Smithsonian Channel(TM) Reveals Powerful Story Behind Israel’s Remarkable Vaccination Achievements





Smithsonian Channel(TM) Reveals Powerful Story Behind Israel’s Remarkable Vaccination Achievements in “Vaxxed Nation”
The original documentary premieres Sunday, July 11 at 10:00/9:00c.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Reveals Powerful Story Behind Israel’s Remarkable Vaccination Achievements in VAXXED NATION

Riveting Documentary Slated for July 11th World Premiere Produced by Israeli-based Ananey Studios

From outbreak to lockdown, Israel was at the forefront of rapidly flattening the curve and inspiring the world to follow suit. Smithsonian Channel’s original documentary, VAXXED NATION, produced by Israeli- based leading production company Ananey Studios, provides an intimate look at how Israel — in spite of conflicts and divisiveness — became the world leader in vaccinating its population against COVID-19. It was one of the world’s first, fastest, and most successful rollouts of the COVID-19 vaccine, giving other nations an inoculation game plan and an optimistic glimpse of their collective future. So how did Israel do it? Find out when the world premiere of VAXXED NATION debuts Sunday, July 11th at 10pm on Smithsonian Channel US and UK.

With rare access, cameras reveal the inside story of a dramatic yearlong stretch in the country’s history – from the first wave of the pandemic and the lockdowns and restrictions that followed to the aggressive vaccination campaign that reopened the economy to the outbreak of violence between Palestinians and Israeli forces – told through the eyes of its citizens. Following characters, whose stories resonate across borders, this global issue is examined through the lens of the very personal stories of hospital workers, rabbis, business owners, and others as they managed through lockdowns and restrictions, community divisiveness, and violent conflicts in Jerusalem. Discover the story of Israel’s vaccination campaign and the obstacles they faced before, during, and after the rollout.

VAXXED NATION is produced by Ananey Studios for Smithsonian Channel. For Smithsonian Channel, Yael Lavie served as showrunner and co-Executive Producer with Alicia Green and Tim Evans serving as Executive Producers. Orly Atlas Katz and Osnat Saraga served as Executive Producers for Ananey Studios.

###

Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel(TM), a ViacomCBS Inc. brand, is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy(R) and Peabody awards, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Smithsonian Channel is available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. Smithsonian Channel is available on Sky channel 171, Freeview channel 57, Freesat channel 175 and Virgin Media channel 295. To learn more visit smithsonianchannel.co.uk and find us on Facebook @SmithsonianChannelUK or Twitter @SmithsonianTVUK.

Ananey Studios (FKA Nutz Productions)

Ananey Studios is an international studio that serves as the production arm of ANANEY – a ViacomCBS Company (FKA Ananey Communications Group). This leading Israeli media group owns a variety of innovative content brands and twelve TV channels that include a lifestyle division and exclusive representation of ViacomCBS brands in Israel. Ananey Studios produces more than 500 hours of content per year, which air on the company’s channels in addition to a variety of local and international platforms. The award-winning studio produces content in a broad spectrum of genres and target demos – from live-action to animation; dramas to sitcoms; and documentary to fiction with a special place reserved for teen and young-adult dramas.



Smithsonian Channel(TM) Uncovers the Hidden History Behind the World’s Most Iconic Cities





Smithsonian Channel(TM) Uncovers the Hidden History Behind the World’s Most Iconic Cities in “Searching for Secrets”
In this six-part series, we span the globe, visiting the world’s most famous cities and unearthing secret histories full of remarkable stories, weird characters, and surprising anecdotes.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM) UNCOVERS THE HIDDEN HISTORY BEHIND THE WORLD’S MOST ICONIC CITIES IN “SEARCHING FOR SECRETS”
NEW SERIES PREMIERING GLOBALLY JUNE 6 AT 9PM ET/PT ON SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL US AND CANADA UK PREMIERE SLATED FOR JUNE 14 AT 8PM ET/PT

NEW YORK, NY – May 27, 2021 – Every great metropolis has its secrets, some tucked away in the annals of history and others hidden in plain sight. Join Smithsonian Channel as we journey back in time to shine a new light on old cities and their history with a new six-part series SEARCHING FOR SECRETS. Why can’t you climb all the way up to the torch of the Statue of Liberty? What are Notre Dame’s gargoyles guarding? What’s hiding under Singapore’s championship golf course? In this six-part series, we span the globe, visiting the world’s most famous cities and unearthing secret histories full of remarkable stories, weird characters, and surprising anecdotes. From Paris boulevards to Manhattan clubs to London’s Marble Arch, we travel around the world and back in time to shine new light on old city history. SEARCHING FOR SECRETS’ world broadcast premiere airs on Smithsonian Channel in Canada and the U.S. on Sunday, June 6, at 9pm ET/PT, and Monday, June 14, at 8pm BST in the UK.

