The UK’s Arrow Media has received a commission for six more hours of its wildlife show Animal Fight Night which premieres on Nat Geo WILD in the U.S. on August 18 before rolling out internationally in September. Animal Fight Night was first launched in the U.S. in October last year. It was Arrow Media’s first move into natural history programming and the company later received orders for Building Penguin Paradise (Nat Geo WILD) and Dogs: Their Secret Lives (Channel 4). Each Animal Fight Night episode uses CGI to recreate and examine same species battles between animal world adversaries and dissects the science behind the tactics and bodily weapons that various creatures employ.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Nat Geo Wild Orders More Of Arrow’s ‘Animal Fight Night’; ‘The Voice’ Sings In Croatia, India; ‘Top Gear’ Falls Foul Of Ofcom; More
Nat Geo Wild has ordered a second season of Cesar 911, starring Cesar Millan, to air both in the U.S. and internationally. Nat Geo Wild recently enjoyed its most-watched quarter since its launch, including the first season of Cesar 911 becoming the net’s second-highest-rated series. Produced by ITV Studios America (Hell’s Kitchen, Four Weddings) in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment, Cesar 911 focuses on Millan’s work in communities terrorized by unruly hounds who wreak havoc on the community sidewalks, dog parks … even restaurants and offices. Production on Season 2 is set to begin this spring.
Coming off its most-watched year in network history, the National Geographic Channel today unveiled its 2014-2015 slate of six new and ten returning series along with five events/specials, including the four-hour Killing Jesus mini, at its upfront presentation. The new series include Crowd Control, a hidden camera show featuring innovative and fun experiments that test and curate social behavior; You Can’t Lick Your Elbow, which teaches surprising body hacks like how to hold your breath for four minutes, hosted by NFL Today analyst Tony Gonzalez; Cabin Fever with Nate Heim and his timber-loving team who make childhood dreams come true in the form of rustic hideaways and massive mountaintop mansions; Meat Heads hosted by LA chef Eric Greenspon who travels the U.S. in search of the most mouthwatering, meatiest recipes around; The Primitives, featuring individuals and families who are turning back the clock a few hundred years and living the old-fashioned way; and Remote Survival, a new twist on the survival format that tests the tenacity and techniques of individuals dropped in the middle of nowhere. Returning series include Wicked Tuna, The Legend of Mick Dodge, Ultimate Survival Alaska, Drugs, Inc., Alaska State Troopers, Life Below Zero and Building Wild.
Sibling Nat Geo Wild’s 2014-2015 upfront slate includes new series Pond Stars and Dr. K: Exotic Pet Vet (wt); the return of its No. 1 show, The Incredible Dr. Pol, and newest veterinary face, Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet; and events Big Cat Week, Sharkfest and Dogs Rule! (wt). Here are descriptions of Nat Geo and Nat Geo Wild’s new series:
National Geographic announced this morning it will telecast The Secret Life Of Predators on both National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild on Friday, September 20 and Friday, September 27. The programming will air as part of its Night of Exploration programming block, with naturalist Boone Smith hosting. Nat Geo’s announcement:
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 1, 2013) — National Geographic Channel (NGC) CEO David Lyle today announced the channel’s next sweeping natural history event: The Secret Life of Predators. From the networks that brought viewers Untamed Americas and Great Migrations, this four-part blue-chip event from National Geographic Television will be simulcast on both National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD on Friday, September 20 and Friday, September 27 during the “Night of Exploration.” Naturalist and big cat tracker Boone Smith is the host.
(WASHINGTON, D.C. — May 21, 2012) Geoff Daniels has been elevated to executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD, as announced today by David Lyle, chief executive officer, National Geographic Channels US and Global Programming, and Howard T. Owens, president of National Geographic Channels US, to whom Daniels will report. Daniels had served as senior vice president of the network and led its launch in March 2010.
Fox And DirecTV Reach New Carriage Agreement For Cable Networks As Well As Fox Broadcasting & Fox News Channel
Following marathon negotiations, and with only a few hours to spare before the midnight deadline tonight, Fox and DirecTV have reached a new carriage agreement. The deal covers not only all Fox Networks that were in danger of going dark on DirecTV systems tonight — FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes and Fox’s regional sports networks — but also Fox Broadcasting/the Fox local stations, whose deal with DirecTV was up at the end of the year, and Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, whose agreement was up at the end of January. “We both know the past ten days have been challenging, but we’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming,” the two sides said in a joint statement. No information on the financials of the deal was released. DirecTV previously claimed that Fox was seeking a 40% hike, something the other side dismissed as ridiculous. According to sources, Fox has landed a healthy double-digit license fee increases in the new deal, which was closed early because all executives involved have small children and had to go do trick-or-treating. The power of little kids in Halloween costumes …
TCA: Nat Geo Outlines Massive Coverage Of 9/11 Anniversary, Capped By Exclusive George W. Bush Interview
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
UPDATE, 2:30 PM: With the landmark 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks coming up, National Geographic Channel plans a full week of programming commemorating the event from Aug. 28-Sept. 3. At the network’s TCA session this afternoon, Nat Geo detailed its special week that will include turning over primetime to 9/11-themed programs nightly from 8-11 PM. Headlining the programming is an exclusive hourlong interview with former President George W. Bush that finds Bush offering a rare glimpse into his thoughts about the events of that fateful day. The interview, conducted over a two-day period, will premiere on the channel Aug. 28 at 10 PM, encoring on Aug. 29 and Sept. 3. Speaking to critics today about the interview — cobbled into a narration-free hour special in which Bush’s is the only face seen on camera — executive producer and director Peter Schnall said that Bush required no ground rules in terms of discussing what would be asked in advance. “The president and his staff asked that no questions be provided beforehand,” he said.
PREVIOUS, 11:53 AM: At the National Geographic Channel/Nat Geo Wild session this afternoon at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, the adventure-themed channels made several announcements to critics while trotting out panels to discuss new shows including Rocket City Rednecks and Mad Scientists. The news included announcements of several National Geographic Channel premieres: