Agar tags along with other bee lovers on the show to explore the different aspects of beekeeping. He visits a local brewery that makes honey ale and gets a look inside Texas A&M’s Honey Bee Lab. 

Agar and Davison both wanted the show to maintain a lighthearted tone, rather than focusing on the “doom and gloom” behind the health of the honeybee. U.S. beekeepers lost about 45.5% of their managed colonies from 2020 to 2021, according to a survey from the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership. Habitat loss, pesticides and unstable weather patterns are all major concerns. 

Agar doesn’t shy away from those truths. He said he lost a lot of hives during the winter storm in Texas, and an extremely wet May resulted in one of the worst honey production years in decades.   

Still, he believes fueling the public’s curiosity and appreciation for the insect opens up conversations. 

“It’s going to make a big impact on how people see their source of food or what they’re supplying at home to pollinators,” Agar said. 

Agar has always considered himself a nature lover, but it wasn’t until he was “dragged” to a honeybee presentation that he became enthralled with the insect. Photo courtesy of Iniosante Inc.

That’s certainly what Davison hopes people walk away with after seeing the program.

“Literally, every third bite of food we have, you can thank a honeybee for,” he said. “I just want them to appreciate this amazing little pollinator.”

“Charlie Bee Company” premiered on KLRU, Austin’s PBS affiliate, in January. It’s set to air on PBS nationwide this spring.


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Ashley Scott Davison is no stranger to dangerous encounters with wildlife. 

“I got chased by an elephant in Zambia. I got chased by a giraffe in Kenya,” the Austin filmmaker said. “But, I think it’s more demanding to film bees in Texas in the summertime.” 

Davison spent three years working on a National Geographic documentary about population decline among giraffes across Africa, but his latest project is closer to home. “Charlie Bee Company,” a new show airing nationwide on PBS this spring, features New Braunfels beekeeper and removal specialist Charlie Agar as he rescues wild bees from San Antonio to Austin in the sweltering Lone Star sun. 

Through his production company Iniosante Inc., Austin filmmaker Ashley Scott Davison has produced multiple documentaries on giraffes, but filming Texas honeybees brought its own unique set of challenges. Photo courtesy of Iniosante Inc.

Just imagine trying to keep a camera steady underneath the crawl space of a mobile home when it’s 105 degrees outside.   

“We all probably lost 10, 15, 20 pounds just in water weight that summer shooting it,” Davison said. 

Unlike giraffes, bees can get all up in your business, squeezing into the crevices of a big camera or buzzing right into your frame. 

“There’s no eyepiece because you’re wearing a veil over your head. There’s no tripods because you have to be moving all the time,” he said. “We had to make sure the cameras had in-body image stabilization. We had to be really close to these bees to get a sense of what was going on.” 

But for Agar, it was all in good fun. 

“We were having a ball making it,” he said. “I’m having a ball playing with the bees. I think that’s our story, and I hope it comes across in the show”

“Charlie Bee Company” focuses on Agar’s business of the same name, following him as he fields nervous calls for bee removals from inside walls, boats, hot tubs and old oak trees. 

Once Agar rescues the bees, he puts them to work by harvesting and selling their honey. The first step is reintroducing a queen bee to the feral colony. Agar still remembers learning the biology behind that process at a beekeeping presentation. 

“I had no background in it and no interest per se,” he said. “But this presentation was captivating. I’d never thought about how a queen lays 2,000 eggs a day in the high season and can live up to 4 or 5 years. How they requeen, colonize and pass on their genes as a superorganism.” 

Agar also leases bees out to Texans with rural land. Raising bees on their property lets landowners qualify for an agricultural valuation, which can reduce property taxes. The beekeeper places hives on people’s property and manages the insects himself. 

“I always invite the property owners to join me,” Agar said. “Sharing beekeeping is one of the big joys for me, and I’m a bit of a show-off.”

A former journalist, Agar tags along with other bee lovers on the show to explore the different aspects of beekeeping. He visits a local brewery that makes honey ale and gets a look inside Texas A&M’s Honey Bee Lab. 

Agar and Davison both wanted the show to maintain a lighthearted tone, rather than focusing on the “doom and gloom” behind the health of the honeybee. U.S. beekeepers lost about 45.5% of their managed colonies from 2020 to 2021, according to a survey from the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership. Habitat loss, pesticides and unstable weather patterns are all major concerns. 

