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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER GUEST EDITORS TO CELEBRATE 130 YEARS OF THE MAGAZINE

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:39
  • Twelve notable British figures will guest edit the UK issue of the much-loved magazine in 2018
  • World’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes edits the January issue
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Mo Farah, Lily Cole, Archie Panjabi, Katie Piper, Dr Maria Balshaw CBE and Brian Cox to lead issues later in the year
  • The 2018 project will mark the 130th anniversary of the world’s most read magazine, National Geographic

(LONDON – December 15, 2017) – National Geographic today announces an ambitious new project, to create a unique Guest Editor programme exclusively for the UK National Geographic Magazine.

Working in collaboration with Global Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg and the editorial team, twelve notable British figures, each respected leaders in their fields, will explore topics of such as sustainability, technology, environmentalism and human ingenuity, working with National Geographic to use the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world.

Beginning in January 2018, with the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an initial eight Guest Editors have been announced including Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Mo Farah, Lily Cole, Archie Panjabi, Dr Maria Balshaw, Katie Piper and Brian Cox. Further announcements are due next year.

National Geographic is the most read magazine in the world, with the UK having the highest circulation for any edition, outside of North America. Each Guest Editor will curate and create a range of features for the UK magazine, along with exclusive content for NationalGeographic.co.uk.

We have entered an exciting new phase for National Geographic, building on our 129-year heritage, to allow us to go further in expanding our renowned storytelling capabilities and supporting the growth of the non-profit National Geographic Society”, said Susan Goldberg, Global Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Magazine. “This is the first time that we have had a Guest Editor project for any of our 35 editions around the world, and I am thrilled to be collaborating with some of Britain’s finest as we aim to empower our UK readers to navigate the world, providing authoritative, unbiased content that addresses today’s complex issues.

The UK has always had and a strong affinity with National Geographic”, said Deborah Armstrong, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Partners, Europe & Africa. “From renowned conservationists such as Dr Jane Goodall, to the 200 active explorers we have working in the UK today, Brits have played an important part in our history. Our Guest Editor programme is the perfect way to commemorate our 130th year as we continue in our mission to encourage exploration and find new ways to better understand the world in which we live.

January Issue – Sir Ranulph Fiennes:

A man who likes to be first, former SAS soldier and pioneer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, conquers the previously unknown challenge of being guest editor for the January issue. Having spent the last 50 years exploring the planet, who better to launch this ambitious project than the “world’s greatest living explorer” (Guinness Book of World Records). He was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles by surface; the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans and the early 1990s saw him complete the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent.

By way of introduction to the National Geographic readers, Fiennes’ editor’s letter talks about his relationship with the much-loved magazine and how the magazine was a great source of inspiration for him in his early life.

“As a child, growing up in South Africa, and later at school in England, I remember happily browsing through back issues. Now, at the age of 73, I wonder how much the articles I read back then sparked my young imagination; whether perhaps they inspired my later expeditions in any way.” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer.

Despite being the only man alive ever to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface (more people have been on the Moon) and to have visited almost every type of habitat in the world, Fiennes reveals that the polar expeditions have challenged him the most. He is therefore delighted to include an article documenting the Pristine Seas exploration of Nunavut, in northern Canada in the upcoming January issue. North of Greenland and Ellesmere Island, this is a place that has been named the Last Ice Area. Climate projections suggest that by 2040, summer sea ice will disappear from everywhere in the Arctic except here, making it an invaluable haven for wildlife that depends on the sea ice for survival – bowhead whales, seals, narwhals and polar bears.

In a fascinating and insightful interview feature, titled “Exploring the Unknown,” Fiennes reveals what he believes is the crowning achievement of his career; how he constantly craves new challenges and how he is planning yet another expedition!

National Geographic:

Across the full National Geographic media portfolio, the brand reaches millions of consumers of all ages across 172 countries each month.

With over 55 million readers, published in 35 language, National Geographic Magazine is the most read magazine in the world. Published by National Geographic Partners, the role of trusted long-form journalism is as important as ever, providing a spotlight for the important stories that define our time and matter most to a new generation. With each issue, National Geographic magazine strives to captivate millions of curious readers every month with world-class, award-winning photography and reporting that will inspire them to make informed decisions and drive positive change.

Furthering the knowledge and understanding of the world is the core purpose of National Geographic. With the very definition of entertainment with a purpose, National Geographic returns 27% of proceeds made to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation, and education. This unique partnership creates a virtuous cycle of storytelling and exploration that inspires people to act, enlightens their perspective, and often provides the spark to new ideas and innovation.

***The January issue, guest edited by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, will be available on shelves on 3rd Jan***

www.nationalgeographic.co.uk

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Biographies (in alphabetical order):

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE
Maria Balshaw succeeded Sir Nicholas Serota as Director of Tate on 1 June 2017. Previously, as Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries, Maria was responsible for the artistic and strategic vision for each gallery. Maria was also Director of Culture for Manchester City Council from 2013-2017. She is a board member of Arts Council England and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts in June 2015.

Lily Cole
Lily Cole spends her time on art and activism. As an advocate for socio political and environmental issues, Lily has employed technology, writing, filmmaking and public speaking as means to build awareness and encourage dialogue. Lily was awarded a First Class BA in History of Art from Cambridge University in 2011. In 2013 she co-founded Impossible.com: a technology company that uses technology to solve social and environmental problems. Lily is a patron of the EJF and has worked significantly with WWF. She writes often for national and international press. ‘Impossible Utopias’, originally is Lily’s first book. Lily has worked with notable photographers and artists from Steven Meisel to Gilliam Wearing. She was the youngest model to appear on the cover of British Vogue, and was listed by French Vogue as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Lily began working as an actress when she was 6 years old, then returned to film when she was 16 in Marilyn Manson’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. In 2009 she played the female lead in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. Since then she has made over fifteen films with directors including Sally Potter, Shekhar Kapur, Roland Joffe, Mary Harron and Rian Johnson; performed at the Globe theatre and The Old Vic theatre. Lily wrote and presented a six-part TV series on contemporary art for Sky Arts, shoots photography and has directed several short films.

Brian Cox
Brian Cox is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science. He has worked primarily in the study of diffractive scattering at the H1 experiment at DESY in Hamburg, the D0 experiment at Fermilab, Chicago, and is currently a member of the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN.  He was the co-spokesperson for the FP420 R&D project at CERN between 2004 and 2009. He is active in the public and political promotion of science, and is known to the public for his documentary work on BBC television. He was a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 2005 – 2013, is a Fellow of The Institute of Physics, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and holds a British Association Honorary Fellowship. He received an OBE for services to science in 2010, the President’s Medal from the Institute of Physics in 2012 and the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize in 2012.

Sir Mo Farah
Sir Mo Farah is Britain’s greatest-ever distance runner and is a multiple Olympic, World and European Champion, with 10 World and Olympic gold medals to his name. Mo’s achievements are a far cry from his humble beginnings in Somalia. He arrived in London at the age of 8, speaking very little English, and grew up in West London. He began running at school when spotted by his PE Teacher, who saw potential in the young pupil – although Mo initially wanted to become a player for Arsenal football club! Following a successful junior career, he won his first double European Championship medals in 2010, followed by his first World Championship gold medal in 2011. He subsequently shot to fame at the London 2012 Olympic Games, when he won double Olympic gold – competing in the 5k and 10k – something he would later go on to repeat in at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. In August 2017, Mo bid goodbye to major track championships in front of his home crowd at the London Stadium, where he was the only British athlete to win individual medals, securing a gold medal for the 10,000m and a silver medal for the 5,000m. He is now moving his focus onto marathon running, and will compete in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018. Mo is a dedicated family man and, after several years living in the US, he is returning to live in London with his wife Tania and their four children Rhianna, Aisha, Amani and Hussein.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was, with Charles Burton, the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and, with Mike Stroud, the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation,3½ months after a massive heart attack. In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £18 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest, raising a total of £6.3m for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Coldest Journey in 2014 raised £1.3 million for Seeing is Believing. In 2015 he successfully completed the Marathon des Sables raising over £2 million for Marie Curie. He has written 23 books, Cold came out in 2013, Agincourt was published in September 2014, Heat October 2015 and his latest book Fear in 2016.

