Adventurer Bear Grylls Returns with an Epic New Season





Adventurer Bear Grylls Returns with an Epic New Season of National Geographic’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge”
Natalie Portman, Simu Liu, Ashton Kutcher, Florence Pugh, Anthony Anderson and Rob Riggle are featured this season, due on July 25.
[via press release from National Geographic Partners]
Adventurer Bear Grylls Returns With an Epic New Season of National Geographic’s RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS: THE CHALLENGE

Natalie Portman, Simu Liu, Ashton Kutcher, Florence Pugh, Anthony Anderson and Rob Riggle Must Face New Heart-Racing Survival Challenges This Season

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS: THE CHALLENGE Premieres With Academy Award(R) Winner Natalie Portman on July 25 at 9/8c on National Geographic

All Episodes Will Stream on Aug. 10 Exclusively on Disney+

WASHINGTON — Fan-favorite survivalist Bear Grylls is back with more bold and exciting episodes of the hit series “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” Except this season, he is kicking things up a notch by introducing RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS: THE CHALLENGE. Premiering on National Geographic and Disney+, Bear takes the daring adventures up a level by teaching celebrity guests essential survival skills that they will have to master and then prove they can use in a high-stress situation.

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS: THE CHALLENGE premieres Monday, July 25, at 9/8c on National Geographic with first guest The Mighty Thor Natalie Portman (“Thor: Love and Thunder”). Following the premiere, weekly episodes will feature fellow Marvel superhero Simu Liu (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”), actor Ashton Kutcher (“Two and a Half Men”), Oscar(R)-nominee for “Little Women” Florence Pugh (“Black Widow”), actor Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”), and actor and comedian Rob Riggle (“Holey Moley”). All episodes of the newest season will stream Aug. 10 only on Disney+.

This season, guests will not only be pushed physically and mentally – like plunging into a frozen lake in the Canadian Rockies or foraging for food in the deserts of the Great Basin – but Bear will be testing each on their survival skills. This time, they will be tested beyond other guests: after Bear teaches each of them a key set of skills, they will then have to master them on their own and deploy those skills at a high-intensity moment to earn their extraction from the wilderness.

The celebrity guest lineup and challenges include the following:

NATALIE PORTMAN IN SOUTHERN UTAH
Premieres July 25 at 9/8c on National Geographic
Streams Aug. 10 only on Disney+
Bear takes Academy Award(R) winner Natalie Portman into the slot canyons of Southern Utah. Their adventure begins when Bear leaps from his helicopter onto Natalie’s 4×4. They trek into the Escalante desert, where Bear teaches Natalie piton placements, rope system transfers and fire starting while descending various canyons. Natalie uses her new skills as they ascend a mountain and attempt to light a signal fire for extraction.

SIMU LIU IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
Premieres Aug. 1 at 9/8c on National Geographic
Streams Aug. 10 only on Disney+
Bear takes Marvel superhero Simu Liu to the Canadian Rockies. As the adventure begins, they must trigger an avalanche to clear a path to a ravine and find an old cabin or risk hypothermia as temperatures drop below -20. The next day, Bear sets the ultimate arctic challenge: Simu must strip down to plunge into a frozen lake and then navigate to a dogsled team to whisk them back to civilization.

ASHTON KUTCHER IN THE COASTAL JUNGLES OF COSTA RICA
Premieres Aug. 8 at 9/8c on National Geographic
Streams Aug. 10 only on Disney+
Ashton Kutcher joins Bear to challenge the coastal jungles of Costa Rica. Their adventure begins with a helicopter jump into the Pacific Ocean. Once they swim ashore, they must canoe up a river to fish for their dinner, then descend a 300-foot cliff into the jungle. The next day, Bear sets up a commando crawl rope challenge. Ashton must use all the strength he can muster to cross a massive ravine.

FLORENCE PUGH IN THE VOLCANIC RAINFORESTS OF COSTA RICA
Premieres Aug. 15 at 9/8c on National Geographic
Streams Aug. 10 only on Disney+
Rappelling from a helicopter, Bear takes Florence Pugh to the volcanic rainforests of Costa Rica. Bear shows Florence how to traverse rapids, test river depth with a rope and rock, and avoid poisonous snakes and deep cliff edges. Crossing an alligator-infested swamp, they catch eel for dinner. On day two, Florence must test the depth of a waterfall pool before choosing to leap from a high cliff into a set of rapids below. Finally, they jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet to their extraction.

ANTHONY ANDERSON IN THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
Premieres Aug. 22 at 9/8c on National Geographic
Streams Aug. 10 only on Disney+
Anthony Anderson joins Bear in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tossing their backpacks from the helicopter, Bear challenges Anthony to survive with just a rope and compass. On the ground, Bear teaches Anthony navigation and knot-tying skills. On day two, Bear leaves Anthony to use his new skills to secure his climb up a sheer rock face. Anthony will dig deep to make it to their extraction point.

ROB RIGGLE IN THE GREAT BASIN DESERT
Premieres Aug. 22 at 10/9c on National Geographic
Streams Aug. 10 only on Disney+
Bear puts Rob Riggle through survival tests in the Great Basin to prepare for Rob’s latest movie role. They begin by rappelling from a helicopter to travel west, where Riggle learns the ropes and then faces an even bigger ropes challenge. Once on the canyon floor, Bear teaches Rob river crossing skills, foraging for food and building a rudimentary shelter. The next day, Rob must evade being spotted by Bear or face his fear of skydiving.
Previous seasons of RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS are currently streaming on Disney+ with guests that include Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Anthony Mackie, Dave Bautista, Cara Delevingne, Bobby Bones, Terry Crews, Rainn Wilson, Keegan-Michael Key and more.

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS: THE CHALLENGE was developed by Bear Grylls and Delbert Shoopman. The series 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. For National Geographic, Bengt Anderson and Sean David Johnson are executive producers.

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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 134 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 Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls has become known worldwide as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started on a small island off the U.K. coast where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls spent three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces as part of 21st SAS Regiment. It was here that he perfected many of the survival skills that his fans all over the world enjoy as he pitted himself against the worst of Mother Nature. Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places and endured many months in military rehabilitation, Grylls went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He then went on to star in seven seasons of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy award-nominated “Man vs. Wild” TV series, which became one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers. Since then, he has hosted more extreme adventure TV shows across more global networks than anyone else in the world including the Emmy-nominated Netflix series “You Vs Wild”, “Man vs. Wild” for Discovery Channel, “Running Wild” for Nat Geo and “Into the Wild” for the Asian TV market. He is a No. 1 best-selling author, an honorary colonel to the Royal Marine Commandos and the youngest ever chief scout, an inspiration to 55 million scouts worldwide.



National Geographic Documentary Films Announces Emmy Doc Contender “We Feed People”





National Geographic Documentary Films Announces Emmy Doc Contender “We Feed People” to Expand to Hulu and the National Geographic Channel This Month
The film will become available on Hulu starting June 16 as well as through a special screening on National Geographic Channel on Friday, June 17, at 9 p.m. EDT, in addition to continued streaming on Disney+.
[via press release from National Geographic Partners]
National Geographic Documentary Films Announces Emmy Doc Contender WE FEED PEOPLE to Expand to Hulu and the National Geographic Channel This Month

The Doc Feature From Ron Howard and Imagine Documentaries Highlighting José Andrés and World Central Kitchen is Currently Streaming on Disney+

WASHINGTON — Today, National Geographic Documentary Films announced that WE FEED PEOPLE, the critically acclaimed documentary from Academy Award(R)-winning director Ron Howard featuring world-renowned chef and humanitarian José Andrés, will become available on Hulu starting June 16 as well as through a special screening on National Geographic Channel on Friday, June 17, at 9 p.m. EDT, in addition to continued streaming on Disney+.

WE FEED PEOPLE spotlights renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen’s inspiring mission and remarkable evolution over 12 years, from a scrappy group of grassroots volunteers to one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations focused on disaster relief. Brian Grazer, Imagine Documentaries’ Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes and Meredith Kaulfers, and Walter Matteson serve as producers alongside Howard.

