(WASHINGTON, D.C. — MARCH 26, 2012) With a new executive team in place making bolder bets for the 2012/2013 upfront season, National Geographic Channel (NGC) today announced its new slate of series, specials and events driven by fascinating characters and dynamic storytelling. CEO David Lyle, President Howard T. Owens and Executive Vice President of Programming Michael Cascio together detailed plans to offer five new series, seven returning series, and a number of tentpole event specials.

The five new series in production include Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? from the Emmy-award winning producers of Deadliest Catch, where highly skilled and athletic adults compete with the country’s top Boy Scouts in challenges based on the Scouts’ 100-year-old handbook; and Brain Games, featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show when it first premiered on NGC as a special, which now returns as a new series using intricate interactive experiments to leave viewers rethinking how much faith they are willing to put in everything from memory to multitasking.

Nine returning series will be stronger, sharper and revitalized, including the immensely popular Doomsday Preppers, following the lives of those preparing for the end of the world; the “addictively tasty” Rocket City Rednecks, watching NASA rocket scientists on their day off create imaginative solutions to world problems; Alaska State Troopers, NGC’s highest-rated series in 2011, returning to the front lines with troopers on patrol in a state twice the size of Texas with temperatures as low as -60°; and the cult favorite Locked Up Abroad, back with more accounts of capture and imprisonment in distant lands.

Other upcoming specials and events with breakthrough storytelling include Killing Lincoln — from Oscar-winning producers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott and based on the best-selling book — which recounts one of our country’s most pivotal events as a historical thriller; the totally tubular The 80s: The Decade That Made Us, which offers a history about the decade of people, decisions and inventions that changed our world; and DEEPSEA CHALLENGE with Oscar winner, director of Titanic and Avatar, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron, who travels solo, submersible style down to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench (the deepest spot on earth).

The following pages provide a rundown of NGC’s series and event specials. (Please note: All are working titles and subject to change.)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL SERIES
** NEW! **
American Chainsaw
Follow New England chainsaw sculptor extraordinaire and hard-rock front man Jesse “The Machine”
Green as he and the rest of his quirky crew create masterpieces carved out of wood for royalty, celebs,
hotels and lucky fans. This veteran artist covered in sawdust and wielding huge ferocious saws has just
one humble goal: to bring his self-proclaimed “eco art” to the whole world. (K Sirrah Productions for
National Geographic Television, 8X30, Global)

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?
From the Emmy-award winning producers of Deadliest Catch comes a new hero: the American Boy
Scout. Adults from all walks of life will compete with the country’s top Boy Scouts in challenges based
on the Scouts’ 100-year-old handbook. The adult “civilians” will go head to head with scrappy Scouts in
challenges like setting up a campsite, starting a fire and cooking dinner as fast as possible. (Original
Productions, 6X60, U.S. Only)

Bid & Destroy
The crew of the Danley Demolition Company is good at two things — finding hidden treasure and tearing
stuff down. Before they start with the destruction of a building, they search for anything that can turn a
profit — stuff like copper pipes, valuables in the floorboards or rare vehicles beneath piles of junk. But
they never really know whether it’s going to be a jackpot or a bust until after the demo starts. (Leftfield
Productions, 12X30, U.S. Only)

Brain Games
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enormous success of NGC’s three-part “Brain Games” special event from fall 2011, find out the tricks
and shortcuts our brains use to understand the words above and the world around us — and how easily
our brains can be fooled. Through an intricate series of interactive experiments, the new series will leave
viewers rethinking how much faith they are willing to put in everything from memory to multitasking.
(National Geographic Television, 12X30, Global)

Jersey Combat
Need a 19th century Bira gun for a movie? Want an authentic Elizabethan knight’s helmet for your
museum? It’s no problem for the world’s largest military warehouse, located in New Jersey — and its
tough-as-nails owners. If it was made for war, odds are they have it. But the artifacts aren’t the half of it; the family and their staff running the multimullion-dollar collection that spans 500 years, and their intense and competitive buyers, are the real attraction. (Firecracker Films, 10X60, Global)

