Go Down Memory Lane With Host Rob Lowe in New National Geographic Six-Part Countdown Series





Go Down Memory Lane With Host Rob Lowe in New National Geographic Six-Part Countdown Series, “The ’80s: Top Ten,” Premiering New Year’s Day at 9pm EST/PST
On Friday, December 31, all episodes of the series will be available to stream exclusively for Disney+ subscribers.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
Go Down Memory Lane With Host Rob Lowe in New National Geographic Six-Part Countdown Series, THE ’80s: TOP TEN, Premiering New Year’s Day at 9pm EST/PST

Disney+ Subscribers Get Early Access to Entire Series Streaming Friday, December 31

Executive Producer Rob Lowe and the Emmy Award(R)-Winning Team at Nutopia, Bring the Best of ’80s Lists That Remind Viewers Why the Aftershocks of That Decade Are Still Felt Today

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec. 10, 2021) Get a blast from the past with National Geographic’s new unscripted series, THE ’80s: TOP TEN with Rob Lowe, on Saturday, Jan. 1, at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. On Friday, December 31, all episodes of the series will be available to stream exclusively for Disney+ subscribers. The series, produced by Lowe and the Emmy Award-winning team at Nutopia, will feature pop culture icon Lowe as he takes viewers down memory lane with six fun and nostalgic top 10 countdowns of the 1980s. The countdowns were decided by a panel of experts, including author and financial educator Alvin Hall, pop culture biographer Brian Jay Jones, pop culture critic and author Jen Chaney, TV host Katie Puckrik, music professor Jason King, senior editor of Adweek and author Robert Klara, chef and TV host Carla Hall and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Lowe revisits the most memorable moments, gadgets, toys, fast foods, commercials and streetwear of this iconic decade to see which items our panel of experts put at the top of each list. From the launch of MTV and the Apple Macintosh to the tale of Teddy Ruxpin and Wendy’s Super Bar, go back in time with new interviews with iconic stars and industry mavens; including Ridley Scott, Tony Hawk, Amber Riley, Kevin Smith, Joan Collins, Tiffani Thiessen and Meat Loaf; as they take viewers to the heart of the ’80s action. Get firsthand insight and hear little-known stories on iconic ’80s moments and fixtures like why Apple’s iconic “1984” commercial nearly didn’t air, the Cabbage Patch Kids craze, how there was a secret second wedding dress made for Princess Diana and more. THE ’80s: TOP TEN will remind you why the aftershocks of the ’80s are still felt today. –

Episodes include the following:

Watercooler Moments:

Jan. 1 at 9/8c

Rob Lowe relives the most memorable watercooler moments of the ’80s. From Charles and Diana’s wedding, the mystery of who shot J.R. and Queen’s iconic Live Aid performance to the desperate fight to save Baby Jessica and Madonna’s unabashed performance at MTV’s first “VMAs,” Rob reveals the stories behind the events that defined the era.

Streetwear:

Jan. 1 at 10/9c

Rob Lowe looks back at the greatest streetwear fashions of the ’80s, revealing the inside stories behind Air Jordans, Ray-Bans, shoulder pads, Vans sneakers, Spandex, the “Miami Vice” look and other styles that exploded during the decade.

Fast Food:

Jan. 2 at 9/8c

Rob Lowe reveals the fascinating stories behind the creation of the top 10 fast foods of the 1980s. Learn how the sizzling success of the Hot Pocket relied on cutting-edge ’80s technology, why Domino’s 30-minute guarantee was a risky gamble, and how the McDonald’s Happy Meal got its start.

Commercials:

Jan. 2 at 10/9c

Rob Lowe runs through the 10 greatest commercials of the ’80s as he explores how the global marketing success of MTV owes a nod to one great idea from 1956, learns why Apple’s iconic “1984” ad nearly didn’t make it to air, and uncovers the origin of one of the most famous slogans ever, Nike’s “Just Do It.”

Gadgets:

Jan. 3 at 9/8c

Rob Lowe explores the 10 best gadgets of the ’80s, including iconic inventions like the Apple Macintosh, Sony Walkman, Nintendo Gameboy, mobile phone and camcorder and how they helped shape the trajectory of the modern world.

Toys:

Jan. 3 at 10/9c

Rob Lowe counts down the top 10 toys of the 1980s, revealing the surprising origin stories behind He-Man, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cabbage Patch Kids and more. Inventors, insiders and consumers explore why toys like the Rubik’s Cube and Transformers are still a big part of life today, while others, like Teddy Ruxpin and Care Bears, stayed in the ’80s.

THE ’80S: TOP TEN is executive produced by Jane Root, Matt Edmonds, Nicola Moody and Sara Brailsford for Nutopia. Lowe is also executive producer.

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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.

About Nutopia:

Nutopia is known for creating award-winning, factual series on a global scale, and a new genre of television, the “mega-doc,” which combines epic cinematography with action-driven drama or high-end documentary and A-list talent. The company, which was founded in 2008 by Jane Root, former President of Discovery Channel US and Controller of BBC2, and co-founder of Wall to Wall TV, has become synonymous with creating high-quality, notable content for buyers that include Netflix, Disney+, CNN, National Geographic, BBC, PBS, HBO Max, and A+E Networks. Recent projects include “Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth” for Disney+ and Nat Geo’s Shark Fest; “Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer” for PBS; “A World of Calm” for HBO Max, “Babies” for Netflix, and Emmy Award-nominated “The World According to Jeff Goldblum.” Nutopia also produced the much-honored National Geographic series “One Strange Rock” Emmy Award-winning series “How We Got to Now” and “America: The Story of US.” Upcoming projects include “Limitless,” with Chris Hemsworth, and “Welcome to Earth” with Will Smith for Disney+.



National Geographic Sets Premiere Date for New Unscripted Series “Called to the Wild”





National Geographic Sets Premiere Date for New Unscripted Series “Called to the Wild”
The new series premieres Tuesday, December 7 at 10:00/9:00c.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SETS PREMIERE DATE FOR NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES “CALLED TO THE WILD”

Human and dog teams test their indelible bond by embarking on a survival challenge in the remote Maine wilderness. These men and women must rely on their skills, instincts – and their dogs – to build shelter, scent food, ward off predators and battle the elements. The team that not only survives but thrives after 10 days will be declared the winner, as they are CALLED TO THE WILD.

Dog Gone

As winter approaches, three teams of human and dog pairs will venture into the remote wilderness of Maine on a journey of a lifetime. They will work together to survive off the land for 10 blistering days. An Iditarod racing team, a rescue dog and his trainer, and a survivalist with her 8-month-old Lab take on the ultimate challenge when they are CALLED TO THE WILD.

Bred for Survival

Three survivalists embark on a journey with their canine companions into the Maine wilderness. A survival instructor, a cancer survivor and a seasoned fisherman will need to rely on their trusted dogs to find water, secure food and build shelter during a 10-day challenge. The human/dog packs will work together in order to prove they are CALLED TO THE WILD.

