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Talkin' Pets News
July 25, 2020
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives
Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh
Network Producerr - Darian Sims
Consultant Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guests -Carol Kaufmann author of "97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/25/20 at 5pm ET to discuss & give away her new book
Dr. Mike Heithaus, Marine Ecologist, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/25/20 at 630pm ET to discuss this year's Sharkfest and his role in Sharkcano and Raging Bull Shark
*UPDATE: NEW PREMIERE DATE*
SHARKFEST PREMIERES SUNDAY, JULY 19
THE CHAMPS ARE BACK, AND THEY’RE READY TO CHOMP!
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND NAT GEO WILD’S SHARKFEST 2020 KICKS OFF SUNDAY, JULY 19, WITH ITS BIGGEST LINEUP EVER
SUMMER’S FAN-FAVORITE EVENT TEES UP 17 ORIGINAL SPECIALS ACROSS BOTH NETWORKS FOR AN EPIC, FIVE-WEEK
The Hunt Is On for the Rookie of the Year, the Tiger Shark, in
WORLD’S BIGGEST TIGER SHARK?
Catch the Hall of Famer, the Bull Shark, and Other Sea Creatures in
SHARKS VS. DOLPHINS: BLOOD BATTLE
The G.O.A.T., the Great White Shark, Returns with the New One-hour Special
SHARKFEST Full Season Schedule Announced
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 23) The Olympics may be on hold, but National Geographic is this summer’s ultimate pinch hitter with the season’s other fan-favorite pastime — SHARKFEST! Spotlighting the ocean’s top athletes, National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD together are airing five full weeks of action-packed shark programming with 17 original premieres and the best shark programming from the networks’ massive library as part of its biggest-ever shark spectacular. Showcasing the ocean’s greatest competitors in their natural habitat, the eighth annual event begins Sunday, July 19, on National Geographic, followed by two weeks of content on Nat Geo WILD, beginning Sunday, August 9.
As the network’s summer MVP, SHARKFEST always dominates its opponents with informative, innovative shows highlighting shark research and conservation. But each summer, it also hits a grand slam with entertaining, heart-pounding content that makes a weeklong event look like a minnow. This season’s starting lineup for SHARKFEST on Nat Geo includes the following:
- World’s Biggest Tiger Shark? — Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Andy Casagrande and marine biologist Kori Garza journey to a remote lagoon in French Polynesia to dive with the “tigers of Tahiti” in search of the world’s largest living tiger shark, Kamakai. While there, they capture cooperative hunting tactics between two juvenile tiger sharks for the first time ever on film! Click here for a bite of the action.
- Most Wanted Sharks — Of the millions of sharks in our oceans, a select few are so fascinating, they’ve become worldwide celebrities with legions of fans and followers. In Most Wanted Sharks, marine biologist and shark-suit inventor Jeremiah Sullivan dives into the stories of the most sensational shark stars of all time.
- Sharkcano — Sharks and volcanoes, across the globe: where you find one, you find the other. Researchers have not figured out what attracts sharks to the hotspots, but world-renowned shark scientist Michael Heithaus is on a mission to figure out the answer. He crisscrosses the globe and risks life and limb to uncover the shocking real-life link between these two fearsome forces of nature.
- Sharks vs. Dolphins: Blood Battle — The ultimate feud is waged beneath the waves: sharks versus dolphins. They’ve shared the ocean for millennia, but scientists have only just begun to understand the complex relationship between the two. The special follows a team of experts as they travel to the epicenter of this savage struggle — Shark Bay, Australia — to unlock the secrets of shark and dolphin combat.
- Shark vs. Surfer — Surfers aren’t the only athletes in the water; they share the playing field with the most powerful players below surface, and often, they’re no match for the real danger among the waves. In Shark vs. Surfer, travel to the most shark-infested surf spots around the world to hear harrowing shark-and-surfer stories told by the survivors, along with insight from the world’s leading marine biologists, Ryan Johnson and Stephen Kajiura.
“For the past eight years, Nat Geo and Nat Geo WILD have been THE destination for viewers to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most awe-inspiring creatures, and this summer we’re eating up the competition AGAIN with an unprecedented line-up of action-packed shark shows” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment at National Geographic. “Over five full weeks, our viewers will get the ultimate home field advantage to witness the ocean’s super stars in their prime, so pull up your beach chairs and get ready for some SHARKFEST!”