RETURNING
Alaska State Troopers
Start with being one of only 400 officers in charge of patrolling a state twice the size of Texas, throw in
temperatures as low as -60° and add in a population of rough, rugged and independent survivalists.
These are Alaska State Troopers. NGC’s highest-rated series of 2011 returns — riding along as
troopers travel on land, sea and air to safeguard the pristine environment, protect wildlife and keep the
peace just a little north of the middle of nowhere. (PSG Motion Pictures, 20X60, U.S. Only)

Border Wars
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents risk life and limb to thwart an unrelenting barrage of illegal
activity along the U.S.-Mexico border day in and day out. Border Wars, now in its third season, and with
unprecedented access, lets the viewer accompany agents as they track down aerial night drops, hidden
tunnels, secret compartments and other ingenious plans in their battle to fight terrorism, stop drug
smugglers and intercept illegal entrants. (National Geographic Television, 12X60, U.S. Only)

Doomsday Preppers
The immensely popular Doomsday Preppers is back for a second season. Each episode explores the
lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it.
Preppers go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties
— from constructing a home out of shipping containers, stockpiling 50,000 lbs. of food, practicing
evacuation drills or hand-to-hand combat to working on a solar-powered satellite system. (Sharp
Entertainment, 15X60, Global)

Hard Time
What happens in Vegas … can really get you into trouble. The fourth season of Hard Time is shot inside
the Las Vegas County Jail, where you can see where it all went very wrong — from surveillance footage
to the courts. Every officer has a perspective and every inmate, from drunken bachelors to hardened
criminals, has a story. (Part2 Pictures, 12X60, Global)

Locked Up Abroad
Now in its ninth season, the critically acclaimed series takes viewers inside firsthand accounts of capture,
imprisonment, brutality and bravery in distant lands. Headline-making episodes such as the real-life
escape story behind the Academy award-winning 1978 film Midnight Express have made this a cult
favorite. (RAW TV Limited, 10X60, Global)

Rocket City Rednecks
Critics called this freshman series a “rip-roarin’ reality series” that is “as addictively tasty as a platter full
of Southern-fried chicken.” And viewers agreed, when it premiered as the network’s highest-rated new
series of 2011. Take a group of NASA rocket scientists on their day off and watch their minds create
imaginative solutions to world problems. They’ve already launched moonshine-powered rockets, ridden
homemade hovercraft and built hurricane-proof outhouses, and the return of season two — recently
announced on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno — only means more high-IQ mayhem. (Flight 33
Productions, 16X30, U.S. Only)

Taboo
What’s beautiful in one culture may be shunned in another. Taboo invites viewers to witness the striking
— even shocking — traditions and practices of people from around the world. Extraordinary imagery and
poignant interviews with those who practice these customs help explain our differences while revealing
that, perhaps, we all share some common cultural ground. (Beyond Productions, 10X60, Global)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL SPECIALS
125th Anniversary Special
Since its conception in 1888, the National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about
the planet. Now, in 2013, the Society celebrates its 125th year. National Geographic Channel celebrates
the milestone with a special look back at the breakthrough National Geographic expeditions that defined
an era, the iconic images that captured the hearts of millions and the fascinating wonders unearthed; as
well as delves into the future of exploration in the skies above and oceans below. (National Geographic
Television, Global)

America vs Iraq
Watch as the pieces of the Iraq War puzzle are put together during in-depth interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Scooter Libby, Donald Rumsfeld and other heavy hitters — even some surviving members of Saddam’s regime. We may think we know how it began, but there’s much more to what happened, and why. (Brook Lapping Productions,1×120, U.S. Only)

DEEPSEA CHALLENGE
It’s a global headline-making ocean adventure for Oscar winner, director of Titanic and Avatar, and
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron: plunging straight down — 6.8 miles, to be
exact — to the bottom of the Mariana Trench (the deepest spot on earth). Be the only one next to him as he descends in his revolutionary, single-pilot submersible in the name of scientific research. (National
Geographic Cinema Ventures and Light Storm Productions 1X120, Global)

Dragon Wars: Fire and Fury
There’s nothing to fear but fear itself — oh, and maybe dragons. Centuries ago dragons were thought to be as real and tangible as any other unexplained phenomena — like lightning or tides — just a little more vicious. Follow the trail through time and explore the lands where history and mythology collide — where imagination and misrepresentation resulted in epic battles between dragon-slayers and fire-breathing beasts. (Impossible Pictures Limited, 1X60, Global)