Fish or Famine

A search and rescue specialist, an outdoor survival instructor and a wilderness enthusiast, along with their aging dogs, encounter harrowing conditions in a brutal survival challenge. As Maine temperatures plummet and winter approaches, can these rugged survivalists work with their canine companions to endure 10 days in the wilderness?

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

A homesteader and her 12-year-old terrier, a primitive skills enthusiast and his German shepherd, and a mountaineer with his golden doodle head into the remote wilderness of Maine. For 10 days, the teams will rely on one another for shelter, fire and food. They will need to overcome extreme conditions, predators and even injuries to survive the challenge.

Battle Buddies

As winter settles upon Maine’s wilderness, three human and dog teams rely on one another’s strengths to make fire, find food, build shelter and face mental and physical battles. A decorated military veteran and his loyal service dog, a rock climber and her climbing pup, and an attorney and his hunting dog set out on a 10-day challenge to see if they have been CALLED TO THE WILD.

Gimme Shelter

Under the relentless battering of northern Maine’s winter weather, a professional dog trainer and her eager border collie, an established veterinarian and his young labradoodle, and a civil engineer with his playful Labrador, set out on a grueling survival challenge. The teams will have to rely on each other as humans and dogs did thousands of years ago when they are each CALLED TO THE WILD.



Video: National Geographic Unveils the Trailer for Scientific Thriller “The Hot Zone: Anthrax”





Video: National Geographic Unveils the Trailer for Scientific Thriller “The Hot Zone: Anthrax,” Featuring Co-Stars Daniel Dae Kim and Tony Goldwyn
The episodic anthology series will premiere during a three-night event over Thanksgiving weekend, beginning Sunday, November 28 on National Geographic and will stream on Hulu.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
THE HEADLINES YOU REMEMBER, THE ENDING YOU DON’T. JUST WEEKS AFTER 9/11, TERROR STRUCK A SECOND TIME.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNVEILS THE TRAILER FOR SCIENTIFIC THRILLER “THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX,” FEATURING CO-STARS DANIEL DAE KIM AND TONY GOLDWYN

Inspired By True Events, From 20th Television and Scott Free Productions, the Six-Episode Limited Series Will Focus on the Anthrax Attacks of 2001

Three-Night Event Premiere Begins on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 9/8c on National Geographic and Will Stream on Hulu

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 21, 2021) In the wake of 9/11 and on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the deadly attacks, National Geographic revealed today the series trailer for the scientific thriller, THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX. The episodic anthology series, starring Tony Goldwyn and Daniel Dae Kim, will premiere during a three-night event over Thanksgiving weekend, beginning Sunday, Nov. 28, at 9/8c on National Geographic and will stream on Hulu. The first installment of THE HOT ZONE episodic anthology series, featuring Julianna Margulies, focused on an Ebola outbreak and became the network’s most-watched scripted series ever.

In a timely limited series that depicts the plight and eventual triumph over a national threat, THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX takes place in 2001, when the United States was rocked by another deadly act of terrorism. Letters containing anthrax were sent to unsuspecting victims in Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. The anonymous assault claimed five lives and caused panic throughout the U.S. Despite many false leads, a team of FBI agents and scientists slowly closed in on a shocking prime suspect.

While many of us can remember the breaking news headlines and widespread fear that arose during the anthrax attacks, there are many layers to this chilling and unbelievable crime story that have not yet been told.

THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX, inspired by true events, follows parallel stories of Matthew Ryker (Kim) and Dr. Bruce Ivins (Goldwyn). Ryker, an FBI agent with a specialty in microbiology, risks his career to convince his superiors of the unthinkable just three weeks after the 9/11 attacks: The United States is under attack again. Ivins, a brilliant microbiologist who becomes embroiled in the hunt to find the 2001 anthrax killer, works closely with the FBI to uncover who is behind the deadly anthrax letters, while his growing instability and paranoia give way to deeper unnerving discoveries.

The cast also includes FBI Special Agent Dani Toretti (Dawn Olivieri), who is tough enough to maneuver through the boys club in the bureau and is among the first agents on the ground at the 2001 Capitol Hill anthrax attack; bureau newbie agent Chris Moore (Ian Colletti), a graduate of Quantico and eager to learn under a seasoned agent; high-ranking FBI lifer Ed Copak (Dylan Baker), who feels the weight of responsibility to get justice for a wounded nation after the recent events of 9/11; FBI agent Eric Sykes (Morgan Kelly), a cocky agent who delights in mocking Ryker for his hunt for “elusive bio-weapons”; Sheila Willis (Denyce Lawton), a pharmaceutical lobbyist dating Ryker but rethinking her priorities after 9/11; Dr. Simon Kurz (Carlos Gonzalez-Vio), a USAMRIID colleague of Ivins who finds himself out of his depth when suspicion among scientists starts to bubble up in the tight quarters of the biosafety level 4 labs; Jody Hall (Vanessa Matsui), a diligent USAMRIID scientist seen as a confidante by many with a wary eye on the political and personal agendas of those around her; Mayor Rudy Giuliani (Enrico Colantoni), who emerges as a bold advocate for the citizens of New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and respected journalist and NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw (Harry Hamlin), the steady and trusted voice of reason for a post 9/11 nation.

For THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson serve as executive producers and showrunners. Scott Free Production’s Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker are executive producers, with Jordan Sheehan also serving as executive producer. Lynda Obst and Daniel Percival are also executive producers. Richard Preston is a co-executive producer on the series. The series is produced by 20th Television and Scott Free Productions.

For more information on THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX, visit our press room at www.natgeotvpressroom.com and follow @NatGeoPR on Twitter.



National Geographic Documentary Films and Greenwich Entertainment to Release “The Rescue”





National Geographic Documentary Films and Greenwich Entertainment to Release “The Rescue,” from “Free Solo’s” Award-Winning Documentary Duo E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, in Theaters in October
The film chronicles the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of 12 boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY FILMS AND GREENWICH ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE “THE RESCUE,” FROM “FREE SOLO’S” AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY DUO E. CHAI VASARHELYI AND JIMMY CHIN, IN THEATERS IN OCTOBER

The Highly Anticipated Documentary Chronicling the Dramatic 2018 Rescue of a Thai Soccer Team Made Its World Premiere at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival’s Opening Night

“An enthralling documentary, with a real-life story so spectacular you can hardly believe it.” -The Wrap

“Hollywood superhero and disaster movies pale in comparison.” -The Hollywood Reporter

“A rousing film that celebrates humanity at its most selfless.” -Variety

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 3, 2021): On the heels of the world premiere at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival, National Geographic Documentary Films and Greenwich Entertainment announced today that they will release THE RESCUE, the latest film from Oscar(R), BAFTA and multiple Emmy(R) Award-winning directing duo E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin exclusively in theaters in October. Vasarhelyi and Chin also produced the film, along with P.J. van Sandwijk (“American Dharma”), John Battsek (“One Day in September,” “Searching for Sugar Man”), and FREE SOLO editor Bob Eisenhardt.