“I’m thrilled that we are able to share the inspiring story of chef José and his remarkable team at World Central Kitchen to an even wider audience with the release of the film on the National Geographic Channel and Hulu,” said director Ron Howard. “In telling this story, I’ve been inspired by the work of World Central Kitchen, currently leading extraordinary relief efforts in both Ukraine and Uvalde, and the lessons we can learn from their humanitarian acts. I believe in the power of community when we all come together to support each other; it’s a story we can all learn something from and aspire to.”

Released on May 27 on Disney+, the film has garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews since its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March and has retained a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Featuring an incredibly powerful story of humanity, volunteerism and global relief efforts, the film is a leading contender in the documentary special race for this year’s Emmy(R) Awards.

“We feel so honored to bring the remarkable story of José Andrés and World Central Kitchen to the world,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP, Scripted and Documentary Films at National Geographic. “The immensely talented Ron Howard, our longtime collaborator, beautifully captures the groundbreaking work that WCK is doing on a global scale to help those affected by natural and man-made disasters. We can’t wait for audiences around the world to witness this inspiring story of hope and humanity through Hulu and the National Geographic channel.”

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.” In 2021, they released “Becoming Cousteau,” “Fauci,” “The First Wave,” “The Rescue” and “Torn.” 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.”

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.



National Geographic Greenlights Second Season of “Life Below Zero: First Alaskans”





National Geographic Greenlights Second Season of “Life Below Zero: First Alaskans” Ahead of Its Series Premiere on Monday, May 30, at 8/7c
A spin-off of the fan-favorite and multiple Emmy Award-winning franchise, the series brings viewers to the unforgiving Alaskan landscape, giving them the unique opportunity to enter a world that Indigenous Alaskans have inhabited for thousands of years but one which is rapidly changing every day.
[via press release from National Geographic Partners]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GREENLIGHTS SECOND SEASON OF “LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS” AHEAD OF ITS SERIES PREMIERE ON MONDAY, MAY 30, AT 8/7c

Produced by BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions, the Series Is a Spinoff of Fan-Favorite and Emmy(R) Award-Winning Franchise LIFE BELOW ZERO and Follows Indigenous Alaska Natives

LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS, the First Non-Fiction Series Focused on a Cast of Alaskan Natives, Airs Tuesdays at 8/7c Beginning on May 31

(Washington D.C. – Thursday, May 26, 2022) National Geographic announced today the greenlight of a second season of the new franchise spinoff LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS ahead of the series premiere on May 30 at 8/7c, with back-to-back episodes on National Geographic before it moves to Tuesdays at 8/7c beginning on May 31.

A spinoff of the fan-favorite and multiple Emmy Award-winning franchise LIFE BELOW ZERO, LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS brings viewers to the unforgiving Alaskan landscape, giving them the unique opportunity to enter a world that Indigenous Alaskans have inhabited for thousands of years but one which is rapidly changing every day. LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS follows new Alaska Natives as they use sophisticated techniques and methods passed down from generation to generation to thrive in some of the most brutal environments. Indigenous Alaskans walk in two worlds: one of traditional ways and one of 21st-century challenges.

“The heart of the LIFE BELOW ZERO franchise has always been the ingenuity, resilience and spirit of the individuals who survive and thrive in one of the harshest and most beautiful environments in the world, which Alaska Natives have been doing for thousands of years,” says Alan Eyres, senior vice president of Production and Development, National Geographic. “With this second season of LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS, we are honored to have been given the opportunity to capture more of the daily lives, cultures, customs and traditions of our Alaska Native cast members and allow our audience to hear more of their stories.”

“With our commitment to honoring the traditions of the Natives peoples and communities who have trusted us to share their stories, FIRST ALASKANS represents an important new chapter in our LIFE BELOW ZERO franchise, known for capturing the majesty of the Alaskan wilderness and chronicling the lives of those who call it home,” said Valerie Bruce, General Manager, BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions. “This season 2 greenlight affirms the strength of the LIFE BELOW ZERO franchise we have built over the past decade with our supportive partners at National Geographic and reflects our shared belief in the brand and what it stands for.”

LIFE BELOW ZERO: FIRST ALASKANS is the first nonfiction series on the network with a cast of Alaska Natives at its focus as the crew and cameras are granted access into a whole new world of storytelling, cultures and customs. The series not only features Indigenous peoples on camera but also prioritizes diversity within the production and is partnering with a variety of cultural consultants and language translators to help bring these incredible stories to light in each episode. The core production team includes Native field and post producers as well as Native graphic designers, musicians and storytellers to create a cohesive and authentic feel that highlights multiple rich and historic cultures.

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 Productions. Joseph Litzinger executive produces the series. For BBC Studios LA Productions, Krystal Whitney is vice president of current programming, and Valerie Bruce is general manager. For National Geographic, Kevin Tao Mohs is executive producer, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development. Since its debut, LIFE BELOW ZERO has filmed more than 200 episodes and has earned seven Emmy Awards.

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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 BBC Studios:

BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own productions and programs and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programs made by the business are internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specializations, with brands like Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, and Doctor Who. BBC.com, BBC Studios’ global digital news platform, provides up-to-the-minute international news, in-depth analysis and features to more than 139 million unique browsers each month. BBC Studios has offices in 20 markets globally, including ten production bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which ordinarily makes around 2,000 hours of content a year for both the BBC and third parties including Apple, Netflix, and Migu, is a champion for British creativity around the world. It is also a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector through a mix of equity partnerships, content investment, and international distribution for program titles. In the U.S, BBC Studios operates both a distribution business and one of its major production units. The production unit, based in Los Angeles, creates and produces adaptations of UK programs, as well as all new original programs, for linear and digital platforms in the U.S. This production unit is responsible for the phenomenally successful, Emmy(R)-winning Dancing with the Stars, the multi-award-winning Life Below Zero franchise, the revved up Top Gear America, and the popular reboot of the classic quiz show Weakest Link, among others. In scripted, the team has achieved success adapting British hits, including Call Me Kat (based on the UK format Miranda), Welcome to Flatch (This Country in the UK), and Ghosts for top U.S. broadcast networks. Follow us on Twitter: @BBCStudiosUSPR | BBC Studios Press Room



National Geographic Announces Slate of New Personality-Driven Content





National Geographic Announces Slate of New Personality-Driven Content to Further Adventure and Exploration Themed Storytelling
The new series will feature Christian Cooper, Derek Hough, Jeff Jenkins, Kristen Kish and Indy Srinath, as well as high school competitors of a global science fair competition.
[via press release from National Geographic Channel]
National Geographic Announces Slate of New Personality-Driven Content to Further Adventure and Exploration Themed Storytelling

New Series Include:

DANCE THE WORLD WITH DEREK HOUGH, Taking Viewers on a Global Cultural Journey of the Origins of the Most Popular Dance Styles

RESTAURANTS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, With Host, Award-Winning Chef, Entrepreneur and Global Trailblazer Kristen Kish

UNTITLED JEFF JENKINS PROJECT, With Global Adventurer Jeff Jenkins, an Award-Winning Travel Blogger and Influencer

FARMING IS LIFE, With Urban Gardener and Influencer Indy Srinath

EXTRAORDINARY BIRDER, Hosted by Life-long NYC Birder Christian Cooper

AND From the Producers of Eponymous Emmy(R) Award-Winning Doc Film and No. 1 Audience Favorite at Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals: SCIENCE FAIR: THE SERIES

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ahead of Disney’s Upfront presentation on Tuesday, May 17, in New York City, National Geographic Content President Courteney Monroe today announced a new slate of personality-driven shows to ignite curiosity, awe, and wonder and to inspire people to explore the world.

