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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

 

Media Alert: Cassini’s Grand Finale, Interviews & Interactive Available

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 18:19

***Media Alert***

Experience: Nat Geo Exclusive Interactive of Cassini’s Grand Tour

Read: How NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Will Meet Its Fiery End

After 13 years exploring Saturn, the probe will dive deep into the planet’s atmosphere for its explosive “grand finale” on September 15

Spokespeople and Exclusive Interactive Available

 Nearly 20 years ago, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft left Earth and began a seven-year journey across the solar system. Its destination? Ringed Saturn and its many, many moons. After more than a decade exploring the system, Cassini will plunge to its doom in the planet’s atmosphere on September 15, 2017. National Geographic has taken a look at Cassini’s voyage and its greatest achievements through this comprehensive interactive.

The probe’s final scientific mission will be to destroy itself by plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere. Cassini will begin its collision course with Saturn on September 11 and will take it’s final picture on September 14, before plunging through Saturn’s cloud tops on September 15. 

Check out National Geographic’s Cassini explainer HERE.

Explore Cassini’s 13 years of missions HERE.  

Space expert Nadia Drake is available for interviews out of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, reporting from the scene.

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

The Leader in Online Learning, The Great Courses Plus, Announces Partnership with National Geographic Live to Provide New World-Class Educational Content

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 18:51

CHANTILLY, Va. (September 7, 2017)—The Great Courses Plus is excited to expand their unparalleled educational experience by partnering with National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, to bring users new, exciting content. The educational series will feature thought-provoking presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists, photographers, and performing artists. The partnership will provide high-value content, expand audience reach, and help The Great Courses Plus maintain its position as the top trusted source for online home learning material.

The new series will be an exciting addition to the award-winning content The Great Courses Plus already provides. In “Amazing Animals, Plants, and Insects,” listeners can join renowned scientists and photographers to travel the world and discover the most fascinating, mysterious and exotic species on the planet. “The Space, Technology and Discovery” feature follows scientists and inventors into the future to learn about breakthroughs just on the horizon and how these innovations will change life as we know it. The new material rounds out an extensive library of over 350 series produced by The Great Courses Plus, and solidifies its position as the leader in lifelong learning.

National Geographic is one of the world’s largest scientific and educational institutions and through this partnership, The Great Courses Plus will reach an expanded audience. “There are many lifelong learners who look to National Geographic as a trusted source of enriching information,” said Cale Pritchett, Vice President of Marketing for The Great Courses. “This partnership will build on that trust and introduce many new users to The Great Courses Plus,” he added.

National Geographic Live and the Great Courses Plus are thrilled to share the new material with their growing audience of lifelong learners. The series is now available and can be found online at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/NatGeoLive.

About The Great Courses

The Great Courses Plus is the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Delivered in engaging, expertly produced video and audio, these carefully crafted courses provide access to a world of knowledge from the most accomplished professors and experts. The content–rich, proprietary library spans more than 350 series with more than 14,000 lectures designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding, and foster epiphanies in the arts, science, literature, self–improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, business, professional advancement and personal development. Creating unique learning experiences since 1990, The Great Courses and The Great Courses Plus are the premier brands of The Teaching Company Sales, LLC of Chantilly, Virginia, which is owned by Los Angeles-based Brentwood Associates. More information can be found at https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.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 nationalgeographic.com.

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National Geographic’s Renowned Photographers Inspire Authentic Travel with Travel-Themed Flash Print Sale

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:28

WASHINGTON (Sept. 6, 2017)—Starting Saturday, Sept. 9, for eight days only, National Geographic is holding a travel-themed flash sale featuring prints by 25 National Geographic photographers whose powerful visual storytelling has long-inspired others to seek out the world’s most remote destinations. The photographs, which provoke the pursuit of authentic travel experiences, will be available for a limited time only as signed, museum-quality, 8” x 10” prints priced at $100 each. Featuring work by Aaron Huey, Jodi Cobb, Amy Vitale, William Albert Allard, Michael “Nick” Nichols and David Guttenfelder, the collectible prints can be purchased at www.NGCreativeFlashSale.com from Sept. 9 through Sept. 16 at midnight EDT.