THE RESCUE, which critics called “heartstopping”, “rousing” and “truly astonishing” following its Telluride premiere, brings alive one of the most perilous and extraordinary rescues in modern times, shining a light on the high-risk world of cave diving, the astounding courage and compassion of the rescuers, and the shared humanity of the international community that united to save the boys.

The film chronicles the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of 12 boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Academy Award(R)-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin keep viewers on the edge of their seats as they use a wealth of never-before-seen material and exclusive interviews to piece together the high-stakes mission, highlight the efforts of the Royal Thai Navy SEALs and U.S. Special Forces, and detail the expert cave divers’ audacious venture to save the boys.

The film features interviews with critical rescue and support teams, including British cave divers Richard Stanton and John Volanthen, named to National Geographic’s 2019 list of Adventurers of the Year; Colonel Bhak Loharjun, the chief medical officer of the Royal Thai Army; Thanet Natisri, a groundwater expert based in Thailand at the time of the rescue; additional cave divers Chris Jewell, Jason Malison, Connor Roe, Josh Bratchley and Jim Warny; along with in-depth interviews with Australian divers Dr. Richard Harris and Craig Challen. The film brings to light the common humanity, incredible resilience and absolute morality that defines us as humans.

THE RESCUE grants viewers exclusive access into the tense meetings, conversations and timeline of events that led to the valiant rescue, seamlessly threading together the tough decisions that needed to be made as the minutes and days mounted and the boys’ chance of survival was at greater stake. In the tradition of their earlier films, FREE SOLO and “Meru,” Vasarhelyi and Chin document a profoundly daring physical feat, laying bare the details of the seemingly impossible rescue.

“This powerful story celebrates hope, compassion and human ingenuity when faced with impossible odds,'” said directors E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. “The way in which the divers and Thai community came together in the face of adversity truly represents humanity at its best. We are honored to once again work with National Geographic Documentary Films to shine new light on the unprecedented rescue that riveted audiences around the world.”

“Master storytellers and artistic visionaries, Chai and Jimmy are the dream team to tell this edge-of-your-seat story of grit, courage and cross-cultural collaboration. We are so happy – and feel so lucky – to be working with them again,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP of Scripted Content and Documentary Films for National Geographic.

THE RESCUE is produced by Ventureland’s John Battsek (“One Day in September”, “Searching For Sugar Man”) and P.J. van Sandwijk (“American Dharma”) of Storyteller Productions. For National Geographic Documentary Films, Carolyn Bernstein is executive producer.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin are the co-directors and co-producers of the Academy Award- and BAFTA-winning film FREE SOLO, from National Geographic Documentary Films. The film earned the highest per-screen average of any documentary during its opening weekend (Sept. 28, 2018). The award-winning documentary took home seven Emmy awards in 2019. Vasarhelyi’s films, as a director, include “Meru” (Oscar shortlist 2016, Sundance Audience Award 2015), “Incorruptible” (Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award 2016), “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” (Oscilloscope 2009, premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals), “A Normal Life” (Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary 2003) and “Touba” (SXSW Special Jury Prize Best Cinematography 2013).

Chin is a professional climber, skier, mountaineer, 20-year member of The North Face Athlete Team and National Geographic Explorer. Consistently over the past 20 years, Chin has led or participated in cutting-edge climbing and ski mountaineering expeditions to all seven continents and made the first and only American ski descent from the summit of Mount Everest. He is also a filmmaker and National Geographic photographer. He has worked with many of the greatest explorers, adventurers and athletes of our time, documenting their exploits in the most challenging conditions and locations in the world. His 2015 documentary “Meru,” co-directed by Vasarhelyi, won the Audience Award at Sundance and was nominated for Best Documentary by the DGA and PGA. “Meru” was also shortlisted for an Oscar.

National Geographic Documentary Films previously released the Academy Award, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy Award-winning film FREE SOLO and the Academy Award-nominated film THE CAVE. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard’s REBUILDING PARADISE; Sundance Audience Award winners SCIENCE FAIR and SEA OF SHADOWS; 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.

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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 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 Greenwich Entertainment

Founded in 2017, Greenwich Entertainment is an independent film distribution company specializing in distinctive, theatrical-quality narrative and documentary features. In 2018, Greenwich handled the record setting theatrical release of Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi’s  Academy Award-Winning Documentary “Free Solo,” which grossed over $17M at the North American box office. In 2019, Greenwich released two of the top documentary hits of the year with Andrew Slater’s “Echo in the Canyon” ($3.4M) and Linda Ronstadt: “The Sound of My Voice” ($4.3M) from Oscar winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Recent narrative releases include Isabel Coixet’s ”The Bookshop” starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy and Madeleine Olnek’s “Wild Nights with Emily” starring Molly Shannon. Upcoming releases include Nicholas Bruckman’s “Not Going Quietly” and Ebs Burnough’s “The Capote Tapes.” Greenwich is led by an experienced management team that has overseen more than 150 theatrical releases generating over $100 million at the US box office and garnering 8 Academy Award Nominations and 2 Oscar Wins. www.GreenwichEntertainment.com

About Ventureland

Ventureland is an independent production company founded by John Battsek and partners Kerstin Emhoff, Ali Brown and Paul Hunter. Beginning in 1999 with Academy Award-winning “One Day in September” which he conceived and produced, Battsek has since served as producer on some of the most acclaimed documentaries in recent years. Most notable titles have included Academy and BAFTA Award-winning “Searching for Sugar Man,” Academy Award nominated “Restrepo,”, BAFTA winning “The Imposter,” Grammy-nominee “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” Peabody-winning and BAFTA-nominated “Listen to Me Marlon,” Academy Award nominated “Winter on Fire” and BAFTA Award-winning “Hillsborough.” Together Battsek and Emhoff produced Emmy-winning “The Tillman Story” and Primetime Emmy-winning “Manhunt: The Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden.” Some of Ventureland’s recent work includes double Emmy Award-winning “Rising Phoenix” (Netflix), “Ready for War” (Showtime), and the critically acclaimed biopics “Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In” (Amazon, Universal Pictures) and “Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story” (CNN FILMS, AGC, THE BBC). Ventureland is also due to release “Chaplin” (Showtime, Film4, BFI) from double BAFTA nominees James Spinney & Peter Middleton which will have its World Premiere at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival. Ventureland is currently in production on films about the iconic Abbey Rd Studios directed by Mary McCartney, former world number 1 tennis player Boris Becker directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney and a five-part series for Netflix directed by BAFTA Award winner Daniel Gordon.



