National Geographic to Bring Viewers 'Around the World' in a Time of No Traveling – on Instagram Live - TheWrap

National Geographic to Bring Viewers 'Around the World' in a Time of No Traveling – on Instagram Live - TheWrap

National Geographic to Bring Viewers 'Around the World' in a Time of No Traveling – on Instagram Live - TheWrap

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 05:00 AM PDT

National Geographic wants to show Instagram users the world they can't see while they're in quarantine or otherwise unable to travel — and that's why Wednesday the outlet is rolling out "Around the World," a new program using Instagram and Facebook Live.

"A lot changed, kind of overnight," NatGeo director of Instagram Josh Raab told TheWrap about the pandemic's effect on his team's social plan. "Our coverage needed to adapt. We had  changes that we needed a way to report quicker and in real time. Oftentimes, our coverage can be quite delayed."

Typically, NatGeo consumers are used to long-form projects that appear in pictorials and in print, but the 200,000,000 followers spread across the outlet's Instagram accounts will be experiencing the company's signature reporting style in a unique way with "Around the World."

Raab told TheWrap that previous uses of Live resulted in "hundreds of thousands" of viewers for NatGeo and were themed around the coronavirus itself, though those weren't planned or launched with the same scale as "Around the World" and the team recognized "a need to evolve." The viewers, Raab said, stuck around and asked questions, leading to "a nice relationship" between the creators and consumers.

"Around The World," which kicks off Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. ET, will be hosted by Filipe DeAndrade and will take followers to diverse ecosystems, showing off what makes them not only unique, but important to conserve. DeAndrade will have call-ins from a scientist for the European Space Agency stationed in Antarctica to the Ol Pejeta rhino sanctuary in Kenya, among numerous others. The storytelling will feel fresh, too: Raab said viewers can be on the lookout for things they don't normally see in Instagram Live feeds, like the camera dipping underwater to show off a coral reef.

"I think giving people the unexpected is probably the best way to get them to engage and stick around," he said, noting, National Georgraphic is telling these stories "to get people to really think deeply about conservation."

"That's the ethos here," he added. "That's what drives a lot of our coverage and the thinking behind what that coverage should be."

Follow @Natgeo and click on the logo in the top left corner of the Nat Geo Instagram page to see the live feed when "Around the World" airs.

“Telling Stories CAN Change The World…” -Sea of Shadows Director Richard Lakani National Geographic Networks Launches New Emmy Season Podcast CONSIDER THIS - Business Wire

Posted: 16 Jun 2020 12:54 PM PDT

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Geographic will launch its first-ever for your consideration podcast, CONSIDER THIS, on June 15, featuring longform interviews with talent from all of the network's 2020 Emmy® contenders.

The 12-episode podcast series is hosted by award-winning journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt and will feature interviews with on-screen talent and other guests including Dr. Amani Ballour ("The Cave"), Jeff Goldblum ("The World According to Jeff Goldblum"), Dr. Jane Goodall ("Sea of Shadows"), Bear Grylls ("Running Wild with Bear Grylls"), Marcia Gay Harden ("Barkskins"), Keegan-Michael Key ("Brain Games"), Gordon Ramsay ("Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted"), David Thewlis ("Barkskins"), Neil deGrasse Tyson ("Cosmos: Possible Worlds") and Sue Aikens ("Life Below Zero").

In order to take voters even deeper inside National Geographic productions, interviews also include key behind-the-scenes stars, including showrunners and producers Ann Druyan ("Cosmos: Possible Worlds"), Sigrid Dyekjær ("The Cave"), Jon Kroll ("Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted"), Joseph Litzinger ("Life Below Zero") and Elwood Reid ("Barkskins"); composers H. Scott Salinas ("Sea of Shadows") and Colin Stetson ("Barkskins"); production designer Isabelle Guay ("Barkskins"); costume designer Anna Terrazas ("Barkskins"); director of photography Michael Cheeseman ("Life Below Zero"); and directors Brannon Braga ("Cosmos: Possible Worlds") and Richard Ladkani ("Sea of Shadows").

"We are a network that's built on incredible storytelling," said Christopher Albert, EVP of marketing strategy and global communications for National Geographic and National Geographic Documentary Films. "In this most untraditional of Emmy seasons, we wanted to find a way to bring our amazing talent from both in front of and behind the camera directly to the Emmy-voting audience — literally straight into their ears — while also keeping everyone safe and socially distant."