Agar doesn’t shy away from those truths. He said he lost a lot of hives during the winter storm in Texas, and an extremely wet May resulted in one of the worst honey production years in decades.   

Still, he believes fueling the public’s curiosity and appreciation for the insect opens up conversations. 

“It’s going to make a big impact on how people see their source of food or what they’re supplying at home to pollinators,” Agar said. 

Agar has always considered himself a nature lover, but it wasn’t until he was “dragged” to a honeybee presentation that he became enthralled with the insect. Photo courtesy of Iniosante Inc.

That’s certainly what Davison hopes people walk away with after seeing the program.

“Literally, every third bite of food we have, you can thank a honeybee for,” he said. “I just want them to appreciate this amazing little pollinator.”

“Charlie Bee Company” premiered on KLRU, Austin’s PBS affiliate, in January. It’s set to air on PBS nationwide this spring.


Got a tip? Email Miguel Perez at mperez@kera.org. You can follow him on Twitter @quillindie.

Art&Seek is made possible through the generosity of our members. If you find this reporting valuable, consider making a tax-deductible gift today. Thank you.

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Fort Worth’s man about town Tony Green brings good times everywhere he goes

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If you need a lively, crowd-pleasing host for your event, you go to Tony Green. But, the Fort Worth native is more than just the life of the party. He has a growing media presence: an online talk show, a podcast and a local TV segment. He uses all of his varied platforms to champion the city’s cultural scene.

“My main job is to attract people to this great city,” he said during a recent chat at Hotel Dryce.

Standing 6’3″ with impeccable style and a mighty laugh, Green is pretty hard to miss. Ten minutes into our conversation, and he’s already been spotted by a friend.

“I gotta say hello,” he says with a beaming smile on his face as the hotel’s owner Jonathan Morris walks up.

These chance encounters are pretty typical for Green.

“I think it happens literally everywhere he goes when he walks into a room,” Morris said. “He commands it, but at the same time, is always welcome in those spaces.”

From podcast to talk shows, Tony Green uses his charisma to uplift Fort Worth’s cultural community. Photo by Walt Burns, courtesy of Tony Green.

The man Fort Worth Weekly once dubbed the city’s “Coolest Local Celebrity” has never had trouble finding the spotlight. As a kid, Green would squeeze theater rehearsals in between high school football practice.

“My first role? Oh my god, it was My Fair Lady, and I was Mr. Higgins who is like the professor sidekick,” Green said.

The stage might have ignited his penchant for entertainment, but it was his reputation as a bartender that connected him to the who’s who in Fort Worth.

“I was always trying to make sure people were having a great experience,” he said. “That transitioned over to me being offered hosting gigs. That’s all the things I do. I could host, sing and throw a party. So, we’re going to do that.”

Green could’ve taken that charisma elsewhere, but after stints in New York and Dallas, he came back home.

“Fort Worth was like this place that was just like growing so much and the culture was just really expanding,” he said. “Then, they latched on to me too. So, it was a mutual understanding. This is best for all parties involved.”

The city agreed. NBC 5 nabbed him for a lifestyle segment on “Texas Today,” and in 2019, he launched his own online talk show.

A big crowd gathered at Shipping & Receiving Bar for the live pilot episode of “Hello, I’m Tony Green.” He says the bar’s co-owner Eddie Vanston pitched him the idea.

“I really think that we did it for the city,” Green said. “It was like a night out on the town. You can come to a live taping of a talk show. Nobody has a party like that that we’ve seen an example of locally.”

Shipping & Receiving has since shut down, but there’s no shortage of backdrops in Fort Worth for Green. He teamed up with the Modern for a holiday show with a wild, over-the-top entrance. Clad in red velvet, he rode in on a small pontoon boat floating on the water surrounding the art museum.

“It was really cool for all of us to have that experience together, the production team and just my friends,” he said. “My mom got to come to that one. She got to see, I think two shows before she had passed. That one was really important to me.”

And his brand keeps growing. Last year, Green launched a podcast with his friend Henry Abuto, who owns the local catering company byWasonga. The pair covers local art, culture, politics, business and more. Like his TV projects, Green says “On The Same Page” is another way to tell Fort Worth’s story.