Over the course of five weeks, Nat Geo and Nat Geo WILD continue to hit it out of the park with a variety of other jaw-dropping SHARKFEST originals and specials to catch the viewer’s eye, including Raging Bull Shark, currently vying for the title of the world’s most dangerous shark; and When Sharks Attack, a SHARKFEST stalwart that decodes the mystery of why sharks suddenly strike. In Sharks of the Bermuda Triangle, a marine biologist tracks an elusive tiger shark to uncover Mother Nature’s most mysterious hotspot, and experience the intensity of a sea-life standoff in Shark vs. Whale.
The marathon of programming also underscores the best of the networks’ wide shark library content — which includes hundreds of hours of programming — with titles airing throughout the five weeks, beginning at 6/5c every evening.
SHARKFEST’S full summer season original programming lineup is below. Dates are subject to change.
World’s Biggest Tiger Shark?
National Geographic — Premieres Sunday, July 19, at 8/7c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Tuesday, August 11, at 9/8c
Marine biologist Kori Garza and Emmy Award-winning underwater cinematographer Andy Casagrande journey to French Polynesia to track Kamakai, one of the largest tiger sharks on record. Their search takes them to a remote lagoon where, instead of Kamakai, they find what appears to be a discovery for shark science. Capturing the behavior on film for the first time, Garza and Casagrande witness a population of juvenile tiger sharks exhibiting cooperative hunting tactics.
When Sharks Attack
National Geographic — Six-episode Season Premieres Monday, July 20, at 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore presentations throughout the five weeks
For families on beaches across the world, a split second is all it takes to turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. Sudden shark attacks frequently occur, and the motive behind the bite often puzzles locals and scientists alike. When Sharks Attack investigates these incidences to shed light on why and where shark encounters take place with the hope that if we understand the behavior, we might be able to limit the number of attacks.
Sharks vs. Dolphins: Blood Battle
National Geographic — Premieres Monday, July 20, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Sunday, August 9, at 7/6c
There’s a war being waged beneath the waves: sharks versus dolphins. These marine animals shared the ocean for millennia, but scientists have only just begun to understand the complex relationship between sharks and dolphins. Sharks vs. Dolphins: Blood Battle follows a team of experts as they travel to the epicenter of this savage struggle — Shark Bay, Australia — to unlock the secrets of shark and dolphin combat. New research allows for a fresh understanding of sharks, and cutting-edge technology provides a window into this seldom-seen conflict below the water’s surface.
National Geographic — Premieres Tuesday, July 21, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Wednesday, August 12, at 7/6c
World-renowned shark scientist Dr. Michael Heithaus is on a mission to reveal the mysterious connection between sharks and volcanoes. Throughout the world, sharks seem to be attracted to the hotspots, a puzzle that seems straight out of sci-fi and is baffling scientists. Dr. Heithaus crisscrosses the globe and risks life and limb to uncover the shocking, real-life link between two fearsome forces of nature.
Secrets of the Bull Shark
National Geographic — Premieres Wednesday, July 22, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Wednesday, August 12, at 9/8c
Many experts consider bull sharks to be the most dangerous species of shark, yet we actually know very little about these top predators. Secrets of the Bull Shark unravels the mystery of these giants: how they migrate and how they hunt. Marine biologist Dr. Ryan Daly and a team of scientists utilize cutting-edge technology to reveal the movements and behavior of the bull sharks with the hope of better understanding why they venture farther into our backyards. With unprecedented detail, the scientists track their development from tiny hunters into intelligent, ferocious predators.
Most Wanted Sharks
National Geographic — Premieres Thursday, July 23, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Tuesday, August 11, at 7/6c
Of the millions of sharks in our oceans, a select few are so fascinating, they’ve become worldwide celebrities with legions of fans and followers. In Most Wanted Sharks, marine biologist and shark-suit inventor Jeremiah Sullivan dives into the stories of the most sensational shark stars of all time. Come face-to-face with a shark so large, it’s been known to eat fellow great whites for dinner. And get up close to one that can jump 100 feet out of the water.