National Geographic Documentary Films and Picturehouse to Release Liz Garbus’ “Becoming Cousteau”





National Geographic Documentary Films and Picturehouse to Release Liz Garbus’ “Becoming Cousteau” on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
Garbus also produced the film, which will have its world premiere at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY FILMS AND PICTUREHOUSE TO RELEASE LIZ GARBUS’ “BECOMING COUSTEAU” ON FRIDAY, OCT. 22, 2021

Feature Documentary Unveils Never-Before-Seen Footage of Legendary Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau With Exclusive Access to The Cousteau Society Archives

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century, he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” – Jacques Cousteau

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEPT. 1, 2021) National Geographic Documentary Films, Story Syndicate and Picturehouse announced today that they will release BECOMING COUSTEAU, the latest film from two-time Oscar(R) nominee and two-time Emmy(R) winning director Liz Garbus (“The Farm: Angola, USA,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?”) exclusively in theaters on Friday, Oct. 22. Garbus also produced the film – which will have its world premiere at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival – along with Mridu Chandra (“Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin”) and Academy Award(R) winners Dan Cogan (“Icarus”) and Evan Hayes (“Free Solo”), under his ACE Content banner.

For this extraordinary and immersive documentary, Garbus poured through 550 hours of archival material and never before seen footage to let Cousteau’s films, words and recollections tell his own story. BECOMING COUSTEAU shines a spotlight on the man many of us grew up worshipping yet knew very little about. After prospecting for oil companies to support his globe-trotting adventuring, he had a late-in-life awakening and became the first great advocate for ocean preservation. Cousteau led a somewhat fractured family life, checkered with great loss, but he remained true to his one great love – the sea.

Over 100 hours of audio journal entries, interviews and observations from collaborators and crew members add to this inside look at Cousteau. The documentary also chronicles his first wife and collaborator Simone Melchior (known aboard the Calypso as “The Shepherdess”), his family experiences, his second wife Francine Triplet, the creation of The Cousteau Society and the crucial work they do, and his evolution into one of the most important environmental voices of the 20th century, whose words and images are more vital today than ever.

Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau was one of the 20th century’s great explorers, a filmmaker and beloved adventurer who documented the exotic wonders below the ocean with pioneering equipment that yielded a Cannes Film Festival-winning film, two Academy Awards, and a pair of iconic and long-running television shows, “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” and “The Cousteau Odyssey.” His work became synonymous with life on the sea and on his famous boat, the Calypso.

He authored over 50 books on his aquatic life and invented the Aqua-Lung, making what came to be known as SCUBA possible and available to everyone. Yet, it was as an environmentalist that Cousteau would have his most lasting impacts, alerting the world about the warming oceans decades before the climate crisis made headlines. Instrumental in protecting Antarctica and taking part in the first Earth Summit, Cousteau’s insight into what needs to be done for the planet continues to inspire generations.

Says Garbus, “It took a great mind, tremendous bravery and a pioneering spirit to do what Cousteau did in his lifetime, and today we are surrounded by imagery and technology that exists because of him. His was a heroic journey – from hubris and adventure to conscience and global citizenship. At the end of the day, the future of our species, and the survival of huge swaths of biodiversity on the planet, will depend on innovation in the spirit of Cousteau.”

Bernstein adds, “We cannot imagine a more perfect pairing than Garbus and Cousteau, two trailblazing filmmakers who explore their subjects with depth, complexity and empathy. We are thrilled to bring this beautiful and powerful film to audiences this fall.”

Becoming Cousteau is produced by Story Syndicate, in association with The Cousteau Society and Ace Content for National Geographic Documentary Films. Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan, Mridu Chandra and Evan Hayes serve as producers. Julie Gaither, Carolyn Bernstein and Ryan Harrington serve as executive producers.

National Geographic Documentary Films previously released the Academy Award, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy Award-winning film Free Solo and the Academy Award-nominated film The Cave. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard’s Rebuilding Paradise; Sundance Audience Award winners Science Fair and Sea of Shadows; 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.

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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 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 Picturehouse

Picturehouse is a Los Angeles-based film marketing and distribution company led by CEO Bob Berney and COO Jeanne R. Berney. The company acquires, markets and distributes global content across all platforms. Originally formed in 2005 as a joint venture between Time Warner’s HBO Films and New Line Cinema, the Picturehouse brand has a long history of storied excellence. For more information visit picturehouse.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Story Syndicate

Story Syndicate is a New York-based film and television production company devoted to premium nonfiction and scripted content founded by award-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus and Dan Cogan. Recent projects include ALL IN, an Amazon Studios feature documentary with Stacey Abrams on voter suppression and the struggle for equal rights in America; I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK, an HBO event series about Michelle McNamara and the pursuit of the Golden State Killer; and THE INNOCENCE PROJECT, a Netflix series that follows The Innocence Project as it attempts to free nine wrongfully convicted prisoners from incarceration. Upcoming, previously announced projects include FAUCI, a National Geographic feature documentary providing a rare glimpse into the life of the ultimate public servant, Dr. Anthony Fauci, directed by John Hoffman and Janet Tobias; NUCLEAR FAMILY, an HBO documentary series directed by Ry Russo-Young; and MAYOR PETE, an journey into the life and recent presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg with unprecedented vérité access, directed by Jesse Moss.



National Geographic Documentary Films Sets “Fauci” Theatrical Release Date





National Geographic Documentary Films Sets “Fauci” Theatrical Release Date with Magnolia Pictures for Sept. 10
The film delivers a rare glimpse into the long-standing professional career and personal life of the ultimate public servant, who after a lifetime of service faced his biggest test: a pandemic whose ferocity is unmatched in modern history.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY FILMS SETS “FAUCI” THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE WITH MAGNOLIA PICTURES FOR SEPT. 10

THE DOC WILL OPEN IN SELECT CITIES AT THEATERS THAT HAVE MANDATED PROOF OF VACCINATION FOR ENTRANCE

The Film Is an Intimate Portrait of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Life, From Emmy(R)-Winning Directors John Hoffman and Janet Tobias, Oscar(R)- and Emmy-Winning Producing Team Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus, and Story Syndicate

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 31, 2021) National Geographic Documentary Films and Magnolia Pictures today released the official trailer and key art for FAUCI, the feature documentary about the nation’s top infectious disease expert and dedicated public servant Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D.

Directed by Emmy winners John Hoffman (“The Weight of the Nation,” “Sleepless in America,” “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman”) and Janet Tobias (“Unseen Enemy,” “No Place on Earth”), produced by Alexandra Moss (“Not Done: Women Remaking America”), Jon Bardin (“All In: The Fight for Democracy”), and executive produced by Academy Award(R) winner Dan Cogan (“Icarus”), and two-time Academy Award nominee Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?,” “The Farm: Angola, USA”), the film will debut in select theaters that have mandated proof of vaccination for entrance with masks also strongly encouraged on Sept. 10, 2021. Opening cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, D.C. and New Orleans.

Also releasing this fall, from National Geographic Books, comes Fauci: Expect the Unexpected, compiled from interviews in the film. The book goes on sale Nov. 2, 2021, and is available for preorder beginning Sept. 10.

FAUCI delivers a rare glimpse into the long-standing professional career and personal life of the ultimate public servant, who after a lifetime of service faced his biggest test: a pandemic whose ferocity is unmatched in modern history. With his signature blend of scientific acumen, candor and integrity, Dr. Anthony Fauci became a cultural icon during the COVID-19 pandemic. But that has come at a cost as he has also faced attacks from adversaries in a nation increasingly divided by political party lines – with science increasingly caught in the crosshairs.