Susan Goldberg
Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners, and Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine

Susan Goldberg is Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor In Chief of National Geographic Magazine. As Editorial Director, she is in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. She was named Editorial Director in October 2015 and Editor in Chief of the magazine in April 2014. She is the 10th editor of the magazine since it was first published in October 1888. Under her leadership in 2017, National Geographic was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its issue about gender and the magazine received numerous other awards for photography, storytelling and graphics. In 2016, National Geographic magazine won a National Magazine Award for best website; in 2015, it won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March 2015, she received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing.

Before her employment at National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. She started at Bloomberg in 2010. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine; in 2017, Washingtonian again selected Goldberg, naming her among the most powerful women in Washington across professions.

Dame Ellen MacArthur
Dame Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum and finished second in the Vendée Globe at just 24 years of age. Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010, which works with education, business and government to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Foundation has published seminal reports featuring analysis by McKinsey & Company on the economic opportunities associated with this regenerative approach, and in 2016 and 2017 the Foundation launched two systemic initiatives to transform the plastics and textiles industries to adopt circular economy principles. Dame Ellen acted as Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Meta-Council on the circular economy until 2016, and sat on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform between 2012 and 2014. She received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008, three years after having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

Archie Panjabi

Archie Panjabi is an Emmy Award winning British actress as well as a campaigner and philanthropist. Best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife, she was nominated for an Emmy three times in a row and went on to be honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed East Is East which won a BAFTA for Best Film. She then went onto star in the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated international hit Bend It Like Beckham. She appeared in John Le Carre’s The Constant Gardener, which was nominated for 10 BAFTAS and won an Oscar and went on to work alongside Angelina Jolie in the gut wrenching A Mighty Heart.  Archie then went on to star in the BAFTA winning Netflix/BBC series The Fall, opposite Gillian Anderson as well as Shetland.  She recently starred on the American TV hit Blindspot and in the International blockbuster earthquake movie San Andreas opposite Dwayne Johnson. The New Year will see Archie lead the highly anticipated 6 part drama Next Of Kin on ITV.

Archie is the Rotary Global Ambassador for the We Are This Close Campaign to eradicate polio in partnership with UNICEF and The Gates Foundation. At the United Nations, she has spoken about her experiences of Polio victims in Mumbai where she lived as a child. Archie fronted the Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women Campaign, which eventually brought about several policy changes in support for victims of violence. She also participated in The Women of the World Summit in New York and London and was a guest speaker at the Harvard University prestigious Artist in Residence Program.

Katie Piper

Katie Piper is a best-selling international author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner. Katie made the decision to share her story in a remarkable film for the Cutting Edge strand on Channel 4 called ‘Katie: My Beautiful Face’ which was watched by over 3.5million viewers and nominated for Best Single Documentary at the BAFTA Television Awards in 2010. In 2009 she set up a charity The Katie Piper Foundation to help people with burns and scars to reconnect with their lives and their communities. Simon Cowell supported Katie by becoming the patron and remains actively involved to date. The charity’s vision is a world where scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of well-being.In addition to her charity commitments, Katie also presents a number of TV shows which are shown on C4 in the UK and in a number of countries around the world.  Katie has also written five books, two autobiographies ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Beautiful Ever After’, an affirmations book called ‘Start Your Day With Katie’ , a self help booked called ‘Things Get Better’ and her most recent book, published in December 2016,  ‘Confidence: The Secret’. This quickly became a #1 Bestseller on Amazon.

 

About National Geographic Partners LLC:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

Media Contacts For National Geographic:

WDW Entertainment | +44 2037733891

Amy Dowd amy@wdwentertainment.com | +44 7737 007 016

Molly Whitehall molly@wdwentertainment.com | +44 7789 848 782

Social Media:

@NatGeo

 

 

National Geographic Announces Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:20

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2017)—Selected from over 11,000 entries, a wildlife photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park has been selected as the grand-prize winner of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The photo, titled “Face to face in a river in Borneo,” was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore. He has won $10,000 and will have his winning image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

Bojan took the winning photo after waiting patiently in the Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, Indonesia. After spending several days on a houseboat photographing orangutans in the park, Bojan learned of a location where a male orangutan had crossed the river –­ unusual behavior that he knew he had to capture. After waiting a day and night near the suspected location, a ranger spotted the orangutan the next morning at a spot a few minutes up the river. As they drew near, Bojan decided to get into the water so the boat did not scare the primate. About five feet deep in a river supposedly home to freshwater crocodiles, Bojan captured the photo when the orangutan peeked out from behind a tree to see if the photographer was still there.

On capturing the photo, Bojan said, “Honestly, sometimes you just go blind when things like this happen. You’re so caught up. You really don’t know what’s happening. You don’t feel the pain, you don’t feel the mosquito bites, you don’t feel the cold, because your mind is completely lost in what’s happening in front of you.”

Karim Iliya of Haiku, Hawaii, won first place in the Landscapes category for a photo from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park; Jim Obester of Vancouver, Wash., won first place in the Underwater category for a photo of an anemone; and Todd Kennedy of New South Wales, Australia, won first place in the Aerials category for a photo of a rock pool in Sydney at high tide.

The judges for the contest were National Geographic magazine’s senior photo editor of natural history assignments, Kathy Moran, National Geographic photographer Anand Varma, and photographer Michaela Skovranova.

Contestants submitted photographs in four categories – Wildlife, Landscape, Aerials and Underwater – through National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.

CONTACT:

Leah Jereb

Leah.Jereb@natgeo.com

+1 (202) 912 6716

 

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Alert: Yeti Legends are Based on Real Animals, DNA Shows; Spokesperson Available

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:20

** MEDIA ALERT **

Yeti Legends Are Based on Real Animals, DNA Shows

 Spokesperson Available 

 Purported to be a towering human-like figure covered in shaggy fur, the Yeti continues to excite dedicated believers still hoping for evidence that the mythical beast is real. Now, DNA analysis of multiple supposed Yeti samples—including hair, teeth, fur, and feces—shows that the stories are based on real animals roaming the high mountains. The results are the best evidence yet that the Yeti legend is rooted in black and brown bears. With this new study,  the team has been able to create a new family tree of vulnerable subspecies of Asian bears, which may prove useful in efforts to protect the animals.

 Learn more about what these findings mean by reading our full story here.

Nat Geo Expert Available for Interviews:

Science expert and editor, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic Travel Unveils Annual Best of the World List

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:41
The 21 Best Places to Visit in 2018 According to National Geographic Traveler’s Editors

WASHINGTON  (Nov. 28, 2017) – Today, National Geographic Traveler magazine revealed the 2018 Best of the World, its annual list of the 21 must-see destinations to visit in the year ahead. Traveler editors selected their top picks for places in three key categories- Cities, Culture, and Nature. The results are in the December/January 2018 issue of Traveler magazine, now available on newsstands and online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2018.

“The No. 1 question we get from our 9.6 million readers is, ‘Where should I go next?’ Our Best of the World list responds to that question with 21 timely destinations that make for a year of transformative travels,” said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “With 15 international editions, National Geographic Traveler has a global team of writers, photographers and travel experts who helped build our list and report on these stellar places. We looked for cities that bustle with new energy and intrigue; parklands that percolate with vitality and ecological protection; and communities rich in local character that offer opportunities for cultural engagement. Packed with surprise, humor and relevance, our list advances our National Geographic mission to explore, conserve and share unforgettable stories about the best of our world.”

The 2018 Best of the World destinations are:

CITIES

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Malmö, Sweden
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Tbilisi, Georgia

CULTURE

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Friesland, Netherlands
  • Harar, Ethiopia
  • Labrador, Canada
  • Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Tétouan, Morocco
  • Vienna, Austria

NATURE

  • Albania
  • Jordan Trail, Jordan
  • Jujuy Province, Argentina
  • Madagascar
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Ruaha NP, Tanzania
  • Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

The digital hub includes an immersive visual experience along with an overview of the top highlights of each place on the list. Visitors can also dive deeper into three of the Best of the World destinations- Dublin, Oaxaca, and Oahu, through a selection of feature stories from the issue. National Geographic Travel will be hosting a Best of the World-themed Twitter chat on Tuesday, November 28 at 2 p.m. ET. Join the conversation with George Stone, @travelerstone, and #BestTrips2018.

National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 15 international editions. The National Geographic Travel digital group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of over 40 million.