Powered by the successes of GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED, TRAFFICKED WITH MARIANA VAN ZELLER and RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS, the new series will feature Christian Cooper, Derek Hough, Jeff Jenkins, Kristen Kish and Indy Srinath, as well as high school competitors of a global science fair competition. The series will premiere on one of National Geographic’s linear channels or on Disney+, with all eventually finding a permanent home on Disney+ under the National Geographic brand tile.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with this exciting new ensemble of National Geographic storytellers, sharing their captivating journeys with fans all around the world,” said Monroe. “Whether its exploring Derek’s passion for dance on a global scale, traveling with Kristin on culinary adventures in remote locales or simply being awed by the infectious enthusiasm of our Science Fair kids, all of these new shows represent the very best of National Geographic and our desire to ignite people’s curiosity in our world.”

National Geographic topped Beta Research’s Brand Identity Study chart, identifying the basic cable networks described as a favorite channel among viewers 18+. National Geographic channel was also among basic networks described as very valuable. Nat Geo WILD was also named as one of the most valuable digital basic networks.

New content includes the following:

DANCE THE WORLD WITH DEREK HOUGH (Produced by Walt Disney Television Alternative)

Dance is the lifeblood of every culture. Dance is a global connective tissue that brings families and strangers alike together. Derek Hough, renowned as one of the best dancers of his generation, will be our guide on a journey to discover the roots of the most popular dance styles and trends around the world from the cultures, environments and people who forged them. In each episode, Derek will team up with a celebrity guest to embark on a quest to uncover the global cultural traditions that shape dance. Unleashed and inspired, every step in their adventure will culminate in a once-in-a-lifetime spectacular performance.

Grant Kahler is executive producer and showrunner. For National Geographic, Betsy Forhan is executive producer, Charlie Parsons is vice president of development, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development.

RESTAURANTS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (World of Wonder)

Adventurous chef, entrepreneur and global trailblazer Kristen Kish travels the world in search of the people, places, culture and traditions behind the world’s most remote restaurants. Running any successful venture takes a certain tenacity and grit, but those who set up deep in the wild, cut off from the grid and normal supply lines, are in a class all their own. From local purveyors, farmers and herders to kitchen crew, managers and chefs, Kristen is going behind the scenes to meet the people, hear the stories and see the day-to-day balancing act required to keep food on the table in the most remote outposts on earth.

For World of Wonder, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Jeremy Simmons are executive producers. For Cinetic, Ross Fremer, Brian Oakes and Christine O’Malley are executive producers. For National Geographic, Betsy Forhan is executive producer, Charlie Parsons is vice president of development, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development.

UNTITLED JEFF JENKINS PROJECT (Hit + Run)

Travel blogger and influencer Jeff Jenkins didn’t even step foot on a plane until he was 20 years old, but ever since, he’s been embarking on an epic global odyssey seeking out destinations and adventures way outside his comfort zone. Guided by his philosophy that “life begins where your comfort zone ends,” Jeff will spend one week completing one epic adventure he never thought he could do and would scare most people. Along the way, experiencing out-of-the-box cultural experiences, Jeff will cross paths with larger-than-life-locals, sharing every awe-inspiring adventure with viewers.

For Hit+Run, Rob Shaftel and Jon Kroll are executive producers. For National Geographic, Sean D. Johnson is executive producer, Bengt Anderson is vice president of production, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development.

FARMING IS LIFE (Nobody’s Hero and ITV America)

The last year and a half have set a generational shift in motion, with millions of people taking a deeper look at how to live more intentionally and adventurously. Many people dream about living more in tune with and connected to nature, understanding how to grow food and improve the soil underneath our feet. But farming is hard. Despite all the beauty and wonder, the lifestyle comes with a steep learning curve, and families and livelihoods are on the line. FARMING IS LIFE follows farming expert and influencer Indy Srinath, aka Indy Officinalis, as she encounters aspiring farmers hoping to make their dreams a reality. From her childhood on a homestead in North Carolina, Indy apprenticed at farms across the country before running a 7-acre mushroom farm and a prominent community garden in downtown Los Angeles. In a cinematic tour across North America, Indy helps aqua, rooftop, indoor, homestead, suburban and foraging farmers who are at a breaking point. For Indy, solutions can transcend conventional forms through the solidarity of farmers helping farmers. This is a series for anyone who dreams of growing, rearing, harvesting and breeding because, to them, farming is life.

FARMING IS LIFE is produced by Nobody’s Hero and ITV America. Jonty Nash, Christopher Potts, Sarah Howell and Bill Pruitt are the executive producers. For National Geographic, Drew Jones is executive producer, and Janet Vissering is senior vice president of development and production.

EXTRAORDINARY BIRDER (Lucky 8)

Life-long birder Christian Cooper takes us into the wild, wonderful and unpredictable world of birds. Whether braving stormy seas in Alaska for puffins, trekking into rainforests in Puerto Rico for parrots, or scaling a bridge in Manhattan for a peregrine falcon, he does whatever it takes to learn about these extraordinary feathered creatures and show us the remarkable world in the sky above.

For Lucky 8, George Kralovansky, Irfan Rahman, Kimberly Woodard, Jon Kroll and Doug Veith are executive producers. For National Geographic, Pam Caragol is executive producer, and Janet Vissering is senior vice president of development and production.

SCIENCE FAIR: THE SERIES (Muck Media)

From the Directors and Producers of Emmy Award-Winning Documentary SCIENCE FAIR

Inspired by the Sundance Festival favorite and SXSW Audience Award-winning documentary SCIENCE FAIR comes a new series from directors Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster about the agony and ecstasy of the beloved and brainy teenage subculture of competitive science. In this new gripping docuseries, we follow the ups and downs of some of the most brilliant young innovators, engineers, and scientists on the road to the Big Show – the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). SCIENCE FAIR: THE SERIES follows a group of inspiring teens who represent a vast spectrum of ISEF hopefuls. In addition to U.S. competitors, the series follows several fierce international contenders who have already beaten out the competition in their own countries to make it to ISEF. The result is a global character-driven coming-of-age story playing out across a science fair season, from the birth of an idea to a cutting-edge research project ready to compete in the “Olympics of science fairs.”

For Muck Media, Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster, Jeffrey Plunkett and Meri Haitkin are executive producers. For National Geographic, Chris Kugelman is executive producer, Kevin Mohs is vice president of Production, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development.



NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES ‘NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PREMIUM WITH DISNEY+’





NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES ‘NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PREMIUM WITH DISNEY+’
New Subscription Package Allows Fans Exclusive Access to Nat Geo’s Most Amazing Storytelling Online, Streaming and in Print, Delivered to their Home

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 13, 2022)–Today, National Geographic announces the launch of National Geographic Premium with Disney+ in the United States, a new subscription offering that delivers the best of National Geographic’s most inspiring and compelling storytelling where and when our fans want it- online, in app, streaming and in print, all with a single monthly, annual or two-year specially priced subscription.

National Geographic, the media company and lifestyle brand that has elevated innovative storytelling about people, places and projects that shape our world for over 134 years, aims to allow fans to connect, explore, and further engage with the world through this offering. Starting at $10.99 a month, the new subscription offers Disney+ access which features a host of Nat Geo original shows and documentaries plus all access to natgeo.com and the Nat Geo app, where fans can explore new topics or dive deep on their favorite topics – from science to space, travel and the environment – with new stories published daily. Subscribers will have access to a treasure trove of information on their preferred platforms that is crafted and penned by National Geographic’s team of experts, who create entertaining and educational content on the universe’s most interesting and pressing topics.

“At National Geographic we are constantly looking at new ways to enrich how we deliver our award-winning storytelling while giving our fans choice in both the formats and platforms. We want to inspire our subscribers to explore new topics, discover new places and provide historical perspectives that frame the what and why of today’s trending topics. We continue to expand our storytelling so that our content is even easier to access and engage with. National Geographic Premium with Disney+ is the latest offering in our vision to ensure that anyone, at any time, on any platform, can have access to in-depth, comprehensive and fact-based storytelling through one seamless experience.” –Julie Galvin, Vice President, Marketing at National Geographic Media

National Geographic Premium with Disney+ includes:

Disney+, including documentaries and shows from National Geographic only on Disney+
Exclusive content and access to natgeo.com, Nat Geo app, and full online archive
Curated weekly subscriber newsletter featuring National Geographic’s best stories
Annual subscribers will get 10 print issues of the National Geographic magazine per calendar year
NGKids publishes monthly, except the combined June/July and Dec/Jan issues
Special subscriber price for additional print subs (History, Nat Geo Kids, & Nat Geo Little Kids)
Special annual issue of the National Geographic magazine “Year In Pictures” issue (if subscribed in December, or if issue is unavailable, an item of greater or equal value)
Plus subscriber-only benefits such as exclusive events and discounts
Consumers are able to sign-up for National Geographic Premium with Disney+ today at natgeo.com/premium, immediately access premium content on the site and unlock the vast library of content on Disney+. For more information, visit natgeo.com/premium.