Inside the Afghanistan War
Immerse yourself in ground-level footage as soldiers present the war exactly how they know it and see it. National Geographic Channel has once again secured unprecedented military access to capture raw
footage of the war being waged in Afghanistan. First-person interviews and a comprehensive timeline
narrative round out the program. (Towers Productions, 1X120, Global)

Maya Underworld: The Real Doomsday
You can learn a lot about the apocalypse from a civilization that’s already been through one. In Mexico
lies a deep, water-filled sinkhole sacred to the Maya. Recently, evidence of human sacrifice and sacred
rituals was discovered in the abyss that could shed light on the ultimate fate of the once proud and
powerful nation whose complicated calendar predicts our imminent doom in December 2012. Follow
archaeologists as they piece together how the Mayan civilization ended — before it’s all too late. (1×60,
U.S. Only)

National Geographic Bee
Bloemfontein is the judicial capital of which country? If you wanted to raise your hand and shout out
“South Africa” (and if you were between fourth and eighth grade), you’d probably be dying to participate
in the National Geography Bee. Moderated by Alex Trebek — and celebrating its 25th year in 2013 —
it’s the Jeopardy of locational knowledge. (M&M Productions and National Geographic Television,
1×120, U.S. Only)

Secret Life of Predators
When you’ve clawed your way to the top of the food chain, you gotta fight to stay there. Experience this
harsh reality through the eyes of the determined predators that rely on skill, instinct and evolution to
survive. But while they may be masters of their domains, that doesn’t mean things always go their way
— and with young mouths to feed, the pressure is on. Airing on both National Geographic Channel and
Nat Geo WILD, it’s a story of survival of the fittest, but the fittest do not always win. (National
Geographic Television, 4X60, Global)

Sex: How It Works
If you’ve been saving yourself for good TV, this is your show. Explore every aspect of human sexuality
— attraction, lust, arousal and a bunch of other stuff that turns us on, presented through real human
stories that we can all relate to. Knowledge never felt so-o-o-o good. (Pioneer Productions Limited,
1X120, U.S. Only)

When Earth Attacks
In a one-of-a-kind special from the creator of NGC’s Witness: Disaster, we’re recreating natural
occurrences like earthquakes, avalanches, floods and hurricanes in a large-scale studio to capture their
catastrophic destruction precisely and scientifically. You’ll hear the emotional stories of those who lived
through these disasters — and find out what it feels like to be caught in the midst of nature’s fury.
(Pioneer Productions Limited, 4X60, U.S. Only)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL EVENTS
Killing Lincoln
In 14 days the president will be assassinated — or so the story goes. Oscar-winning producers Ridley
Scott and Tony Scott (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator) recount one of our country’s most pivotal events as
a historical thriller. Based on a best-selling book and presented through the eyes of the men and women
who were there, it’s more than just history — it’s tragedy, conspiracy and victory in one epic story. (Scott Free Productions, 1X120, Global)

Secret Access Week
Visit rooms that “don’t exist” in unmarked buildings, and find information about objects that “never
appeared” in the skies. See the vast wealth that’s handled right under your feet (New York City sits on
the largest gold repository in the world) and watch how the safety and security of our nation is protected. Only National Geographic Channel could get you unprecedented access to everything you never knew existed. (Various producers)

The 80s: The Decade That Made Us
It’s like, totally tubular. The 80’s isn’t about nostalgia; it’s about a decade of people, decisions and
inventions that changed our world. You can thank the 1980s for Starbucks, Whole Foods, bottled water
and Oprah. And Jane Fonda for her wildly successful workout videos that caused VCR sales to surge
and spawned a culture of video on demand. It’s the history of our modern world, told from the
perspectives of the leaders, musicians, filmmakers and entrepreneurs who lived in the exact moment
when the world realized it had changed. (Nutopia, Global)

Treasure Week
It’s not all dinosaur bones and old spearheads. Some archeologists are after a big payoff as they seek
out ancient jewels and sunken treasures. Others search through hidden caves and lost tombs for the
chance to give the world a gift that had been lost to time. And only Nat Geo gets you a front-row seat to the bottom of the ocean, the center of a mountain or wherever else these intrepid explorers find
themselves. (Various producers)

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