Each episode transports audiences onto the bustling streets of some of the world’s most iconic cities to explore their best kept secrets and expose their rich and illustrious history. From the eerie catacombs of Paris to the vibrant cultural hub of London’s West End; and from New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty to the graffiti-covered remains of the Berlin Wall, audiences will follow a cast of local guides, bloggers, and historians as they unlock secret gems with a significance unknown to the naked eye.

SEARCHING FOR SECRETS Episode Descriptions:

· “NEW YORK” – In the series opener, tour the city of New York like never before as we unveil its hidden history, unique characters, and secret stories. Discover little-known stories behind the Statue of Liberty, and other iconic landmarks that famously fill the skyline. Follow our experts uptown, downtown, and underground as they uncover New York City’s wild hidden history. Witness shocking secrets about notable landmarks, gain rare access to a prohibition-era speakeasy revealing the hidden door in the brick wall, climb the torch of Lady Liberty and discover how some huge piles of rock are connected to New York’s grid system and its famous skyline.

· “SAN FRANCISCO” – Why is one of San Francisco’s fire hydrants painted gold? What are two Dutch windmills doing on the edge of Golden Gate Park? And what does one apartment on Telegraph Hill have to do with the CIA, mind control, and the “Summer of Love”? Join us on a one-of-a-kind tour of the city by the Bay as we seek out the city’s most remarkable and surprising secrets, many of which are hiding in plain sight. Our journey includes a bakery made famous by the Gold Rush, landmarks of the 1906 earthquake, the evolution of the iconic LGBTQ+ flag and an inside look at the apartment block once used by the CIA for a bizarre, top secret experiment.

· “LONDON” – Why are London’s black cabs so oddly shaped? How did the city’s first toilets help create the first subway? And what’s the story with the tree dedication at the end of Europe’s busiest shopping street? We send five local experts out to investigate some of London’s surprising secrets, exploring its hidden history found in objects and landmarks scattered throughout the city. Uncovering its fascinating secrets, some hiding underground, others on full display, the team takes a unique tour revealing strange histories involving the Marble Arch, Oxford Street, and more. Uncover its fascinating secrets, some hiding underground, others on full display.

· “BERLIN” – Berlin’s history is complex, full of past glories, shame, and turbulence. What’s hiding on top of the Brandenburg Gate? Why is Indian curry the city’s favorite food? And what do pink pipes have to do with Hitler’s plan for world domination? Seven experts explore Berlin (above/below ground), to reveal its most remarkable & surprising secrets.

· “PARIS” – In this episode, discover how the key to Paris’s revolutionary past is hidden in cobblestones and street design; and find out why you should skip the Eiffel tower and climb the most loathed skyscraper in Europe instead. How did a bridge kickstart the fashion business? What are Notre Dame’s gargoyles guarding? And what dark secrets are the city’s famous boulevards hiding?

· “SINGAPORE” – In the final episode, discover where to get a fine dining meal from world-renowned chefs, for less than three dollars and learn the amazing history of hawker food; and tour Singapore with “Toilet Man” to find out how beautiful gardens and obsessively clean toilets made the city rich. What makes a food court historically delicious? What’s hiding under the city’s championship golf course? And how do toilets make the city rich? Local experts take us on a journey to find Singapore’s most remarkable locations and surprising stories.

SEARCHING FOR SECRETS is produced by Bigger Bang Communications and Saloon Media, A Blue Ant Studios Canada Company, for Smithsonian Channel. Executive Produced by Iain Riddick and Ben Bowie for Bigger Bang; Julie Chang and Michael Kot for Saloon Media; and John Cavanagh for Smithsonian Channel.

###



See Us Unite for Change – Hosted by Ken Jeong, First-of-Its-Kind Global Event





See Us Unite for Change – Hosted by Ken Jeong, First-of-Its-Kind Global Event to Celebrate and Pay Tribute to the Asian American Experience
The event will air on Friday, May 21 at 8:00/7:00c and will be simulcast nationally and worldwide across the platforms of the MTV Entertainment portfolio as well as BET and Nickelodeon and stream exclusively on Facebook Watch.
[via press release from MTV]
See Us Unite for Change — Hosted by Ken Jeong, first-of-its-kind global event to celebrate and pay tribute to the Asian American experience

Produced by a coalition of philanthropic and Asian American Pacific Islander Organizations, with the Ford and MacArthur Foundations, Jesse Collins Entertainment and MTV Entertainment Studios

Special to air Friday, May 21st at 8PM EDT across MTV Entertainment’s suite of brands including MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network and Smithsonian Channel as well as BET and Nickelodeon and stream exclusively on Facebook Watch

New York – April 29, 2021 – In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a coalition of partners including the Ford and MacArthur Foundations have partnered with MTV Entertainment Studios to produce See Us Unite for Change, a first-of-its-kind special hosted by Ken Jeong and featuring notable AAPI celebrities and allies. The event will air on Friday, May 21st at 8PM EDT and will be simulcast nationally and worldwide across the platforms of the MTV Entertainment portfolio (MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network,Smithsonian Channel, Pop TV, VH1, CMT, TV Land and Logo) as well as BET and Nickelodeon and stream exclusively on Facebook Watch.