A world-renowned infectious disease specialist and the longest-serving public health leader in Washington, D.C., who has served under seven presidents, Dr. Fauci has overseen the U.S. response to 40 years’ worth of outbreaks, including HIV/AIDS, SARS and Ebola. Crafted around unprecedented access to Dr. Fauci, National Geographic Documentary Films’ FAUCI is a revealing and intimate portrait of the man mostly known only from appearances on the news.

“There is only one Dr. Tony Fauci, and it’s an incredible privilege to be the first to tell the story of his life and career, including his never-ending quest to cure disease and prevent outbreaks,” said Hoffman and Tobias.

The film features insights from former President George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Bono, former national security advisor Susan Rice, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins, former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden, journalists Laurie Garrett and The New York Times’ Apoorva Mandavilli, and key AIDS activists, among others. Dr. Fauci’s family, friends and former patients also provide more personal commentary about the man, his personality, and what makes him who he is.

“Janet and John did a remarkable job capturing the complex man I’ve come to know over the last three decades,” said Peter Staley, film subject and founding member of ACT UP. “As an activist, I think I’ll be tangling with Tony Fauci for the rest of my life, but I’ll never doubt his commitment to public health, nor his profound decency and humanity.”

The film is directed by John Hoffman and Janet Tobias, who have spent their careers telling important and compelling stories in the documentary space about science and public health. Over the past 36 years, Hoffman has made a specialty of communicating to a concerned public about disease, starting with HIV prevention and then addiction, Alzheimer’s, obesity, sleep, and the role of the NIH in leading the way on medical breakthroughs. Tobias’ recent film, “Unseen Enemy,” sounded a warning call about the threat of pandemics, which should not have gone unheeded.

FAUCI is produced by Alexandra Moss (“Not Done: Women Remaking America”) and edited by Amy Foote (“Father, Soldier, Son”) and Brian Chamberlain (“Not Me, Murphy”). Director of photography is Claudia Raschke (“RBG”). For Story Syndicate, executive producers are Cogan, Garbus and Jon Bardin (“All In: The Fight for Democracy”).

EDITORS NOTE: Dr. Fauci had no creative control over the film or the book. He was not paid for his participation, nor does he have any financial interest in the film or book release.

National Geographic Documentary Films previously released the Academy Award, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy Award-winning film Free Solo and the Academy Award-nominated film The Cave. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard’s Rebuilding Paradise; Sundance Audience Award winners Science Fair and Sea of Shadows; 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.

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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 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 Magnolia Pictures

A leading independent film studio for 20 years, Magnolia Pictures is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, boasting a library of over 500 titles. Recent releases include double Oscar nominee COLLECTIVE, Alexander Nanau’s jaw-dropping expose of corruption at the highest levels of government; France’s Official Oscar entry TWO OF US; Udo Kier hairdresser comedy SWAN SONG; visionary comic book writer/artist/filmmaker Dash Shaw’s vibrant, fantastical animated feature CRYPTOZOO; director Prano Bailey-Bond’s Sundance thriller CENSOR; Roy Andersson’s visually stunning Venice Best Director winner ABOUT ENDLESSNESS; Rodney Ascher’s mind-bending sci-fi ride A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX; SOME KIND OF HEAVEN, Lance Oppenheim’s documentary chronicling the surreal world of The Villages, the nation’s largest retirement community in Florida; ZAPPA, Alex Winter’s unfiltered portrait of the visionary musician and artist; THE FIGHT, following a team of scrappy lawyers inside the ACLU as they battle former President Trump’s historic assault on civil liberties; JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, Dawn Porter’s chronicle of the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia; Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner and Oscar-nominated SHOPLIFTERS; Box office sensation and Oscar-nominated RBG; Ruben Östlund’s 2017 Cannes Palme d’Or winner and Oscar-nominated THE SQUARE; and Raoul Peck and James Baldwin’s Oscar-nominated I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO. Upcoming releases include Radu Jude’s Berlin Golden Bear-winner BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN; and Cannes Critics Week selection ANAIS IN LOVE.

About Story Syndicate

Story Syndicate is a New York-based film and television production company devoted to premium nonfiction and scripted content. We provide a home for talented filmmakers, producers, journalists, thinkers and artists to create visual content that innovates, enriches and dazzles viewers. Story Syndicate currently has upwards of 21 films and series in development and production with premium distribution platforms including National Geographic, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, Apple, Amazon, FX, Discovery and others.



National Geographic and Westbrook Studios Announce Five-Year, First-Look Unscripted Deal





National Geographic and Westbrook Studios Announce Five-Year, First-Look Unscripted Deal to Create Adventure, Exploration, Travel and Science Content
Hailing from Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures and Jane Root’s Nutopia alongside Westbrook Studios, “Welcome to Earth” with Will Smith is slated to premiere on Disney+ later this year.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND WESTBROOK STUDIOS ANNOUNCE FIVE-YEAR, FIRST-LOOK UNSCRIPTED DEAL TO CREATE ADVENTURE, EXPLORATION, TRAVEL AND SCIENCE CONTENT

New Deal Comes Ahead of Will Smith’s Epic New Adventure Series From National Geographic for Disney+, WELCOME TO EARTH, Set To Premiere on the Streaming Platform Later This Year

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 18, 2021) National Geographic Content President Courteney Monroe announced today a first-look deal with Westbrook Studios. The five-year deal encompasses the development of all unscripted projects in the areas of adventure, exploration, travel and science for all of National Geographic’s television platforms and National Geographic produced Disney+ Originals. This announcement was made during National Geographic’s virtual TCA summer session.

“Having spent the past two years working with Will and the team at Westbrook Studios (along with Darren Aronofsky and Nutopia) on WELCOME TO EARTH, we are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with them and entering into a long-term partnership to produce blockbuster nonfiction content,” said Monroe. “Will and Westbrook share our passion for telling bold, best-in-class stories that ignite curiosity and inspire people to explore and care about our world, and we can’t wait to see where our next adventures together take us.”

“Will and I are thrilled to partner with National Geographic to bring the astonishing imagery of nature and science to screens around the world. We strive to empower artists to tell stories that connect humanity, and Courteney and the entire Nat Geo team share that vision,” said Westbrook Studios Co-President and Head of Television Terence Carter. “Through these stories, we invite audiences to see the wonder and beauty of the world around us and to experience the endless adventure and exploration that’s possible on our humbling planet.”

Hailing from Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures and Jane Root’s Nutopia alongside Westbrook Studios, WELCOME TO EARTH with Will Smith is slated to premiere on Disney+ later this year. Smith embarks on an awe-inspiring global journey to unlock the secrets of the most extraordinary and unexplained phenomena of nature. In each episode, Smith – whose curiosity and wonder are positively infectious – is guided by National Geographic Explorers traveling to different corners of the world to get up close and personal with the weirdest, most unusual, dangerous and thrilling spectacles of the planet. From climbing into a live volcano to traversing giant waterfalls or going more than 3,000 feet below the sea, Smith confronts his fears while having the best time uncovering the mysterious inner workings of our planet. Their mission is to seek out the things and places beyond human perception: the hidden worlds that we can’t see, smell, hear or feel.