50 Shades of Sharks
National Geographic — Premieres Friday, July 24, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Sunday, August 9, at 10/9c
Sharks have long been considered calculating and vicious apex predators of the ocean, but new research allows for a glimpse of some of their most intimate and seldom-seen behaviors. 50 Shades of Sharks reveals facets of sharks that are rarely chronicled; they’re fragile, delicate, ingenious, collaborative and even clumsy. This full immersion into their private lives shows them hunting, resting, cleaning and reproducing; these revelations might forever change the way we look at sharks.
Raging Bull Shark
National Geographic — Premieres Sunday, July 26, at 8/7c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Thursday, August 13, at 7/6c
Bull sharks are entering the ring and going head to head with the more fearsome, storied great white and tiger sharks to prove they’re the new champion of the chomp. As climates warm the world’s waters, the notoriously aggressive bull shark’s territory is spreading, leading to an uptick in attacks. Following a team of experts, Raging Bull Shark chronicles why the deceptively unremarkable species just might become the world’s most dangerous shark.
Sharks of the Bermuda Triangle
National Geographic — Premieres Monday, July 27, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Thursday, August 13, at 6/5c
The Bermuda Triangle has more than 500,000 square miles of rumored mysteries, including missing airplanes, sunken ships, malfunctioning compasses and even legends of Atlantis. In reality, its greatest wonder may be something far more incredible: sharks. For years, marine biologist Dr. Austin Gallagher has been investigating sharks in the area; he’s been on a mission to find the holy grail of shark research: the secret breeding grounds of tiger sharks. Tracking an elusive tiger shark named Mabel, he attempts to uncover Mother Nature’s most mysterious hotspot.
Shark vs. Whale
National Geographic — Premieres Tuesday, July 28, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Tuesday, August 18, at 10/9c
A routine drone survey turns deadly when Ryan Johnson, a marine biologist based in South Africa, films a humpback whale being attacked and strategically drowned by a great white shark. The never-before-seen behavior causes a complete perspective shift on a creature Johnson has spent his life studying. To make sense of the event, he follows humpback whales on their migration, mapping places that may make them vulnerable, and takes a new look at great white sharks to discover how and why they become whale killers.
What the Shark?
National Geographic — Premieres Wednesday, July 29, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Thursday, August 20, at 10/9c
Exploring the shallow waters of sandy beaches and venturing into 8,000-foot abysses, What the Shark? takes a look at a side of sharks rarely seen and dives deep into the environments where extreme adaptation is critical to survival. In this dark void, where inky darkness could hinder a predator from finding its prey and pressure levels might blow flesh to pieces, the atmosphere is a threat to a shark’s survival. To endure these hostile waters, this ghostly cast of living monsters must have its act together to defy the convention of life below the surface.
Shark vs. Surfer
National Geographic — Premieres Sunday, August 2, at 8/7c
Nat Geo WILD — Encore Presentation Thursday, August 13, at 9/8c
As the number of shark attacks worldwide rises, surfers are taking the brunt of the bite. Shark vs. Surfer visits shark-infested surf spots around the world to relive some of the most harrowing shark and surfer stories through unbelievable, caught-on-camera encounters and interviews with the victims. With insight from marine biologists Ryan Johnson and Dr. Stephen Kajiura, the special aims to answer once and for all: Are we really in danger?
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Dr. Mike Heithaus
Sharkcano and Raging Bull Shark
file:///C:/Users/jonpp/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg" width="143" height="143" />Dr. Mike Heithaus is a marine ecologist who specializes in predator-prey interactions and the ecological importance of sharks and other large marine species. Dr. Heithaus is featured in Sharkcano and Raging Bull Shark – which are both part of this year’s SHARKFEST – where he demonstrates his hands-on approach to research and unlocks the mysteries of various species of sharks.
Dr. Heithaus is the dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education and professor within the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU), where he served as the director of the Marine Sciences Program and was the founding executive director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS). At SEAS, he led strategic-planning efforts for the school, which has three departments and five research centers and programs that are responsible for more than $20 million in annual research expenditures.
Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Heithaus was a postdoctoral scientist and then staff scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research in Sarasota, Florida. He also worked with National Geographic’s Remote Imaging Department, where he conducted studies using its crittercam. He traveled around the globe, having deployed more than 100 remote-imaging devices on marine animals, lions and hyenas. He continues to use and help develop cutting-edge camera technology – some of which are worn by animals – to conduct research on hard-to-study marine animals within their natural habitats, including whales, dolphins, sharks and sea turtles.