Offer valid only for new and returning Disney+ subscribers ages 18+ with no current active subscription. Additional terms apply.

About National Geographic MediaNat Geo Media is a worldwide digital, social and print publisher, operating in over 170 countries, with several print and digital products and over 1/2 a billion followers on social media. Our mission is to inspire curious fans of all ages through bold and innovative storytelling about people, places and projects that shape our world, and enable our fans to connect, explore, engage with and care about the world. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com, find us on the National Geographic app or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn,Pinterest and TikTok



National Geographic’s “Explorer: The Deepest Cave” Follows Extreme Cave Explorer Bill Stone





National Geographic’s “Explorer: The Deepest Cave” Follows Extreme Cave Explorer Bill Stone as He Attempts to Venture Deeper Under the Earth Than Anyone Has Ever Gone Before
The one-hour special premieres Monday, May 30 at 10:00/9:00c.
[via press release from National Geographic Partners]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S “EXPLORER: THE DEEPEST CAVE” FOLLOWS EXTREME CAVE EXPLORER BILL STONE AS HE ATTEMPTS TO VENTURE DEEPER UNDER THE EARTH THAN ANYONE HAS EVER GONE BEFORE

The One-Hour Special Is the Newest Installment of National Geographic’s Long-Running EXPLORER Series

EXPLORER: THE DEEPEST CAVE Premieres May 30 at 10/9c on National Geographic and Will Stream This Summer on Disney+

(Washington, D.C. – Feb. 7, 2022) – Continuing National Geographic’s legacy of pushing beyond known frontiers to deliver bold, powerful stories, Nat Geo announced the newest chapter of its EXPLORER series. EXPLORER: THE DEEPEST CAVE will premiere May 30 at 10/9c and stream this summer exclusively on Disney+. The one-hour special follows renowned cave explorer Bill Stone as he and his team push the boundaries of what has ever been done before as they attempt one of the greatest achievements of modern exploration – to set a new world record by venturing into the bottom of what is thought to be the deepest cave in the world.

Deep in the uncharted depths of Cheve Cave in Mexico, the expedition team must navigate through over 12 miles of unexplored tight, twisting passages, sometimes in complete darkness, where one mistake can be deadly. During the dangerous and highly technical adventure, not only is Bill and the team trying to break the world record for venturing deeper than any other person on Earth, but the expedition’s other goal is to map everything the team sees to create both traditional 2D maps as well as CGI 3D models relative to the surface topography so others can study the cave and discover what its future holds.

For the three-month underground journey in the longest active subterranean push duration ever, Bill enlisted a team of 69 elite cavers from 9 different countries, including expert cavers Sean Lewis, Corey Hackley, Sonia Dudziak, Victor Bravo and Gilly Elor from countries around the world, including Mexico, Poland, Slovenia, Canada, Sweden and Russia. The expedition has been compared to climbing Mount Everest – but in reverse – and the pressure to conquer the cave will push all of them to the absolute limits of survival and sanity.

EXPLORER: THE DEEPEST CAVE is part of National Geographic’s long-running, iconic EXPLORER series, which continues to search for answers to some of the greatest mysteries of history, science and adventure around the world. The first part of the anthology series, EXPLORER: THE LAST TEPUI, streaming on Earth Day, April 22, only on Disney+, follows elite climber Alex Honnold (FREE SOLO) and a world-class climbing team led by National Geographic Explorer and climber Mark Synnott on a grueling mission deep in the Amazon jungle to help legendary biologist and National Geographic Explorer Bruce Means to the top of a massive “island in the sky” known as a tepui to search for undiscovered animal species.

EXPLORER: THE DEEPEST CAVE is produced by ABC News Studios for National Geographic. Jeanmarie Condon is senior executive producer, and Drew Pulley executive produces. The special is directed by Pablo Durana. For National Geographic, Bengt Anderson is executive producer.

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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 Dives Into the Minds of the World’s Greatest Adventure Athletes





National Geographic Dives Into the Minds of the World’s Greatest Adventure Athletes in New 10-Part Series “Edge of the Unknown with Jimmy Chin”
The epic 10-part series takes audiences inside the minds of pioneering adventure athletes as they recount the most consequential moments of their lives on their journey to perfect the mastery of their craft.
[via press release from National Geographic Partners]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIVES INTO THE MINDS OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST ADVENTURE ATHLETES IN NEW 10-PART SERIES “EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN”

The Latest Project From Oscar(R), BAFTA and Multiple Emmy(R) Award-Winning Directing Duo E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Edge of the Unknown with Jimmy Chin Premieres on National Geographic July 2022

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 7, 2022) For the world’s top adventure athletes, the line between triumph and tragedy is razor thin. In the pivotal moments when life hangs in the balance, what drives the greatest to continue pushing to redefine what is humanly possible, to stare down fear and risk it all? From Academy Award(R)-winning executive producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN is an epic 10-part series that takes audiences inside the minds of pioneering adventure athletes as they recount the most consequential moments of their lives on their journey to perfect the mastery of their craft.

Through intimate interviews and archival footage from the world’s top big wave surfers, climbers, big mountain snowboarders, polar explorers and kayakers, EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN is an adrenaline ride that gives viewers a front-row seat to these adventures, uncovering how they adapt and evolve, even after being confronted by fear, devastating personal loss and Mother Nature at her harshest. Witness stories of bravery and perseverance, and how these top athletes prepare mentally, physically and emotionally for their high-stakes endeavors.

EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN premieres globally on National Geographic in July 2022.

“We’re thrilled to be able to tell these incredible stories of endurance and transcendence, of men and women pushed to their psychological and physical limits as they battle to redefine what is possible,” said Vasarhelyi and Chin. “Each episode reveals an epic and deeply emotional look at the most extreme environments in the world – and the lengths that these dedicated athletes will go to tackle them. We think viewers will be inspired by just how resilient humans can be.”

Stories Include the Following:

· Travis Rice, a big-mountain freeride snowboarder, filmmaker and designer who survived a near-fatal avalanche while riding in the backcountry of Alaska.

· Sarah McNair Landry, a second-generation polar explorer who came face-to-face with death while attempting to be the first to cross the Northwest Passage in the brutal freezing winter.

· Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic, kayakers who were pushed to their ultimate limits on a dangerous two-month expedition through Africa.

· Gerd Serrasolses, a kayaker who was knocked unconscious after falling down a 50-foot waterfall while filming in Chiapas, Mexico.

· Justine Dupont, a French big wave surfer who was on a mission to break gender barriers and push the sport forward for female athletes until a violent wipeout set her back.

· Jimmy Chin, who recounts his own story of how a class four avalanche transformed the way he approaches his work and life.

· Conrad Anker, a renowned mountaineer and professional climber who suffered a heart attack while at 20,000 feet on Lunag Ri, the tallest unclimbed peak in the Himalayas.

· Angel Collinson, a big mountain skier who survived an epic fall that sent her tumbling 1,000 feet down the side of a mountain in Alaska.

· Will Gadd, a legendary climber who would stop at nothing to accomplish his goal of being the first to climb Helmcken Falls, a 430-foot frozen waterfall in British Columbia.

· Alex Honnold, professional rock climber, who was pushed to his physical and mental limits while climbing the Atlas Mountains of Morocco with his close friend and world-class climber Tommy Caldwell.

For more information, visit our press room at www.natgeotvpressroom.com and follow @NGC_PR on Twitter.