Through music and comedy performances, short film packages and speakers, the special aims to inspire and educate viewers about the impact that the AAPI community has had in America, as well as how to move forward and further support on-the-ground efforts to build solidarity against hate. The Executive Producers of this historic event are Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder of Care.com, and Jesse Collins, Kimmie Kim and Carol Donovan of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

“This event comes at an important time for our AAPI community, as we unite with our allies to celebrate the breadth and diversity of the Asian American experience,” said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, See Us Unite for Change Executive Producer and Founder of Care.com. “There is more work to be done in raising awareness of the contributions of our AAPI community and we’re honored to have the support of our partners as we work to build solidarity in service of a more equal and just society in America.”

“We are outraged and deeply saddened by the escalation of hate crimes against AAPI communities and stand with them in the fight against xenophobia and bigotry,” said Chris McCarthy, President, MTV Entertainment Group. “Hate against one of us is hate against all of us and by working together on a global scale, we can help end this senseless violence.”

“I am honored to be a part of an event that will highlight the rich history of the Asian community,” said Jesse Collins, Executive Producer and Founder & CEO, Jesse Collins Entertainment. “Asian Pacific Americans have played an important role in shaping our country and bringing visibility to this broad community is something I am truly honored to do.”

“We are in solidarity with the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the face of bigotry, racism and violence,” said Mina Leferve, Head of Programming and Development, Facebook Watch. “We see what the community is enduring, and we’re honored to help raise awareness and to help spotlight the rich and beautiful history of Asian and Pacific Islanders in America.”

See Us Unite for Change is part of a broader advocacy campaign, See Us Unite, that is designed to accelerate impact and expand support for the AAPI community through the amplification of voices and education about the Asian American experience.

About See Us Unite

See Us Unite is a cultural campaign designed to accelerate impact and expand support for the AAPI community through solidarity and education. Our ambition is to amplify voices as we unite to change people’s perception about what it means to be an American. We will do this by bringing allies and partners together to use our resources and networks to support the on-the-ground work of community organizers raising awareness, building understanding and broadening educational efforts about the Asian American experience. See Us Unite was created by a coalition of nonprofits including the Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation in service of solidarity with the AAPI Community. In partnership with the Asian Pacific Fund, See Us Unite will direct support to Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), Stop AAPI Hate, National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), The Asian American Education Project (AAEdu), Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), and other AAPI organizations.

About MTV Entertainment Studios

MTV Entertainment Studios leverages the iconic brands of the MTV Entertainment portfolio (MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Paramount TV, Smithsonian Channel, CMT, Pop TV, TVLand and Logo) to produce content for its thriving linear, streaming, digital, social, live events and audio platforms.

About Jesse Collins Entertainment

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries – The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series – American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series – Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows – BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials – John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows – Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow. Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.

About Facebook Watch:

Facebook Watch is a place to discover and enjoy video on Facebook. Home to a wide range of video – from Facebook Watch Originals like the award-winning Red Table Talk to gaming, sports, music, news and live content – Facebook Watch is a global destination where content, community and conversation come together. This is a personalized viewing experience, where you can discover new content based on what your friends are watching, and catch up on the shows you follow. Facebook Watch is available for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android, on desktop, laptop, all Portal devices and on TV apps listed HERE.



“Murderous History” – All-New Six Part Series Premieres Sunday April 25





“Murderous History” – All-New Six Part Series Premieres Sunday April 25 at 9PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel(TM)
From the devastatingly bombed streets of London to industrial Chicago to Nazi Berlin, each episode captures nail-biting criminal investigations to prove that everything is not always what it seems.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES PULLED STRAIGHT OUT OF HISTORY

MURDEROUS HISTORY

ALL-NEW SIX PART SERIES PREMIERES SUNDAY APRIL 25 at 9PM ET/PT ON SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM)

No fingerprinting? No DNA tests? No psychological profiling? No problem. Smithsonian Channel steps back in time to investigate history’s most shocking murder mysteries and reveal how they were solved in the upcoming all-new series, Murderous History. On the heels of the channel’s recent success in true crime, historians guide viewers through the sinister undercurrents of various city’s past where odd and lethal scandals perplexed historical detectives, and expose the dark undercurrents of society. From the devastatingly bombed streets of London to industrial Chicago to Nazi Berlin, each episode captures nail-biting criminal investigations to prove that everything is not always what it seems. Murderous History premieres on Smithsonian Channel Sunday, April 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

At the scene of every crime is a story of a time, the place, and its people. This six-part series steps back in time to examine the most gruesome and compelling murder mysteries of the past 200 years, viewed through the lens of the eras and cities in which they took place. Through cinematic reenactments, we follow the determined investigators and complex perpetrators while revealing how each case made its own mark on history.

