Cesar Millan Returns to National Geographic to Lead Pawsitive Transformations





Cesar Millan Returns to National Geographic to Lead Pawsitive Transformations in the Highly Anticipated New Series, “Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog”
The all-new 10-part series brings Cesar back when pet owners need him the most, as the world has changed significantly since Cesar made his television debut 16 years ago.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
THE LEADER OF THE PACK IS BACK!

CESAR MILLAN RETURNS TO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TO LEAD PAWSITIVE TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW SERIES, “CESAR MILLAN: BETTER HUMAN BETTER DOG”

Simulcast Back-to-Back Premiere on Friday, July 30, at 9/8c and 10/9c on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD

Episodes Available to Stream on Disney+ Each Wednesday Post-Premiere

(Washington, D.C. – July 14, 2021) Today, National Geographic announced the highly anticipated return of dog behavior expert Cesar Millan with CESAR MILLAN: BETTER HUMAN BETTER DOG premiering on July 30 at 9/8c on National Geographic and simulcast on Nat Geo WILD. The all-new 10-part series brings Cesar back when pet owners need him the most, as the world has changed significantly since Cesar made his television debut 16 years ago. Airing globally in 172 countries and 43 languages, new episodes will air back-to-back on Fridays at 9/8c and 10/9c on National Geographic and encore Sundays at 8/7c and 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD. Episodes will also be available to stream on Disney+ each Wednesday, starting Aug. 4.

As humans face a world never seen before, they have turned to four-legged friends as a way to console, bringing harmony and peace to their homes. In fact, dog adoptions are hitting record highs over the past year, with some cities reporting a 90% rise in adoption rates. However, with great power comes great responsibility, and sometimes more pooches can cause more problems. Many rescue dogs can come from a troubled past resulting in unknown trust issues, which can be difficult for new owners. CESAR MILLAN: BETTER HUMAN BETTER DOG showcases Cesar Millan as he takes on the most challenging cases yet, treating a host of new canine behavioral issues impacted by well-intentioned but impulsive owners.

In the new series, Cesar opens the gates to the famed Dog Psychology Center, his California ranch retreat for dogs. Here he transforms canines – and families – one case at a time, working to make the world a better place. With updated philosophies, new techniques and family support, Cesar tackles some of the most demanding cases of his career.

Transformations include cases like Goliath, a dog that was once so unpredictably aggressive he blocked paramedics from entering his home during a family emergency. He is now a medical companion animal, able to seek assistance when his owner suffers a seizure. Also, follow Insta-famous Ducky the Yorkie as he em’barks’ on a journey with Cesar to gain comfort and composure with his second owner so that the newlyweds can finally pursue their dreams of starting a family. A rottweiler named Kuma is also transformed from an unstable liability to a calm, confident member of a family with five young children. To complement his efforts, Cesar’s own exotic animal ‘paw’sonal assistants pitch in to assist in the rehabilitation process – including llamas, a parrot and a miniature horse – all full-time residents of the Dog Psychology Center.

Episode descriptions and premiere dates are as follows:

“Fit For Service”

Premieres Friday, July 30, at 9/8c; Streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, Aug. 4

Cesar welcomes a broken pack to the ranch and helps the pet parents overcome past trauma so they can move forward united. Getting a little help from DPC trainers, Cesar turns a dangerous pit bull into a well-balanced dog who can provide help in an emergency. The pet parents of a famous Yorkie seek help from Cesar to get his frantic behavior under control before they start a family.

“One Brick at a Time”

Premieres Friday, July 30, at 10/9c; Streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, Aug. 4

Cesar comes to the aid of a 68-year-old recently retired woman, Judy, whose over-excited Australian kelpie, Shadow, has ruined her retirement and has developed a strange fixation with bricks. After several attempts to train and correct both the dog and Judy’s behavior, Cesar is able to transform them both, making for one of the most rewarding transformations in Cesar’s career.

“Canine Quarantine”

Premieres Friday, Aug. 6, at 9/8c; Streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, Aug. 11

Cesar aids a family of first responders with three large and out-of-control dogs, including an aggressive pit bull. With help from his own pack, Cesar teaches the family new techniques to prevent dangerous behavior and get this pack back on track. First-time dog owners of an over-excited bernedoodle with separation anxiety look to Cesar for guidance to bring order to their home.

“Front of the Pack”

Premieres Friday, Aug. 6, at 10/9c; Streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, Aug. 11

Cesar helps a military veteran and his pack get back in order when his German shepherd mix, who helped him through his PTSD, has developed an unhealthy bond with him. And later, a young woman looks to Cesar for help when her dachshund puppy’s dangerous habit of eating trash off the ground has put her in a life-threatening situation.

“Pack Attack”

Premieres Friday, Aug. 13, at 9/8c; Streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, Aug. 18

The Thompson pack is recovering from past trauma at the hands of an abusive ex-husband. Now, the women have suffered another tragedy: coonhound Nyla has become explosively aggressive, accidentally killing one family dog and viciously attacking another. Cesar needs to help the entire Thompson pack heal from past wounds and rehabilitate Nyla before the family is faced with a heartbreaking decision.

“Blind Faith”

Premieres Friday, Aug. 13, at 10/9c; Streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, Aug. 18

Cesar sets out to help a young couple’s cantankerous Chihuahua, whose recent blindness makes him increasingly hostile to be around. And later, a family makes a desperate plea to Cesar to help them rein in their fast-growing and overexcited Belgian Malinois before he becomes too tough to tame.

“Twin Trouble”

Premieres Friday, Aug. 20, at 9/8c; Streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, Aug. 25

Cesar works with a Mexican breed close to his heart when he rehabilitates twin dogs whose over-excited behavior has put their owner at risk of eviction from her apartment building. Later, an actress turns to Cesar for help with an overprotective pint-sized pooch that’s creating too much drama of her own.

“Dogs v. Cats”

Premieres Friday, Aug. 20, at 10/9c; Streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, Aug. 25

Cesar helps a family of seven with their young Rottweiler, who’s grown aggressive and territorial after a burglary at the family home. With help from his own pack, Cesar instructs the pet parents on techniques to exert leadership behavior and reestablish themselves atop the pack. Parents of a young pitsky with an overactive prey drive toward their cats look to Cesar for guidance to bring order and harmony into their home.

“Tail End of Trauma”

Premieres Friday, Aug. 27, at 9/8c; Streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, Sept. 1

Cesar helps a fearful family, which is still holding on to the pain of losing their first dog in a tragic accident, deal with their two-year-old black lab’s similarly aggressive personality. And later, a young 10-year-old girl looks to Cesar for help when her emotional support puppy is causing more chaos than comfort.

“Hijacked Pack”

Premieres Friday, Aug. 27, at 10/9c; Streaming on Disney+ Wednesday, Sept. 1

Cesar sets out to help a young couple’s sensitive Australian cattle dog, whose severe separation anxiety has held hostage the lives of his pet parents for nearly a year. And later, Cesar attempts to calm a blinding Lhasa apso, who lacks basic hygiene and has almost become too hostile for his exhausted owners to provide his needed eye care.

CESAR MILLAN: BETTER HUMAN BETTER DOG is the perfect series for pet owners across America – new and old! Even through troubled times, Cesar constantly overcomes obstacles, instilling faith in disgruntled pet owners. Humans are clearly not the only ones feeling restless with the onset of the dog days of summer. Dogs need help adjusting to the dynamic world we are living in too!

CESAR MILLAN: BETTER HUMAN BETTER DOG is produced by Leepson Bounds Entertainment for National Geographic. Cesar Millan serves as host and executive producer, with special consideration to Cesar’s Way Inc. and support from the Cesar Millan Foundation. For Leepson Bounds, executive producers are David Leepson, Jane Mun, Roger Roddy and Aaron Rice. For National Geographic, executive producer is Breanna Hoepner; senior vice president of unscripted development and production is Janet Han Vissering.

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About National Geographic Partners LLC:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 133 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.



National Geographic to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Groundbreaking Documentary Series





National Geographic to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Groundbreaking Documentary Series “9/11: One Day in America” Beginning Aug. 29 at 9/8c
The first episode, “First Response,” premiered June 11 at the Tribeca Film Festival as an official selection.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TO COMMEMORATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 WITH GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY SERIES 9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA, EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY EMMY(R) AWARD-WINNING 72 FILMS AND EMMY AND ACADEMY AWARD(R)-WINNING PRODUCERS DAN LINDSAY AND T.J. MARTIN (“LA92,” “UNDEFEATED”)

IN OFFICIAL COLLABORATION WITH THE 9/11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM, THE SIX-PART SERIES OFFERS AN IN-DEPTH AND VISCERAL ACCOUNT OF SEPT. 11 USING ARCHIVE AND FIRST-PERSON TESTIMONY FROM FIRST RESPONDERS AND SURVIVORS

9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA Will Air Over Four Consecutive Nights on National Geographic Beginning Aug. 29 at 9/8c With Limited Commercial Interruption; Episodes Available Next Day on Hulu

(WASHINGTON, D.C. / NEW YORK, NY – JULY 1, 2021) – In remembrance of the attacks on Sept. 11 in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania 20 years ago this year, National Geographic will premiere 9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA, a six-part documentary series which chronicles the events of that day – at times minute by minute – through gripping first-person narratives of the first responders and survivors who were there.

9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA is a 9/11 documentary series about the events of that day, produced in official partnership with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. The first episode, “First Response,” premiered June 11 at the Tribeca Film Festival as an official selection. The series is also an official selection of AFI DOCS and Sheffield International Documentary Festival.

Developed and executive produced by Emmy(R) Award-winning 72 Films (“Inside North Korea’s Dynasty”) and Emmy and Academy Award(R)-winning executive producers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin (“LA 92,” “Undefeated”), the visceral and powerful series will air over four consecutive nights on National Geographic beginning Aug. 29 at 9/8c with limited commercial interruption. Episodes will be made available next day on Hulu.