Episode highlights include:

  • Dr. Jane Goodall, a longtime supporter of "Sea of Shadows" director Richard Ladkani, discussing the importance of protecting even the planet's smallest species.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds," ruminating on the importance of the series in an era when science is under assault.
  • How Keegan-Michael Key's experience in acting and improv prepared him to host the reimagined season of "Brain Games" … and also didn't prepare him at all.
  • Some of the finer delicacies that "Life Below Zero"'s Sue Aikens — the OG of social distancing — has shared with members of the tough crew filming with her in the remote regions of Alaska.
  • How Jeff Goldblum's kids have inspired the sense of curiosity he puts on display in "The World According to Jeff Goldblum."
  • Marcia Gay Harden and David Thewlis on the unexpected physicality of inhabiting their "Barkskins" characters in the rugged wilderness of northern Quebec.
  • The Nora Ephron-hosted dinner party that set Ann Druyan, the creator, writer, director and executive producer of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds," on her journey with Carl Sagan.
  • How "The Revenant" influenced production designer Isabelle Guay's work on "Barkskins."

CONSIDER THIS is hosted by Stacey Wilson Hunt, an award-winning entertainment journalist who most recently served as Fortune's Hollywood-based correspondent covering TV, film, awards and the industry at large. Before that, she was the Hollywood editor for New York magazine and Vulture from 2015 to 2018, and was the special projects editor at The Hollywood Reporter for more than five years, where she hosted SundanceTV's Emmy-nominated interview series, "Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter." She has also written for People, Vanity Fair, Playboy, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, The Oregonian and Portland Monthly.

CONSIDER THIS will be available for download on Apple, Spotify,, TuneIn, Deezer, Stitcher, Google Play, Overcast and Pocketcast. The full episode lineup is:

  • Episode 1: Return to the Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Episode 2: Inside the Brain of Keegan-Michael Key
  • Episode 3: "Barkskins" with Marcia Gay Harden, David Thewlis and Elwood Reid
  • Episode 4: "Running Wild" with Bear Grylls and Bobby Bones
  • Episode 5: Taking the Kitchen Around the World with Gordon Ramsay and Jon Kroll
  • Episode 6: Getting Curious with Jeff Goldblum
  • Episode 7: Creating the "Cosmos" with Ann Druyan and Brannon Braga
  • Episode 8: Music and Storytelling with H. Scott Salinas and Colin Stetson
  • Episode 9: Social Distancing with "Life Below Zero"
  • Episode 10: The Heroism of "The Cave"
  • Episode 11: The Undeterred Craftswomen of "Barkskins"
  • Episode 12: "Sea of Shadows" with Dr. Jane Goodall and Richard Ladkani

Episode highlights are available here:

CONSIDER THIS is a National Geographic Networks Production. Executive producers for National Geographic Networks are Stephanie Montgomery and Christopher Albert. Hosted by Stacey Wilson Hunt. Written and produced by Dave Beasing, Ted Woods, Jacent Jackson, Kevin Horton and Stacey Wilson Hunt. Production coordinator is Giuliana Parisi. In association with Benztown, McVay Media and Sound That Brands.

NOTE: This podcast was pre-recorded before the civil unrest and social justice reform movement taking place now in our country and around the world.

About National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between the National Geographic Society and Disney, 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 131 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% 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 or, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

To enact change in the world, we must protest - National Geographic

Posted: 19 Jun 2020 03:15 PM PDT

America has been plunged into another Emmett Till moment of racial reckoning and soul searching. The protests and acts of civil disobedience currently roiling the nation will continue to flare like California wildfires. They must. This nation was built on protest.The excruciating images of the final tortured moments of George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody on a Minneapolis street last month, must continue to fuel a national fury. The nature of Floyd's death forces America to confront an immoral reality: the United States remains stubbornly committed to a long-standing practice of violent and often lethal policing of African Americans.Till would have turned 79 next month had he lived. Instead, the 14-year-old black boy was lynched in 1955. A native of Chicago, Till was visiting relatives in rural Mississippi when he committed the capital crime of whistling at a white grocery store clerk. Hours later, he paid in blood. View Images


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