To learn more about each destination, visit: NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2018.

Press images are available here: https://foxgroup.box.com/s/fb14cbslwt4yyf2c6jj0s8lutek2ecn4

National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

CONTACT:     
Meg Calnan
202-912-6703
meg.calnan@natgeo.com

Breaking News: Nat Geo Exclusively Reveals the Age of Christ’s Alleged Tomb, Interviews & Visuals Avail

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:48

***National Geographic Breaking News***

EXCLUSIVE: Age of Jesus Christ’s Alleged Tomb Revealed

Ancient construction materials date to Roman times, suggesting the legacy of the original holy site has survived despite its destruction 1,000 years ago.

National Geographic Exclusively Reports 

Spokespeople and visuals available

Scientific tests provided exclusively to National Geographic have confirmed that the remains of a limestone cave enshrined within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem are remnants of a tomb, believed to be that of Jesus Christ, first located by the ancient Romans 1,700 years ago. The new dating results put the original construction of today’s tomb complex securely in the time of Constantine — A.D. 345.

The tomb was opened for the first time in centuries in October 2016, when the shrine that encloses the tomb, known as the Edicule, underwent a significant restoration by an interdisciplinary team from the National Technical University of Athens. Several samples of mortar from different locations within the Edicule were taken at that time for dating, and the results have been exclusively provided to National Geographic.

Until now, the earliest architectural evidence found in and around the tomb complex dated to the Crusader period, making it no older than 1,000 years. But now, scientists can confirm that it is indeed the site identified as the burial place of Christ 17 centuries ago. 

Read the full story HERE.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic’s archaeology expert, who has been exclusively reporting on the findings for National Geographic, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

In addition, National Geographic Archaeologist-in-Residence, Fredrik Hiebert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also featured on the cover of the December issue of National Geographic magazine and is the subject of an upcoming National Geographic documentary, “The Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special,” premiering Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9/8c. In addition, the National Geographic Museum’s immersive, 3-D exhibition, ‘Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience,’ virtually transports visitors to this iconic site and is currently on display in Washington, DC through the fall of 2018.

 

Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus: anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Kelsey Taylor: kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. Signs an Agreement with Ulstein Verft for Building of New Polar Vessel

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:45

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH ULSTEIN VERFT FOR BUILDING OF NEW POLAR VESSEL

World’s Foremost Expedition Vessel Will Be the First Polar New Build in the
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fleet

NEW YORK, NY, November 7, 2017 — Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; “Lindblad”, the “Company”), the global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build the world’s foremost expedition ship.

The new vessel will be built in Ulsteinvik, Norway and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in subsequent years.

The state-of-the-art polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact.  A core feature is Ulstein’s signature X-BOW®, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions.  The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability underway, whether at zero speed when stopped for wildlife observation, or embarking/disembarking the ship.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ulstein and their brilliant team of engineers and designers on this state-of-the-art vessel as we continue expansion of our fleet.  It is the next step in the long-term growth of the company, and will be the most extraordinary global expedition ship in the world on a multitude of levels,” said Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad.

“The launch of this ship will mark the 50th anniversary year of the first-ever purpose-built expedition ship, Lindblad Explorer, which was built by my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, and will set another important milestone in the company’s commitment to deliver expedition travel at its best,” added Lindblad

In keeping with the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ethos to connect guests with the environment being explored, the ship will be designed to access the outside environment from anywhere on the shipWith 75% of the cabins featuring balconies for private viewing; multiple observation decks inside and outside, and new “observation wings,” the surrounding environs will always be accessible.   Off-ship exploring will be greatly enhanced with an innovative Zodiac loading system which will allow everyone to get ashore quickly and safely, ensuring quick access to every destination.  The ship’s complement of expedition tools for exploration will include kayaks, cross-country skis, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), hydrophones, a video microscope, underwater video cameras, a helicopter landing platform, and more to be announced in the coming months.

The ship will afford gracious comfort and an unparalleled level of service, with the highest comfort class for guests to ensure a quiet and peaceful environment onboard.  The 69 spacious guest cabins and suites will include 12 cabins for solo travelers. The spa and fitness area will include treatment rooms, saunas, a fitness room, a relaxation area and yoga room; and there will be two infinity Jacuzzis for the utmost relaxation in pristine environments.   Dining offerings include a main restaurant with outstanding views to the surroundings, and an outdoor barbeque and bistro area.

“Our expedition cruises, operated through our alliance with Lindblad Expeditions, have delivered remarkable experiences to our guests for the past 13 years,” said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “The expansion of the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet is truly terrific news, as it allows us to offer these unforgettable trips to even more travelers in the future. We look forward to joining our partner Lindblad Expeditions in celebrating the launch of the latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet.”

“We are pleased to have been chosen as a partner for this exciting project.  Lindblad is an innovative company and a frontrunner in the exploration cruise industry. We look forward to turning this project into reality together with Lindblad and their partners,“ stated Gunvor Ulstein, CEO at Ulstein Group.

About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools.

About Ulstein Group  

ULSTEIN has 600 employees and is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway. ULSTEIN delivers products and services within ship design, shipbuilding and equipment packages to the international market. In 2017, they celebrate their 100-year anniversary. Throughout a century they have created tomorrow’s solutions for sustainable marine operations together with their partners.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 ecommerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Lindblad Expeditions, USA: Patty Disken-Cahill, pattydc@expeditions.com, (212) 261-9081

National Geographic: Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

National Geographic and Scenic Announce River Cruise Partnership

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:45

WASHINGTON and BOSTON (November 2, 2017)—National Geographic Expeditions and award-winning operator Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These new offerings will combine Scenic’s truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic’s 129-year legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create an unforgettable experience for travelers.

Each sailing will be accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will enrich the experience through educational presentations and informal discussions throughout the trip. European cruises will also have a National Geographic photographer on board to share professional techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. On National Geographic River Cruises, guests will have a menu of rich, experiential excursions to choose from, ranging from hikes and bike rides to in-depth learning experiences that focus on the natural world, culture and history.

“We are excited and proud to align ourselves with a brand as historic and well respected as National Geographic,” said Glen Moroney, chairman of Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. “We believe Scenic’s dedication to providing guests with the most exceptional five-star, all-inclusive river cruise experience available is a perfect complement to the enriching and authentic experiences for which National Geographic Expeditions is known.”

“Our trips are designed to celebrate remarkable destinations, to foster genuine interactions with local cultures, and to promote a deeper understanding of the natural world,” said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “Bringing river cruises into our portfolio allows our travelers to reach spectacular parts of the world in a unique way. We are pleased to partner with Scenic, as they share our commitment to delivering outstanding experiences to guests.”

This partnership between Scenic and National Geographic River Cruises will offer numerous sailings in Europe: on the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle Rivers; in Holland and Belgium; through France’s Bordeaux region and Portugal’s Douro Valley—as well as on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma). Departures begin in 2018 and can be booked directly through National Geographic Expeditions natgeoexpeditions.com/rivercruises or Scenic www.scenicusa.com/nat-geo now.

National Geographic Expeditions offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts and guides to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Along with these new river cruises, travel opportunities include land and train expeditions, active adventures, family and student expeditions, value-priced journeys, expedition cruises, private jet trips, as well as a collection of 55 National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; and two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents; or through Scenic: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: info@scenicusa.com: or National Geographic: natgeoexpeditions.com; or phone 1-888-966-8687.

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Media Contacts and photo requests:

National Geographic:

Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, 202.912.6703

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours:

Elliot Gillies, elliot@gilliesandzaiser.com, www.gilliesandzaiser.com, 212.724.7783

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

PAUL MCCARTNEY ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENTARY SHORT IN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EDITOR IN CHIEF, SUSAN GOLDBERG

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 00:04

PAUL MCCARTNEY ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENTARY SHORT IN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EDITOR IN CHIEF, SUSAN GOLDBERG

McCartney debuts new documentary short for his ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign featuring Mary and Stella McCartney, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson

McCartney encourages everyone to become ‘meat moderators,’ discussing the impact that livestock agriculture is having on global climate change

McCartney confirms National Geographic behind the inspiration for the Beatles 1968 smash hit ‘Lady Madonna’  

(LONDON/WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 2nd, 2017) Paul McCartney, musician, activist and global icon, has joined National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg, for an exclusive conversation, ahead of releasing a new documentary short in support of his campaign “Meat Free Monday,” which can be viewed at nationalgeographic.com.