The sale, presented by National Geographic Creative, is a unique celebration of places far and wide from across the globe and the rich diversity of planet Earth. National Geographic photo editors collaborated with Nat Geo Creative staff and National Geographic Director of Photography Sarah Leen to curate the selection of images. National Geographic is overseeing the production of the premium, unframed prints, which will be made on Fuji Crystal paper and signed by the respective photographer.

“Our renowned photographers have traveled to the farthest corners of the world to capture these breathtaking images. By sharing the beauty of the planet through these signed prints, we hope to enlighten others with new perspectives of the world and perhaps even to inspire them to embark on their own journey to a new destination,” said Alice Keating, senior vice president, National Geographic Creative.

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.

ATLAS OF BEER: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 20:14

WASHINGTON (Sept. 19, 2017)—The world of beer is vast: diverse in its offerings and dazzling in its complexity. Today, craft brewing has been elevated from a hobbyist’s pursuit to a global art form. In this beautifully illustrated book, shot through with authoritative maps and glorious photography, National Geographic has compiled the most comprehensive collection of information on beers and the countries they’re brewed in with ATLAS OF BEER: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer (National Geographic Books; on sale Sept. 19, 2017; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1833-0; 304 pages; $40.00).

Authors, geography professors and self-proclaimed “beer doctors,” Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, Ph.D., and Mark W. Patterson, Ph.D., traveled more than 160,000 miles across 28 countries to reveal the most unique, historic and delicious brews across the globe. And Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of the celebrated Brooklyn Brewery, recommends great beers from 40 regions around the world, as well as tasting notes, food pairings and presentation tips. Their body of research, complemented by 100 maps, 300 color photographs and quirky trivia, makes ATLAS OF BEER an essential reference – and perfect gift — for craft aficionados and novices alike.

Covering 45 countries and six continents, this boozy treasure trove of beautiful photos and revealing maps is packed with practical travel advice. Each section focuses on a different continent and explores what the locals are drinking, the future of beer and which breweries and beer festivals are worth the trek. Readers also will learn the subtle arts of international beer culture – for example, which glass should be used with tropical fruit beer in Brazil. Or how to ask for a large beer in each of Australia’s seven states, in 14 different languages. Or how to conquer the complexities of proper drinking etiquette in Japan.

Smart, informative and richly illustrated, ATLAS OF BEER will ensure that you find the perfect pint wherever you may be in the world.

About Nancy Hoalst Pullen, Ph.D.

A world traveler, professor and beer writer, Hoalst Pullen has dedicated her career to discovering the stories surrounding the geographies of beer. As a National Geographic Explorer, she has visited hundreds of locales across six continents – from historic breweries of Belgium to backyard home-brews in South Africa – to understand how the craft of brewing has evolved over time and place. She has published many articles on the subject, with particular emphasis on the role of sustainability in the beer industry. With Mark Patterson, she co-edited the book The Geography of Beer – Regions, Environment, and Societies.

About Mark W. Patterson, Ph.D.

By day, Patterson is a geography professor whose research with Nancy Hoalst Pullen examines sustainability trends in the beer industry. By night, Patterson is an avid home-brewer, strategically planning his next research trip to breweries around the world. As a National Geographic Explorer, he has traveled nearly 200,000 miles (and counting) on his quest to identify the nuances of the beer industry — and of course, to sample the flavors of this time-honored craft. When he is not traveling the globe, Patterson can be found playing ice hockey or working on a script for a pilot series on the U.S. craft beer industry.

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, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 20:07

WASHINGTON (Sept. 5, 2017)—Traveling the globe with your significant other is the journey of a lifetime. National Geographic has compiled the definitive travel guide for couples wanting to explore the world with ULTIMATE JOURNEYS FOR TWO: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent (National Geographic Books; on sale Sept. 5, 2017; ISBN 978-1-4262-1839-2; 272 pages; $26.99).