They happened in times of war and peace, during daylight and darkness, and to victims old and young. These are the stories of the most heinous murders of the 19th and 20th centuries, some which have faded from memory and others that continue to haunt their host cities to this day. Join us as we travel back to some of history’s defining moments when detectives had to overcome the limited tools of their era – and often invented new forensic techniques on the fly – in a race to catch the killers before they struck again.

Murderous History is produced by Warehouse 51 Productions Ltd. for Smithsonian Channel. The executive producers are TKTK from 51 Productions and John Cavanaugh for Smithsonian Channel.

About Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel(TM), a ViacomCBS Inc. brand, is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy(R) and Peabody awards, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the brand’s hit series are Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier, Walk Against Fear: James Meredith and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Channel is available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland.



Smithsonian Channel(TM) Unveils World Premiere of Captivating Documentary, “Cher & The Loneliest Elephant”





Smithsonian Channel(TM) Unveils World Premiere of Captivating Documentary, “Cher & The Loneliest Elephant”
The global superstar lends the power of her celebrity and her enormous drive to a cause that grew out of a global social media campaign, backed by expert wildlife veterinarians, animal aid groups and sanctuary owners.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) unveils world premiere of captivating documentary, “Cher & The Loneliest Elephant”

International superstar, Cher, embarks on a rescue of epic proportions when Kaavan’s flight to freedom begins Thursday, April 22

NEW YORK – March 24, 2021 – Giant Stars. Giant Undertaking. Giant Rescue. Smithsonian Channel follows the one and only Cher as she races to Pakistan to help save the “world’s loneliest elephant,” Kaavan. The global superstar lends the power of her celebrity and her enormous drive to a cause that grew out of a global social media campaign, backed by expert wildlife veterinarians, animal aid groups and sanctuary owners. To succeed, the group would have to overcome a series of daunting challenges to move a four-ton elephant more than 2,300 miles in the midst of a global pandemic. Beginning on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, this emotional journey unfolds with the world premiere of Cher & The Loneliest Elephant, which launches on Paramount+ in the US, in addition to its linear premiere on Smithsonian Channel in the UK, Latin America and Brazil. The US Smithsonian Channel linear premiere is scheduled on Wednesday, May 19th at 8pm ET/PT.

“I saw all the people being affected by it all over the world,” said Cher, who first learned of Kaavan’s plight through online activists who sought her help. “People want a happy ending. People don’t want to see animals suffer. And I know people are suffering too, but this is a story that can brighten their lives.”

A four-ton, malnourished elephant, Kaavan had spent nearly 20 years in chains, prodded to beg for tips while living in a tiny, dilapidated shed under the scorching Islamabad sun. Dreadful living conditions led to equally dreadful health problems, including depression, angry psychosis and obesity. Then, tragically, Kaavan’s only mate died of neglect. Kaavan became the poster elephant for the plight of captive animals and ignited a social media uproar that soon caught Cher’s attention. She co-founded Free The Wild with partners Mark Cowne, Gine Nelthorpe Cowne and Jennifer Ruiz to boost the movement, and she recorded a song, “Walls,” to give further voice to the rising calls for Kaavan’s release.

These efforts finally paid off in May 2020, when the Pakistani high court ordered that Kaavan be freed. Working with an international rescue organization, Four Paws, and its extraordinary veterinarian, Dr. Amir Khalil, the team identified a potential new home for Kaavan in a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia. The stage had been set for an amazing rescue operation, but as logistical challenges piled up and Kaavan entered a testosterone-fueled, aggressive mating condition called “musth,” there were serious doubts whether the team could actually pull it off. In November 2020, Cher gave up her Thanksgiving holiday to fly halfway around the world to ensure that Kaavan would be saved.

“I was frightened, but then I thought, what do you want to do more?” says Cher. “You made a promise, and you have to go. I didn’t see any other way to do it. I have a saying on my Twitter, ‘Stand and be counted or sit and be nothing.’ And I wasn’t going to sit and be nothing.”

“It’s truly remarkable to witness what can happen when people come together to pursue a shared mission,” said James Blue, Head of Smithsonian Channel & SVP MTV News and Docs. “In the face of a very urgent need to rescue Kaavan, it was imperative that Smithsonian Channel find the right team whose members shared a common passion for and dedication to conservation. The rescue group, bringing together people from widely diverse backgrounds and cultures and led by the incomparable Cher, proved that the impossible can happen during the toughest of times. Smithsonian Channel is honored to present this extraordinary story, which we hope will inspire our viewers and spark increased interest in other urgently needed conservation efforts around the world.”

Cher & The Loneliest Elephant is produced by Nutshell TV Ltd. and Two Wise Monkeys Entertainment for Smithsonian Channel and Terra Mater Factual Studios. The executive producers are Mike Kemp for Nutshell TV Ltd., Phil Fairclough for Two Wise Monkeys Entertainment, Susanne Lummer for Terra Mater Factual Studios and Tria Thalman and Charles Poe for Smithsonian Channel.