EDGE OF THE UKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN is part of a diverse lineup of four unscripted projects from the acclaimed Vasarhelyi and Chin as a result of their first-look deal announced in 2019 following the success of Academy, BAFTA and multiple Emmy(R) Award-winning film, FREE SOLO. The dynamic unscripted slate directed by the pair and produced by their production company, Little Monster Films, includes two feature documentaries, THE RESCUE and TOMPKINS, along with EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN and a one-hour pilot titled PHOTOGRAPHER.

EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN WITH JIMMY CHIN is produced by Little Monster Films for National Geographic. For Little Monster, Pagan Harleman and Anna Barnes are executive producers. For National Geographic, Chris Kugelman is executive producer, and Matt Renner is vice president, Production. Alan Eyres is senior vice president, Production and Development.

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About Little Monster Films

Founded by Academy Award winners E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Little Monster Films is a full-service production company committed to telling character-driven stories underneath the backdrop of thrilling and otherworldly visuals. Working in both the unscripted and scripted arenas, their mission is to capture humanity at its best, aiming to reflect a diverse world both in front of and behind the camera, they strive to present grounded narratives with intensity and depth while showcasing the extraordinary among us and the power of what we can individually achieve.

About Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

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) and took home seven Emmy Awards in 2019.

Vasarhelyi’s films as a director include “Meru” (Oscars shortlist 2016, Sundance Audience Award 2015); “Incorruptible” (Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award 2016); “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” (Oscilloscope 2009), which 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, longtime 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,” which was 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.

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 Announces Ambitious, Premium Content Slate Exclusively for Disney+





National Geographic Announces Ambitious, Premium Content Slate Exclusively for Disney+
Courteney Monroe, president, National Geographic Content, announced 13 new original projects being produced exclusively for Disney+.
[via press release from National Geographic Partners]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES AMBITIOUS, PREMIUM CONTENT SLATE EXCLUSIVELY FOR DISNEY+

NEW SERIES HAIL FROM DARREN ARONOFSKY, DAVID BLAINE, JAMES CAMERON, JIMMY CHIN, JON FAVREAU, SUSANNA FOGEL, BRIAN GRAZER, CHRIS HEMSWORTH, RON HOWARD, TONY PHELAN, JOAN RATER, E. CHAI VASARHELYI AND WILL SMITH

AUDACIOUS NEW NATURAL HISTORY SLATE INCLUDES HOME – AN EPIC 10 YEAR, NINE SEASON ODYSSEY ACROSS OUR PLANET FROM BBC STUDIOS NATURAL HISTORY UNIT

NEW GREENLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Blockbuster Non-Fiction Series

· POLE TO POLE – Will Smith Traverses from the South Pole to the North Pole; From Westbrook, Jane Root’s Nutopia and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa

Unprecedented Eight Epic Natural History Series

· GREAT MIGRATIONS – A Fresh Look at Our Planet on the Move; From Plimsoll Productions

· HOME – Definitive Portrait of Life on Earth With BBC Studios Natural History Unit

· LION – Jon Favreau and Distinctive Wildlife Cinematographers of the BBC Studios Natural History Unit Tell Profound Story of One Pride of Lions

· SECRETS OF THE ELEPHANTS and SECRETS OF THE OCTOPUS – James Cameron Executive Produced Earth Day Franchise Series

· SENTIENT – Executive Producer Darren Aronofsky and Wildstar Films Explore New Science of Sentience

· SUPER/NATURAL – Benedict Cumberbatch to Narrate Series from Executive Producer James Cameron and Plimsoll Productions, Inviting Viewers to Experience Natural World as Super-Sensing Animals and Insects Do

· THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM SERIES – Critically Acclaimed Feature Documentary About John and Molly Chester’s Biodiverse Farm, Apricot Lane Farms, Picked Up to Series

Three Adventure Series

· BEYOND BELIEF WITH DAVID BLAINE – Master Magician and Endurance Artist Traverses Globe to Reveal Closely Guarded Magic and Cultures; From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries

· EPIC ADVENTURES OF BERTIE GREGORY – BAFTA Award-Winning Filmmaker Bertie Gregory Breaks the Mold in Natural History Storytelling

· PHOTOGRAPHER – E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin Explore With World’s Greatest Photographers

Fact-Based Scripted Series

· A SMALL LIGHT – From ABC Signature in Partnership with Keshet Studios, Executive Producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, and DGA award winner and Emmy(R) nominated Director Susanna Fogel, the Life Story of Miep Gies, Who Played Critical Role in Hiding Anne Frank (Previously Announced)
(WASHINGTON, D.C. / NEW YORK, NY – Feb. 7, 2022) – National Geographic, which has a dedicated tile on Disney+, showcased the full range of its brand and programming to the Television Critics Association today, with visually spectacular natural history shows from world-class filmmakers as its centerpiece.

Courteney Monroe, president, National Geographic Content, announced 13 new original projects being produced exclusively for Disney+ that reflect a significant investment in National Geographic’s industry-leading portfolio of natural history series and specials, its acclaimed nonfiction and feature documentaries, and its fact-based scripted series about historical figures who epitomize the strength and triumphs of humankind.

Each new Disney+ project continues National Geographic’s alliance with visionary filmmakers, passionate conservationists and marquee talent, including Darren Aronofsky, David Blaine, James Cameron, Jimmy Chin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Brian Grazer, Chris Hemsworth, Ron Howard, Michael B. Jordan, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Susanne Fogel and Will Smith. Collectively, a shared passion for storytelling is what unites this incredible slate of talent with the future of National Geographic on Disney+.

“At National Geographic, our strategy is to tell bold, best-in-class stories that ignite curiosity and inspire people to explore and care about our world,” said Monroe. “With premium, creatively ambitious shows from the very best storytellers in the world, we are bringing awe and wonder to the lives of global Disney+ subscribers with wildly entertaining National Geographic documentary series, feature documentary films, epic natural history and fact-based scripted drama.”

Today’s announcements expand upon the previously announced slate of Disney+ Originals from National Geographic, which include this year’s LIMITLESS WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH and AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL and future series A REAL BUG’S LIFE, QUEENS and OCEANXPLORERS. Monroe also announced that actor Michael B. Jordan (Marvel’s “Black Panther”) will narrate AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, and Benedict Cumberbatch (Marvel’s “Dr. Strange”) will narrate SUPER/NATURAL.

Finally, Monroe announced that the next documentary from the award-winning National Geographic Documentary Films banner will be Ron Howard’s WE FEED PEOPLE. After a festival run, beginning with its global premiere at SXSW, the film will launch on Disney+ Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 27.

New projects announced today include the following (all titles are working titles):

Blockbuster Non-fiction Series

POLE TO POLE (Westbrook Studios, Nutopia and Protozoa)
In his third epic project for National Geographic, actor and producer Will Smith (“Welcome to Earth,” “One Strange Rock”) leads viewers on an astounding journey from the bottom of the planet to its top – covering 26,000 miles from the South Pole to the North Pole – to unlock the mystery of Earth’s astonishing diversity and alchemy. Filming for more than 100 days, the series documents his journey across all of Earth’s biomes: polar ice, desert, jungle, mountain, savannah and swamp. In each location, the explorer Smith and his film crew will embed with local communities and experience firsthand what it is like to live in some of the most amazing and extreme landscapes on the planet. For Westbrook, Will Smith, Miguel Melendez and Terence Carter are executive producers. For Nutopia, Jane Root and Peter Lovering are executive producers. For Protozoa, Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel are executive producers.

Epic Natural History Series

GREAT MIGRATIONS (Plimsoll Productions)
Our planet is on the move. Animals across every landscape embark on epic migrations in search of food, shelter and safe breeding grounds. Whether by land, sea or air, all of these journeys are full of obstacles and dangers – only those with the strength, determination and persistence go the distance. Now, using the state-of-the-art remote cameras and drones and the latest tracking technology that can break down animal behavior by the hour, we can follow the drama, jeopardy and courage every step of the way. Inspiring animal stories of endeavor and emotion are set against a backdrop of sweeping wildlife spectacles and epic landscapes. Executive producers are Tom Hugh-Jones “Hostile Planet,” “Planet Earth II”) and Martha Holmes (“Earth Live,” “Blue Planet”). The showrunner is Sarah Gibbs (“Kingdom of the Mummies,” “Arctic Live”).