The series spans seven hours, with the first episode of the series reaching feature doc length.

To create this docuseries, the filmmaking team sifted through 951 hours of archival footage – some never seen before – to make an immersive and emotionally charged seven-hour account of that fateful day 20 years ago. It offers a comprehensive and intimate look at how the tragic events of that day impacted so many lives – capturing the heroic acts of selflessness and bravery of strangers saving one another at all costs and revealing the triumph of the human spirit when tested beyond belief.

Over the course of three years, filmmakers interviewed 54 people for a total of 235 hours to tell the comprehensive, chronological story of Sept. 11 – all in the first person.

With a cinematic approach to documentary filmmaking, viewers are immersed in the archive and testimony of those who experienced these events 20 years ago. From the moment when the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and New York Police Department (NYPD) were first called onto the scene of the World Trade Center that September morning to the devastating moments of collision and the chaos that ensued, National Geographic follows the timeline of the day through remarkable archival footage and photographs captured by journalists and bystanders.

The archive includes never-before-seen moments, such as footage taken of the towers from apartments and streets nearby just after the planes hit, the triage area right in front of the towers at the very early stages following impact, and intimate rescue missions during that terrifying day.

“We all remember exactly where we were on Sept. 11, 2001. Amidst the tragedy, chaos and sadness, what we also remember are the incredible feats of heroism, selflessness and humanity on display that day,” said Courteney Monroe, president, National Geographic Content. “With this series, we aim to immortalize these stories and continue National Geographic’s legacy of authentic, powerful storytelling that provides deeper meaning around important historical events.”

Each episode of the series sheds light on the heroism prompted by the events of 9/11, as individuals who risked their lives to save those around them recount their experiences entirely in first person. From first responders to employees in the World Trade Center and good Samaritans watching the events unfold, they share their experiences – some for the first time.

Testimony includes that of the first FDNY chief to arrive at the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, a firefighter who escapes the North Tower just before it collapsed, paramedics first to the scene who recall their devastating encounters of searching for life in the rubble, and bystanders who share their rescue stories after being trapped inside the towers under mountains of concrete.

In addition, we will capture parallel stories – those of individuals inside the buildings who were on the brink of death, alongside the perspectives of their rescuers for whom saving a stranger’s life was all that mattered.

“Our hope with this series was to bring to the forefront the true human experience of 9/11 in a way that would honor both the victims and the survivors of the attacks that day – a series that forgoes the geopolitical implications and instead focuses on the experience of the people that were there,” said executive producers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin. “National Geographic offers unparalleled access in its documentary storytelling, and we couldn’t be more humbled than to partner with our friends at 72 Films, Nat Geo and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for this project.”

David Glover, executive producer and co-founder of 72 Films added, “With such deep access to footage and first-hand stories from those who bravely sat down with us to share their experiences, the series offers hope that through immense difficulty, we can rise above when we work together.”

9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA is produced by 72 Films for National Geographic. Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin and David Glover are executive producers; Joe Bini is story consultant, and Caroline Marsden is series producer for 72 Films. Carolyn Payne is executive producer for National Geographic. The series is directed by Daniel Bogado and edited by Chris Nicholls, Audinga Kucinskaite, Dan Lavender and Sam Bergson. Music is composed by David Schweitzer.

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About National Geographic Partners

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 133 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.



National Geographic Announces Largest “SharkFest” Event





National Geographic Announces Largest “SharkFest” Event Yet Kicking Off Monday, July 5, Across Four Networks and Disney+
Highlights include “Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth” which follows the global movie star as he embarks on a personal mission to investigate how we can live more harmoniously with sharks.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES LARGEST “SHARKFEST” EVENT YET KICKING OFF MONDAY, JULY 5, ACROSS FOUR NETWORKS AND DISNEY+

FAN-FAVORITE SUMMER EVENT SHARKFEST TO SPAN SIX WEEKS WITH 21 HOURS OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AND 60 HOURS OF ENHANCED CONTENT ACROSS FOUR NETWORKS: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, NAT GEO WILD, NAT GEO MUNDO AND DISNEY XD

THE UNDERWATER ACTION CONTINUES WITH THE STREAMING DEBUT OF THE DISNEY+ ORIGINAL FEATURE DOCUMENTARY PLAYING WITH SHARKS, FRIDAY, JULY 23, ON DISNEY+

Disney+ to Also Offer This Season’s New Content Every Friday Beginning July 9 and Debut the Best Programming from Past SHARKFEST Seasons Starting June 25

Entire Event Kicks Off With the Premiere of SHARK BEACH WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH on July 5

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 3, 2021) National Geographic is making a splash this July with the ninth annual SHARKFEST! The must-sea summer event swims onto screens Monday, July 5, with the premiere of the marquee SHARKFEST special SHARK BEACH WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH at 9/8c, preceded by the first episode of WHEN SHARKS ATTACK at 8/7c. SHARK BEACH WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH follows the global movie star as he embarks on a personal mission to investigate how we can live more harmoniously with sharks. The one-hour documentary special from Nutopia (“One Strange Rock”) features shark icon and conservationist Valerie Taylor, who takes Hemsworth for a shark dive to experience firsthand the awe and beauty of nurse sharks, and other preeminent shark experts who are exploring new preventative measures and the latest technology to help stave off shark-human encounters.

With a super-sized six weeks of fin-tastic programming, featuring over 21 hours of new premieres, 60 hours of enhanced content and a treasure trove of archival footage, SHARKFEST continues to highlight the captivating science and stunning cinematic visuals of the apex predators. For the first time ever as its biggest shark celebration, not only will the premium content continue to be available on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo Mundo, but National Geographic will also make select series and specials available post-premiere on Disney XD and Disney+ the following Fridays after linear premiere beginning July 9.

National Geographic’s jaw-dropping originals take viewers up close and personal with one of nature’s most feared and often misunderstood creatures. Other marquee special events include SHARK ATTACK INVESTIGATION: THE PAIGE WINTER STORY, where experts unpack the details of Winter’s attack and the inspirational story of how the teen remains an advocate for sharks, and the action-packed six-part series SHARK ATTACK FILES, which investigates bizarre and fascinating shark behavior. Featuring footage from actual attacks, interactions and behavior captured by both professionals and observant bystanders, every twist and turn leaves viewers sitting on the edge of their seats.

Additional highlights on National Geographic include six new episodes of fin-favorite WHEN SHARKS ATTACK, which takes a look at why there are spikes in shark attacks; find out what happens when two of the deadliest predators face off in CROC THAT ATE JAWS; SHARK GANGS reveals what is behind the shark behavior of hanging out in groups; and ROGUE SHARK? explores a series of shark attacks in Australia.

Disney+ will stream the shark-tastic content for fans to enjoy the programming all over again beginning Friday, July 9. Joining the exciting lineup of SHARKFEST originals heading to the streaming giant is the exclusive premiere of the critically acclaimed underwater exploration feature documentary PLAYING WITH SHARKS from National Geographic Documentary Films. Premiering July 23, the Disney+ Original features renowned shark advocate Valerie Taylor, whose life’s work has become the basis for much of what we know about sharks today. Through remarkable underwater archival footage, along with interviews, the 90-minute film, from twice Emmy(R)-nominated director Sally Aitken, follows this daring ocean explorer’s trajectory from champion spearfisher to passionate shark protector. Disney+ will also debut the best SHARKFEST programming from the previous eight seasons beginning June 25.

Disney XD gets in on the heart-pounding action for the first time beginning July 10. Across the network, 12 hours of shark-filled programming will premiere every Saturday and Sunday at 6/5c through July 25. The Disney XD original EYEWITNESS SHARK: FIN FRENZY, where experts break down amazing shark viral videos and reveal clues to help us understand sharks like never before, debuts July 11 at 7/6c.

Hulu will also stream the extreme shark action by featuring all six previous seasons of the hit show WHEN SHARKS ATTACK, available now throughout all of SHARKFEST. The deep-sea saga employs underwater photography, news archives and testimonials to deep dive into mysterious and deadly shark attacks.

For the past eight years, SHARKFEST has continued to shine a light on the science of sharks, giving audiences a better understanding of the ocean’s top predator while also featuring their true beauty, power and mystery. Putting science first, the annual summer event gives the real facts behind the fascinating predators and works with top scientists and advocates to inform and enlighten viewers. This year’s great-white sized roster sharing their expertise and experiences include:

· Paige Winter – shark attack survivor, SHARK ATTACK INVESTIGATION: THE PAIGE WINTER STORY

· Dr. Mike Heithaus – marine ecologist, SHARK ATTACK INVESTIGATION: THE PAIGE WINTER STORY and CROC THAT ATE JAWS

· Laura Garcia Barcia – environmental biologist, SHARK ATTACK INVESTIGATION: THE PAIGE WINTER STORY

· Melissa Cristina Márquez – marine biologist, SHARK ATTACK FILES

· Carlee Jackson – shark and sea turtle conservationist, SHARK ATTACK FILES

· Alison Towner – marine biologist, SHARK ATTACK FILES

· Sophumelela Qoma – project manager, Oceans Research Foundation, SHARK ATTACK FILES

· Dr. Stephen Kajiura – Florida Atlantic University professor of biological sciences, WHEN SHARKS ATTACK

“The mysteries of the ocean’s most iconic predators are so vast, even with eight years of shark-focused content under our belt, there still remains more to be discovered,” says Janet Vissering, senior vice president of Development and Production, National Geographic Partners. “Like every year, shark scientists and oceanic experts have pulled out all the stops for this year’s SHARKFEST, revealing new discoveries, shocking revelations and bizarre shark behavior never seen before. It’s going to be jaw-some!”

SHARKFEST’s full original programming lineup is below. Dates are subject to change.

WHEN SHARKS ATTACK
National Geographic – Premieres July 5, at 8/7c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 2, at 8/7c
Disney+ – Beginning July 9
The world’s beaches quickly turn deadly in this terror-filled deep-sea saga when sharks descend, shocking the local community and sending scientists reeling. What causes these spikes in activity? And how can they be prevented?