Smithsonian Channel(TM) Greenlights Remarkable Adventure Living History Series “Ultimate Viking”





Smithsonian Channel(TM) Greenlights Remarkable Adventure Living History Series “Ultimate Viking” (w/t)
Filming has commenced and production will take place in the UK and Norway, with a custom Viking settlement being constructed on the spectacular Norwegian coast.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL(TM) GREENLIGHTS REMARKABLE ADVENTURE LIVING HISTORY SERIES “ULTIMATE VIKING” (w/t)

HOSTED BY KRISTOFER HIVJU AND GRY MOLVAER HIVJU

NEW YORK, NY – November 17, 2020 – Smithsonian Channel has greenlit ULTIMATE VIKING (w/t), an epic new series with an innovative format combining adventure with immersive living history to reveal secrets of Viking society as never before seen. Hosted by Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane in the HBO series Game of Thrones and award-winning factual presenter Gry Molvær Hivju, the 8 x 60 new series will also include a one-hour accompanying documentary slated to air in 2021 on Smithsonian Channel. Filming has commenced and production will take place in the UK and Norway, with a custom Viking settlement being constructed on the spectacular Norwegian coast. This ingenious adventure series will feature a diverse cast of modern-day, highly skilled men and women who will be pushed to the extreme as they find out if they have what it takes to live as true Vikings.

Each episode is rooted in authentic Viking knowledge exploring every aspect of Viking life to truly discover what it was like to live as a Viking over 1000 years ago. Cameras will follow ordinary people taking part in extraordinary expeditions under harsh Nordic conditions. The clans will compete against each other in a series of authentic and often extreme Viking survival expeditions, challenges, and tasks based on historical facts, saga literature and archaeological evidence.

Life in Viking society is not for the faint-hearted as our cast live side by side in a real Viking settlement, with every detail authentic to the era, from the buildings to the clothes, tools, and food. Participants will need to master axes and swords, learn to forage and fish in Norway’s snow-capped mountains and master the art of sailing a Viking ship, mentored by the world’s leading Viking historians. Even in times of peace, the Vikings’ strong, cultured and sophisticated communities were fiercely competitive.

“We are very excited to host this living history adventure series set in our beautiful country Norway,” says Gry Molvær Hivju and Kristofer Hivju, Co-Founders of Tindefilm. “We are proud to show the fjords, ocean and wild mountains that our ancestors saw. For us, this series is all about a genuine extreme experience based on Viking society, set deep in the heart of the land of the Vikings. It’s going to be exciting, ambitious and based on historical evidence.”

“We are always looking for innovative ways to re-invent the entertainment experience for our curious global audience,” says David Royle, EVP and Chief Programming Officer, Smithsonian Channel. “Vikings have long captured the public imagination, and this brand-new format pushes boundaries to create a new way for our audience to be enthralled, sometimes appalled and often surprised by the challenges of Viking life. It’s a modern-day interpretation, told through the lens of history.”

“ULTIMATE VIKING (w/t) aims to re-imagine living history for television audiences across the world,” says Llinos Griffin-Williams, Executive Producer, Wildflame Productions. “Viking life was extraordinarily tough and the show is no exception. Our new adventure history format pushes living history to another level. It is an extremely ambitious series and one we are thrilled to be making for Smithsonian Channel. Wildflame has a passion for both history and stories which inform and excite the world, so we are thrilled to be bringing this idea alive in conjunction with our partners.”

“ULTIMATE VIKING (w/t) is designed to give the viewer the most compelling picture of one of the most iconic periods of history,” says Danny Fenton, CEO, Zig Zag Productions. “It’s unique combination of history, adventure and endurance brings Viking history to life in a way that has never been done before. We are thrilled to be part of the co-pro team.”

ULTIMATE VIKING (w/t) is produced by Wildflame Productions Ltd., Zig Zag Productions Ltd. and Tindefilm for Smithsonian Channel. David Royle and Charles Poe serve as Executive Producers for Smithsonian Channel. Llinos Griffin-Williams and Paul Islwyn Thomas are Executive Producers for Wildflame Productions; Hilde Nerland for Tindefilm; Danny Fenton and Matt Graff for Zig Zag Productions. The series is Directed by Showrunner Stephen Shearman, with original music composed by Silvia Strand and Jonathan Gregory.

About Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel(TM), a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy(R) and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier, Walk Against Fear: James Meredith and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Channel is available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland.

About Wildflame Productions

Wildflame Productions creates extraordinary content for audiences throughout the world from its base in Cardiff. This UK nations and regions factual powerhouse works closely with the best creative talent and a wide range of production partners to produce content for the UK and the international markets. CEO Paul Islwyn Thomas has built a strong reputation for producing factual and specialist factual programming for a wide range of broadcasters, including the full range of national BBC channels, Channel 5, S4C, Discovery and many more. Wildflame prides itself on its excellence in storytelling, bringing great ideas and ambitious concepts and formats to audiences globally. In June 2020, the company returned to being wholly independent, after exiting the Flame Media Group.