Carter and Alan Eyres, senior vice president of Development and Production for National Geographic, spearheaded this first-look deal. The partnership between National Geographic and Westbrook Studios was brokered by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

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About National Geographic

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 Westbrook Studios

Westbrook Studios is a subsidiary of Westbrook Inc., the media company launched in 2019 by founders Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Miguel Melendez and Ko Yada, focused on empowering artists to tell stories that connect the world. Led by Co-Presidents, Terence Carter (Television) and Jon Mone (Film), Westbrook Studios is home to a rapidly expanding footprint in premium motion picture and television projects. In TV, Westbrook Studios recently launched Amend: The Fight for America, a powerful, six-part, Netflix docuseries that uses a groundbreaking, multimedia narrative format to explore the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. The studio also recently announced an unprecedented two-season order from Peacock for Bel-Air, the dramatic reboot of Will Smith’s iconic ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ based on Morgan Cooper’s 2019 viral short film and set to premiere in 2022. In film, upcoming Westbrook Studios projects include the highly anticipated KING RICHARD, based on the life of Richard Williams, father to tennis greats Serena and Venus, EMANCIPATION which sold to Apple in the largest festival acquisition deal in film history, and the remake of the 1980s classic PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES, starring Will Smith and Kevin Hart.

About Westbrook Inc.

Launched in 2019 by founders Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Miguel Melendez, and Ko Yada, Westbrook is a media company that empowers artists to tell stories that connect the world. Westbrook houses Westbrook Studios, the premium film and television studio; Westbrook Media, a vertically-integrated IP incubator, brand content studio, and production company; Red Table Talk Productions, maker of the hit Facebook Watch shows Red Table Talk and Red Table Talk: The Estefans; and Good Goods, which creates unique consumer products around the company’s IP and talent partners. By leveraging the Smith Family’s deep experience in entertainment and media, Westbrook curates and produces content – from short and mid-form digital to traditional television and motion pictures – for all major platforms.



National Geographic Greenlights Three Unscripted Adventure Series





National Geographic Greenlights Three Unscripted Adventure Series, Ushering in a New Wave of Storytellers Sharing Incredible Tales of Exploration
“Life Below Zero: First Alaskans,” “The 7 Toughest Days on Earth” and “Appetite for Adventure” are all on tap at the network.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
National Geographic Greenlights Three Unscripted Adventure Series, Ushering in a New Wave of Storytellers Sharing Incredible Tales of Exploration

Emmy(R)-Winning LIFE BELOW ZERO Expands Franchise With the All-New Spinoff Series, LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS

Adventurer and Explorer Dwayne Fields Aims to Survive the Most Extreme Elements in THE 7 TOUGHEST DAYS ON EARTH

BBQ Pitmaster and Navy Veteran Big Moe Cason Takes His Grilling Mitts on the Road in Search of the World’s Rarest Flavors in APPETITE FOR ADVENTURE

WASHINGTON & LOS ANGELES — Courteney Monroe, president, National Geographic Content, announced today during National Geographic’s TCA session the greenlight of three new linear unscripted series, featuring all-new storytellers with riveting tales to share, all in the name of exploration.

To expand on the successful LIFE BELOW ZERO franchise is LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS, the first nonfiction series on National Geographic with a cast of Native Alaskans at its core, including representation on the production team. THE 7 TOUGHEST DAYS ON EARTH will feature natural-born survivor Dwayne Fields, the first Black British citizen to conquer the magnetic north pole, as he aims to survive the most extreme elements on the planet. Award-winning BBQ Pitmaster and former U.S. Navy veteran Big Moe Cason will grab his grilling mitts and hit the road to explore the rarest flavors around the world only found in remote locations in APPETITE FOR ADVENTURE. All three of these series will also have a second window on Disney+.

“These new series are exciting additions to our stable of popular, returnable, scalable series led by charismatic personalities,” said Monroe. “The talent at the center of each of these series have unique voices and perspectives that will undoubtedly inspire the explorer in all of us.”

LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS:

From the multiple Emmy award-winning team behind the LIFE BELOW ZERO franchise is LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS. LIFE BELOW ZERO has provided viewers with unprecedented access to the daily hardships of living off the land (and water) in some of the most extreme conditions on Earth. Now, in dedicating an entire series to the native peoples of this harsh landscape, our cameras have been invited into a whole new world of storytelling, cultures and customs. LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS will follow all-new series subjects: Alaskan Natives who are focusing on their right to preserve their threatened ways of life, doubling down on ancient wisdom to ensure its survival for the next thousand years. The strength of this new series is featuring native representation throughout the on-camera cast of indigenous people, but also prioritizing diversity within the production team, crew, and cultural consultants who have deep connections to Alaska.

When the Russians arrived by the 18th century, Alaskan Native peoples had been there for thousands of years, developing sophisticated ways to thrive in the harshest environments and passing down their traditions and methods from generation to generation. LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS will begin production this September 2021. LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS marks the latest expansion of the long-term production partnership on the LIFE BELOW ZERO franchise between National Geographic and BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm. For BBC Studios, Travis Shakespeare and Joseph Litzinger are executive producers. For National Geographic, Kevin Tao Mohs is executive producer, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development.

THE 7 TOUGHEST DAYS ON EARTH:

Dwayne Fields grew up around violent gangs and is a natural-born survivor who’s stared death in the face his entire life. He escaped the inner city to become an explorer, where he conquered the brutal magnetic north pole, becoming the first Black British citizen to achieve this accomplishment. His unmatched resilience, unique spirit and optimism have him determined to push himself to the absolute edge. THE 7 TOUGHEST DAYS ON EARTH will follow Fields as he’s dropped into some of the most extreme places on Earth – at their deadliest time – for seven whole days when epic natural forces combine to supersize external threats. His task is to keep himself and his small film crew alive and lead them to an extraction point, revealing incredible moments on Earth only a few have witnessed. Production on THE 7 TOUGHEST DAYS ON EARTH will begin in winter 2021.

Fields is living proof that no matter what life throws at you or where you come from, you can overcome anything. THE 7 TOUGHEST DAYS ON EARTH is produced by Nutopia, the team behind Nat Geo’s ONE STRANGE ROCK and LIMITLESS WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH. From Nutopia, executive producers are Jane Root and Sam Bagnall. For National Geographic, Chris Kugelman is executive producer, Bengt Anderson is vice president of production, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development.

APPETITE FOR ADVENTURE:

Decorated pitmaster and U.S. Navy veteran Big Moe Cason is leaving his culinary comforts of the American South behind and heading off with an APPETITE FOR ADVENTURE, embarking on an epic global journey to seek out the planet’s most mouthwatering mythical dishes cooked over an open flame.

After competing in over 260 BBQ contests in 35 states, he’s ready to hit the road in search of other ways people around the globe are cooking with fire, meeting with stewards of fantastic flavors, walking in their boots, and learning the impact these flame broiled dishes have on bonding their community. As someone whose culinary spark came from his grandmother cooking for big family meals, Big Moe will focus on cooking hearty comfort food over an open flame, with dishes that speak to the traditions and local spirit of each location. Big Moe will discover that no matter how difficult the struggles are to reach these locations and be mentored on new techniques, some things in life are worth the extra effort. APPETITE FOR ADVENTURE will begin production in October 2021.

APPETITE FOR ADVENTURE is produced by Hit + Run, the team behind Nat Geo Wild’s fan-favorite series CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS. For Hit + Run, the executive producer is Rob Shaftel. For National Geographic, Lauren Thompson is executive producer, Matt Renner is vice president of production, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president, production and development. Big Moe Cason is represented by The Burke Management Firm.

For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com or our press site natgeotvpressroom.com, or follow us on Twitter using @NatGeoPR.

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.



Nat Geo WILD Gives Thanks “Fur” Its Stable of Veterinarians





Nat Geo WILD Gives Thanks “Fur” Its Stable of Veterinarians with Super-Sized Serving of “Vetsgiving” Beginning Nov. 22
And after a filling meal on Thanksgiving evening, settle in for a sneak peek of the new series, “Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya,” complete with a special serving of pus, gunk and goo.
[via press release from Nat Geo WILD]
Nat Geo WILD Gives Thanks ‘Fur’ Its Stable of Veterinarians With Super-Sized Serving of VETSGIVING Beginning Nov. 22

Gobble ‘Til You Wobble With a Full Week of Vetsgiving and Feast Your Eyes on a First Look of All-New Series ‘Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya’

WASHINGTON — This Thanksgiving, Nat Geo WILD recognizes the professionals who work to keep our animal friends healthy. The network’s annual VETSGIVING celebration returns with an expanded lineup of programming from Monday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 28. Each night, feast on four-hour helpings of the veterinarian shows viewers can’t get enough of, including HEARTLAND DOCS, DVM; CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS; HATCHER FAMILY DAIRY; THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL; DR. OAKLEY, YUKON VET; and VETS ON THE BEACH. Catch up on past seasons any time on Disney+. Every feast needs a dessert, so included in the lineup is a special sneak peek of new series POP GOES THE VET WITH DR. JOYA.

Highlighting the empathy, love and devotion of these dedicated professionals who love animals as much as we do, VETSGIVING is the ultimate viewing buffet to enjoy with the ones you love. And after a filling meal on Thanksgiving evening, settle in for a sneak peek of the new series, POP GOES THE VET WITH DR. JOYA, complete with a special serving of pus, gunk and goo. Dermatologist Dr. Joya Griffin sees it all – from impacted earwax to oozing cysts to massive hair loss, there’s no case too mysterious or bizarre for this Kentucky-based doctor as she investigates the largest organ in an animal’s body – the skin. A first look of the series will air Thursday, Nov. 25, at 11/10c and Saturday, Nov. 27, at 10/9c, in advance of its series premiere in spring 2022.

“Veterinarians deserve recognition for the important work they do to care for our pets, livestock and wildlife,” says Janet Han Vissering, senior vice president of Development and Production at National Geographic Partners. “Nat Geo WILD’s Vetsgiving is our way of showing them how much they are appreciated, especially the dedicated professionals featured in our veterinarian-focused programs.”

This year’s VETSGIVING will provide an extra helping of fan-favorite veterinarian series each night beginning at 8/7c. The 2021 Vetsgiving lineup is as follows and is subject to change:

Monday, Nov. 22:

CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS

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.”

Tuesday, Nov. 23:

HEARTLAND DOCS, DVM

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.

Wednesday, Nov. 24:

HATCHER FAMILY DAIRY

The Hatcher Family Dairy is an animal-packed docu-series that follows the wildly unpredictable, often funny, and always charming lives of the Hatchers. With a six-generation dairy farm, a menagerie of animals, a creamery and a vet clinic, this family is always on the go! The Hatchers are a rare gem in today’s society: a family that lives together, works together and still wants to spend their free time together. It’s farm, animals and family, creating pure feel-good entertainment.

Thursday, Nov. 25:

THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL

Dr. Jan Pol is an expert in large farm animals and pets. This senior is anything but retiring as he takes an old-school, no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine. THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL follows Dr. Pol as he travels across rural Michigan to care for every family pet and head of livestock in need of expertise and kindness. Treating numerous patients, including horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, cats, dogs and even an occasional reindeer, Dr. Pol is not your average vet.

POP GOES THE VET WITH DR. JOYA

Series Sneak Peek at 11/10c and Saturday, Nov. 27, at 10/9c

Pus, gunk and goo! Leading veterinary dermatologist Dr. Joya and her protégé Dr. Jeff see it all in their Kentucky-based animal dermatology clinic. From impacted earwax to oozing cysts to massive hair loss, there’s no case too mysterious or bizarre. They put on their detective hats and investigate the largest organ in an animal’s body – the skin – to get our four-legged friends back to living their best lives.

Friday, Nov. 26, and Sat, Nov 27:

DR. OAKLEY, YUKON VET

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.

Sunday, Nov. 28:

VETS ON THE BEACH

No day is ordinary for these dynamic vets across the Australian coast as they tackle cases like no other. Adorable pets face major problems – from a dog with a fishhook caught in his tongue to acupuncture for a spine injury. But pets aren’t the only patients on the docket. Aging elephants, orphaned kangaroos and sick wallabies need these superstar vets’ attention too.

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 Expands Scope of Second Field Ready Class





National Geographic Expands Scope of Second Field Ready Class to Include Science, Adventure and Exploration in Addition to Natural History
Last year, the Field Ready Program made the successful pivot to a digital mentorship and will continue this six-month digital learning and mentorship program between 10 mentees (National Geographic Explorers) and 10 mentors (Nat Geo production partners).
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPANDS SCOPE OF SECOND FIELD READY CLASS TO INCLUDE SCIENCE, ADVENTURE AND EXPLORATION IN ADDITION TO NATURAL HISTORY

TRAINING CURRICULUM DESIGNED TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION BEHIND THE CAMERA FOR UNSCRIPTED PROJECTS

Industry Leaders to Serve as Speakers Including James Cameron, Darren Aronofsky, Chai Vasarhelyi, Bree Frank, Brian Skerry and Others

Nat Geo Taps Premiere Natural History Producers to Serve as Year 2 Mentors Including Nutopia, Plimsoll, Red Rock, Wildstar and Others

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 18, 2021) National Geographic unveiled the Field Ready Program in 2020 to promote diversity and inclusion in global television production, providing a clear path for a new generation of people interested in working behind the camera. On the heels of the success of the first year, including Daniel Venturini and Maurice Oniang’o who worked on shoots with industry leader Plimsoll, National Geographic today presented the second class of this program from around the globe. The announcement was made by National Geographic Global Television Networks President Courteney Monroe at the network’s session at the Summer TCA press tour, held virtually.