SHARK BEACH WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH
National Geographic – Premieres July 5, at 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 2, at 10/9c
Disney+ – Beginning July 9
Chris Hemsworth is on a mission to uncover the science of shark behavior and discover how humans and sharks can safely coexist. After an increase in local shark attacks along the east coast of Australia, Hemsworth seeks to understand different species of sharks and their behaviors while also exploring new preventative measures and the latest technology to help stave off shark-human encounters. The special from Nutopia (“One Strange Rock”) also features underwater conservationist and legend Valerie Taylor.

ROGUE SHARK?
National Geographic – Premieres July 5, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 11, at 10/9c
Disney+ – Beginning July 9
In October 2018, the remote islands of the Whitsunday in Australia were rocked by a series of shark attacks. Incredibly, all the victims were attacked in the same small patch of ocean, no larger than four football fields. Was a rogue serial killer on the loose? Or was something new drawing sharks and humans into conflict?

ORCA VS. GREAT WHITE
National Geographic – Premieres July 6, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 3, at 10/9c
Disney+ – Beginning July 9
Off the coast of South Africa in 2017, orcas began hunting and killing great white sharks. Now, researchers in New Zealand set out to discover if it could happen again. Diving with several shark populations along New Zealand’s southern coast, they investigate this murder mystery and seek answers to this burning question: have their local orcas developed a taste for great white sharks?

SHARK GANGS
National Geographic – Premieres July 7, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 12, at 8/7c
Disney+ – Beginning July 9
For years sharks have been viewed as solitary predators, but scientists have recently discovered a surprising new behavior. In this special, we reveal how this apex predator likes to hang out in gangs. So what is behind this behavior? Do sharks enjoy a social life, or are they working together to become even more effective hunters?

CROC THAT ATE JAWS
National Geographic – Premieres July 8, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 4, at 10/9c
Disney+ – Beginning July 9
From mysterious severed heads and ambush attacks to mob hunts and stand-offs, what happens when two of the deadliest predators on the planet go head-to-head?

WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS SHARK?
National Geographic – Premieres July 9, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 5, at 10/9c
Disney+ – Beginning July 16
The great white has a reputation for being the scariest in the sea, but Explorer Jacques Cousteau called the oceanic whitetip “The most dangerous of all sharks … ” Two teams of experts dive deep into the world of the oceanic whitetip to reveal what makes this species a top contender for the title of “world’s most dangerous shark.”

SHARK ATTACK FILES
National Geographic – Premieres July 12, at 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 9, at 10/9c
Disney+ – Beginning July 16
This action-packed series is an investigation into bizarre and fascinating shark behavior. Featuring footage from actual attacks, interactions and behavior captured by both professionals and observant bystanders, every twist and turn leaves viewers sitting on the edge of their seats. Scientific experts and investigators dive deeper into the mystery of these unexplained behaviors and come to a stunning revelation that ties these extraordinary events together.

SHARK ATTACK INVESTIGATION: THE PAIGE WINTER STORY
National Geographic – Premieres July 12, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 6, at 10/9c
Disney+ – Beginning July 16
Paige Winter was only 17 years old when she lost a leg and portion of her hand to a shark. Experts unpack the details of Paige’s attack to determine what kind of shark is responsible and what can be done, if anything, to avoid this happening again. Despite all Paige has lived through, this inspirational teen remains an advocate for sharks and, with the guidance of professionals, takes brave steps to overcome her greatest fears.

WORLD’S BIGGEST BULL SHARK?
National Geographic – Premieres July 13, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 10, at 9/8c
Disney+ – Beginning July 16
It was a freak encounter that broke all the records. In 2012, off the coast of Florida, shark scientist Dr. Neil Hammerschlag caught the mother of all bull sharks – it stretched more than 10-feet long and weighed over 1,000 pounds! They named her Big Bull and set her free. Bull sharks in Florida patrol the beaches, terrifyingly close the swimmers, and feast on seasonal migrations of baitfish. Many long thought these sharks were just well-fed, but now some scientists believe that Big Bull is the matriarch of a unique population of giants. There is only one way to find out … and you gotta get close.

KILLER SHARK VS. KILLER WHALE
National Geographic – Premieres July 15,at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD – Encore Presentation Aug. 11, at 9/8c
Disney+ – Beginning Aug. 6
The mystery of orcas attacking great white sharks for their livers leaves scientists baffled. This unusual predatory behavior has been witnessed in three parts of the world: California, South Africa and Australia. But the most shocking outcome is the disappearance of the other sharks after the event. How are they communicating with their kin and getting out of dodge when the killer whales move in?

PLAYING WITH SHARKS
Disney+ – Premieres July 23
A true pioneer in both underwater filmmaking and shark research, Valerie Taylor is a living legend and icon in the underwater world whose life’s work has become the basis for much of what we know about sharks today. Through remarkable underwater archival footage, along with interviews with Valerie herself, PLAYING WITH SHARKS, from National Geographic Documentary Films and twice Emmy(R)-nominated director Sally Aitken, follows this daring ocean explorer’s trajectory from champion spearfisher to passionate shark protector. From the birth of cage diving to “Jaws” hysteria to the dawn of cageless shark diving, Valerie became a trailblazing advocate for the ocean’s most maligned and misunderstood creatures.

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About National Geographic Partners LLC:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 133 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.



Nat Geo WILD Announces Its 2021-2022 Upfront Slate with Six Series Renewals





Nat Geo WILD Announces Its 2021-2022 Upfront Slate with Six Series Renewals
“The Incredible Dr. Pol,” “Critter Fixers: Country Vets,” “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet,” “Heartland Docs, DVM,” “Secrets of the Zoo Columbus” and “Secrets of the Zoo Tampa” are all due back.
[via press release from Nat Geo WILD]
NAT GEO WILD ANNOUNCES ITS 2021-2022 UPFRONT SLATE WITH SIX SERIES RENEWALS:

THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL
CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS
DR. OAKLEY, YUKON VET
HEARTLAND DOCS, DVM
SECRETS OF THE ZOO COLUMBUS
SECRETS OF THE ZOO TAMPA

PLUS EVENT SPECIALS BIG CAT WEEK, VET APPRECIATION WEEK AND VETSGIVING

(WASHINGTON, D.C. / NEW YORK, NY – May 18, 2021) National Geographic Global Television Networks President Courteney Monroe unveiled Nat Geo WILD’s 2021-2022 upfront season, featuring the return of six fan-favorite series and new specials.

As the fastest-growing network for animal lovers of all ages, Nat Geo WILD has been providing diverse and entertaining content for over a decade. In fact, Nat Geo WILD is among the Top 5 most “valuable” and most “high quality” cable networks according to Beta Research.

This year’s upfront slate, released today, includes a brand new season of the longest-running vet show on television, The Incredible Dr. Pol; new seasons of the hit franchise Secrets of the Zoo, featuring Tampa and Columbus locations; and returns of veterinarian favorites Critter Fixers: Country Vets, DR. OAKLEY, YUKON VET and the heartwarming hit Heartland Docs, DVM, spotlighting husband-and-wife Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder, who have been devoted to veterinary medicine for more than 15 years in America’s heartland.

“Over the past year, families have found comfort in and strengthened the bonds with the animals in their lives,” says Monroe. “Nat Geo WILD has always celebrated the human-animal connection and remains the leading destination for programming about animals and the people who love them.”

The slate also includes three highly anticipated themed programming events. Vet Appreciation Week in June 2021 and Vetsgiving in November will celebrate the dedication and heart of the veterinary professionals who call Nat Geo WILD home. In winter 2022, the network sheds light on the lifestyle and livelihood of our planet’s largest felines, celebrating the 11th annual Big Cat Week.

The 2021-2022 Upfront Slate Includes the Following: (Please note: All are working titles and subject to change.)

RETURNING SERIES:

THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL Season 19
Returns Summer 2021 (National Geographic Studios)
In this season of THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL, the doctor and his team tackle a caseload like no other. The action is non-stop as they treat the large and the small, from hustling to save a flailing Arabian horse to caring for a tiny Chihuahua left immobile after a major car accident. A variety of critters, including chinchillas, guinea pigs and geckos, keep the vets busy. The crew’s dedication is far-reaching, from customized house calls to around-the-clock critical care. There’s never a dull week, especially one that includes back-to-back emergency treatment for two dogs from the same home – a lab with a mangled leg on one day followed by life-threatening labor complications just days later for the other dog.

DR. OAKLEY, YUKON VET Season 10
Season Returns Fall 2021 (Lucky Dog Films)
Making house calls in the far reaches of the Great North is a daunting task in the least, considering hundreds of miles may separate the houses. That challenge doesn’t stop Dr. Michelle Oakley from performing her many duties as a veterinarian in one of the most rugged environments on Earth. In addition to running an animal clinic in Haines, Alaska, she makes house calls, sometimes driving for long stretches through desolate wilderness to check on a patient. This series documents how Dr. Oakley juggles being a full-time vet, wife and mom with a sense of humor and devotion.

SECRETS OF THE ZOO: COLUMBUS Season Five
Season Returns Winter 2022 (Remedy Television)
SECRETS OF THE ZOO is back with a fifth season of unprecedented access to one of the nation’s largest and most popular zoos: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Featuring the dramatic, hilarious and heartwarming stories of what it takes to care for the zoo’s 10,000 animals across almost 12,000 acres of facilities, this series takes viewers behind the scenes to witness America’s favorite zoo at work. This fan-favorite shines a light on veterinary care, feeding, live birth and expanding habitats, along with all the wildlife and wild people who work together to make it all happen!

SECRETS OF THE ZOO: TAMPA Season Three
Season Returns Winter 2022 (Remedy Television)
SECRETS OF THE ZOO: TAMPA embraces the wild side of the Sunshine State with a stellar zoo team devoted to an exotic cast of animals, from black bear cubs to otters, panthers to manatees, and more!