HOME (BBC Studios Natural History Unit)
Filmed over an unprecedented decade and running an exceptional nine seasons, National Geographic and the world-leading BBC Studios Natural History Unit embark on HOME, the most ambitious and definitive portrait of life on Earth ever attempted. Production has commenced on the first three seasons and development committed to six more seasons of what will be a cinematic spectacle of natural history across the planet, created by a multiple award-winning team. HOME will journey through five oceans and seven continents to reveal the deeply symbiotic relationships between all living things. This ambitious blue-chip event will set a new benchmark for landmark natural history television, culminating with an examination of how our planet has adapted and transformed during the 10 years of program making. The creative team is showrunner and producer Doug Hope (“Big Blue Live,” “Endangered”), producer is Gavin Boyland (“Big Cats,” “Primates”) and editor is Simon Blakeney (“Dynasties,” “Africa,” “Life”).

LION (Creator and Executive Producer Jon Favreau and BBC Studios Natural History Unit)
Currently in pre-production, acclaimed director Jon Favreau (Marvel’s “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2”, Disney’s “The Lion King”), the world’s foremost natural history producer, Mike Gunton, and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit have joined forces in a formidable creative partnership to present a landmark series about one the world’s most majestic creatures – Lions. When principal photography begins, Lion will follow a single pride for an unprecedented four years. In this intimate and emotional series, the filmmakers will use cutting-edge technology to explore the heart-stopping challenges facing an entire species, all told through a compelling, serialized dramatic story of a single group of characters. The executive producers are Favreau and Gunton (“Planet Earth II,” “Dynasties”) and series editor is Simon Blakeney (“Life,” “Dynasties”); each brings unrivaled experience, an innate passion for emotional storytelling and a deep love of lions to this television event.

SECRETS OF THE ELEPHANTS and SECRETS OF THE OCTOPUS (Executive Producer James Cameron, Oxford Scientific Films, SeaLight Pictures)
National Geographic turns its 2021 Emmy(R)-winning SECRETS OF THE WHALES natural history limited series into a new annual multipart franchise presented to coincide with Earth Day each year, SECRETS OF… with James Cameron returning as Executive Producer. Each year will focus on one species to fully explore its unique traits and culture. In 2023, the franchise will present SECRETS OF THE ELEPHANTS with conservationist Dr. Paula Kahumbu, winner of the Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year (2021). Elephants have long been a source of wonder and mystery with their rich emotional lives and almost supernatural ways of navigating the world. In SECRETS OF THE ELEPHANTS, we travel the globe to meet different families of elephants, each with their own set of remarkable cultural behaviors which they’ve adapted to suit the environment in which they live. This series deploys the latest science and brand-new camera technology to reveal the elephant’s secret world, revealing not just how truly extraordinary they are in their own right but also how similar they are to humans. Desert elephants, forest elephants, Asian elephants and African savannah elephants each have an incredible story of intelligence, grace and survival to tell.

For SECRETS OF THE ELEPHANTS, Emmy Award-winners James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm for Earthship are executive producers. Lucinda Axelsson is the executive producer for Oxford Scientific Films. Her credits include “China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom,” “Serengeti,” “Wild Brazil,” “Elephant Diaries,” “Elephants of Samburu,” “Meerkat Manor,” “Spy in the Wild.” SECRETS OF THE OCTOPUS will be presented by wildlife scientist Dr. Alexandra Schnell. It is executive produced by Emmy Award-winners James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm for Earthship, two-time Emmy Award nominee Colette Beaudry and Emmy Award Honoree Adam Geiger for SeaLight Pictures.

SENTIENT (Executive Producer Darren Aronosky’s Protozoa and Wildstar Films)
If monkeys do math, whales mourn their dead, bees draw maps and the largest communication network on Earth is run by mushrooms – how special are we? For centuries we’ve set ourselves apart from nature because of the way we think and feel and learn, but the latest revelations from the fields of animal behavior, cognition and psychology reveal some astonishing truths about the other minds with which we share our planet. SENTIENT will show that life at all scales – plants, animals and arguably, entire ecosystems – has aspects of sentience and will ask us to rethink our place in nature. Executive producers for Protozoa are Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Executive Producers for Wildstar Films are Mark Linfield and Vanessa Berlowitz. (“Planet Earth,” “Frozen Planet”). The showrunner is Hannah Gibson (“Savage Kingdom” and “Earth From Space”).

SUPER/NATURAL (Executive Producer James Cameron and Plimsoll Productions)
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
Executive-produced by James Cameron and narrated by Academy Award(R)-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game,” “Patrick Melrose”), this new series will utilize the latest scientific innovations and leading-edge filmmaking technology to reveal the secret powers and super-senses of the world’s most extraordinary animals, inviting viewers to see and hear beyond normal human perception to experience the natural world as a specific species does – from seeing flowers in bee-vision to eavesdropping on a conversation between elephant seals to soaring the length of a football field with glow-in-the-dark squirrels. Set to premiere later this year, the series is executive produced by Emmy Award-winners James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm for Earthship and multiple Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning executive producers Martha Holmes (“Earth Live,” “Blue Planet”) and Tom Hugh-Jones (“Hostile Planet,” “Planet Earth II”). The showrunners are Matt Brandon (“Dogs – the Untold Story,” “Cities: Nature’s New Wild”) and Bill Markham (“Animal,” “Night on Earth”).

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM SERIES (FarmLore Films in Association With Apricot Lane Farms and Neon)
After previously announcing a special for this year’s Earth Day based on the award-winning feature documentary about John and Molly Chester, who abandon their Los Angeles urban life to instead live on a dried-up farm in Ventura County, National Geographic has announced it will expand into a series for Disney+. Over the course of 14 years, the Chesters transformed that farm into Apricot Lane Farms, a magical working farm that reflects the biodiversity of our planet and continued to document the whole process in a new heartwarming series that’s akin to a real-life “Charlotte’s Web.” The series will introduce the audience to the animals on the farm, including Georgie, the gopher-eating egret, Walter, the rooster who protects injured chickens, and an adorable lamb named Moe who befriends the family. The executive producers are Erica Messer, Sandra Keats and John Chester. The series is directed by John Chester.

Adventure Series

BEYOND BELIEF WITH DAVID BLAINE (Executive Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and Imagine Documentaries)
BEYOND BELIEF WITH DAVID BLAINE presents a rarely seen side of magician and endurance artist David Blaine. This new documentary adventure series brings viewers along as Blaine goes on a global odyssey across remote cultures, each embedded with unique histories and practices. He will hunt for extraordinary people – including shamans, fakirs and magicians who perform magic that defies what doctors and scientists think is possible – and convince them to share their secrets. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, David Blaine, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes and Matthew Akers are executive producers. Toby Oppenheimer is the executive producer and showrunner.

THE EPIC ADVENTURES OF BERTIE GREGORY (Wildstar Films)
The face of a new generation of aspirational adventurers and natural history filmmakers, 27-year-old Bertie Gregory takes viewers on an epic and nail-biting journey that pushes into the most spectacular and secretive corners of our wild world. Armed with leading-edge film technology, Bertie breaks the mold of the traditional natural history program by telling extraordinary, real-life animal stories and taking viewers with him for every beat of the action. For weeks at a time, the charismatic BAFTA Award-winning cinematographer immerses himself into the animals’ lives to capture the untold stories of iconic creatures living in some of the harshest environments on our planet. This season will see Bertie braving the icy worlds of Antarctica in search of the biggest gathering of whales ever filmed and coming face-to-face with specialist buffalo-hunting lions in Zambia. In this multipart adventure series, he will take audiences on an ambitious odyssey across the globe, showcasing the natural world at a time when it faces its greatest challenges. Set to premiere later this year, the series has also been picked up for a second season, which is filming now. Executive producers for Wildstar Films are BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning Vanessa Berlowitz (“Planet Earth,” “Frozen Planet”), and Anwar Mamon (“Life at the Waterhole,” “Day on Earth”). The showrunner is James Brickell (“Planet Earth II,” “Welcome to Earth”).

