NEW YORK (Sept. 14, 2004)—”National Geographic Explorer,” cable’s longest-running documentary series, took home two News and Documentary Emmys last night at the National Television Academy’s 2004 News and Documentary Awards ceremony. “Wolf Pack” won the Emmy for outstanding science, technology and nature programming, and “Killer Cats of the Kalahari” won for outstanding individual achievement in a craft: cinematography. “National Geographic Explorer” is a production of National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F).
“‘Explorer’ received more nominations than any program on broadcast television and basic cable,” said David Royle, senior vice president, production, for NGT&F and executive producer for “National Geographic Explorer.” “The eight nominations and two wins are an enormous tribute to the quality and integrity of the work of our production team.”
Last night’s wins bring National Geographic’s cumulative Emmy award total to 124, including 54 for “National Geographic Explorer.” “Both films are a testament to the dedicated commitment to quality storytelling and superb cinematography that is a hallmark of all National Geographic’s natural history programming,” said Keenan Smart, head of the natural history unit for NGT&F, the only in-house filmmaking unit exclusively devoted to natural history production in the United States.
“Natural history programming is stronger and more relevant than ever, and these awards are a recognition of the continuing importance of bringing extraordinary explorations of the natural world to our U.S. audience.”
“Explorer” will move to the National Geographic Channel with a new season premiering in January 2005. The landmark series is known and respected for bringing to cable TV audiences provocative stories of adventure and exploration, world history, international culture, science and natural history. “Explorer’s” move to NGC is the latest milestone in the history of the three-year-old network that now reaches almost 52 million homes across the United States.
“National Geographic Explorer” has earned more than 400 awards, including 54 Emmy Awards and 13 CableACE Awards, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. The series premiered in 1985 on Nickelodeon and moved to TBS in February 1996. In September 1999 the series moved to CNBC, then relocated to sister-network MSNBC in October 2001. It relaunched as Ultimate Explorer in June 2003 on MSNBC.
Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Television & Film augments its award-winning documentary productions (124 Emmy Awards and more than 900 other industry awards) with feature films, giant-screen films, kids’ programming and long-form television drama programming. Worldwide, National Geographic’s television programming can be seen on the National Geographic Channel, MSNBC and PBS, home video and DVD, and through international broadcast syndication. The National Geographic Channel is received by more than
220 million households in 26 languages in 148 countries. For more information about National Geographic Television & Film, log on to nationalgeographic.com; AOL Keyword: NatGeo.