Along with daughters and campaign co-founders Mary and Stella McCartney, the new documentary film, One Day a Week, also features Academy Award-winner Emma Stone and Academy Award nominee and EMMY-winner Woody Harrelson, as they narrate and share facts about the impact of livestock agriculture on climate change. The film is slated to be released Friday, November 3rd and will be available at 00.01 on Friday 3rd November on the Meat Free Monday YouTube page.

Meat Free Monday encourages people to not eat meat at least one day a week with the hope that if enough people do it and the idea spreads, it will make a difference” said McCartney. “My film, One Day a Week, aims to raise awareness of this important issue and show people that if we all join together in this effort, we can help improve the environment, reduce the negative impacts of climate change, and even improve people’s health

Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella in 2009, ‘Meat Free Monday’ is a not-for-profit campaign that aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat-free day each week.

Through the interview, McCartney discusses his personal choices in becoming a vegetarian and why he’s now advocating for “meat moderators”: people who reduce their consumption of meat intake as part of their weekly food routine.

“I support a lot of causes, but this particular one is personal for me because it is how I live,” said McCartney. “Through this campaign, I can say to people, ‘Just try it,’ and show people that it can actually be quite fun when you look at what you do, what you eat, how you live and think, ‘Is this what I’m gonna do for the rest of my life or would it be kind of interesting to try making a change?’”

Goldberg said, “At National Geographic, we’ve been illuminating the world for the last 129 years — first in words and pictures, and now across our digital platforms, with information that’s on the side of science, on the side of facts and on the side of the planet. Within our yellow border, we’re creating a portal for the planet’s curious people, giving those with an insatiable quest for knowledge the information that allows them to make informed decisions and affect positive change. We are thrilled that Paul chose National Geographic to bring his message about environmental sustainability to a global audience.”

During the conversation, available for viewing now at nationalgeographic.com, Paul also discussed the inspiration behind the 1968 Beatles hit, “Lady Madonna.” An article titled “American Special Forces in Action in Viet Nam,” from a 1965 issue of National Geographic magazine, featured a photo by Howard Sochurek of a woman surrounded by three small children, one of them nursing. The photo ultimately served as the inspiration for the song.

I love National Geographic and I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It’s sort of always there, that yellow frame and you know exactly what it is and you know you’re gonna get great photos and great stories about the world,” said McCartney. “One particular issue, I saw in the ’60s, had a woman…and she looked very proud and she had a baby … I saw that as a kind of Madonna thing, mother and child…… You know, sometimes you see pictures of mothers and you go, ‘She’s a good mother.’ You could just tell there’s a bond and it just affected me, that photo. So I was inspired to write ‘Lady Madonna,’ my song, from that photo.”

Goldberg’s interview with McCartney will be released to the 396 million followers across all digital and social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and online, with a print interview to follow in the new year. National Geographic magazine has 55 million readers, in 30 languages, with the full National Geographic media portfolio reaching over 760 million consumers every month.

The full interview with Paul McCartney can be seen at www.NationalGeographic.com with the brand new documentary short to be released at 00.01 on Friday 3rd November.

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Notes To Editors

Assets for Media: Click HERE for access to clips for broadcast, images and transcripts from the interview.  All materials used must credit National Geographic and Meat Free Monday

 

Picture Caption

Caption: National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg meets Paul McCartney in an exclusive conversation about his new film ‘One Day a Week’, part of his ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign

Copy Right: National Geographic

 

Twitter accounts

National Geographic – @SusanBGoldberg @NatGeo

Paul McCartney – @PaulMcCartney @MeatFreeMonday #OneDayAWeek

 

Campaign statics

  • It can take 2,350 litres of fresh water – that’s about 30 bathtubs! – to produce just one beef burger.
  • An area of rainforest the size of a hundred football pitches is cut down every hour to create room for grazing cattle
  • A third of all cereal crops, and more than 95 per cent of soy, is turned into feed for farmed animals.
  • Almost a third of all land on Earth is used for livestock production

 

For further information:

National Geographic

Daniel Maynard – National Geographic, Europe & Africa

Daniel.Maynard@fox.com

+44 (0)7971 058864

Courtney Rowe – National Geographic

Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com

+1 202 919 2810

Anna Kukelhaus – National Geographic

Anna.Kukelhaus@natgeo.com

+1 202 912 6724

 

For Paul McCartney/Meat Free Monday campaign

Stuart Bell – DawBell

stuart.bell@dawbell.com

+ 44 7931 501 495

Suzanne Barnard – Meat Free Monday

press@meatfreemondays.com

+ 44 7854 115 799

 

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Breaking: Nat Geo & Gallup Announce 25 Happiest Cities in the U.S., Interviews & Visuals Available

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:42

** MEDIA ALERT **

National Geographic, New York Times Best-Selling Author Dan Buettner and Gallup Announce The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States

 Boulder, CO tops the list

 Spokespeople, Images and Exclusive Map Available for Press

National Geographic, Gallup and New York Times best-selling author and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner have announced The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States based on The National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index. The Index was specifically developed to measure a population’s happiness based on 15 metrics including civic engagement, walkability and healthful food options. Boulder, Colorado tops the list with walkability, access to nature and sense of community as contributing factors to its residents’ happiness.

Buettner mentions, “if you want to get happy, don’t try and change your belief system. Change your environment.” In National Geographic’s November cover story and newly-published The Blue Zones of Happiness, Buettner reveals the world’s happiest places (Denmark, Costa Rica and Singapore) and explains environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to the overall happiness in these geographic regions. Pulling from years of experience studying the world’s most-thriving populations, Buettner, National Geographic and Gallup developed a methodology for measuring where Americans are living their happiest lives.

The full list of the 25 Happiest Cities, in order by National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index score, is below, and the full story is available here.

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
  3. Charlottesville, VA
  4. Fort Collins, CO
  5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
  6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  7. Provo-Orem, UT
  8. Bridgeport-Stamford, CT
  9. Barnstable Town, MA
  10. Anchorage, AK
  11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL
  12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
  13. Salinas, CA
  14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
  15. Urban Honolulu, HI
  16. Ann Arbor, MI
  17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  18. Colorado Springs, CO
  19. Manchester-Nashua, NH
  20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
  21. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  23. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
  24. Portland-South Portland, ME
  25. Austin-Round Rock, TX

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

Spokespeople

Visual Assets

Photos and an exclusive map of The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States are available here along with the mandatory usage requirements. Please inquire for available b-roll.

For all our Blue Zones of Happiness content including news announcement, magazine story, and book information, visit natgeo.com/questforhappiness.

Media Contacts

**Press inquiries for Dan Buettner, please contact Ann Day, ann.day@natgeo.com, (202)912-6712.

**Press inquiries for George Stone, please contact Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202)912-6703 or Hannah Sedgwick, hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com, (202)912-6762.

 

 

National Geographic Magazine, November 2017

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:48
Click here for PDF

For press inquiries, please contact: Anna Kukelhaus at anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com and Leah Jereb at leah.jereb@natgeo.com.


2017 National Geographic Holiday Gift Guide

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:24

 

This season, National Geographic is proud to offer a wide assortment of holiday gifts for everyone on your list, from the adventurers and travelers to photographers and curious kids.

Each gift aligns with National Geographic’s mission to further our knowledge and understanding of our world. These gifts that give back also support the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund future science and exploration.

View our full holiday gift guide at this link — bit.ly/2017NGHolidayGiftGuide

MEDIA CONTACT

For more information, product samples and editorial opportunities, please contact Hannah Sedgwick at hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com.

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones Solution comes… THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People By Dan Buettner

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:52
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones Solution comes… THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS Lessons From the World’s Happiest People By Dan Buettner

“I’ve spent much of the past several years studying the science of well-being and what makes us thrive. In this well-researched book, Dan Buettner presents us with the latest innovative and story-driven science on how to shape our surroundings in ways that make us happier and more fulfilled. Blue Zones of Happiness is a compelling read and a useful guide for a better life.”

Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global

 

“Filled with realistic, constructive information, this book is a useful manual for individuals and communities to take the initiative toward happier, healthier lives.”