Dr. Heithaus has been involved in the production of more than a dozen natural-history documentaries and has appeared in previous National Geographic SHARKFEST programming. He also hosts and produces science and math videos for students and teachers in K-12 classrooms around the country.
Committed to research and communicating science, Dr. Heithaus works on many environmental research projects and outreach activities. He can be found studying sharks and other marine creatures in remote areas of the world, including French Polynesia, the Everglades and Western Australia. He has co-written two high-school science textbooks; is an author on national K-8 science programs; and is a member of the Science Advisory Committee for Pew Environment’s Global Shark Program.
NAT GEO WILD REELS IN FAMED BASS FISHERMAN MIKE IACONELLI FOR NEW URBAN FISHING SERIES
FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI
Award-Winning Professional Bass Fisherman and TV Personality Mike ‘Ike’ Iaconelli Goes on a Global Search for the World’s Most Iconic Fish in New Six-Part Series
Fish My City With Mike Iaconelli Premieres Friday, Oct. 12, at 10/9c
(Washington, D.C./Los Angeles — July 25, 2018) — Even in the world’s biggest cities, you don’t need to venture far to find wildlife. Cast your reel and join Nat Geo WILD on an urban fishing adventure in new series FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI. The six-part series follows award-winning professional bass fisherman and TV personality Mike “Ike” Iaconelli (@mike_Iaconelli) on his global search for the world’s most iconic fish living alongside some of the world’s busiest concrete jungles. From Austin, Miami, New York and New Orleans to Taipei and London, Iaconelli traverses the globe’s most exotic cities, encountering fish of all shapes and sizes in the most unexpected metropolitan locations.
FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI premieres Friday, Oct. 12, at 10/9con Nat Geo WILD, and will premiere globally in 140 countries and 38 languages. For more information,visit www.natgeowild.com
During each episode, Iaconelli guides viewers on an unpredictable journey through a different major city around the world, uncovering the often-untold stories of strange and amazing fish lurking in ponds, canals, sewer systems and rivers. His mission: to catch three specific species of fish called his “bucket-list fish.” Along the way he encounters old friends and knowledgeable locals with invaluable intel, hunts down mysterious habitats and chases urban legends, all in a bid to come face-to-face with the most legendary fish species of each city. As he winds through waterways, Iaconelli showcases the magnificent fish, unearthing their history and connection to each city and exposing their behavior, biology and unique nuances.
“I grew up fishing the streams and rivers of Philadelphia and am thrilled to team up with Nat Geo WILD to showcase the amazing wildlife that most city dwellers don’t realize are living right in their own backyards,” says Iaconelli. “Each city featured in the series is its own unique adventure, with its own cultures, urban legends, local experts and incredible species. This is truly the fishing trip of a lifetime.”
ABOUT MIKE IACONELLI
Mike Iaconelli is a South Philadelphia native who now lives in New Jersey. He’s had a passion for fishing since childhood and has been competing in fishing tournaments since high school. Iaconelli has won, or come close to winning, almost every major award in tournament bass fishing, most notably the 2003 Bassmaster Classic and 2006 Angler-of-the-Year awards.
Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Hook in the Hudson
Premieres Friday, Oct. 12, at 10/9c
Mike Iaconelli heads to New York City for the ultimate urban fishing experience in one of the greatest cities on Earth. Between the Hudson River, East River and Jamaica Bay, fishermen can find amazing fishing opportunities right in the city. On this adventure Iaconelli’s bucket-list fish include the striped bass — the most iconic fish in New York; the fluke — a master of disguise; and the bluefish — a prized gamefish famous for its fight. Will he complete his bucket list as he fishes through the Big Apple?
Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: The Ragin' Cajun
Premieres Friday, Oct. 19, at 10/9c
Mike Iaconelli travels to New Orleans in search of three of the city’s most iconic fish species. It won’t be easy, as he must deal with a fearsome prehistoric predator that can grow to 10 feet long, challenging weather conditions and unusual events happening in the city’s flood control system. To complete his bucket list he’ll need to explore New Orleans’ many urban waterways and revisit the scene of his most important tournament win.
Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Fastest Fish in Miami
Premieres Friday, Oct. 26, at 10/9c
Miami is known as the Magic City, Florida is known as the fishing capital of the world and Mike Iaconelli is known for loving a great challenge. Doubling down, Iaconelli challenges himself to catch six different species of fish: three exotic species that have all traveled a long way to make themselves at home in Miami’s freshwater canals and three saltwater classics, including the fastest and one of the oldest fish living today.
Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Across the Pond
Premieres Friday, Nov. 2, at 10/9c
Mike Iaconelli travels to London in search of three of the great city’s most iconic fish species. One is a fearsome predator that will even devour birds, another is piscine royalty that is often known as “The Prince of the River” and last is a sentimental favorite that recovered from a devastating disease outbreak. To find them he must explore London’s many urban waterways and uncover this ancient city’s long fishing history.
Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Giants of Taipei
Premieres Friday, Nov. 9, at 10/9c
Mike Iaconelli is in Taiwan in search of three species of city-dwelling fish that personify this fascinating island: a drain-dwelling monster that originally escaped from fish farms, a mysterious visitor from the open seas that makes fleeting visits to the city via a watery highway, and a true monster with shark-like teeth and a reputation for biting its prey clean in half.
Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Austin’s City Limits
Premieres Friday, Nov. 16, at 10/9c
Mike Iaconelli ventures to Austin in search of three of Texas’ most amazing fish: a fish so intelligent it can outsmart the average fisherman and sneakily escape, another that is so rare it’s found nowhere else on the planet, and an enormous and incredibly secretive fish that requires days of fishing to catch. Along the way we will witness Austin’s finest lakes and rivers and discover that fishing is the perfect window into a city’s history, nature and lifeblood.
FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI is produced by NHNZ Natural History New Zealand for Nat Geo WILD. For NHNZ, executive producers are Liz Brach and Rob Worsoff. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Pam Caragol and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.
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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 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+,YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
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THIS JOB COULD EAT YOU ALIVE!
HOST JEREMY BRANDT JOINS NAT GEO WILD IN NEW SERIES JOBS THAT BITE!
A Day in the Shoes of Shark Feeder, Pig Castrator and Ostrich Wrangler; Jeremy Brandt Hosts Jobs That Bite! Premiering November 2013 on Nat Geo WILD
“I have been surprised, excited and at times, admittedly, a little grossed out by some of the ways people make a living taking care of animals. These are wild jobs, but someone has to do them!” — Jeremy Brandt, Host of Jobs That Bite!
(Washington, DC – July 24, 2013) According to a recent Gallup survey, 70% of workers are disengaged from their jobs. Luckily, Nat Geo WILD found a small sliver of Americans who actually love their jobs — and they even bite! Jeremy Brandt dives into the world of Americans who work with all creatures great and small, as he hosts Nat Geo WILD’s new series Jobs That Bite! premiering this November, taking viewers across the country as he experiences a wide array of animal jobs, including bear tattooer, camel milker and mounted cop — and the authentic Americans who keep these careers and traditions alive. (For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR)
Jeremy tries his hand at every fun and fascinating, dirty and dangerous animal job out there. To do that, he’ll try to quickly learn the ropes from the unsung folks whose work makes life better for the rest of us. They’ll take Jeremy by the hand and give him a crash course in creatures and a B.A. in beasts, all the while instilling the lessons of safety and respect that these animals deserve.
We’ll see Jeremy’s close encounters with a plethora of animals as he follows a variety of professionals, including a wild beehive remover, horse logger, camel milker, falconer, lobsterman and worm rancher. Each episode follows him to another region of the nation, including California, Texas, Florida, Maine and Vermont, as he sets out to experience this country’s wide array of animal jobs. We’ll find new wild jobs for him, involving massive beasts, pretentious pets, impossibly slippery critters and the amazingly adept pros who work with them every day.
Brandt is your quintessential guys’ guy — a down-to-earth family man with a taste for adventure. Rugged and affable, he’s willing to try anything once, and just as willing to laugh at himself. He’ll smile through the grit of a daylong goat roundup, and settle in for a snuggle with a troop of pampered pooches. Armed with an easy charisma and just enough stubbornness to never go down without a fight, Brandt is ready to roll his sleeves up and get his wild on. Whether it’s riding a bucking bronco, wrangling a massive boa or taking on the business end of rhino-based manure operation, he’s game for it all.