PHOTOGRAPHER (Executive Producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and Their Production Company, Little Monster Films)
A stunning and intimate documentary series from Academy and Emmy Award-winners E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo,” “The Rescue”), PHOTOGRAPHER will tell the intensely personal stories of the world’s greatest visual storytellers and artists, from how they found themselves behind a camera to how they dedicate themselves to the endless pursuit of perfecting their craft. Spanning diverse genres of photography, each episode will profile an extraordinary photographer, taking viewers on a journey to discover just what it takes to produce the world’s most iconic images and providing an immersive ride on what it feels like to be a photographer behind the lens during extraordinary moments. Each episode will be directed by a different filmmaker, who will partner with a photographer to tell the story of his or her life. Vasarhelyi and Chin directed the first episode featuring conservation photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier.

Scripted Series (Previously Announced)

A SMALL LIGHT (Executive Producers and Writers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, Executive Producer and Director Susanna Fogel) From ABC Signature in partnership with Keshet Studios

A powerful limited scripted series tells the remarkable story of twentysomething Miep Gies who, when her boss Otto Frank came to her and asked her to hide his family from the Nazis during World War II, didn’t hesitate. For the next two years, Miep, her husband Jan, and the other helpers watched over the eight souls in hiding in the Secret Annex. And it was Miep who found Anne’s Diary and preserved it so that she and Otto could later share it with the world.

Gies, who died in 2010 at the age of 100, was an amazing and unlikely heroine whose story is inspiring, and deeply humanistic. The series title comes from something Gies said late in her life: “I don’t like being called a hero because no one should ever think you have to be special to help others. Even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can turn on a small light in a dark room.”

The screenwriters are Joan Rater and Tony Phelan (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Madam Secretary”). DGA award winner and Emmy(R) nominated Susanna Fogel (“The Flight Attendant,” “Cat Person”) will direct multiple episodes. The Disney+ Original limited series A SMALL LIGHT, from National Geographic, will be produced by ABC Signature in partnership with Keshet Studios. Executive producers are Joan Rater, Tony Phelan, Susanna Fogel; Keshet Studios’ Peter Traugott, Keshet International’s Alon Shtruzman and Keshet Media Group’s Avi Nir. Executive producers are Joan Rater, Tony Phelan, Susanna Fogel; Keshet Studios’ Peter Traugott, Keshet International’s Alon Shtruzman and Keshet Media Group’s Avi Nir.

National Geographic Documentary Films

WE FEED PEOPLE (From Director Ron Howard and Producers Brian Grazer and Imagine Documentaries)
Premieres Friday, May 27
WE FEED PEOPLE spotlights renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen’s incredible mission and evolution over 12 years, from being a scrappy group of grassroots volunteers to becoming one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector. As the world’s most prominent food-focused first responders, Andrés and the World Central Kitchen team have snapped into action, combating hunger in the wake of crisis by serving over 60 million meals to date. Featuring exclusive access to World Central Kitchen’s initiatives and archives, the documentary follows Andrés and his team around the globe as they address the increasing environmental and humanitarian crises that devastate our world the best way they know how: through food. The film takes an in-depth look at World Central Kitchen’s collaborations with local chefs to feed affected people and first responders, which has instilled an extraordinary sense of hope in these communities. From the front lines of a crisis to the backrooms of the kitchen, the film examines the restoration of community and the activation of change, one meal at a time. Joining Brian Grazer and Ron Howard as producers are Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Walter Matteson and Meredith Kaulfers. For Imagine Entertainment, Michael Rosenberg and Louisa Velis are executive producers. For World Central Kitchen, Nate Mook and Richard Wolffe are executive producers. Sam Pollard is a consulting producer and Andrew Morreale is the editor.

Previously Announced Series

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL (Wildstar Films)
Narrated by Michael B. Jordan
From the award-winning producers of “Planet Earth,” “Frozen Planet” and the “Disneynature” films, AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, narrated by Michael B. Jordan, is the jaw-dropping story of our homeland and its amazing animals. North America is the most diverse and extreme continent on Earth. The only place where you can find every landscape, from Arctic icecap to baking desert and everything in-between. We take a journey through America’s most spectacular regions – the mountainous Northwest, the steamy South, the arid West and the endless Heartland. Whatever the neighborhood, there’s a hero who can make it a home. Smart, tough, brave, you name it, the animals of North America have what it takes to overcome the elements and thrive. In our closing episode, we meet the human heroes fighting to preserve our wildlife and wild places for future generations. Executive producers for Wildstar Films are multi-BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning team of Mark Linfield and Vanessa Berlowitz. (“Planet Earth,” “Frozen Planet”). The showrunner is Dan Rees (“Frozen Planet,” “Atlantic”).

A REAL BUG’S LIFE (Plimsoll Productions)
A REAL BUG’S LIFE will be one of the most ambitious and innovative natural history series ever to be made. Only now, with recent advancements in camera technology, can we meet these extraordinary little characters and see our colossal world through their tiny eyes. A REAL BUG’S LIFE takes viewers on an unforgettable journey that exposes how these microsized creatures keep our world turning while facing monstrous forces and threats. From the savannas of Africa and the Australian Outback to the streets of New York and your own backyard, each episode immerses the viewer inside a microcosm, where tiny-yet-extraordinary creatures rely on their mighty abilities to make it through the day. In ten spellbinding episodes, we take you on adventures into a world beyond your imagination to show you what life is like on planet Earth from a bug’s eye view. Set to premiere in 2023, the series boasts multiple Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning executive producers: Tom Hugh-Jones (“Hostile Planet,” “Tiny World”) and Martha Holmes (“Earth Live,” “Blue Planet”). Showrunners are Helen Williamson (“How The Universe Works,” “The Great American Eclipse”) and Nat Sharman (“Welcome to Earth,” “One Strange Rock”).

LIMITLESS WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH (Executive Producer Darren Aronofsky and Protozoa and Executive Producer Jane Root and Nutopia)
What if you could combat aging and discover the full potential of the human body? Global movie star Chris Hemsworth (“Extraction,” “Thor,” “The Avengers”) explores this revolutionary idea in the new National Geographic original series LIMITLESS WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH, created by Darren Aronofsky and hailing from his production company Protozoa and Jane Root’s Nutopia. New scientific research is shattering conventional wisdom about the human body and offering fascinating insights into how we can all unlock our body’s superpowers to fight illness, perform better and even reverse the aging process! This science is put to the test by Hemsworth, who, despite being in peak superhero condition, is on a personal mission to learn how to extend our health, strength and intellect further into our later years. Undergoing a series of epic trials and extraordinary challenges in order to understand the limits of the human body, he’ll learn firsthand how we can live better for longer by discovering ways to regenerate damage, maximize strength, build resilience, supercharge memory and confront mortality. Entertaining, immersive and life-changing, LIMITLESS will rewrite the rulebook on living better for longer. Chris Hemsworth and Ben Grayson are executive producers. For Protozoa, Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel and Scott Franklin are executive producers. For Nutopia, Jane Root, Arif Nurmohamed and Ruth Shurman are executive producers.

OCEANXPLORERS (Executive Producer James Cameron, OceanX and BBC Studios Natural History Unit)
From National Geographic Explorer James Cameron (“Avatar”), OceanX and BBC Studios Natural History Unit (“Blue Planet II”) comes the most ambitious ocean adventure ever filmed. OCEANXPLORERS takes audiences aboard an advanced scientific research vessel, OceanXplorer, to investigate the farthest frontiers of the world’s oceans, 95% of which are entirely unexplored. Combining a high-end, science-driven documentary with breathtaking sequences to capture the drama and thrill of exploration, the six-part series is a high-stakes adventure in ocean discovery. James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm are executive producers. For BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Roger Webb and Orla Doherty are executive producers. For OceanX, Ray Dalio, Mark Dalio and Joe Ruffolo are executive producers. For Brian Catalina Entertainment, Brian Catalina is executive producer.

QUEENS (Wildstar Films)
Six mighty sisterhoods, six epic worlds. Meet the most powerful queens in nature, from the peace-loving bonobo chimps of the Congo basin to the ruthless jewel bees of Costa Rica. Whether they rule with love, wisdom or brute force, all would sacrifice everything for their family. This is the first natural history series to focus on matriarchal societies and put female animal leaders in the spotlight. For the first time, a female-led camera and production team draws on their feminine intuition to capture a revelatory view of the natural world. QUEENS is also dedicated to training and supporting women around the planet to help change the face of wildlife TV. Executive producer for Wildstar Films is BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning Vanessa Berlowitz, (“Planet Earth,” “Frozen Planet”). The showrunner is Chloe Sarosh (“Earth from Space,” “Nature’s Weirdest Events”).

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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 134 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 Roars Into 2022 with Annual “Big Cat Week”





Nat Geo WILD Roars Into 2022 with Annual “Big Cat Week,” A Special Six-Part Series from Award-Winning Filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and the Premiere of “Russia’s Wild Tiger” on Jan. 30
This special event includes 11 in-depth programs, each exploring an entirely different big cat species, their struggles as they face extinction, as well as rare, never-before-seen footage in their natural habitats spanning from the Okavango Delta to the Serengeti to Thailand and more.
[via press release from Nat Geo WILD]
NAT GEO WILD ROARS INTO 2022 WITH ANNUAL “BIG CAT WEEK,” A SPECIAL SIX-PART SERIES FROM AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS DERECK AND BEVERLY JOUBERT, AND THE PREMIERE OF “RUSSIA’S WILD TIGER” ON JAN. 30

11th Annual BIG CAT WEEK Highlights National Geographic Society’s Commitment to Conservation

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 25, 2022) – Nat Geo WILD is showcasing some of its biggest and rarest cats to date as the network celebrates its 11th year of BIG CAT WEEK, starting Sunday, Jan. 30. This special event includes 11 in-depth programs, each exploring an entirely different big cat species, their struggles as they face extinction, as well as rare, never-before-seen footage in their natural habitats spanning from the Okavango Delta to the Serengeti to Thailand and more.

With each passing year, big cats are faced with greater challenges and risk of extinction. The National Geographic Society is committed to raising awareness of big cats’ adverse situations through programming events such as BIG CAT WEEK, partnering with leading experts, funding research initiatives, and supporting impactful conservation efforts across the planet.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, at 9/8c, Nat Geo WILD debuts BIG CAT WEEK with RUSSIA’S WILD TIGER. The one-hour special focuses on the Amur tiger, which was recently on the brink of extinction with only 30 cats in existence. Now, there are nearly 600. In order to film the essence of this special tiger, the program was filmed across two years from 80 different cameras located in each tiger sanctuary in the Far East, including the Sikhote-Alin mountains, Land of Leopards National Park, Bikin National Park, Anyuysky National Park and many more.

Following RUSSIA’S WILD TIGER, the feline fun continues with THE WAY OF THE CHEETAH at 10/9c and TREE CLIMBING LIONS at 11/10c. Additionally, the week-long event will include several interstitials featuring National Geographic Explorers who are working to protect big cats around the globe.

Additionally, BIG CAT WEEK features a special series from award-winning filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers and wildlife conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who have been filming, researching and exploring in Africa for over 35 years.

BIG CAT WEEK begins Sunday, Jan. 30, and runs through Thursday, Feb. 3, with an array of programming that includes WAR OF THE LIONS, THE REAL BLACK PANTHER, LIVING WITH BIG CATS: REVEALED, BIG CAT ODYSSEY: REVEALED, and more. Episode titles and descriptions can be found below.

Betty White Goes Wild! – Jan. 30 at 8/7c

We take a rare look into one of White’s true passions – big cats! Celebrate her life and advocacy for animals as we remember when she headed to the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos to get up close to big cats. White weaves her natural wit as we look at the cats’ individual behavioral traits and learn where they live, how many are left in the wild, and the challenges they face.

Russia’s Wild Tiger – Jan. 30 at 9/8c

Records the battle for the survival of the big cats and reveals intimate details of their lives. The animals they prey on are also in the film: tigers couldn’t survive without sika deer, Altai wapiti, wild boars and Asian black bears. Guiding the viewer through the film, an elder tiger tells the story of his cub, born in a conservation area, the year after he leaves his mother. His search for a territory reveals the problems facing tigers in Russia’s Far East and the conflicts that arise when he strays into human settlements. The young tiger takes the viewer to places where the fate of Siberian tigers will be decided: vast forests, remote villages and the cities at the edge of the wilderness.

The Way of the Cheetah – Jan. 30 at 10/9c

Set in Kenya, the story tells of how Immani protects her four cubs against other male cheetahs and other predators. By Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

Tree Climbing Lions – Jan. 30 at 11/10c

Big cat biologist Alexander Braczkowski returns to Uganda to embed with the mysterious tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park. He sets out to uncover their unique climbing culture, but along the way, he gets to know them one on one and reveals the prides’ dramatic fight for survival and their determination to help their cubs survive their first year of life.

Living with Big Cats: Revealed – Jan. 31 at 9/8c

Dereck and Beverly Joubert lead viewers on their incredible journey with big cats – from the first time big cats captured their hearts through their boundless dedication to protecting these iconic predators. This story explores how the Jouberts got started and delves into their personal lives as National Geographic filmmakers and Explorers.

Big Cat Odyssey: Revealed – Jan. 31 at 10/9c

Dereck and Beverly Joubert dive deeper into the issues that surround big cats, specifically African lions and leopards. What challenges do these iconic big cats face? How have these lions and leopards survived and adapted over the decades? The Jouberts lead viewers on an epic journey through the lives of big cats and their most iconic moments.

Relentless Enemies: Revealed – Feb. 1 at 9/8c

A buffalo herd of over 1,200 is forced to move through three lion territories while being confined by the floodwaters on a small island in the Okavango. As the buffalo strategize their advancements, the lions react to each and every move they make. From the Joubert’s home base in Botswana comes the epic story of buffalo and lions surviving and adapting to each other. Narrated by Jeremy Irons.

Ultimate Enemies: Revealed – Feb. 1 at 10/9c

National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert explore how some animals are thrust together by the forces of nature – sometimes through a millennium of evolution or even last year’s drought. In the aftermath of strange elephant deaths, they piece together a visually stunning story that confirms their theory that lions were hunting elephants. Narrated by Jeremy Irons.

Eye of the Leopard: Revealed – Feb. 2 at 9/8c

National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert set out to create a film on leopards but never imagined they would be seduced by a small, eight-day-old cub named Legadema. EYE OF THE LEOPARD follows Legadema’s journey from a playful cub to a skilled huntress. Narrated by Jeremy Irons.

Eternal Enemies: Revealed – Feb. 2 at 10/9c

Joubert’s Emmy(R)-winning film is back with stunning remastered footage. Propelled by Jeremy Irons’ gripping narration, ETERNAL ENEMIES reveals the story of conflict between lions and hyenas, relatively unknown or even suspected in the scientific world before this. The intense relationship and enduring rivalry between the two species play out in a battle of survival.

War of the Lions – Feb. 3 at 9/8c

From savannahs bursting with game to deserts with not a drop to drink, all lion kingdoms are not created equal … so who is the REAL king of the beasts?

The Real Black Panther – Feb. 3 at 10/9c

The hot, dry, deciduous jungles of South India are no place for a melanistic leopard – but Saya is different. He is the only black panther in the entire Kabini Forest, and he’s got one thing on his mind: to take over this leopard paradise. But Scarface, the current ruler, won’t give it up easily. This is a story of astounding adaptability and success, the journey of Saya – THE REAL BLACK PANTHER.

For more information, visit www.natgeotvpressroom.com.

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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 unrivalled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels 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.



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+.