Publishers Weekly

 

New York Times bestselling author Dan Buettner has dedicated the last fifteen years to helping people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. His work has taken him around the globe to some of the most beautiful—and remote—regions, where he’s met and cohabitated with people of all ages and experiences to better understand how they live, eat, and socialize and how these factors contribute to their overall health and longevity. This work has resulted in three New York Times bestselling books (The Blue Zones, Thrive, The Blue Zones Solution). It also inspired Buettner to launch the largest preventative healthcare system in America, The Blue Zones Project, which is now established—and thriving—in 42 cities across the country.

And now, in a timely and eye-opening new book, THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS (National Geographic Books; on-sale October 3, 2017), Buettner turns the spotlight from health to happiness revealing surprising secrets of the world’s happiest places—and shows us how we can all apply the lessons of true happiness to our own lives.

Using his proven Blue Zones methodology, Buettner traveled to extraordinarily content—and uniquely different—happiness “hot spots” in South America, Asia, Europe, and the United States, to distill how the people in each region live in such a way that aligns with scientifically proven principles for true contentment. In THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS—and for the first time ever—Buettner delivers a world happiness consensus, which he developed with Gallup, the University of Pennsylvania, the UN, and a never-before assembled panel of the world’s leading happiness experts, to answer two pivotal questions: what can individuals do to make themselves happier? And, how can government act to make their citizens happier? The findings suggest strategies for boosting life satisfaction both in society and on in the lives of individuals.

In this inspiring book, Buettner offers game-changing tools for setting up life to be the happiest it can be and introduces readers to:
The World’s Happiness All-Stars: inspiring individuals whose ways of boosting well-being can influence your home and community as well.
• The Three Strands of Happiness: pleasure, purpose, and pride—that weave together in different ways in the world’s happiest places.
• The Blue Zones Happiness Test: to pinpoint areas in your life where change could bring more happiness—and then find practical steps to make those changes.
• What researchers on happiness consider: the top ways to create personal and nationwide happiness, as revealed by a blue-ribbon panel of world experts convened for this book.
• Boost happiness with the Happiness Power 9: Buettner’s final assessment of the most important lessons to be learned from the world’s happiest people and places.

Packed with fresh new insights and data about the evolving field of happiness, THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS takes readers on a much-needed journey of discovery, providing a blueprint for a happy life.

In addition, the November issue of National Geographic magazine features “The Happiest Places in the World” on its cover. The story by Dan Buettner, with photographs by Cory Richards and Matthieu Paley, looks at how geography is the biggest determinant of happiness, next to genetics. By merging the two leading scientific scales of happiness, Buettner takes a look at some of the happiest places in the world. The issue, which will be available online beginning October 16 at natgeo.com/questforhappiness, is on print newsstands on October 31.

About the Author

Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Explorer and the founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps Americans live longer, healthier lives. His groundbreaking work on longevity led to his 2005 National Geographic cover story “Secrets of Living Longer” and three national best-sellers, The Blue Zones, Thrive, and The Blue Zones Solution. His forthcoming book, The Blue Zones of Happiness will be published by National Geographic in October 2017. He lives in Minneapolis and can be found on Facebook and Twitter and through his website bluezones.com.  

 

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS

Lessons From the World’s Happiest People

By Dan Buettner

National Geographic Books

On-sale October 3, 2017 | Hardcover | $26.00 | 288 pages

ISBN-13: 978-142621848

MEDIA CONTACT  

Kathleen Carter Zrelak

Goldberg McDuffie Communications

kzrelak@goldbergmcduffie.com | 212-705-4222

Breaking: Scientists Make Once in a Lifetime Discovery about Gravitational Waves- Interviews, Visuals Available

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:18

***Media Alert***

Breaking News:

Scientists Have Detected Gravitational Waves from Colliding Neutron Stars—A Once in a Lifetime Discovery

This once in a lifetime discovery is helping astronomers resolve a heated debate about the cosmic origins of gold and silver.

Interviews, Images & Video Available

 At press conferences held across continents, scientists today have announced the first detection of gravitational waves created by two neutron stars smashing into each other. Until now, all confirmed detections involved a deadly dance between two black holes, which leave no visible signature on the sky. The observations are helping astronomers verify some long-standing theories in physics and resolve a debate about the origin of gold and other heavy elements in the cosmos—discoveries made possible by the nascent field of gravitational wave astronomy 

Nat Geo Experts Available for Interviews: 

Space expert Nadia Drake is available for interviews out of San Francisco, CA.

Science and astronomy expert Victoria Jaggard is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Science expert Michael Greshko is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C. Greshko is present at the Washington, DC press conference announcing the news this morning. 

 

***For interview or visual requests, contact the following:

Kelsey Taylor at kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan at anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Media Alert: Ground-Breaking Space Announcement Coming Monday, Interviews Available

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:13

***Media Alert***

Breaking News Coming Monday, October 16th:
New Discovery Sheds Light on One of the Biggest Mysteries in Space

Stay Tuned for a Ground-Breaking Announcement About Gravitational Waves

Interviews & Visuals Available Monday

In advance of an upcoming news announcement around gravitational waves coming this Monday, October 16, National Geographic will have a number of visuals and astronomy experts who can speak to the full account of this incredible find and its implications regarding the future of astronomy. Based on discussions among the scientific community, this announcement will be of incredible interest to consumers.

Nat Geo Experts Available for Interviews:

Space expert, Nadia Drake, is available for interviews

out of San Francisco, CA.

Science and astronomy expert, Victoria Jaggard ,is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Science expert, Michael Greshko, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C. Greshko will be present at the press conference announcing the news on Monday, October 16th.

 

**For press inquiries, please contact Kelsey Taylor at kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com or Anna Kukelhaus Dynan at anna.kukelhaus.com.

 

Macro Games to launch ‘NatGeo Color WILD’ in collaboration with National Geographic

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:36

WASHINGTON (September 27, 2017)—Macro Games, a Polish game developer, and National Geographic, one of the world’s largest scientific and educational organizations, has announced ‘Nat Geo Color WILD’, an interactive coloring app for mobile devices. The subscription-based game will feature content from the well-known National Geographic wildlife channel Nat Geo WILD. ‘Nat Geo Color WILD’ will launch in September 2017.

‘Nat Geo Color WILD’ is a coloring app suitable for coloring enthusiasts of all ages. The complexity of each image, including its size and number of areas to color, can be changed based on desired difficulty. Players can use their imaginations to fill in coloring-book versions of National Geographic photographs. While coloring, users can toggle between the coloring book page and original photograph. Many of the images feature common subjects on Nat Geo WILD and National Geographic including land animals, nature, ocean scenes and marine animals. After creating the image, it may be shared from Facebook, Google+ or published within the app.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with such a respected brand as National Geographic. We’re looking forward to creating something that will be entertaining for game enthusiasts but also will encourage users to learn about wildlife” said Agnieszka Zemsta, CEO of Macro Games.

Nathan Moore, Vice President of Digital Product Licensing for National Geographic Partners, added, “‘Nat Geo Color WILD’ is a great opportunity for Macro Games and National Geographic to build on the widespread success of digital coloring books. With this app, users will engage with National Geographic photographs in a new and interactive way and add their own artistic vision to National Geographic’s window on the world. We look forward to seeing how the users of ‘Nat Geo Color WILD’ interpret the brilliance of nature.”

‘Nat Geo Color WILD’ is a subscription-based game that is free to download and play with in-app purchases. It will also be available on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store.

About Macro Games

Macro Games is a Polish game developer and e-sports company. The company works on their own titles, and partners with licensed properties. Macro Games also manages two leading Polish portals for ‘Counter Strike’ and ‘Minecraft’ players. Thanks to the access a large community of players, it effectively manages the electronic distribution of software (selling keys and licenses for electronic products) and offers advertising space on their own platforms and applications.


About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million 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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF CHASING GENIUS, AWARDS FOUR $25,000 PRIZES TO TURN IDEAS INTO CATALYST FOR CHANGE IN THE WORLD

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 06:00

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18  , 2017) – In June 2017, National Geographic, as part of a partnership with GSK Consumer Healthcare, announced the launch of CHASING GENIUS, a groundbreaking digital initiative built on the premise that transformational ideas can come from anywhere, and from anyone. Today National Geographic is proud to announce the winners of the CHASING GENIUS challenge. They are everyday people who have provided real proposed solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Over the summer, the CHASING GENIUS community grew to 30,000 members, and submitted more than 2800 one-minute videos each proposing ideas to address one of three pressing global issues — Sustainable Planet, Feeding Nine Billion, and Global Health. The concept of transformational ideas and CHASING GENIUS reverberated across social, digital and broadcast media and generated over 225 million impressions, 19 million video views, and 3 million social conversations.