HEARTLAND DOCS, DVM Season Four
Season Returns Spring 2022 (Glass Entertainment)
In Hartington, Nebraska, Drs. Ben and Erin Schroeder put thousands upon thousands of miles on their truck as they crisscross America’s Heartland, employing their expertise to treat all creatures great and small. From furry pets at the clinic to herds of cattle by the hundreds, few vets have the skill and heart to take on the unique challenges that come their way every day. Whether they are up against intense summer heat, bitter cold, white-out blizzards or impassable roads, the Schroeders will do whatever is necessary to treat animals in distress, including opening their clinic on the weekends with the help of their sons Chase and Charlie or making farm calls in the middle of the frigid night. The Schroeders’ dedication to their hometown, and the animals that are a part of it, is what makes them invaluable members of their local community.

CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS Season Three
Season Returns Spring 2022 (Hit + Run)
Lifelong friends Drs. Vernard Hodges and Terrence Ferguson are back for another wildly extraordinary new season of their hit series CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS. The docs, who own and operate Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospitals, located 100 miles south of Atlanta, work around the clock with their loving staff to bring heart, soul and a lot of humor to their treatment and care of more than 20,000 patients a year. Between emergency visits to the office and farm calls throughout rural Georgia, this special team constantly encounters unique cases. For the Critter Fixer team, there is no such thing as “normal.”

NEW SPECIALS & STUNTS:

VET APPRECIATION WEEK
Week-long Event, June 2021
Nat Geo WILD is dedicating an entire week to the hardworking professionals who spend their lives improving the health and welfare of animals of all kinds. This programming event celebrates the professionals behind its top veterinary series, including THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL, Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder of HEARTLAND DOCS, DVM, Dr. Hodges and Dr. Ferguson of CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS and DR. OAKLEY, YUKON VET. Vet Appreciation Week uncovers the grueling work, specialized skills and heartfelt dedication it takes to become a veterinary hero.

VETSGIVING
Weekend-long Event from Nov. 25-28, 2021
An annual tradition, Nat Geo WILD celebrates Vetsgiving, starting Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25.

This weekend-long event features the heartwarming network vets, including DR. OAKLEY; YUKON VET; the vet duos of HEARTLAND DOCS, DVM and CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS; the network’s top series, THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL; and the fan-favorite SECRETS OF THE ZOO. Highlighting these seasoned professionals and their empathy, love and devotion, Vetsgiving is the ultimate viewing feast to enjoy with the ones you love.
BIG CAT WEEK
Winter 2022
Partnering with the National Geographic Society’s initiatives to safeguard big cats and their critical habitats, Nat Geo WILD kicks off its 11th Big Cat Week in Winter 2022. Recognizing how big cats are continuing to face big challenges, Nat Geo WILD’s Big Cat Week sheds light on the issues that could trigger many species’ extinction. Headlining the event is the premiere of THE WAY OF THE CHEETAH (WT) from world-renowned big-cat filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers Beverly and Dereck Joubert. Other titles featuring the Jouberts include RELENTLESS ENEMIES, ULTIMATE ENEMIES, EYE OF THE LEOPARD, BIG CAT ODYSSEY, LIVING WITH BIG CATS and ETERNAL ENEMIES.

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About National Geographic Partners

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 133 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.



National Geographic Unveils 2021-2022 Upfront Slate





National Geographic Unveils 2021-2022 Upfront Slate, Highlighted by Incredible Stories of Adventure and Exploration from Best-in-Class Storytellers
Highlights include the debut of “The Hot Zone: Anthrax” during Thanksgiving weekend.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNVEILS 2021-2022 UPFRONT SLATE, HIGHLIGHTED BY INCREDIBLE STORIES OF ADVENTURE AND EXPLORATION FROM BEST-IN-CLASS STORYTELLERS

ANNOUNCEMENTS INCLUDE:

New Blockbuster Natural History Series NATIONAL PARKS, With Garth Brooks As Narrator and Executive Producer

Three-Night Television Event, THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX, Starring Daniel Dae Kim and Tony Goldwyn, to Premiere Thanksgiving Weekend

Tenth Anniversary of Summer Television Event, SHARKFEST

New Seasons of Adventure Series:
GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED,
RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS
TRAFFICKED WITH MARIANA VAN ZELLER and
Emmy(R) Winning LIFE BELOW ZERO

New Unscripted Series
THE ’80s: TOP TEN Hosted by Pop Culture Icon Rob Lowe and
BRAIN GAMES ON THE ROAD Hosted by Chuck Nice

The Return of EXPLORER As a Series of Specials in Partnership With ABC News, Featuring GMA Co-Anchors Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan

(WASHINGTON, D.C. / NEW YORK, NY – May 18, 2021) National Geographic Content President Courteney Monroe unveiled today the latest lineup of premium science, adventure and exploration content scheduled for the network’s 2021-2022 upfront season, going further with groundbreaking, visually spectacular storytelling from the best explorers, photographers and filmmakers in the world. (Additional details forthcoming at the planned press briefing.)

“Unearthing moments of discovery is all about having the right guides, and we work with best in the business: explorers, visionary creatives, and adventurers, in front of and behind the camera,” said Monroe. “Bringing these moments back to you is what National Geographic has always done best – telling bold, best-in-class stories that ignite curiosity and that inspire people to explore and care about our world in new ways.”

Monroe also announced that Garth Brooks will join as narrator and executive producer of the network’s next blockbuster natural history series, NATIONAL PARKS. Brooks will serve as a guide through the magnificent land and awaken the sense of wonder and exploration that unites us all and our presence on this planet. Additionally, National Geographic sets Thanksgiving weekend as the airdate for its limited series THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX, starring Daniel Dae Kim and Tony Goldwyn. The first season of THE HOT ZONE focused on the Ebola outbreak and became the network’s most-watched scripted series ever.

National Geographic’s upfront slate features cultural explorers like Gordon Ramsay, searching for that moment of bliss in GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED; fierce fact-finders like Mariana van Zeller, who go further to challenge what you know of the world in TRAFFICKED; the guru that is Bear Grylls, leading celebrity guests toward moments of pure enlightenment in RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS; and the resilient adventurers in the network’s most Emmy(R)-winning series LIFE BELOW ZERO, who have chosen a different life in favor of the brutal Alaskan wilderness.

With the new series THE ’80s: TOP TEN, National Geographic will go down memory lane with the best of ’80s lists and remind viewers why the aftershocks of that decade are still felt today. With the additional new series BRAIN GAMES ON THE ROAD, we test viewers’ brainpower as our curiosity host Chuck Nice sets up blind dates between science and play in an epic battle of the brains.

With an unrivaled storytelling prowess across its media platforms, National Geographic global channels reach 399 million households in 172 countries and 43 languages. National Geographic is among the most widely distributed television channels in the world and still one of the most read magazines in the world. National Geographic has a staggering 399M social media followers overall and is the No. 1 brand on Instagram with over 242M followers.

National Geographic’s continued commitment to the best storytellers in front of and behind the camera continues to be recognized across the industry. National Geographic was nominated for nine Primetime Emmy Awards in 2020 and won five overall for THE CAVE (Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program), LIFE BELOW ZERO (Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program) and its digital series about COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS (Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation – Juried). Since 2016, National Geographic has won more cinematography Emmy wins (eight) than any other network or streamer. The National Geographic Documentary Films banner, just a few years old, has garnered an Oscar(R) win for FREE SOLO and a 2020 Oscar nomination for THE CAVE.

National Geographic ranks among the Top 10 cable brands according to SRG’s 2021 “Must Keep TV Study.” In addition, National Geographic ranks as the most “distinctive” and most “informative” television network according to Beta Research.

Also setting the network apart in the media landscape is the fact that National Geographic has an unrivaled philanthropic giveback, distributing a portion of its proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society – creating a virtuous cycle of storytelling and philanthropy committed to research, science, conservation and exploration.

The 2021-22 Upfront Slate Includes:

BLOCKBUSTER NATURAL HISTORY SERIES AND EVENTS

NEW SERIES NATIONAL PARKS
Narrated by Garth Brooks (Wildstar Films)
Narrated by Brooks, National Geographic’s new series will turn its state-of-the-art cameras on the country’s homegrown beauty and showcase the grandeur of America’s national parks. Each park offers something unique, from mountain lions on the precipice of the Grand Canyon to the active volcanoes in Hawaii. NATIONAL PARKS will give viewers an up-close and personal feel of the most spectacular vistas and wildlife over 10 spectacular locations across the country. From east to west and north to south, this series will awaken the sense of wonder and exploration in everyone. It’s the land that defined and inspired the American story, revealing to the world the diversity and wonder of the most beautiful continent on Earth. Brooks is also executive producer and for Wildstar Films, executive producer is Dan Rees, supervising producers are Myles Connolly and Ben Wallis.

TENTH ANNUAL SHARKFEST
Renewed for Summer 2022
National Geographic’s 10th annual SHARKFEST takes you up close and personal with one of nature’s most feared – and often misunderstood – predators. The frenzy of SHARKFEST programming is sure to captivate viewers with truth that is stranger than fiction, from the latest developments in shark research and preservation to new ways to predict shark attacks.

NEW SCRIPTED SERIES:

THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX
(Three Night Event Premieres Sunday, Nov. 28)
Six-Part Series Starring Daniel Dae Kim (“Hawaii Five-0,” “Lost,” “The Good Doctor”) and Tony Goldwyn (“King Richard,” “Scandal,” “Lovecraft Country”)
From 20th Television and Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Jordan Sheehan for Scott Free Productions and Executive Producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson
With the world still reeling after the attacks on 9/11, America faces a second wave – the anthrax letters. Targeting journalists and politicians, mail with anthrax powder kills five people and causes panic across the United States. Limited series THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX follows FBI Special Agent Matthew Ryker (Kim) as he tracks down the killer, finding himself ensnared in an unstable web of psychological warfare. Bruce Ivins (Goldwyn) is the brilliant microbiologist who becomes embroiled in the hunt. The six-hour scientific thriller follows last year’s THE HOT ZONE, which was National Geographic’s most-watched scripted series of all time.

NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES:

BRAIN GAMES ON THE ROAD (Magical Elves)
In this half-hour fun-filled series, National Geographic takes fan-favorite BRAIN GAMES out of the studio and on the road, giving average Americans the chance to test their brainpower as they take on friends and family in an epic battle of the brains. In each episode, host Chuck Nice pits two teams of four players against each other in a friendly competition for all ages filled with mind-bending games designed for at-home play – guaranteed to make you smarter. The winning team takes home the coveted BRAIN GAMES trophy and, of course, bragging rights. BRAIN GAMES is executive produced by Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon, James Rowley, and co-executive produced by Lisa Pegnato for Magical Elves.

CALLED TO THE WILD (ITV Entertainment)
Would you trust your best friend with your life? In a brand-new adventure series, top human-dog teams depend on each other to survive and thrive in the wild. Each week three new teams of man or woman and their dogs embark on a 10-day wilderness challenge testing the limits of their survival skills and the strength of their indelible bond. The team that demonstrates the most teamwork, grit and ingenuity at the end of 10 days is declared the winner, proving they have what it takes when they are CALLED TO THE WILD. Produced by ITV America’s ITV Entertainment, CALLED TO THE WILD is based on an original format created by Marshal Bishop Productions. Executive producers are Jordana Hochman, Eric Hoberman and Steve Rankin for ITV Entertainment, as well as Mark Wescott and Duncan Gaudin for Marshal Bishop.

INTO THE UNKNOWN (W.T.) (Previously Announced)
From Academy Award(R)-Winning Executive Producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
This series takes audiences inside the minds of elite adventure athletes through transformative stories of confronting fear, devastating personal loss and Mother Nature at her harshest. Through intimate interviews and self-shot archival footage from surfers, climbers, snowboarders, polar explorers and kayakers, we witness the mental, physical and emotional toll of their high-stakes endeavors. Pioneering elite adventure athletes featured in the series include professional snowboarder Travis Rice and arctic explorer Sarah Landry. INTO THE UNKNOWN is a front-row seat to adventure – and what it takes to adapt when something goes catastrophically wrong. Executive producers are E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Anna Barnes and Pagan Harleman

THE ’80s: TOP TEN (Nutopia)
Pop culture icon Rob Lowe takes viewers down memory lane with six entertaining and thought-provoking top 10 countdowns of 1980s pop culture, as voted by a panel of experts. Revisit the most memorable moments, gadgets, toys, fast foods, commercials and streetwear of this iconic decade, and see which items our panel put at the top of each list. With stories you’ve never heard before from stars who were at the heart of the action, from the launch of MTV and the Apple Macintosh to the tale of Teddy Ruxpin and Wendy’s Super Bar, this series will remind you why the aftershocks of the ’80s are still felt today. THE ’80S: TOP TEN is executive produced by Jane Root, Matt Edmonds, and Nicola Moody for Nutopia. Lowe is also executive producer.

SPECIALS:

EXPLORER
(ABC News and Lincoln Square Productions)
National Geographic’s EXPLORER, a hallmark of Nat Geo storytelling since it first launched in 1985, is set to return this upfront season as a series of specials produced in partnership with ABC News, who will bring familiar faces to the series. GMA co-anchors Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts follow the progress of the expeditions, especially at critical turning points. Earlier this year, EXPLORER embarked on two groundbreaking scientific expeditions – one above the Earth and one below. An elite climbing team guided by Alex Honnold, the professional climber of critically acclaimed feature doc FREE SOLO, will be the first to ascent up 1,000 feet of sheer rock to the top of Tepui, a remote “island in the sky” deep in the Amazon jungle. Their mission is to deliver 80-year-old National Geographic Explorer and biologist Bruce Means in search of undiscovered species. Then in the other expedition, Dr. Bill Stone, one of the most experienced caver in the world, has a lifelong quest to hold the record for going deeper beneath the Earth than any human. Stone will lead an expedition to the bottom of the Cheve Cave, 8,000+ feet underneath Mexico’s Sierra Juarez mountains. EXPLORER will cover timely topics, a featured magazine story and more, further deepening viewers’ understanding of the world through provocative storytelling. For Lincoln Square Productions, Drew Pulley is executive producer, and Jeanmarie Condon is senior executive producer.

RETURNING ADVENTURE SERIES:

GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED
Renewed for Season Four (Studio Ramsay)
Gordon Ramsay laces his boots, grabs his knives and buckles up as he hits the road to embark on more exhilarating adventures, exploring world cultures through food in National Geographic’s GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED. The multiple Michelin-starred chef and Ironman athlete feasts his way around the globe – risking life and limb in daring missions – in pursuit of culinary inspiration and edible excellence. In the most ambitious and far-reaching season yet, Ramsay partakes in culinary customs, learns about delicious delicacies and tastes fresh flavors unique to each region under the guidance of the local experts and food legends he meets along the way. GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED is executive produced by Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Edwards, Jon Kroll and Tom Willis for Studio Ramsay.

LIFE BELOW ZERO, LIFE BELOW ZERO: NEXT GENERATION and PORT PROTECTION, ALASKA
LIFE BELOW ZERO Renewed for Season 15 (BBC Studios)
LBZ: NEXT GENERATION Renewed for Season Two
LBZ: PORT PROTECTION Renewed for Season Four
The common theme in LIFE BELOW ZERO and PORT PROTECTION, ALASKA is people who have left traditional society behind. They have chosen a different life, with varying degrees of danger and challenges, in their remote regions of Alaska. In LIFE BELOW ZERO: NEXT GENERATION, an all-new cast has abandoned contemporary life in favor of freedom in the brutal Alaskan wilderness. They speak to the growing dissatisfaction the current generation has with technology and convenience, which is ubiquitous in modern life. Cameras capture the cast members as they rush to prepare for and survive the frozen months of winter to the spring thaw. Executive Producers are Travis Shakespeare and Joseph Litzinger for BBC Studios.

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS
Renewed for Nat Geo Season Three (Electus, a Propagate Company and The Natural Studios)
Last season, the hit outdoor adventure series RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS found its new home on National Geographic with bigger action and wilder destinations than ever before. World-renowned survivalist Bear Grylls returns for another season, leading a brand-new slate of celebrities into the wildest corners of the planet for epic, life-changing adventures that will challenge their perceived limitations. Each week, a new celebrity guest leaves the luxury of their homes to join Bear for a no-holds-barred journey through some of the most extreme environments in the world. Together, they must rely on bushcraft techniques to survive each dangerous location while pushing through both mental and physical limits to face ambitious obstacles that will make even the bravest shudder. RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS is produced by Electus, a Propagate Company, and The Natural Studios. For Electus and The Natural Studios, Bear Grylls serves as executive producer along with Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, Liz Schulze, Rob Buchta and Delbert Shoopman.

TRAFFICKED WITH MARIANA VAN ZELLER (Previously Announced)
Renewed for Season Two (Muck Media)
Award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller continues her harrowing exploration into the underworld’s most dangerous black markets. Armed with National Geographic’s trademark inside access, each episode follows Mariana as she works her way inside a different black market or global trafficking network – from meth, marijuana and stolen cars to outlaw bikers clubs and Amazon mafias – where she meets the players and learns the business, all in an effort to understand the inner workings of the world’s multitrillion-dollar shadow economy. For Muck Media, executive Producers are Mariana van Zeller, Darren Foster and Jeff Plunkett.

EVENTS/SPECIALS:

BEST OF NGC WEEK
Premieres December 2021
National Geographic ends 2021 with a week of special encore presentations of its wildly popular programming, including GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED, RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS, LIFE BELOW ZERO and more!

EARTH DAY
April 22, 2022
National Geographic celebrates Earth Day by showcasing series and specials, such as the brand’s landmark natural history programming, to engender a deeper love of the Earth that enables fans to see the world like they never have before.

NATIONAL PARKS WEEK
America, get ready for your close-up. National Geographic’s new series will turn its state-of-the-art cameras on the country’s homegrown beauty and showcase the grandeur of America’s national parks. NATIONAL PARKS WEEK will give viewers an up-close and personal feel of the most spectacular vistas and wildlife in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Hawai’i Volcanoes… just to mention a few.

RETURNING FAN-FAVORITE SERIES:

WICKED TUNA and WICKED TUNA: OUTER BANKS
WICKED TUNA Renewed for Season 11 (Pilgrim Media Group)
WICKED TUNA: OUTER BANKS Renewed for Seasons Eight & Nine
National Geographic’s hit series WICKED TUNA is back on the high seas. Follow a group of salty commercial fishermen from the nation’s oldest seaport in Gloucester, Massachusetts, as they earn their living through rod-and-reel fishing in pursuit of the prized bluefin tuna. Later this year, the popular spinoff WICKED TUNA: OUTER BANKS returns. WICKED TUNA: OUTER BANKS follows a southern fleet of top captains battling to catch bluefin in the dangerous waters off the coast of North Carolina. This season, they face the most treacherous weather in the series’ history, and captains must work together to catch the elusive bluefin. WICKED TUNA is executive produced by Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols, and co-executive produced by Lorene Machado for Pilgrim Studios.

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About National Geographic Partners

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between the National Geographic Society and Disney, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 133 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.