Authors Mike and Anne Howard – officially the World’s Longest Honeymooners and founders of the acclaimed travel blog HoneyTrek – take readers across seven continents with curated recommendations to discover culture, adventure, and romance, no matter the budget. Each chapter is organized by type of destination (for example: beaches, mountains and desert) to help intrepid couples discover new places and experiences based on their interests. Readers can learn the ideal time to visit, the dreamiest places to stay and recommended activities – each with their own adventure rating to illustrate the level of intensity.

Using Anne’s background as a national magazine editor and Mike’s background as a digital marketing executive and photographer, the Howards wrote ULTIMATE JOURNEYS FOR TWO to chronicle their adventures across 50+ countries and to share tips with fellow couples looking to make their own travel dreams a reality.

Special features in ULTIMATE JOURNEYS FOR TWO include funny and insightful stories from the Howards’ own adventures exploring the globe since 2012, expert advice from other renowned traveling couples and tips to increase the romance and excitement at each destination. Both entertaining and informative, this book is an invaluable resource and travel-seeking inspiration for a lifetime.

About the Authors

Mike and Anne Howard left on their honeymoon in January 2012 and have been traveling the world ever since. They chronicle their adventures across seven continents and 53 countries (and counting) on HoneyTrek.com. Their writing, photography and story of the “World’s Longest Honeymoon” can also be found on Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Times, BBC Travel, CBS and dozens of international publications. Follow their travels at HoneyTrek.com or on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook @HoneyTrek.

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, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Launches 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:00

WASHINGTON (Sept. 5, 2017)—National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD), publication in National Geographic Magazine and a feature on National Geographic’s Instagram account, @natgeo.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/photocontest to submit photographs in any or all of four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Underwater and Aerials. Each entry to the contest will be submitted through National Geographic’s online photo community, Your Shot, where members can comment on photos and share their favorites. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest ends Friday, Nov. 17, at 12 p.m. EST.

“I’m thrilled for entries to the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest to start rolling in,” said National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Digital Photography Patrick Witty. “The strength and diversity of the submitted photos are always astounding, and this contest gives those incredible entries a platform that is seen by millions ­– including National Geographic’s photo editors. The Nature Photographer of the Year contest is a rewarding experience for all involved, from the photographers who enter, to audiences who get to appreciate the incredible talent.”

“Since National Geographic photographers find ways to go the extra mile in making a jaw-dropping photo, we’ve chosen four categories (Wildlife, Landscapes, Underwater and Aerials) that will encourage photographers to amaze us with a compelling diversity of images,” said Matt Adams, Producer and Community Manager of Your Shot.

One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the four categories, and the winning photographs will be published on nationalgeographic.com. The overall grand-prize winner will be chosen from the four category winners and will be announced in December 2017.

For details and official contest rules, please visit natgeo.com/photocontest.

 

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 45 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.

 

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National Geographic Launches “We’re Wired That Way” Series Exclusively for Facebook’s Watch Platform

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:44

National Geographic Launches “We’re Wired That Way” Series Exclusively for Facebook’s Watch Platform

Launched Today As Second in a Series of Three Original Shows For Facebook, “We’re Wired That Way” Aims to Tell the Fascinating Story Behind All the Things that Make Humans Uniquely Human Through a Combination of Video, Graphics and Narration

In its continued quest to seek out innovative approaches to social media, National Geographic today has announced the premiere of “We’re Wired That Way”, a new and original series available on Facebook’s Watch every Monday. The series follows the launch of Nat Geo WILD’s “Safari LIVE”, in which expert guides take viewers on daily action-packed safari experiences through the wildernesses of South Africa and Kenya, showcasing iconic species like elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, wildebeest and more. . “We’re Wired That Way” deconstructs the fascinating story behind some of the most unique traits and habits that make us human through rich data visualization, graphics, and irrefutable science. Join National Geographic Explorer and submarine pilot, Erika Bergman, as she explores such questions as: How does our body heal and can we regenerate body parts? Why do we find it appealing to kiss someone else’s germ filled mouth? What are puppies cute but reptiles repulsive?