During the submissions phase, the community was highly engaged, sharing ideas, offering feedback, asking questions, and flagging favorites. The ideas were then evaluated on four criteria to find the most inspiring, innovative, creative, and viable ideas which were named our finalists. Members of the Chasing Genius Council helped choose three winning ideas and the CHASING GENIUS community chose the People’s Choice winner. Each winner will receive a $25,000 prize to further their idea.

The four winners are:

  • Asta Skocir for her idea on how to improve the planet’s sustainability. She saw the need to reduce pollution in the textile industry by bringing sustainable, bio-based textile alternatives into the 21st Century footwear and apparel industries. Her program, AlgiKnit, aims to offer an alternative circular economy approach to textile production rooted in ecological intelligence, natural dye practices, and biomaterials innovation. AlgiKnit aims to operate in a closed-loop product lifecycle, utilizing materials with a significantly lower environmental footprint than conventional agricultural or petroleum-based textiles (e.g. cotton and polyester). Learn more about Asta’s idea HERE.
  • Kevin White for his idea on how to improve global health. He saw the need to help impoverished people living in the developing world who have impaired vision obtain eyeglasses. His program, USee, provides affordable, transportable, easy-to-use vision correction kits designed to suit the needs of the 2.5 billion people for whom glasses are necessary yet inaccessible. With USee, anyone, with less than a day of training, can a) measure refractive error, b) determine the lenses needed to correct vision, and c) snap the lenses into attractive frames. The entire process takes just minutes and does not require an eye-care professional. Learn more about Kevin’s idea HERE.
  • Richard Trimble for his vision for alleviating world hunger. Richard has developed a compact, solar powered device that threshes and winnows pearl millet. The device aims to help women in sub-Saharan Africa move away from the current method of threshing millet by repeatedly pounding using mortar and pestle, an arduous task that is so intensive that it only allows them to prepare one meal per day, leaving millions undernourished. Richard’s solution will enable women to produce more meals per day without the tremendous toll on their bodies. The plan is to build 50 threshers to distribute for feedback prior to mass production. Learn more about Richard’s idea HERE.
  • John Monnat was chosen as the “People’s Choice” winner, as voted by the CHASING GENIUS community. His idea aims to help alleviate world hunger by providing farmers better access to data and science to improve crop production. His group Cheruvu is a data-driven sustainable enterprise that provides site-specific advice to farmers in developing countries. Currently, they work with cotton farmers, combining climate data, soil tests, and farming practices to help farmers make smarter agricultural decisions that reduce input costs and risk while increasing yields. Their plan is to leverage machine learning algorithms and anonymized data to reduce costs for farmers while conveying a quality product that helps farmers do more with less. Learn more about John’s idea HERE.

For the launch CHASING GENIUS Challenge participants were inspired to submit their ideas one of the three following critical issues:

  • Sustainable Planet:  How can we reduce our impact on the planet?
  • Global Health: How can we help people live healthier lives?
  • Feeding 9 Billion:  How will we feed a planet fast approaching 9 billion people?

“We are blown away by and really proud of the scope of ideas submitted, as well as in the engagement of the community both on and off our platforms” said Brendan Ripp, executive vice president, brand partnerships, National Geographic. “We are the number one brand for social engagement and CHASING GENIUS brings to life the power of our community in a meaningful way for us, and our partners.  We look forward to announcing the next challenge, and continuing to stay true to our brand with platforms that enable change in the world.”

“We are excited to see the high level of consumer engagement with National Geographic’s Chasing Genius platform,” said Theresa Agnew, chief marketing officer U.S. at GSK Consumer Healthcare. “It’s inspiring to witness the passion that the entrants had for providing real solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.  We look forward to seeing these genius ideas become reality.”

Council members who played a role in reviewing submissions include Erika Bergman, submarine pilot; Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and editor in chief of National Geographic Magazine; Caleb Harper, Principal Investigator and Director of the Open Agriculture (Open Ag) Initiative at the MIT Media Lab; Johanna Kellett, Research and Development Scientist in New Product Development at GSK Consumer Healthcare; Jay Shetty, storyteller, filmmaker and former monk; and Albert Yu-Min-Lin, research scientist and engineer focused on technology-enabled exploration and crowdsourcing. Select council members have been chosen for their ability to make the impossible possible and for their visions of making the world a better place.

For a comprehensive look at all submissions, follow the link here: http://www.natgeochasinggenius.com/videos

CHASING GENIUS is part of a broader, groundbreaking integrated partnership between National Geographic and GSK Consumer Healthcare, the makers of some of the world’s best loved health care brands including Sensodyne®, Flonase® Sensimist™ and Excedrin®, that spans premium programming, custom storytelling and consumer engagement designed to inspire consumers to tap into their inner genius. The platform was developed by National Geographic for the Final Front, which is organized by Omnicom Media Group’s Content Collective. National Geographic and The Content Collective strategically aligned with the key GSK Consumer Healthcare brands, and collaborated with GSK Consumer Healthcare’s media agency PHD to tailor this first-look opportunity for GSK Consumer Healthcare.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 171 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About GSK Consumer Healthcare:

GSK Consumer Healthcare is one of the world’s largest consumer health care companies. Our purpose is to help more people around the world to do more, feel better and live longer with everyday health care products. We have a heritage that goes back over 160 years. We own some of the world’s best loved health care brands, including Sensodyne®, Theraflu®, Excedrin®, Nicorette® and NicoDerm®CQ®, FLONASE®, and TUMS®. These brands are successful in over 100 countries around the world because they all show our passion for quality, guaranteed by science. They are inspired by the real wants and needs of the millions of people who walk into pharmacies, supermarkets and market stalls and go online all over the world every day, and choose us first.

Our goal is to build a global, growing business we call a Fast Moving Consumer Healthcare (FMCH) company, dedicated to everyday health care with all of the scientific expertise and quality guarantees that demands, working at the speed and with the genuine consumer understanding the modern world expects.

About PHD:

PHD WW an Omnicom Media Group agency, is a global communications planning and media buying network, built on a culture of smart strategic thinking and creative innovation. With over 3,000 staff working in 80 countries worldwide, PHD is one of the world’s fastest growing and most awarded media and communications agencies. communications planning and buying network, built on a culture of smart strategic thinking and creative innovation.

About The Content Collective:
The Content Collective is Omnicom Media Group’s entertainment and content division. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, The Content Collective taps into a broad network of entertainment production companies, directors, writers and animators to produce breakthrough creative content from large-scale properties like the Grammys to smaller, original programs, covering all budget levels and brand program needs.

 

 

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey Officially Opens October 6, 2017

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:05

NEW YORK, NY (September 13, 2017) – National Geographic Encounter will open to the public in Times Square on Friday, October 6, 2017, with Ocean Odyssey, a first-in-kind immersive entertainment experience that transports audiences on a breathtaking undersea journey from the South Pacific across the ocean to the west coast of North America.

SPE Partners, creators and producers of National Geographic Encounter, has engaged a world-class global team of Academy, GRAMMY®, and Emmy® Award-winning artists, including the design firm Falcon’s Creative Group and the visual effects team behind “Game of Thrones,” to produce this never-before-seen experience that is changing the landscape of entertainment and cinema. Through ground-breaking technology, audiences go on a digital “underwater” dive and come face-to-face with life-size photo-real versions of some of the largest and most interesting creatures of the sea.

“Working on this project has been an extraordinary ride,” says Emmy® Award Winner Thilo Ewers, VFX Supervisor on the project from Pixomondo.  “We have pushed the boundaries of visual effects by not only developing dozens of unique photo-real underwater species in a completely immersive environment, but also by taking on one of our biggest challenges to date: creating 3D stunning media in 8K resolution at 60 frames per second! National Geographic Encounter is a game-changer in this industry as it melds the boundaries between realtime interactive media and traditional media, and our team is having a ball helping bring it to life.”