National Geographic Documentary Films Partners with Acclaimed Director Dawn Porter





National Geographic Documentary Films Partners with Acclaimed Director Dawn Porter in Search of Justice and Peace 100 Years After the Tulsa Massacre in New Feature Documentary “Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer”
The film will premiere on National Geographic on Friday, June 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
National Geographic Documentary Films Partners With Acclaimed Director Dawn Porter in Search of Justice and Peace 100 Years After the Tulsa Massacre in New Feature Documentary RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER

Award-Winning Journalist DeNeen Brown Chronicles the Investigation of a Mass Grave in Oklahoma, Reporting on the Early 20th Century’s Reign of Racial Terror and Legacy of Violence in the Two-Hour Special To Premiere On National Geographic Friday, June 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and Available To Stream on Hulu the Next Day, Juneteenth, Saturday, June 19

WASHINGTON — National Geographic Documentary Films is partnering with acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (“The Way I See It,” “Good Trouble: John Lewis”) and Trailblazer Studios on a feature documentary that sheds new light on a century-old period of intense racial conflict. RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER comes one hundred years from the two-day Tulsa Massacre in 1921 that led to the murder of hundreds of Black people and leaving thousands homeless and displaced. The film will premiere on National Geographic on Friday, June 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It will also be available to stream on Hulu the next day, Saturday, June 19, commemorating Juneteenth, when the last enslaved Black people in Texas received news of their emancipation, and will air globally in 172 countries and 43 languages.

Award-winning Washington Post journalist and Oklahoma native DeNeen Brown is at the heart of the film, reporting on the search for a mass grave in her native state. Digging into the events that led to one of the worst episodes of racial violence in America’s history, Brown reveals insights into racial-conflict incidents that erupted in the early 20th century. Between 1917 and 1923, when Jim Crow laws were at their height and the Klu Klux Klan was resurging across the nation, scores of Black homes and businesses were razed, and hundreds of Black people were lynched and massacred with impunity.

Brown’s reporting highlights the revived call for justice for victims and survivors. Following a 2018 investigative report, Brown explores the current new anti-racism movement in the context of the Tulsa Massacre and the Red Summer. With access to family members of those killed, city officials, archeologists and historians, the film reveals the decades-long effort by descendants and community members to find the victims’ bodies and unearth truths that have been suppressed for nearly a century. RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER also untangles the role the media played in covering events at the time in order to reveal the full extent of the nation’s buried past.

“I’m interested in following the evidence where it leads while giving a voice to those directly affected by the tragic events in Tulsa and throughout the Red Summer. This is the time to tell this story, which is not only about Black victims but also about Black resistance. There is so much our society is currently reckoning with, but seeking the truth about the damage wrought by unchecked mob violence against the Black community is a starting point. Sadly, the racism motivating the Red Summer has not been eradicated. It is clear, we must acknowledge these wrongs if healing is to begin,” said Dawn Porter.

DeNeen L. Brown added, “In Tulsa, there is an increased urgency to properly honor Black people who were murdered during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Black activists in Tulsa have been working for years to bring national attention to this horrific chapter in U.S. history, in which as many as 300 Black people were killed by white mobs, and the prosperous Black community of Greenwood was destroyed. This year, as the city recognizes the 100th anniversary of the massacre, Tulsa finds itself at a point of inflection to learn from its horrific history and bring justice to survivors and descendants who have been denied true justice for too long.”

Also being covered in a future issue of National Geographic Magazine, the excavation of a possible mass grave in Tulsa will continue early 20th century calls from Black newspapers, which reported on the Red Summer era seeking justice for the dead. The excavation is just one part of the effort to reckon with the past.

National Geographic Documentary Films’ RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER comes on the heels of its highly successful docuseries CITY SO REAL, continuing to shed light on social justice and racial equality in America. The banner’s most recent films, REBUILDING PARADISE, from director Ron Howard, debuted at Sundance 2020, and THE CAVE, from director Feras Fayyad, was nominated for an Academy Award(R) for Best Documentary Feature in 2020. National Geographic Documentary Films previously released the Academy Award-, BAFTA- and seven-time Emmy(R) Award-winning film FREE SOLO; the Sundance Audience Award winner SCIENCE FAIR; Emmy winners LA 92 and JANE, both of which were included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Academy Award in 2017; and duPont Award winner HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS.

RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER is produced by Dawn Porter’s Trilogy Films and Trailblazer Studios in association with National Geographic Studios. Porter serves as producer and director, with DeNeen Brown as contributing reporter and Lauren Capps as story producer. For Trailblazer Studios, Jeff Lanter and Ashleigh Di Tonto are executive producers. For National Geographic, Christine Weber is executive producer, and Courteney Monroe is president, Content.

About National Geographic Documentary Films

National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world premium, feature documentaries that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the very best documentary filmmakers in the world. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 132 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Trilogy Films

Trilogy Films specializes in creating award-winning, feature-length documentaries that elevate important issues and spark necessary conversations. Led by filmmaker Dawn Porter, Trilogy has produced content for some of the globe’s largest content brands and distributors, while earning several of the industry’s highest honors, including a Peabody Award for the 2016 documentary Trapped and Independent Spirit Award nomination for her 2013 film Gideon’s Army. Recent projects include John Lewis: Good Trouble (Magnolia Pictures), about the late Congressman John Lewis and The Way I See It (Focus Features), about photojournalist Pete Souza, who served as Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and as an Official White House photographer for Ronald Reagan. Trilogy Films is currently producing an Apple TV multi-part documentary series with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry that focuses on mental illness and wellbeing.

About Trailblazer Studios

Trailblazer Studios is an Emmy-winning entertainment, production, post and sound facility. Based in Raleigh, N.C., Trailblazer’s nearly 20,000 sq. ft. facility boasts a soundstage, production offices, edit suites, picture finishing, sound mixing and other related services. Most recently, the company announced a first-of-its-kind television endeavor with Reuters to adapt its highly acclaimed, award-winning investigative series The Body Trade. Trailblazer, which delivered nearly 100 hours of original programming in 2020, is currently producing several announced blue-chip, natural-history and premium-documentary series for several networks, including National Geographic, OWN, Discovery and PBS. The company also assists clients with delivering content to HBO, Netflix, Amazon and numerous film festivals, including Sundance, Full Frame and Tribeca.



NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RAISES THE BAR THIS EARTH DAY WITH THE LAUNCH OF PLANET POSSIBLE





NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RAISES THE BAR THIS EARTH DAY WITH THE LAUNCH OF PLANET POSSIBLE, AN INITIATIVE AIMED AT EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO LIVE MORE LIGHTLY ON THE PLANET

Planet Possible Storytelling Will Inform and Encourage Consumers to Build on the Scientific and Environmental Gains of the Past Year Through Content, Products and Experiences Aimed at Enabling People to Discover What They Can Do to Help Preserve Our Home

Earth Day Is Being Celebrated on Multiple Platforms, Including an Earth Day Eve 2021 Virtual Celebration With a Star-Studded Lineup of Environmentally Conscious Musical Artists and the Earth Day Premiere of the Disney+ Original Series ‘Secrets of the Whales’

(WASHINGTON – April 21, 2021) As a global event each year, Earth Day unites more than 1 billion people to take part in what is the largest civic-focused action day in the world. This year, as the world begins to gradually reemerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, National Geographic is launching Planet Possible, a new multiplatform, multiyear initiative aimed at helping consumers build on the scientific and environmental gains of the past year and empower them to live more lightly on the planet.

“This past year has transformed our preexisting notions of what is possible, as we have seen a new vaccine for a previously unknown disease developed and rolled out to the public with unprecedented speed, CO2 emissions plummet and vulnerable wildlife populations show promising signs of recovery. As people around the world have navigated the challenges of the pandemic, millions have sought refuge in the outdoors and reconnected with nature,” said Gary Knell, chairman, National Geographic Partners. “We are excited for Planet Possible to build on this momentum, by inviting consumers to understand the threats to our planet and imagine new possibilities. National Geographic’s unrivaled portfolio of content, products and experiences, as well as the impact work being led by the nonprofit National Geographic Society, sets the stage for this new initiative that will help people explore our world, share its beauty with others, and discover what they can do to help preserve our home.”

Through Planet Possible, National Geographic aims to offer something for every environmentally conscious consumer everywhere, reflecting the brand’s commitment to excite and motivate consumers on Earth Day and beyond.

Coinciding with the Earth Day launch of Planet Possible, the Disney+ original series from National Geographic, “Secrets of the Whales,” premieres on Disney+ on April 22. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer at Large James Cameron and featuring the expertise and skill of National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry, the series takes viewers deep within the epicenter of whale culture to experience the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of whales. The four-part series is narrated by award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver. Following the “Secrets of the Whales” premiere on Earth Day, National Geographic Live, the brand’s speaker series, will be hosting “Behind the Curtain: Secrets of the Whales with Brian Skerry,” a complimentary show at 7 p.m. EDT.