A sometimes messy job, but somebody’s gotta do it! Ever examine a 400-pound lion or clean its teeth? Yep, Jeremy’s on it. And he gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform a neonatal exam on a newly born giraffe by measuring and weighing the baby then releasing her to her mother. But not all jobs are as fragile — Jeremy has his work cut out when he herds goats! On the front lines, he almost gets his kneecaps broken trying to catch one. Packed with adventure and laugh-out-loud moments, Jeremy will take the bite to get the job done.
Jobs That Bite! is produced for Nat Geo WILD by Half Yard Productions. For Half Yard Productions, executive producers are Sean Gallagher, Abby Greensfelder and Greg Smith. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.
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About Nat Geo WILD
For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature’s ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society. Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with Nat Geo WILD currently available in over 58 million U.S. homes. Globally, Nat Geo WILD is available in more than 120 million homes in 90 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com.
Wicked Tuna Captains Fight Tirelessly for Bluefin Fishing’s Top Spot, as Second Season Draws to Shocking CLOSE
Power Plays and Bruised Egos Are Forgotten as the Crews Rely on Raw Skill and Sheer Determination to Haul in the Most Exciting Catches of the Season –
And One Captain Suffers a Devastating Loss
Two-Part Wicked Tuna Finale Begins Sunday, May 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and Concludes Sunday, May 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
(Washington, D.C. – April 22, 2013) A storm brews on Gloucester’s horizon as the final weeks of bluefin season begin for the fishermen on National Geographic Channel’s hit series Wicked Tuna. Season two began with the introduction of a cocky young captain named Tyler McLaughlin and his crew on the fishing vessel Pin Wheel. As the season draws to a close, McLaughlin runs neck and neck with last year’s champion, Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com, threatening to unceremoniously dethrone Carraro and swipe his title as bluefin champion. Their epic battle plays out in a two-part season finale beginning Sunday, May 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and concluding Sunday, May 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/wickedtuna and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NGC_PR and https://twitter.com/WickedTuna.
In a tremendous late-season effort, Paul Hebert, who was fired from the crew of FV-Tuna.com with just five weeks left in the season, continues to edge closer to his astounding goal of catching $50,000 worth of bluefin as a standalone captain of the fishing vessel Lisa & Jake. Hebert proves himself a formidable opponent and, given a full season as captain of his own boat, stands to challenge the other captains in their pursuit of the top spot next season.
Meanwhile, Captain Dave Marciano continues to rise above seemingly insurmountable issues aboard the Hard Merchandise, meeting every mechanical challenge he faces with an extraordinary bluefin catch that buys him time and keeps him in the game. After crushing losses this season, the Bounty Hunter limps toward the finish line with just two catches so far for the season. The pained faces of Captain Bill Monte, his wife Donna and first mate Scott, left an indelible mark on viewers who watched as an unlucky harpoon throw left Bounty Hunter empty-handed yet again after a valiant struggle to haul in a big fish. And, realizing the difficulty of going it alone, Captain Ralph of the Odysea re-enlists fan favorite first mate “Pirate,” who has been absent this season. But will Pirate bring the booty, or will Ralph wind up regretting his decision to bring him back?
Fishing enthusiasts have responded with high praise for the second season of Wicked Tuna. Devoted fan and newly appointed CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) tweeted that he was “Ridiculously pumped” for new episodes of the series and that he “Love[s] how these guys make a living while being conscious of improving the tuna population.”
Wicked Tuna follows a group of spirited fishermen from Gloucester, Mass., as they make their living the way it’s been done for centuries — man versus fish, rod versus fin, one catch at a time. The stakes are unforgiving, but the paydays can be huge, as the fleet navigates the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, searching for the magnificent and elusive bluefin tuna. One “monstah” catch can bring in as much as $20,000, but with a short fishing season and dwindling tuna populations, Gloucester’s fishermen are fighting for their economic survival every time they set sail.
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Season Two Finale Episodes Include…
Wicked Tuna: Money on the Line
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
In the first episode of a two-part season finale, Gloucester’s reigning bluefin champion, Dave Carraro of the FV-tuna.com, starts the last week of the fishing season with a $20,000 lead over New Hampshire rival the Pin Wheel. For young Captain Tyler, the goal has always been to prove himself to the veteran Gloucester fleet and to make Pin Wheel the top-earning boat of the season. Captain Paul Hebert of the Lisa & Jake wants to fulfill his goal of earning $50,000 in just five weeks as captain, while Captain Marciano is desperate to put away money for his family and resurrect a season marred by pulled hooks, boat breakdowns and short fish. Longtime friends Captain Bill Monte of the Bounty Hunter and Captain Ralph Wilkins of the Odysea decide to fish inshore together to avoid the steep expenses associated with offshore fishing.
Wicked Tuna: Endgame
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
In the second season finale, a storm brews on the horizon as the final week of bluefin season continues. The FV-Tuna.com remains in the lead but hasn’t caught a fish yet this week to build its lead. Nearest rival the Pin Wheel has two fish on deck from earlier in the week and has a third in its sights. Over on the Lisa & Jake, Paul caught three fish already this week and is well on the way to reaching his $50,000 goal. The storm threatens to force the Hard Merchandise back to shore, but with one already on deck they hook up again and fight for a second catch to end the season strong. When both FV-Tuna.com and Pin Wheel hook up for what will likely be their final time this season, their now epic rivalry draws the season to its shocking and heart-pounding conclusion.
Wicked Tuna is produced for National Geographic Channel by Pilgrim Studios. For Pilgrim Studios, executive producers are Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo, vice president of production and development is Lynn Sadofsky, executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio and president is Howard T. Owens.
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Tracking Elusive Jungle Jaguars, Investigating Unprecedented Battles Between Big Cat Species, Pursuing Mountain Lions under Siege by Wolves and Rescuing Cubs So Rare They’ve Almost Never Been Filmed in the Wild
Big Cat Week Premieres Sunday, December 11, through
Saturday, December 17, 2011, on Nat Geo WILD
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 2, 2011) The beauty and agility of nature’s most majestic cats, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars and cougars from around the world, have enthralled us and captured our imaginations. Their incredible strength and skill have amazed us for years, leaving us wanting to discover more. Now, Nat Geo WILD gets closer than ever, studying big cats in their habitat as they kill prey for survival, mate and care for their cubs.
Nat Geo WILD presents the SECOND ANNUAL BIG CAT WEEK to dramatically showcase the world’s most extraordinary big cat species premiering Sunday, December 11 through Saturday, December 17, 2011. The seven-night television event features visually stunning and powerfully resonant stories of nature’s fiercest felines and the people working to save these majestic cats. This year, BIG CAT WEEK premieres include programs from Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence; wildlife naturalist Casey Anderson; and expert big cat wrangler Boone Smith, a fourth-generation tracker and houndsman.
More than a television event, BIG CAT WEEK is an extension of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI), a long-term commitment to halt the decline of these iconic animals in the wild. This year’s shows document some of the world’s most iconic and endangered predators. Did you know that Africa’s lion population has declined by more than 90 percent in the last 50 years? That there are now more tigers living in captivity than in the wild? And that, cheetahs have disappeared from more than 75 percent of their range?
To address this critical situation, Nat Geo WILD is asking people to “Cause an Uproar” and support BCI. This year’s BIG CAT WEEK follows a series of fall events, including the BCI Educator Conference, which brought together leading experts and teachers to bring information on big cats into classrooms around the country, and the first annual Trick-or-Treat for Big Cats Program, an initiative to encourage kids to collect change for BCI along with their candy.
Big Cat Week Premieres include:
Stalking the Mountain Lion with Casey Anderson
Sunday, December 11, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Naturalist Casey Anderson sets out to track one of North America’s most elusive ghosts: the mountain lion. Casey’s longtime friend and cat expert Tyler Johnerson is on hand to help him in his quest to witness “the ghost of the Rockies.” Armed with specialized camera technology, they hope to capture never-before-seen footage of mountain lions and their cubs living in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. A nearly impossible challenge given that this formidable and cunning predator is capable of jumping vertically nearly 20 feet in a single leap.
