SHARKFEST: Marine biologist Dr. Stephen Kajiura talks SHARKCANO and more – Exclusive Interview

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National Geographic’s SHARKFEST is the most recent iteration of the company’s one-hundred-and-thirty-five-year history of documenting sharks, first in the pages of the magazine, and more recently in television documentaries. SHARKFEST is spotlighted for five weeks this year over both National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Wild, July 19-August 22. The documentaries about sharks are also available on National Geographic on Demand and on Hulu the day after telecast premiere. Dr. Stephen Kajiura, an expert in the sensory biology is sharks, is a professor at the Biological Sciences Dept. of Florida Atlantic University. This season, he is involved in the SHARKFEST […]Read On »

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SHARKFEST: Shark expert Ryan Johnson on SHARK VS. SURFER and SHARK VS. WHALE- Exclusive Interview

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National Geographic’s SHARKFEST is taking a mighty bite out of the schedule, extending five weeks, July 19 through August 22, on both National Geographic and National Geographic Wild. The shark-themed documentary films are also available on National Geographic on Demand and on Hulu the day after telecast premiere. Marine biologist Ryan Johnson is involved in two of this year’s SHARKFEST documentaries, SHARK VS. SURFER and SHARK VS. WHALE. Johnson has largely specialized in the study of Great White sharks, though in recent years, he has expanded his work to include a variety of sharks in the tropics off the coast […]Read On »

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BARKSKINS: Creator Elwood Reid on adapting Annie Proulx’s historical novel – Exclusive Interview

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BARKSKINS, the series premiering Monday, May 25, on National Geographic, is based on a small section of Annie Proulx’s sprawling 2016 novel. Executive producer Elwood Reid, who adapted BARKSKINS for television and wrote all eight of the episodes, begins in 1670s New France, the territory that will become modern-day Quebec, Canada. “Barkskins” is a term for indentured servants who are working for their freedom. In the series, these include determined Sel (Christian Cooke) and homesick Duquet (James Bloor), whose services are purchased by eccentric homesteader Trepagny (David Thewlis). The area is contested by the French government, the English Hudson Bay […]Read On »

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COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS: Writer-director-producer Brannon Braga on the new season – Exclusive Interview

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COSMOS, the nonfiction series devoted to science and space exploration, originally premiered in 1980. Initially the brainchild of astrophysicist/author Carl Sagan and author/filmmaker Ann Druyan [who married one another after the first series], COSMOS was revived by National Geographic Channel in 2014, with a subtitle, as COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY. Now National Geographic brings back the multi-Emmy-winning COSMOS as part of its STORYTELLING UNLEASHED programming as COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS, airing Monday nights. Druyan is still on board as creator, writer, director and executive producer. Fellow executive producers include host Neil de Grasse Tyson and writer/director Brannon Braga. Braga is known […]Read On »

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CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS: Dr. Terrence Ferguson and Dr. Vernard L. Hodges talk about new docu-series – Exclusive Interview

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Critter Fixers is the name of the veterinary practice founded twenty years ago by Dr. Terrence Ferguson and Dr. Vernard L. Hodges. CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS is the title of National Geographic Channel’s documentary series, premiering Saturday, March 7, about the two veterinarians, their clinics, and their community. Both men hope that CRITTER FIXERS will not only inspire people to take better care of their pets, but also to inspire young black viewers to want to be veterinarians. DR VERNARD L. HODGES: We’re from Warner Robins in central Georgia, which is probably about a hundred miles south of Atlanta. ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »

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SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET: Executive producer Jonny Keeling on the new documentary series – Exclusive Interview

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SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET is the new nature documentary series airing Saturday nights on multiple channels across the AMC Networks: AMC, BBC America, IFC, and National Geographic. Each episode is devoted to a different one of Earth’s continents, including surrounding islands and oceans. Executive producer Jonny Keeling, a nature documentarian from Britain with two-and-a-half decades of programs to his credit, has been in charge of overseeing SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET. He sits down for a discussion of his work on the expansive, globe-trotting project. ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve done an awful lot of wildlife and nature documentaries. What makes SEVEN WORLDS, […]Read On »

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MARS: Actor Esai Morales and showrunner Dee Johnson chat Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

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National Geographic Channel’s series MARS has been described as a hybrid. Now in its second season on Monday nights, MARS employs both scripted drama and documentary footage to explore how what is happening in the real world today could be mirrored when humanity attempts to colonize a new planet. Dee Johnson is the Season 2 show runner and an executive producer on MARS. Esai Morales (who coincidentally portrayed another Earth-originated dweller of another planet as a series regular on CAPRICA) plays wealthy industrialist Roland St. John, whose company clashes with the scientists already in residence on Mars. Both Johnson and […]Read On »

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MARS: JiHae gives the scoop on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

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MARS has its second season premiere on National Geographic Monday, November 12. The series, executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, is an unusual blend of scripted drama and documentary footage as it tells of the first colony on Mars. Actors portray scientists and colonists, whose adventures are intercut with interviews with real scientists and astronauts. Documentary coverage of clashes between science and industry in areas like the Arctic Circle are contrasted with similar imagined conflicts on the Red Planet. JiHae (pronounced JEE-hay) portrays twin sisters Hana and Joon Seung. Hana is an American pilot and systems engineer on […]Read On »

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VET SCHOOL: Executive Producer Lisa Tanzer chats new NatGeo Wild series – Exclusive Interview

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National Geographic Wild has experienced great success with their veterinarian series – THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL continues to be a ratings hit – and the network is now launching a new one. VET SCHOOL, which premieres Saturday, September 19 at 10 PM, follows a group of university students in a four-year program. Executive producer Lisa Tanzer provides the lowdown. ASSIGNMENT X: Where is the vet school actually located? LISA TANZER: It’s in Ithaca, New York. It’s Cornell [University] Veterinary School. AX: How did VET SCHOOL come together as a project? TANZER: I work for Think Factory Media, and they came […]Read On »

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News Item: LIVE FROM SPACE

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Want to see what NASA sees in real time from the comfort of your home? Then tune in to National Geographic Channel’s LIVE FROM SPACE, Friday March 14 at 8 PM EDT/5 PM PDT, for a two-hour flight 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station with astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata. They will provide an in-depth look at the micro-gravity laboratory and living facilities, as well as images of the Earth from their perspective. Host Soledad O’Brien and astronaut Mike Massimino join the team at Mission Control in Houston,Texas to witness the 17,500 mph journey. A second-screen […]Read On »

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