About Tindefilm

Located on Norway’s wild and beautiful west coast, led by CEO Hilde Nerlund and DOP Tor Siverstøl. Tindefilm creates high quality, filmic content for the global market. Their first production, Lysleite, a creative documentary about the dwindling light in the polar regions won a Gullruten (Norwegian TV awards) and their second documentary, Bit – Ballerina Bulldog was nominated for best documentary at BIFF as well as Gullruten for best original score.

About Zig Zag Productions

Zig Zag Productions is one of the UK’s foremost independent television production companies. With offices in London, New York and Northern Ireland, Zig Zag has produced over 700 hours of non scripted programming and has grown to become an internationally recognised, respected and award-winning television producer both in the UK, USA and internationally. Zig Zag has produced programming for broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Five, TLC, MTV, Fox, National Geographic, Discovery, OWN, Logo and Syfy. The company has also won numerous awards including the Rose D’or for Best Format.



Smithsonian Channel (TM) Greenlights Remarkable Docuseries “Tomb Hunters”





Smithsonian Channel (TM) Greenlights Remarkable Docuseries “Tomb Hunters” (wt)
In Saqqara, just outside of Cairo, buried 36 feet deep, an incredible 27+ sarcophagi were recently found.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL (TM) GREENLIGHTS REMARKABLE DOCUSERIES “TOMB HUNTERS” (wt)
FOUR-PART SERIES UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO ONE OF THE RICHEST EXCAVATION SITES EVER DISCOVERED

NEW YORK – October 3, 2020 – Archeologists are astonished about a breaking discovery in Egypt generating unprecedented headlines around the world. In Saqqara, just outside of Cairo, buried 36 feet deep, an incredible 27+ sarcophagi were recently found. Untouched and unopened for over 2,500 years, they retained their original color. Deemed as one of the most remarkable sites found in recent history, Smithsonian Channel has cameras on the ground with exclusive access to document this historical revelation for TOMB HUNTERS (wt), a new four-part series slated to premiere 2021.

In a major development, two coffins with gilded masks were discovered. One of these golden masks has a beard, an important symbol for ancient Egyptians to identify themselves with Osiris, God of the Underworld. Researchers will study these mummies to learn more about who they were, while Scientists may even be able to identify their modern decedents. An exclusive preview of never-before-seen images can be viewed and downloaded HERE.

Cameras follow an international team of archaeologists and Egyptologists as they excavate and unearth an unparalleled wealth of unseen treasure at this vast, ancient necropolis that has been undisturbed for over four thousand years. Featuring pyramid ruins and burial sites of the Egyptian Elite barely half a mile from the Step Pyramid, the stunning discoveries inside will allow us to investigate the fascinating story of life and death in ancient Egypt. Now, for the first time in one place it is possible to piece together the evolution of the Egyptian attitude to death and burial – tomb building, mummification, funerary equipment and funerary texts. Stunning tombs, dozens of mummies and extraordinary artifacts all lead us on a journey far beyond the dig site to uncover mysteries of an ancient world.

Rooted in present tense discoveries and stunningly shot using the latest filming techniques, TOMB HUNTERS (wt) allows us to tell the story of Egyptian Civilizations spanning six millennia that will captivate a global audience. TOMB HUNTERS (wt) is produced by Lion Television in conjunction with Caterina Turroni of At Land Productions for Smithsonian Channel. Working in partnership with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the entire team will go beneath their feet to reveal the full story of Ancient Egypt where life, death and the afterlife of this remarkable culture can be pieced together.
About Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel(TM), a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy(R) and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier, Walk Against Fear: James Meredith and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Channel is available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland.



Smithsonian Channel ™ explores the impact of a visionary Civil Rights icon





Smithsonian Channel ™ explores the impact of a visionary Civil Rights icon who risked his life for voting rights and courageously integrated Ole Miss in “Walk Against Fear: James Meredith”

New documentary special premieres on the 58th anniversary of Meredith’s enrollment at Ole Miss on October 1 at 8PM ET/PT

NEW YORK — September 30, 2020 — James H. Meredith is one of the most influential, controversial, and forgotten icons of the Civil Rights era. His complete story has never been told in a documentary, largely because he has refused to grant access. WALK AGAINST FEAR: JAMES MEREDITH offers unprecedented access to the remarkable life and legacy of Meredith, and strives to make sense of the man who fearlessly integrated the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1962, and led the momentous 1966 “Meredith March Against Fear” in America’s segregated south. The documentary special premieres globally on Thursday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel in the U.S and at 9 p.m. in the U.K.

With exclusive access to Meredith and members of his family, rare archives and interviews with eyewitnesses, journalist Bob Schieffer, historian Yohuru Williams, author William Doyle, journalist Dorothy Gilliam, among others, Smithsonian Channel ™ reveals the untold story of a man who put his life on the line to fight white supremacy. In his quest to become the first Black person to enroll at Ole Miss, Meredith forced the U.S. government to use the military to enforce his rights as a citizen.