Planet Possible will encompass an array of National Geographic content:

A Planet Possible hub (natgeo.com/planetpossible)that serves as an evergreen home for National Geographic content, including stories that highlight environmental solutions, showcase the work of changemakers across the globe, and empower consumers to lead more sustainable lives.
Weekly Newsletter: For consumers who want fact-based information on the state of the environment, including ways to help, delivered straight to their inboxes, National Geographic’s Planet Possible newsletter features uplifting, solutions-oriented stories, surprising and provocative data, tips and field reports from National Geographic Explorers, photographers and more. Sign up at natgeo.com/planetpossible.
National Geographic Originals: A key part of the Planet Possible initiative will be to showcase National Geographic content, such as the brand’s landmark natural history programming, to engender a deeper love of the Earth that enables fans to see the world like they never have before.
Magazine content: National Geographic’s May issue, The Ocean Issue, is a special single-topic issue showcasing the world’s oceans, with the cover featuring National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry’s bold Secrets of the Whales project. For the first time, the magazine includes applicable tips alongside each feature to empower readers to make small changes in their daily lives and learn how those changes can impact preservation of the planet.
National Geographic Books: Secrets of the Whales, a magnificent book pf photography from award-winning National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry, with a foreword by James Cameron, offers groundbreaking new insight into the lives of the world’s largest mammals, along with their complex societies, and is on sale now.
National Geographic Kids Magazine: The May 2021 issue of Nat Geo Kids magazine is a special oceans-themed issue that shares tips with young readers about how to protect our planet.
Products: For the explorer in all of us. From 100% organic cotton t-shirts from GapKids, a travel journal from Moleskine, STEM kits from Blue Marble and more, every National Geographic product purchase helps support the global nonprofit National Geographic Society in its work to protect and illuminate the world through exploration, research, and education. To learn more, visit natgeo.com/info.
Podcasts: The sixth season of National Geographic’s acclaimed podcast, “Overheard at National Geographic,” has released a bonus episode in celebration of Earth Day. Listeners will hear National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry dive with killer whales and discover that they have unique cultures that aren’t that different from our own. The episode, “The Secret Culture of Killer Whales,” is available now on National Geographic, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts and Castbox.
In addition to the launch of Planet Possible, National Geographic is commemorating Earth Day with a star-studded Earth Day Eve virtual celebration, hosted by travel expert Jessica Nabongo and featuring performances from Angélique Kidjo, AURORA, José González, Maggie Rogers, Rostam, Valerie June, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma and Ziggy Marley, as well as a world premiere new music video from My Morning Jacket. The event will be streamed at NatGeo.com/EarthDayEve and the Nat Geo YouTube channel, and is being followed by a TikTok after-party at 10 p.m. EDT on the brand’s new TikTok account. Filmed largely in nature, the virtual concert will use music to celebrate our Earth and inspire people to preserve our planet.

The brand is also inviting social media users to participate in an uplifting social media campaign, Share Your Spot, which unifies National Geographic’s global community around a shared love of the Earth. The campaign, kicking off on Earth Day, encourages users to share the places that bring them happiness, hope and optimism by submitting pictures using the #ShareYourSpot hashtag and joining them in a global expression of love for the planet.

For over 133 years, National Geographic’s core mission has been to ignite the explorer in everyone through thought-provoking, fact-based storytelling from scientists, explorers, photographers and filmmakers. By helping people better understand the world and their role in it, National Geographic aims to inspire consumers to take the collective action needed to help preserve our planet.

Join the conversation online with #NatGeoEarthDay.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 133 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.



NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC INVITES THE WORLD TO KICK OFF EARTH DAY WITH STAR-STUDDED EARTH DAY EVE CELEBRATION





NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC INVITES THE WORLD TO KICK OFF EARTH DAY WITH STAR-STUDDED EARTH DAY EVE CELEBRATION

FEATURING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO, AURORA, JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ, MAGGIE ROGERS, MY MORNING JACKET, ROSTAM, VALERIE JUNE, WILLIE NELSON, YO-YO MA, ZIGGY MARLEY

The Virtual Celebration Hosted by Travel Expert Jessica Nabongo and Featuring World-Renowned Ethologist and Conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall is Part of Nat Geo’s Goal to Unite and Inspire People to See the Possibilities for the Planet and Urge Action to Save Our Natural World

A TikTok Afterparty Featuring Jayda G. Will Follow

The Celebration Will Lead Up to the Earth Day Premiere of the Disney+ Original Series ‘Secrets of the Whales’

What: This year, National Geographic will offer multiple ways for people to celebrate Earth Day with a lineup of activities that will meet people wherever they are, kicking off with an Earth Day Eve virtual celebration. The lineup of musical artists from places of importance to them around the world and appearances by National Geographic Explorers will take viewers on a virtual journey when it’s needed most. Hosted by travel expert Jessica Nabongo, Nat Geo’s Earth Day Eve 2021 will feature performances from Angélique Kidjo, AURORA, José González, Maggie Rogers, Rostam, Valerie June, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma and Ziggy Marley, as well as a world premiere new music video from My Morning Jacket.

As viewers join in the musical event remotely from around the world, they will be introduced to extraordinary National Geographic Explorers, including world-renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, carnivore ecologist Dr. Rae Wynn Grant, environmental journalist Lillygol Sedaghat and biologist Dr. Lucy Hawkes. A highlight of the event will include National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry, one of the world’s leading marine photographers, as he previews the new four-part Disney+ original series, “Secrets of the Whales,” from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer at Large James Cameron. Narrated by award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver, the series from National Geographic takes viewers deep within the epicenter of whale culture to experience the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of whales. The series will anchor National Geographic’s activities on Earth Day and becomes available on Disney+ at 12 a.m. PDT on April 22.

The event will also include a number of exciting announcements by the brand and be followed by a virtual afterparty on the new National Geographic TikTok account at 10 p.m. EDT. In Nat Geo’s first-ever TikTok Live, viewers will be invited to drop by to hear Jayda G. spin an original set accompanied by stunning visuals from the new Disney+ series, “Earth Moods.” In the meantime, National Geographic has published a newly created Spotify playlist that’s the perfect soundtrack for Earth Month.

“For over 133 years, National Geographic has strived to inspire people to care more deeply for the planet. This Earth Day, we hope to provide that inspiration with a one-of-a-kind celebration that invites audiences everywhere to unite around the power of music,” said National Geographic Chairman Gary Knell. “Our Earth Day Eve event — virtual and accessible to everyone — will showcase environmentally passionate artists from around the world together with some of National Geographic’s most extraordinary Explorers. From AURORA’s forest performance in Bergen, Norway, to Jane Goodall’s greeting from her home in England, the celebration will give us even more of a reason to fall in love with the place we all call home — and empower us to act to protect it.”

Who:

Angélique Kidjo
AURORA
José González
Maggie Rogers
My Morning Jacket
Rostam
Valerie June
Willie Nelson
Yo-Yo Ma
Ziggy Marley
Hosted by Jessica Nabongo, travel writer, entrepreneur and the first documented Black woman to have traveled to every country in the world.

Event art by Cachetejack, whose colorful illustrations and playful style perfectly bring the music of Nat Geo’s Earth Day Eve 2021 to life. Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul of Cachetejack are a Spanish freelance illustration duo working together since 2011 to bring an irreverent and playful style to their work that honors their ancestors.

When: Wednesday, April 21, at 8:30 p.m. EDT

Where: The concert will premiere exclusively on the National Geographic YouTube channel and at NatGeo.com/EarthDayEve. Join the conversation online with #NatGeoEarthDay and share the event trailer here.



National Geographic Documentary Films Acquires “The First Wave”





National Geographic Documentary Films Acquires Academy Award(R)-Nominated and Emmy(R) Award-Winning Director Matthew Heineman’s COVID-19 Verite Feature Doc “The First Wave”
With poignancy and intimacy, the film unflinchingly bears witness to the unseen reality of a hospital overwhelmed by COVID – the emotional and psychological toll on medical professionals, patients fighting for their lives, and their families hoping for them to come home.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY FILMS ACQUIRES ACADEMY AWARD(R)-NOMINATED AND EMMY(R) AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR MATTHEW HEINEMAN’S COVID-19 VÉRITÉ FEATURE DOC “THE FIRST WAVE”

Produced by Participant and Heineman’s Our Time Projects, THE FIRST WAVE Spotlights the Frontline Heroes of the Pandemic With Exclusive Access Inside One of New York’s Hardest-Hit Hospitals

NEON to Release the Film Theatrically Later This Year

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 29, 2021) National Geographic Documentary Films announced today a new feature documentary from Participant and Our Time Projects, to be released theatrically by NEON later this year, directed and produced by Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy(R) Award winner Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land,” “City of Ghosts”) along with producers Jenna Millman and Leslie Norville.

With exclusive access into one of New York City’s hardest-hit hospitals, THE FIRST WAVE spotlights the everyday heroes at the epicenter of COVID-19 as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered. Executive producers include Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann, Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”), Leah Natasha Thomas, Maiken Baird, David Fialkow, Pagan Harleman and Joedan Okun. NEON will release the film in theaters later this year prior to a broadcast premiere on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages worldwide.

A once-in-a-century pandemic has engulfed our world, leaving in its wake a devastating trail of death and despair while also exposing long-standing fault lines in our society and changing the very fabric of our daily lives. The “first wave” of COVID-19 ravaged the city of New York from March through June 2020. Through Heineman’s signature approach of character-driven cinema vérité, THE FIRST WAVE documents those harrowing first four months, embedding with a group of brave healthcare workers at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens as they risked their lives in the epic battle to keep the virus at bay.

With poignancy and intimacy, the film unflinchingly bears witness to the unseen reality of a hospital overwhelmed by COVID – the emotional and psychological toll on medical professionals, patients fighting for their lives, and their families hoping for them to come home. As the COVID-19 crisis intensifies, further exposing the deep inequities of race and class throughout our nation, Heineman weaves together several distinct storylines, revealing layers of complexity both inside and outside the hospital.

“As we battle through the pandemic, we hope Matt’s powerful, deeply humanistic film will serve as a historical record of our collective struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds and also provide some much-needed catharsis as we start to feel a little more hopeful about the future,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president, Global Scripted Content and Documentary Films for National Geographic.

“I feel deeply honored that I had the opportunity to document – through our subjects over four terrifying months – the impact of this pandemic. It has forced us to question everything, the fragility of our lives, and the way we live,” said Heineman. “The film explores every aspect of the human condition – -fear and courage, death and birth, and the inescapable weight of trauma, both the kind that is deeply held and also newly experienced. I hope this film will be a testament to the power of the human spirit when faced with one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered.”

“Matthew Heineman and the incredible filmmaking team behind THE FIRST WAVE have created a vital film of and for our time spotlighting the heroic work of frontline responders and exposing the urgent need for drastic change toward racial and health equity,” said Diane Weyermann, chief content officer for Participant. “We are thrilled to partner again with the teams at National Geographic and NEON in getting this extraordinary film to audiences around the world.”

National Geographic Documentary Films, NEON and Participant present an Our Time Projects Production: THE FIRST WAVE. Directed by Matthew Heineman and produced by Heineman, Jenna Millman and Leslie Norville. Executive produced by Participant Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann, Alex Gibney, Leah Natasha Thomas, Maiken Baird, David Fialkow and Joedan Okun. For National Geographic Documentary Films, executive producers are Carolyn Bernstein and Ryan Harrington.