Last year, the Field Ready Program made the successful pivot to a digital mentorship and will continue this six-month digital learning and mentorship program between 10 mentees (National Geographic Explorers) and 10 mentors (Nat Geo production partners). The mentees will network to share ideas and creative processes. Additionally, Field Ready participants will attend monthly “master classes” and Q&A sessions with industry leaders. In an effort to expand the opportunities provided by this program, National Geographic has opened the live Master Classes and Q&A sessions to more than 35 early-career filmmakers from around the world to audit these courses.

“As a global leader in natural history programming, we are profoundly aware that we need to continue to foster and make decisions to increase diversity and inclusion in natural history filmmaking teams,” said Janet Han Vissering, senior vice president, Development & Production, National Geographic, who is spearheading the program. “To stay on the cutting edge in this highly competitive field, cultivating fresh voices and diverse talent is key. We want to make sure that we are leading in this game-changing endeavor, and are now full steam ahead and embracing the extended program, which is already leading to meaningful mentor and mentee partnerships.”

In partnership with the National Geographic Society, the nonprofit arm of National Geographic, the Field Ready Program will elevate early-career National Geographic Explorers to become impactful and diverse talent behind the lens. This year, the scope of fields is expanding from natural history to also include science, adventure and exploration filmmaking. Its goal is to accelerate skills and industry knowledge to communities historically underrepresented in these fields.

“The National Geographic Society is thrilled to welcome our second class and to further immerse 10 early-career National Geographic Explorers into the industry of film,” said Kaitlin Yarnall, chief storytelling officer at National Geographic Society. “Our commitment to elevating historically underserved and underrepresented groups makes our work stronger, and achieves a more equitable and inclusive world.”

Below is the 2021 class of the Field Ready Program:

· Emi Kondo – Costa Rica – is a Japanese-Costa Rican filmmaker, photographer and multimedia storyteller. Based in Costa Rica and working as a multimedia manager at World Animal Protection International, Emi has made films and photos in several countries in farms, disaster zones and undercover at captive animal venues.

· Jen Guyton – Germany – is a photographer with a doctorate in ecology. Her work focuses on the intersection between nature and human culture. She has worked as a biologist on three continents, including almost 10 years working on wildlife and conservation projects in Africa.

· Jessica Suarez – USA – is a natural history and conservation photographer and filmmaker. Through her work, she explores humans’ relationship to the environment, scientific research, wildlife and wild spaces.

· Jubilian Ngaruwa – Nigeria – is a documentary filmmaker. Her works are focused on stories that are culturally deeply rooted in Africa. Her passion and desire to preserve the African culture and traditions through storytelling drives her works.

· Malaika Vaz – India – is a National Geographic Explorer, TV presenter and filmmaker focused on telling stories of endangered wildlife, the human-wildlife interface and investigating the illegal wildlife trade globally.

· Manuel Seoane – Bolivia – is a photographer and visual storytelling explorer currently working on a documentary project in his country about the importance of Indigenous territories for the conservation of the forest and the world’s cultural heritage.

· Miora Rajaonary – Mauritius – is a documentary photographer born and raised in Madagascar, currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Through her work, she focuses on identity and social issues in contemporary Africa. Over the next few years, Miora plans to focus on the consequences of climate change on the populations of the islands in the Indian Ocean.

· Munmun Dhalaria – India – is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and National Geographic Storytelling Explorer from India. Her work revolves around wildlife conservation, science communication and social-issue documentaries, where she amplifies local voices for both online and broadcast films. Her work revolves around wildlife conservation, science communication and social-issue documentaries where she amplifies local voices for both online and broadcast films. She lends a humanistic lens to nature filmmaking and believes in highlighting lesser-known species and landscapes from the subcontinent.

· Pablo Albarenga – Uruguay – is a National Geographic Explorer, documentary photographer and visual storyteller exploring Human Rights issues in Latin America. As a photographer, Pablo has dedicated his work to investigating, studying and photographing the colonization process that is still affecting traditional populations in Latin America.

· Sofia Lopez Mañan – Argentina – is an Argentine artist/photographer currently working on various photographic projects in Argentina with a deep commitment in environmental issues where she seeks to unravel the boundaries between the natural and unnatural, questioning how humans perceive their habitat and other ambiance through issues of animal trafficking and conservation.

Mentors:

· Colette Beaudry – SeaLight Pictures, Australia

· Dominic Weston – Wall to Wall Media, U.K.

· Jeff Garcia – The Best Productions, U.S.

· Kim Woodard – Lucky 8 TV, U.S.

· Lisa Mao – Nat Geo Wild, U.S.

· Martha Holmes – Plimsoll, U.K.

· Ruth Roberts – Talesmith, U.K.

· Shannon Malone-deBenedictis – Red Rock, U.S.

· Simon Willgoss – Nutopia, U.K.

· Vanessa Berlowitz – Wildstar, U.K.

Each one-hour “master class” is taught by a leader in the industry. The hour includes 40 minutes of storytelling and teaching followed by 20 minutes of Q&A with the mentees. The courses represent years of expertise – knowledge that takes a lifetime to accumulate.

Speakers:

· Brian Skerry – National Geographic Explorer

· Dominique Andrews – director, Production Management, National Geographic

· Janet Han Vissering – SVP, Development & Production, Natural History, National Geographic

· National Geographic Society Impact Video Team – Globally recognized team

· Plimsoll Gear Shop – Emmy© Award-Winning Team

· Sandesh Kadur – Green Oscar(R) Nominee and National Geographic Explorer

Additionally, there are premium Q&A sessions with industry leaders that will help the mentees hone their skills even more. In these sessions, invaluable industry knowledge will be shared around a core theme, with the Q&A format to help inform each of the mentee’s interests.

Q&A Sessions will include the following:

· Brandon Sargeant – Camera Operations in the Field

· Bree Frank – The Future Filmmaking

· Chai Vasarhelyi – The Art of Filmmaking

· Darren Aronofsky – Bringing Your Vision to Life

· Faith Musembi – Filmmaking as a Career

· James Cameron – Science & Tech in Storytelling

· Terence Carter – Producing Purpose-Driven Content

Upon graduating from the program, the Field Ready class of mentees will be announced to the wider production community as qualified candidates to be placed on National Geographic productions around the world. The program will become a reliable resource to our production partners as they look to hire and mentor the next generation of talent. By creating a pipeline of qualified candidates and endorsing them as Field Ready, the goal is not only to make an impact on the future of this business but to be the leaders in ensuring we stand by our commitment to diversity and inclusion. With this second class, Nat Geo has expanded the program to include more diverse voices in additional fields representing channel content, including science, adventure and exploration in addition to Natural History Filmmaking. We will also be looking closely at D&I funding to ensure our mentees will have work opportunities once the program is complete. Finally, we will be rotating volunteers every two years to expand involvement with the program.

For inquires into Field Ready Year 2, please email NGPFieldReady@natgeo.com. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com or our press site www.natgeotvpressroom.com, or follow us on Twitter using @NatGeoPR.

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