“We just get in there and start talking and it just works,” he said. “That is it. It’s still about the city a lot of times, but we try to always speak in a way that gives you, like this story about a place that you don’t know.”

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His focus on Fort Worth has made him a unifier of sorts. Artists, business owners, journalists, musicians, drag queens, bartenders, everyone has a seat when Tony Green hosts the show. It’s his charm and that infectious laugh that makes us tune in.

“You don’t really turn it off, and I love that Fort Worth has attracted itself to it. I love using it for the city,” he said.

Whatever Green does next, the culture in Cowtown is better for it.


Got a tip? Email Miguel Perez at mperez@kera.org. You can follow him on Twitter @quillindie.

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If you need a lively, crowd-pleasing host for your event, you go to Tony Green. But, the Fort Worth native is more than just the life of the party. He has a growing media presence: an online talk show, a podcast and a local TV segment. He uses all of his varied platforms to champion the city’s cultural scene.

“My main job is to attract people to this great city,” he said during a recent chat at Hotel Dryce.

Standing 6’3″ with impeccable style and a mighty laugh, Green is pretty hard to miss. Ten minutes into our conversation, and he’s already been spotted by a friend.

“I gotta say hello,” he says with a beaming smile on his face as the hotel’s owner Jonathan Morris walks up.

These chance encounters are pretty typical for Green.

“I think it happens literally everywhere he goes when he walks into a room,” Morris said. “He commands it, but at the same time, is always welcome in those spaces.”

From podcast to talk shows, Tony Green uses his charisma to uplift Fort Worth’s cultural community. Photo by Walt Burns, courtesy of Tony Green.

The man Fort Worth Weekly once dubbed the city’s “Coolest Local Celebrity” has never had trouble finding the spotlight. As a kid, Green would squeeze theater rehearsals in between high school football practice.

“My first role? Oh my god, it was My Fair Lady, and I was Mr. Higgins who is like the professor sidekick,” Green said.

The stage might have ignited his penchant for entertainment, but it was his reputation as a bartender that connected him to the who’s who in Fort Worth.

“I was always trying to make sure people were having a great experience,” he said. “That transitioned over to me being offered hosting gigs. That’s all the things I do. I could host, sing and throw a party. So, we’re going to do that.”

Green could’ve taken that charisma elsewhere, but after stints in New York and Dallas, he came back home.

“Fort Worth was like this place that was just like growing so much and the culture was just really expanding,” he said. “Then, they latched on to me too. So, it was a mutual understanding. This is best for all parties involved.”

The city agreed. NBC 5 nabbed him for a lifestyle segment on “Texas Today,” and in 2019, he launched his own online talk show.

A big crowd gathered at Shipping & Receiving Bar for the live pilot episode of “Hello, I’m Tony Green.” He says the bar’s co-owner Eddie Vanston pitched him the idea.

“I really think that we did it for the city,” Green said. “It was like a night out on the town. You can come to a live taping of a talk show. Nobody has a party like that that we’ve seen an example of locally.”

Shipping & Receiving has since shut down, but there’s no shortage of backdrops in Fort Worth for Green. He teamed up with the Modern for a holiday show with a wild, over-the-top entrance. Clad in red velvet, he rode in on a small pontoon boat floating on the water surrounding the art museum.

“It was really cool for all of us to have that experience together, the production team and just my friends,” he said. “My mom got to come to that one. She got to see, I think two shows before she had passed. That one was really important to me.”

And his brand keeps growing. Last year, Green launched a podcast with his friend Henry Abuto, who owns the local catering company byWasonga. The pair covers local art, culture, politics, business and more. Like his TV projects, Green says “On The Same Page” is another way to tell Fort Worth’s story.

“We just get in there and start talking and it just works,” he said. “That is it. It’s still about the city a lot of times, but we try to always speak in a way that gives you, like this story about a place that you don’t know.”

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His focus on Fort Worth has made him a unifier of sorts. Artists, business owners, journalists, musicians, drag queens, bartenders, everyone has a seat when Tony Green hosts the show. It’s his charm and that infectious laugh that makes us tune in.

“You don’t really turn it off, and I love that Fort Worth has attracted itself to it. I love using it for the city,” he said.

Whatever Green does next, the culture in Cowtown is better for it.


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