Additionally, GRAMMY® Award-winning composer David Kahne has collected hundreds of underwater sounds from libraries all over the world to create a state-of-the-art sound experience featuring a majestic ocean soundscape which graces the space across 230 loudspeakers and 180 independent sound channels.

National Geographic Encounter has also been nominated for an IFMA Award for Excellence in the Design and Construction category.

National Geographic Encounter is not a museum, exhibit, movie, aquarium or virtual reality; instead, the producers consulted with dozens of technologists and scientists to create a new kind of immersive experience that guests can walk through to share stunning ocean encounters with friends and family. Blockbuster new science – some of it not even published yet – was used in its creation. National Geographic Encounter is also working with marine biologist, professor and National Geographic Emerging Explorer David Gruber, Chief Science Advisor to the experience and who specializes in bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine animals.

National Geographic Encounter Ocean Fun Facts:

  • Guests will get up close with dozens of species, including sharks up to 20 feet long, a 50-foot Humpback whale, playful sea lions, and a pair of battling Humboldt squids which could have as many as 40,000 teeth each;
  • The coral reef was built from a process called photogrammetry, where more than 1,300 photos were taken on location in the Solomon Islands. The 2D photos were then used to construct 3D models of coral;
  • Kelp found throughout the experience is modeled after the Giant Kelp species, which grows at a rate of up to 2 feet per day;
  • 120,000 fish make their appearance in the grand finale.

Once visitors “resurface” to land, they can learn about their experience, track their trip, and listen to sounds of the animals they have encountered along the way. Guests will also hear from renowned ocean explorers and marine biologists, including National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, Bob Ballard and Enric Sala, who through transparent multi-media screens, share their inspiration and passion for the ocean. Audiences can enjoy a gaming challenge to clean up their own piece of the ocean and play with holograms of the biggest creatures. Everyone will have the opportunity to take an individual pledge to take action that makes a difference in ocean conservation, and share it with their social communities and on a live social feed.

“We pushed the boundaries of typical attractions by combining National Geographic’s incredible storytelling with an innovative blend of immersive, cutting-edge visual effects and technology, resulting in a completely new kind of entertainment experience,” says Lisa Truitt, Chief Creative Officer and a Managing Partner of SPE. “For the first time ever, people will walk through the iconic Yellow Border and step into a world they could otherwise never see.”

Declan Moore, Chief Executive Officer, National Geographic Partners said, “National Geographic Encounter applies cutting-edge technology to our legacy of transformative storytelling. Fueled by the excellence of our photographers and explorers, and the extraordinary array of talent assembled behind the creation of this experience, we know we will inspire and entertain our guests surrounded by the wonder of our oceans.  This experience exemplifies our commitment to entertainment with a purpose.”

The “entertainment with a purpose” ethos is also embedded in National Geographic Encounter’s choice of partners with sustainable practices, ranging from a furniture developer, Van de Sant, which creates product out of plastic waste recovered from marine environments, to caterers that source from local farms and use only sustainably harvested seafood, to retail products with eco-friendly packaging.

In addition, National Geographic Encounter will feature an interactive art installation, “Message in a Bottle,” by National Geographic Emerging Explorer & Artist Asher Jay. “Message in a Bottle” is a series of painted plastic bottles, some of which include a recorded voice from a celebrity, oceanographer or scientist.  The voices, which include Ian Somerhalder, Kristin Bauer, Adrian Grenier, Katherine McPhee, David de Rothschild, Bob Ballard and others, convey a personalized inspirational message about the ocean.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey helps support the National Geographic Society’s critical works around the globe, including the Pristine Seas Project. By returning a portion of its proceeds to the non-profit work of the Society, National Geographic Partners contributes to the Society’s critical work of exploring, understanding and protecting our ocean through scientific grants and programs.  To learn more, visit www.natgeo.com/info.

Shubert Organization President Robert E. Wankel stated, “We welcome our new neighbor in the theatre district, National Geographic Encounter, an exciting addition to the entertainment options in the Times Square area. For more than a century, the National Geographic brand has represented a consistent level of excellence around the world. We look forward to the opening of National Geographic Encounter in the heart of New York City.”

National Geographic Encounter has a state-of-the-art private event space, managed by The Shubert Organization, and will feature preferred caterers including Benchmarc Events by Chef Marc Murphy, Abigail Kirsh and TAO Group.

Ticket prices are $39.50 plus tax for adults, $36.50 plus tax for seniors 65+ and $32.50 plus tax for kids 12 and under. Groups of 10 or more will receive 15% off. Special educator rates will be available for local area school groups during select times. National Geographic Encounter is a timed ticketed walk-through experience that lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Times Square Attractions Live, LLC (TSAL) is the trademark-licensed developer for National Geographic Encounter. TSAL is a partnership between Peterson Companies, a Washington DC-based real estate developer, and SPE Partners, a New York City-based entertainment developer.

To download photos, visit http://bit.ly/2eVDMNG.

For more information, visit NatGeoEncounter.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NatGeoENCOUNTER.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. 

About SPE Partners

SPE Partners, LLC, is a New York City-based entertainment developer, founded by entertainment executives Alexander Svezia and William Pennell, with the vision of transforming the cinematic experience.  The company is run by managing partners Svezia, Pennell, Christine Kurtz, a 25-year executive in New York commercial real-estate, and Chief Creative Officer Lisa Truitt, a 29-year veteran of National Geographic film, television, and specialty cinema.  SPE aims to expand and revolutionize entertainment and storytelling, while delivering world-class guest experiences.  SPE Partners is launching its portfolio of entertainment properties with National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey.

About Peterson Companies

Peterson Companies is one of the largest privately owned real estate development companies in the Washington, DC region.  Founded more than 50 years ago, the company is responsible for numerous prominent and successful mixed-use developments including National Harbor, a 350-acre waterfront resort on the Potomac River that is home to the MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Tanger Outlets and the Capital Wheel.  For more information about the company, please visit www.petersoncos.com.

G Adventures and National Geographic Expeditions Appeal to Travelers’ Wild Side, Adding Eight New Trips to Africa and Asia for 2018

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:32

BOSTON and WASHINGTON (Sept. 13, 2017) – National Geographic Expeditions and G Adventures continue to grow their joint travel line, National Geographic Journeys—and their partnership—with more itineraries and ways to connect with the inspiring community programs and fieldwork that each supports. Starting in 2018, the National Geographic Journeys collection of 83 tours will include compelling destinations such as Borneo and Mongolia, as well as less-traveled wildlife parks in Tanzania and Botswana.

Travelers will have the opportunity to spend time with a nomadic family in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and try out traditional archery, meet with Buddhist monks and yak farmers, and learn from park rangers about efforts to reintroduce native Takhi horses to the wild. A new tour in Borneo will have travelers encountering orangutans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and other unusual wildlife on excursions to nature reserves and a wildlife rehabilitation center.

National Geographic Journeys’ repertoire of African safaris now stretches to spectacular, though lesser-known, parks of southern Tanzania, where expert guides will discuss wildlife conservation in areas including Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve—places that harbor some of the greatest concentrations of lions in the world. In Botswana, travelers will get up close to one of National Geographic’s important initiatives on a visit to a field camp of the Okavango Wilderness Project.

“These tours combine traveling for fun with traveling for good, and they have a strong appeal as travelers become increasingly conscious about the impact of their vacation decisions,” said Nancy Schumacher, Head of Travel and Tour Operations at National Geographic. “We’ve collaborated closely with G Adventures to design enhanced hands-on experiences and capture National Geographic’s long history of exploration and discovery. When travelers go on our trips, they help support the work of our explorers and scientists, as a portion of our proceeds go directly to the nonprofit National Geographic Society.”

The National Geographic Journeys line, launched in January 2016, offers hands-on exploration with an emphasis on storytelling, local immersion and social good. These itineraries, priced from USD $1,399, are designed for travelers who appreciate having flexibility and choices, but value the structure and security that come with group travel. Each trip is filled with opportunities to forge meaningful connections with local people and cultures and is led by a knowledgeable, local G Adventures guide known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and, whenever possible, travelers visit projects and community initiatives associated with National Geographic or G Adventures that help improve local livelihoods and protect the natural or cultural heritage.