Sunday, December 11, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Cougars struggling to survive in the severe landscape of the northern Rocky Mountains have a new archenemy to contend with—reintroduced wolves competing for game and out to kill their cubs. With data pointing to unprecedented deaths of cougar kittens, big cat wrangler Boone Smith mounts a grueling expedition to track, capture and radio-collar cougars to study how this species is adapting. To gain insights, Boone will meet with Dr. Howard Quigley, a world-renowned expert on big cats. On our journey, we’ll come face-to-face with a crafty young female preparing to deliver her unborn litter in the territory of wolves. Then see how another resourceful cougar demonstrates her escape skills as Boone and team race the clock to replace her failing radio collar before the essential data she carries vanish into the rugged landscape forever.
Cat Wars: Lion vs. Cheetah
Sunday, December 11, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Caught on tape in Africa’s wild Serengeti is a stunning act of violence between two top predators. Three cheetahs are brutally attacked by two male lions — the first time an attack like this has ever been filmed. Now, filmmaker Leo Kuenkel, who witnessed the attack, is trying to make sense of it. Was this a once-in-a-lifetime “perfect storm” event? Or do these iconic African cats have a deep-set, sinister reason to fight to the death? Joining forces with world-renowned lion expert Craig Packer, they put the best scientific theories to the test, going frame by frame through the footage of this extraordinary fight. Along the way, we’ll make stunning revelations about the dark relationship between lions and cheetahs, and perhaps finally explain this great wildlife mystery.
Hunt for the Shadow Cat
Monday, December 12, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
The jaguar — some call it the most mysterious and magnificent of all big cats. Ancient cultures considered them gods for their power, beauty and speed. But little is really known about this species that stalks the deepest jungles. Researchers have collected information about male jaguars, but half of the picture is missing … we don’t know as much about females. For the first time, Boone Smith brings his expertise to Central and South America as he teams up with Dr. Howard Quigley, who leads Panthera’s Jaguar Program. They are on a mission to capture, film and attach sophisticated tracking collars on the cunning and elusive jaguars — including a female — in the jungles of Belize and the swamps of Brazil and finally enter the jaguar’s secret lair.
Night Stalkers: Jaguar Ambush
Monday, December 12, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn leads an expert team of night-filming specialists into the jungles of Costa Rica on the hunt for Central America’s big cats. Pumas, ocelots and the elusive jaguar all live in the dense tropical forest, but filming them is far from an easy task. Starlight, thermal and infrared cameras are deployed throughout the forest, together with remotely operated cameras suspended above and on the forest floor. With the forest wired for night vision, it’s only a matter of time before the team starts to discover mysterious big cats.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
A pride of lions is on its knees. Its mighty male was killed by poachers, leaving three mothers and their cubs vulnerable in one of the toughest landscapes in Africa. Hunting in the shoulder-deep mud of Busanga Swamp is all but impossible, and deadly hippos and crocodiles patrol the ever-present waters. Trying to hunt while protecting their cubs is a daunting challenge, but now the threats are even greater, as two massive male lions want to claim the females and the territory as their own. To accomplish this they must kill its cubs, but the mothers are ready to fight tooth and claw to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Return of the Clouded Leopards
Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Two very rare 6-week-old clouded leopard cubs are rescued from poachers, giving conservationist and filmmaker Sandesh Kadur the opportunity of a lifetime. For the next year, Sandesh attempts to raise the cubs, doing everything their mother would have to teach them how to survive. No small tasks, given that these elusive cats occupy tree tops hundreds of feet high. Then, when the cats are ready, they are radio-collared and released into the northern jungle in India. Will his adopted family lead him into the secret lives of these mysterious big cats?
The Last Lions
Friday, December 16, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (Two-Hour Premiere)
According to The New York Times, The Last Lions is “one of the most urgent and certainly among the most beautifully shot documentaries to hit the big screen in recent memory.” Having just taken top honors at the Jackson Hole Film Festival film, this film now moves to TV to provide viewers a suspense-filled tale of a determined lioness ready to try anything — and willing to risk everything — to keep her family alive. Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert follow the epic journey of a lioness named Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”) as she battles to protect her cubs against a daunting onslaught of enemies in a desperate attempt to ensure their survival.
Nat Geo WILD’s Big Cat Week shows, apps and books are available on the iTunes store at iTunes.com/BigCats. For additional programming information, please visit www.natgeowild.com. For Big Cats Initiative information, please visit www.causeanuproar.org.
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