After becoming the first Black man to enroll at Ole Miss, Meredith forced the U.S. government to use the military to enforce his rights as a citizen. When riots broke out, President Kennedy called in 20,000 federal troops to restore order. Meredith quickly became a civil rights icon, although he rejects the term to this day. A nonconformist, he has always marched to the beat of his own drum. In 1966, he was shot while walking alone across Mississippi on the second day of his “Walk Against Fear.” His quest ended up attracting some 15,000 marchers, and encouraged 4,000 Black citizens of Mississippi to register to vote for the first time.

WALK AGAINST FEAR: JAMES MEREDITH is produced by Lion Television LLC and Dream Reality Media Limited for Smithsonian Networks. Sol B. River is the executive producer and director for Dream Reality Media alongside executive producer Tony Tackaberry for Lion Television. Linda Goldman and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

About Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black Hole Hunters and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus™, a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel’s stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. To learn more, go to smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



Smithsonian Channel™ investigates the escape of Pablo Escobar’s illicit exotic pet collection





Smithsonian Channel™ investigates the escape of Pablo Escobar’s illicit exotic pet collection in

The Hunt for Escobar’s Hippos

Shot of hippo at Hacienda Napoles taken by Escobar’s private photographer, Edgar Jimenez.

NEW YORK — August 14, 2020 — Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s brutal regime ended in a hail of bullets. His infamous reign of terror left Colombia with the legacy of a corrupt narco-state and something more bizarre: African hippos. In the 1980s, Escobar smuggled four hippos into Colombia to join his growing collection of exotic animals at his $63 million estate outside Medellin. Left to fend for themselves in the wake of his death, these extremely dangerous beasts – responsible for more deaths in Africa than lions or crocodiles – broke out. Today, breeding at twice their typical rate and with no natural predators keeping them in check, more than 60 roam the Colombian wilds, wreaking havoc in villages at night and threatening the ecosystem that feeds into the Magdalena River, Colombia’s main watershed. This is the extraordinary story told in THE HUNT FOR ESCOBAR’S HIPPOS, premiering Wednesday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel in the U.S and at 9 p.m. ET/PT in Canada.

Surprisingly, Colombians adore their hippos despite the dangers, and it’s illegal to cull them. Left with no other option, Colombian veterinarian Dr. Gina Serna is tasked with capturing and sterilizing them – an operation extremely difficult to perform in the wild of Colombia. The situation of the Colombian hippopotamus is an ecological time bomb that urgently needs to be diffused. As the largest foreign invader in Colombia, these formidable creatures pose not only a serious threat to human life, but also to the country’s wildlife and native ecosystem. Aggressively frontal and territorial, the consequences could be catastrophic.

“This was a story we immediately knew we had to tell,” says executive producer for Smithsonian Channel, Tria Thalman. “Americans know Escobar’s legacy all too well but this invasion of hippos that now threatens Colombia’s wildlife is a remarkable, unexpected twist to the sordid tale of drugs and violence.”

THE HUNT FOR ESCOBAR’S HIPPOS is an AGB Films production in association with Oak Island Films for Smithsonian Channel and Terra Mater Factual Studios. Executive producers Phil Fairclough and Ted Oakes join Sabine Holzer and Susanne Lummer from Terra Mater Factual Studios and Tria Thalman and David Royle who serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

ABOUT SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL:

Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black Hole Hunters and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus™, a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel’s stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. To learn more, go to smithsonianchannel.com.



Smithsonian Channel to honor Juneteenth with a full day lineup





Smithsonian Channel to honor Juneteenth with a full day lineup programmed chronologically from pre-Civil War through Obama’s presidency across linear and digital platforms

NEW YORK, NY (June 18, 2020) — Smithsonian Channel’s dedicated lineup features award-winning Black History documentaries, airing chronologically from pre-Civil war through Obama’s presidency, beginning on linear Friday, June 19th at 12PM ET/PT. Additionally, a special selection of full episodes have been released for free on YouTube through the curated playlist, “The Ongoing Struggle for Equality.” This includes “The Lost Tapes: LA Riots,” “The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X,” “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,” “Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4,” “MLK: The Assassination Tapes,” “Breath of Freedom” and “Smithsonian Time Capsule: 1968.”

The on-air schedule includes:

ESCAPE TO THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP | 12PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

In the 1800s, southern newspapers ran ads seeking runaway slaves suspected of taking refuge in a vast wetland called the Great Dismal Swamp. For decades, scholars have sought proof that the reports were true, and now they finally have it. See how a team of archaeologists is using new discoveries and modern dating methods to piece together this lost part of American history. Then discover what life was like for these brave men and women, who chose to suffer in the swamp and keep their freedom rather than live under the conditions of slavery.

CIVIL WAR 360: FIGHT FOR FREEDOM | 1PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

A century and a half ago, North battled South in a conflict that would kill more Americans than any other war. The outcome would change our nation forever, and no one had more to gain, or to lose, than enslaved Americans. Join actor Dennis Haysbert as he looks at their struggles through the objects in the Smithsonian’s collection. From a bloodstained map to the inkwell Lincoln used to write the Emancipation Proclamation, these artifacts transport us to a brutal and complicated time when our country tore itself apart.

LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY | 2PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

Huddie Ledbetter was born into poverty, battled racism, and did time, but in spite of his early hardships, or perhaps because of them, he became one of the great musicians of the 20th century. We trace the life and career of Lead Belly, a man praised by critics and revered by artists, whose unique music crossed a host of genres and influenced countless industry legends, from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Nirvana and beyond. See how his talent, humanity, and determination defeated all that stood in his way to make his voice heard, then and now.

THE GREEN BOOK: GUIDE TO FREEDOM | 3PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and YouTube Playlist

In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/how-the-green-book-helped-black-motorists-travel-safely/65702

BREATH OF FREEDOM | 4PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and YouTube Playlist

They fought to liberate Germany from Nazi rule, as racism reached unfathomable levels. Their fight would continue back home on American soil. This is the story of the one-million-plus African Americans who fought in World War II. Discover their encounters with hatred, from the enemy and from within their own ranks. Explore this paradoxical chapter in American history through interviews with war heroes, including Colin Powell, Tuskegee ace pilot Roscoe Brown, and Charles Evers, brother of Civil Rights activist and WWII veteran Medgar Evers. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/a-66-year-old-woman-meets-her-father-for-the-first-time/65716

MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: HANK AARON | 5PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

Henry “Hank” Aaron didn’t aim to become Major League Baseball’s home run king, nor did he intend to grow into a Civil Rights icon. But because of his remarkable strength, both in power and in character, he became both. This is the story of Hammerin’ Hank, a victim of discrimination and bigotry his whole life, from his Alabama upbringing through his days in the Negro League and notably during his quest to capture Babe Ruth’s home run crown. Through it all, he stayed focused, stood up to every challenge, and 755 big swings later, became a legend. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/hank-aarons-boundary-shattering-715th-home-run/45257

SEIZING JUSTICE: THE GREENSBORO 4 | 6PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and YouTube Playlist

In February of 1960, a simple coffee order at America’s favorite five-and-dime store sparked a series of events that would help put an end to segregation in the United States. Join us as we detail the extraordinary story of otherwise ordinary young men, four African-American college students whose nonviolent sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter started a revolution. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/why-the-greensboro-four-sit-in-almost-didnt-happen/12498

THE LOST TAPES: MALCOLM X | 7PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and YouTube Playlist

In 1959, a 33-year-old minister from the Nation of Islam gains notoriety with his fiery rhetoric and keen intellect. His name is Malcolm X and over the next five years, this influential yet highly controversial Civil Rights leader will become an ideological hero to some and a dangerous enemy to others. Presented entirely through his speeches, newscasts, and rarely seen archival footage, The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X tells the story of the man who, by any means necessary, willingly put his life at risk to bring change and equality to black America. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/malcolm-xs-fiery-speech-addressing-police-brutality/59948

MLK: THE ASSASSINATION TAPES | 8PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel and YouTube Playlist

April 4, 1968. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it? The well-known photograph of Dr. King’s aides pointing toward the direction of the gunfire is iconic, but tells only part of the story. For the first time, a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage has been chronologically reassembled. The resulting documentary allows us to revisit the tumultuous events surrounding one of the most shocking assassinations in America and relive history through the voices of the era. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/mlks-last-speech/20111

BLACK WINGS | 9PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

For early aviators, conquering the forces of gravity was a daunting challenge. But black aviators had an additional challenge – conquering the forces of racism. Meet the men and women who took to the skies throughout the 20th century, proving to a segregated nation that skin color doesn’t determine skill level. From biplanes to commercial jets, and from barnstormers to war fighters, meet the path-breaking pilots who opened the skies for all — and contributed in countless ways to the development of aviation. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/the-tuskegee-red-tail-angels/15951

BLACK IN SPACE: BREAKING THE COLOR BARRIER | 10PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

America’s experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race are well documented. However, few know about the moment these two worlds collided, when the White House and NASA scrambled to put the first black astronaut into orbit. This is the untold story of the decades-long battle between the U.S. and the Soviet Union to be the first superpower to bring diversity to the skies, told by the black astronauts and their families, who were part of this little-known chapter of the Cold War. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/ed-dwight-jr-was-set-to-become-america%E2%80%99s-first-black-astronaut/70355

THE OBAMA YEARS: THE POWER OF WORDS | 11PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

Barack Obama launched into our national consciousness at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and ever since, he’s delivered messages of patriotism, unity, and hope through the power of words. But of all the speeches he’s given, six in particular may define his legacy as, in historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s words, “one of the best writers and orators in the presidency.” Interviews with eminent historians and key figures in his writing process give rare insights into these iconic speeches, as well as the Obama presidency and the man himself. https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/how-obama-prepped-for-the-biggest-speech-of-his-career/53797