Heineman is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker known for his sophisticated and immersive style. Heineman recently received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild of America for his narrative debut, “A Private War” – making Heineman and Martin Scorsese the only filmmakers ever nominated for both narrative and documentary DGA Awards. He previously directed the documentary “Cartel Land,” which was nominated for an Academy Award and won three Primetime Emmy Awards and a DGA Award; “City of Ghosts,” for which he won a DGA Award; and the docuseries “The Trade,” which was honored by the International Documentary Association as the Best Episodic Series of 2018. Heineman most recently directed and produced HBO’s “Tiger,” a two-part documentary on the legendary Tiger Woods, and the upcoming Amazon film “The Boy From Medellín,” chronicling the life of global superstar J. Balvin over a pivotal week in his life. Up next, he is set to write and direct “Paradise,” a narrative adaptation of the true events of the 2018 Paradise Fire, to be distributed by Focus Features.

National Geographic Documentary Films has previously released director Ron Howard’s REBUILDING PARADISE; the Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary feature THE CAVE; the Academy Award-, BAFTA- and seven-time Emmy Award-winning film FREE SOLO; the Sundance Audience Award winner SCIENCE FAIR; Emmy winners LA 92 and JANE, both of which were included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Academy Award in 2017; and Dupont Award winner HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS.

Heineman is repped by CAA, Cinetic Media, and Sloss Eckhouse Dasti Haynes LawCo. The deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media, Gabriel Brakin, chief operating officer, and Danice Woodley, senior vice president of business & legal affairs, on behalf of Participant, and Tiffany LeClere, senior vice president business and legal affairs, on behalf of National Geographic Partners.

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About National Geographic Documentary Films

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 133 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About NEON

In just four years, NEON has garnered 12 Academy Award(R) nominations, 5 wins, including Best Picture, and has grossed over $150M at the box office. The company continues to push boundaries and take creative risks on bold cinema such as Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which made history winning four Academy Awards(R), becoming the first non-English-language film to claim Best Picture. The film, which also unanimously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, has amassed over $53M at the domestic box office and broke multiple records including highest per screen average of the year and highest per screen average for a foreign language film of all time. NEON has amassed a library of over 50 films with noteworthy releases including: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s award-winning and record-breaking Honeyland, which is the first non-fiction feature to land Academy Award(R) nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Feature Film in the same year; Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11, 2019’s highest grossing documentary with a worldwide gross of $16M; Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling which surpassed $13M at the box office; and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, which garnered multiple Academy Award(R) nominations, one win for Allison Janney and amassed over $30M in domestic box office. The company has several projects in various stages of development and production, including Pablo Larraín’s Spencer starring Kristen Stewart; Ben Wheatley’s Horror Film In The Earth which recently made its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival; and The Painter and the Thief narrative remake. NEON continues to be an impressive force, with recent acquisitions such as: Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, executive produced by Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; Jamila Wignot’s Ailey; R.J. Cutler’s Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry; Venice’s Grand Jury Prize Winner Michel Franco’s New Order; Gunda directed by Victor Kossakovsky and executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix; Pig, starring Nicolas Cage; Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria with Tilda Swinton; and Robert Machoian’s powerful thriller The Killing of Two Lovers. Recent releases include: Night of the Kings, Philippe Lacôte’s Ivory Coast Oscar Submission; Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades!, Russia’s Academy Award Submission; Apollo 11: Quarantine, the new short film from director/producer Todd Douglas Miller; Francis Lee’s romantic drama Ammonite starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan; Alex’s Gibney’s documentary Totally Under Control; Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor; Justin Simien’s Bad Hair; Max Barbakow’s sought after Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg, which NEON acquired with Hulu; Amy Seimetz’s SXSW critical sensation She Dies Tomorrow; Josephine Decker’s Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss; Matt Wolf’s highly acclaimed Sundance documentary Spaceship Earth; The Painter and the Thief directed by Benjamin Ree; and the critically acclaimed Cannes hit Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes(R) and Independent Spirit Awards. After their successful collaboration on I, Tonya in January 2018, 30WEST (Dan Friedkin’s and Micah Green’s strategic venture) partnered with NEON’s Tom Quinn (Founder & CEO) and Tim League (Co-Founder) to become majority investors in the company.

About Participant

Founded by Jeff Skoll and under the leadership of CEO David Linde, Participant (www.participant.com) combines the power of a good story well told with real world impact and awareness around today’s most vital issues. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing the well over 2 billion consumers compelled to make meaningful content a priority focus. As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, six documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 20 hours of digital short form programming. Participant’s more than 100 films have collectively earned 82 Academy Award(R) nominations and 19 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight and Green Book; Best Documentary Feature for An Inconvenient Truth, The Cove, CITIZENFOUR and American Factory; and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma and A Fantastic Woman. Follow Participant on Twitter (@Participant) and on Facebook and Instagram.

About Our Time Projects

Our Time Projects is a New York-based production company founded in 2009 by Matthew Heineman, an Academy Award(R)-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Heineman recently received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild of America for his narrative debut A PRIVATE WAR – making Heineman and Martin Scorsese the only filmmakers ever nominated for both narrative and documentary DGA Awards. He previously directed the documentary CARTEL LAND, which was nominated for an Academy Award(R) and won three Primetime Emmy(R) Awards and a DGA Award; CITY OF GHOSTS, for which he won a DGA Award; and the docuseries THE TRADE, which was honored by the International Documentary Association as the Best Episodic Series of 2018. Heineman most recently directed and produced HBO’s TIGER, a two-part documentary on the legendary Tiger Woods, and the upcoming Amazon film THE BOY FROM MEDELLIN, chronicling the life of global superstar J. Balvin over a pivotal week in his life. Up next, he is set to write and direct PARADISE, a narrative adaptation of the true events of the 2018 Paradise Fire, to be distributed by Focus Features.



Iconic Marquees Across 20 Music Venues Nationwide Honor the Legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin





Iconic Marquees Across 20 Music Venues Nationwide Honor the Legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin
The campaign is tied to the premiere of “Genius: Aretha” this Sunday, March 21 on National Geographic.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
ICONIC MARQUEES ACROSS 20 MUSIC VENUES NATIONWIDE HONOR THE LEGENDARY QUEEN OF SOUL, ARETHA FRANKLIN

#GeniusAF Marquee Takeover Leads into Premiere of GENIUS: ARETHA; The Highly Anticipated Series, Starring Double Oscar(R) Nominee Cynthia Erivo, Premiering on National Geographic on Sunday, March 21 With Episodes Available Next Day On Hulu

Washington, D.C. – Mar. 19, 2021) — National Geographic’s GENIUS: ARETHA partners with Live Nation for a nationwide marquee takeover to honor the legacy of the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. Twenty marquees will go live beginning Monday, March 15 through Wednesday, March 24.

These marquees will once again place Franklin in her rightful spot as a headliner with “All Hail The Queen #GeniusAF 3.21.21.” During an unprecedented time in history, this GENIUS: ARETHA activation not only spotlights the indisputable Queen of Soul’s legacy, but also uplifts live music venues across the nation. Additionally, as part of this activation National Geographic is making a donation to Crew Nation, a global relief fund launched by Live Nation and powered by nonprofit partner Music Forward Foundation that provides financial support for live music crews impacted by the global pandemic and beyond.

The GENIUS: ARETHA will feature a marquee takeover on the outside of some of the nation’s most iconic venues for ten days. The venues include:

The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI
Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
Irving Plaza, New York, NY
The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
The Met, Philadelphia, PA
Warner Theatre, Washington D.C.
The Fillmore Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD
Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
The Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Louisville Palace, Louisville, KY
The Fillmore New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN
Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MI
House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX
The Aztec Theatre, San Antonio, TX
The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
August Hall, San Francisco, CA

From 20th Television and Imagine Television, this new season of the Emmy award-winning anthology series will premiere on National Geographic with double-stacked episodes across four consecutive nights, beginning on Sunday, March 21, at 9/8c. The premiere episodes will be available the next day on Hulu, culminating in a celebration of Aretha Franklin’s birthday, with all eight episodes available to stream by Thursday, March 25.

Genius is National Geographic’s critically acclaimed anthology series that dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators and their extraordinary achievements with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. This third season will explore Aretha Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world. Franklin was a gospel prodigy, an outspoken civil rights champion and widely considered the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career. Genius: Aretha will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul.

The previously announced cast includes triple threat Tony(R)-, Emmy(R)- and Grammy(R) Award-winning Erivo as Aretha Franklin who will be performing many songs from Franklin’s rich catalogue; the Emmy-winning Courtney B. Vance (“The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) as Aretha’s father, C.L. Franklin; Malcolm Barrett (“Timeless,” “Preacher”) as Ted White, Franklin’s first husband and business manager; David Cross (“Mr. Show,” “Arrested Development”) as legendary music producer Jerry Wexler, who guided Franklin as she developed into a confident singer and commercial success; Patrice Covington (“The Color Purple”, “Ain’t Misbehavin'”) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (“Oklahoma!,” “The Big Sick”) portray Erma and Carolyn Franklin, respectively, as Aretha’s sisters and frequent background singers, who supported and collaborated with their famous sibling; Steven Norfleet (“Watchmen,” “Dynasty”) as older brother Cecil Franklin, who stepped in as Aretha’s manager following her divorce from Ted White; veteran actress Pauletta Washington (“Beloved,” “She’s Gotta Have It”) as Aretha’s nurturing and loving paternal grandmother, Rachel; Omar J. Dorsey (“Queen Sugar”) as James Cleveland; Marque Richardson (“Dear White People”) as King Curtis, Kimberly Hébert Gregory (“Vice Principals”) as Ruth Bowen; and introducing Shaian Jordan as young Aretha Franklin, aka Little Re.