“Travel agents and customers alike have been so enthusiastic about our National Geographic Journeys trips this past year, using words like ‘amazing,’ ‘organized,’ ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘fun’ to describe their adventures,” said Bruce Poon Tip, founder and owner of G Adventures. “That positive feedback, along with encouraging growth in our sales, are what inspired us to expand our offerings to these new destinations. We cannot wait to introduce travelers to even more life-changing experiences together in 2018.”

The new and updated tours for 2018 include:

  • Best of Borneo (12 days, from USD $3,499) – Connect with your wild side on a 12-day journey into the unusual and awe-inspiring landscapes of Borneo. Experience the otherworldly limestone cliffs of Mulu National Park and its famed bat exodus, encounter the orangutans of Matang, set off on a river cruise in search of elusive Bornean pygmy elephants, and discover the Lipad mud volcano, a mineral salt lick for local wildlife.
  • Discover Mongolia (14 days, from USD $4,199) – Discover one of Asia’s most under-explored regions on a new two-week adventure through Mongolia. Follow a Lama Buddhist monk through the Erdene Zhu monastery; visit the dramatic Flaming Cliffs, where a treasure trove of dinosaur eggs and bones have been found; and spend time with a family of nomadic camel-herders, getting acquainted with their everyday life.
  • Southern Tanzania Safari (six days, from USD $3,999) – Get off the usual safari track for a whirlwind week of wildlife-viewing in the southern circuit of Tanzania. The national parks and reserves visited in this region, including Ruaha and Selous, are remote and much less frequented by travelers, offering exceptional exploration. Watch for herds of elephants, towers of giraffes and zeals of zebras on a safari experience that will feel like your group’s alone.
  • Wildlife Parks of Tanzania (12 days, from USD $7,699) – Here’s an African adventure that starts among Tanzania’s most famous wildlife reserves before taking you to the remote, less-explored national parks of the southern circuit. Embark on wildlife drives in Lake Manyara National Park, meet a researcher at the Serengeti Wildlife Centre, and watch for zebras and lions in the Selous Game Reserve.
  • Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari (10 days, from USD $4,999) – Experience the ultimate wildlife adventure on a safari trip through some of the top wildlife reserves in southern Africa. Keep your camera at the ready for the lions and elephants of Hwange National Park. Fly to the panhandle of the Okavango Delta to meet with a researcher from National Geographic’s Okavango Wilderness Project and cruise along the banks of the Chobe River to watch elephants drink along its banks.
  • Southern Africa Safari Experience (18 days, from USD $8,099) – Explore the wilds of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe while on safari in celebrated national parks such as Kruger and Chobe. Enjoy an unforgettable wildlife walk with a researcher in the panhandle of the Okavango Delta, drive through Hwange National Park in search of large herds of elephants, and sit down to a family dinner at a private home near Victoria Falls.
  • The Great Southern Africa Safari (21 days, from USD $9,159) – Keep your sense of wonder at the ready on a 21-day adventure that takes in the iconic sights of southern Africa. Fall for Cape Town’s remarkable beauty, feel the power of Victoria Falls and watch for the “big five” alongside a researcher from National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. In the Okavango Delta, visit a research camp for National Geographic’s Okavango Wilderness Project and meet with a member of the team.
  • Discover Bali and Java (15 days, from USD $2,899) – Inspire your spiritual side on a 15-day tour to the stunning beaches, jungles and temples of Bali and Java. See the active volcano of Mt. Bromo on a sunrise jeep ride through Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and visit the exquisite Bogor Botanical Gardens. Explore ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples like Borobudur and Prambanan and stroll the beaches of Sanur.

For details and a listing of all new trips, contact your travel agent or visit: www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/journeys or www.gadventures.com/ngj18 .

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About G Adventures

G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer and social enterprise offering the widest selection of affordable small-group land, sea and river tours to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. Founded by Canadian entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip in 1990, G Adventures offers award-winning trips that embrace local accommodation, cuisine and transport, and promise 100 per cent guaranteed departures. With more than 700 different itineraries, and experiences that engage local communities all over the world, its approach to small-group travel is intimate and sustainable. For more information about G Adventures, please visit: www.gadventures.com.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million 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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL NEW HIRES FOR DIGITAL TEAM

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 19:51

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL NEW HIRES FOR DIGITAL TEAM

David Miller Named SVP & General Manager, NationalGeographic.com; Kyle Christensen Tapped to Lead TV Digital and Social Strategy

Miller and Christensen Join Recent High-Profile Hires as National Geographic Partners Grows Digital Operations and Team Charged with Leading the No. 1 Brand on Social Media

WASHINGTON (September 12, 2017)—As National Geographic Partners continues to solidify its place as a leader in digital and social innovation, Rachel Webber, Executive Vice President of Digital, announced today new leadership roles for the digital group. New hires include David Miller as Senior Vice President and General Manager, NationalGeographic.com, and Kyle Christensen as Vice President of Channel Social and Digital Strategy. Miller will report to Webber and Christensen will report to Jonathan Hunt, Senior Vice President of Social and Audience Development.

Miller and Christensen are joining a team of high-profile recent hires as National Geographic works to build its digital team charged with continuing to grow the No. 1 brand on social media and expand its digital consumer offerings. Recent additions to the team include Marcus East as Executive Vice President of Product and Technology who joined from Apple earlier this year; Marcelo Galdieri as Senior Vice President of Digital Product after 20 years at MasterCard; and Jonathan Hunt as Senior Vice President of Social and Audience Development after holding positions at Vox and Vice.

National Geographic is one of the most followed digital media brands with over 360 million social fans and a robust audience across web and mobile for its editorial and video content. It is the No. 1 non-celebrity brand on Instagram with more than 111 million followers, a top 10 brand on YouTube and the largest television network on Facebook with one of the 50 most followed pages worldwide. This year alone, National Geographic has grown to generate more than 6.4 billion content views each month across social platforms – a 20 percent increase.

“David and Kyle bring tremendous expertise, creative and business instincts, and a dedication to the consumer experience that are crucial as we work to scale our digital business,” Webber said. “While we have a running head-start as the No. 1 brand on social media, we know we have even greater potential to activate people’s curiosity and to build communities of passionate explorers. David and Kyle have done award-winning work building product, social, video and advertising solutions for some of the world’s most beloved brands. We’re thrilled that they are now part of our National Geographic team.”

The new hires and their roles are:

David Miller joins as Senior Vice President and General Manager, NationalGeographic.com. He will be responsible for the day-to-day experiences for both consumers and advertiser partners on the National Geographic website and is charged with leading National Geographic’s consumer and revenue growth goals. Miller comes to National Geographic Partners from AOL, where he most recently served as Vice President of Product Management. In 11 years at AOL, Miller held numerous leadership positions in product, strategy and operations, including overseeing monetization products for AOL’s owned-and-operated properties, driving new joint product opportunities following Verizon’s acquisition of AOL, and developing and launching AOL’s iab award-winning ad format, Project Devil. Miller also managed AOL’s video ad solutions and One Creative, the creative platform of AOL’s programmatic platform, One by AOL. Prior to joining AOL, Miller held leadership positions at Lightningcast (acquired by AOL), InPhonic Inc, Leap Wireless and Varsitybooks.com. Miller holds an MBA from George Washington University and a B.A. in American Government from Georgetown University. David lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Maia, and their two daughters.

Kyle Christensen joins as Vice President of Channel Social and Digital Strategy. Leading the social strategy for National Geographic’s broadcast channels, Christensen is responsible for the development and execution of National Geographic’s creative and comprehensive digital strategies for new shows and films. Christensen joins from Netflix, where he helped launch its Marvel series and “Narcos.” His campaigns for season one and two of “Narcos” took home a Shorty Award, multiple Cannes Lions and Facebook’s grand prize for Best Overall TV Social Campaign, Best Digital Content and Best Ad. Christensen then transitioned to lead the digital team for Netflix’s endeavor into original films. Before his time at Netflix, Christensen oversaw Warner Bros.’ interactive marketing campaigns for theatrical releases such as “Harry Potter” (winning the Shorty Award for launching Pottermore and most talked-about social campaign four years in a row), “The Dark Knight,” “The Hobbit,” “Man of Steel” and many more. Prior to that role, Christensen handled syndication and digital production for Fox Sports.

About National Geographic Partners LLC:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, 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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million 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.

Media Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, 202.912.6724, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com

 

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