Check out the series trailer HERE.

“As the most followed brand on social, including Facebook, one of our goals is to focus that influence on creating experiences that turn our yellow border into a yellow portal,” says Jonathan Hunt, Senior Vice President of Audience Development and Digital Strategy. “Exploration is at the core of what makes us human and it’s National Geographic Explorers like Erika Bergman, and premium series like We’re Wired That Way, that are helping audiences better understand themselves by decoding all the things that make us, us.  We’re excited to be working with Facebook to experiment on Watch and to continue to grow our community on Facebook.”

The five series episodes, which range in length from 4 to 6 minutes, include:

Why We Lie on Aug. 29

Science of Cute on Sept. 4

How We Heal on Sept. 11

Why We Kiss on Sept. 18

Why We Cry on Sept. 25 

 

Series Credits:

EVP Digital: Rachel Webber

SVP of Digital Strategy and Audience Development: Jonathan Hunt

Executive Producer: JP Polo

Producers: Dave Gedney, JP Polo, Jack Eddy

Director: Dave Gedney

Writers: James Introcaso, Miellyn Barrows

Director of Photography: Jack Eddy and Nicholas Donnelly

Host: Erika Bergman

Editor: Ryan Ciliax

Lead Graphic Designer: James Crothers

Animator: Jennifer Smart 

 

For press images, please click HERE.

Breaking: Interior Asks to Shrink National Monuments — Here’s What That Means

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 17:51
***Breaking News***   The Secretary of the Interior says he is asking the president to reduce the boundaries of a handful of recently created monuments, likely to set up a pitched legal battle.    Multiple spokesperson and experts available for interviews and commentary   Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he will recommend that none of the 27 national monuments under review be eliminated. But he told the Associated Press in Billings, Montana, that he will propose boundary readjustments to a “handful” of monuments.   The action will almost immediately trigger a legal challenge and political fight in Congress, where conservationists have been alarmed over the sweeping nature of Trump’s review and feared it would lead to substantial reductions in the size of large monuments in the West that were created to protect tribal artifacts, wildlife, and spectacular vistas.   Zinke already announced earlier in the summer that Bears Ears, the 3.5-million-acre landscape in southern Utah’s red-rock country, should be downsized, though he has not yet offered details as to how the boundaries should be redrawn.

Read the full story HERE.   Available for interviews and commentary:   Laura Parker, Nat Geo writer specializing in climate change Brian Howard, Nat Geo writer specializing in the environment, science and technology Michael Greshko, Nat Geo writer specializing in science and the environment Craig Welch, Nat Geo writer specializing in the environment and natural resources Ford Cochran, specializing in geology and environmental science

EXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Captures One of The First Images of the Solar Eclipse from Plane Above the Pacific Ocean

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:00

 

***EXCLUSIVE***

National Geographic Captures One of The First Images of the Solar Eclipse from Plane Above the Pacific Ocean 

National Geographic & Airbnb Partnered to Charter Plane Over the Pacific Ocean & Be Among the First to Witness the Solar Eclipse Before It Crosses the U.S.

***Exclusive Image Here, Mandatory Usage Requirements Below*** 

National Geographic has captured one of the first images of the “Great American Eclipse” before it crosses the U.S. by partnering with Airbnb. Early this morning, one winner and guest of Airbnb’s Night At Solar Eclipse contest boarded a private jet and headed for the Oregon coastline to capture one of the first glimpses of the total solar eclipse.

About the Image

This photo is one of the first glimpses of the eclipse captured by National Geographic photographer Babak Tafreshi. As part of a unique opportunity offered by Airbnb and National Geographic, Babak and two Airbnb guests rose before dawn to board a private jet that flew over the Oregon coastline to be among some of the first to witness the eclipse. 

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1. Must include mandatory photo credit: Courtesy Babak Tafreshi/National Geographic 

2. Must mention National Geographic and Airbnb’s partnership

3. Must link back to natgeo.com/solareclipse

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