WASHINGTON (June 7, 2010)—National Geographic announces the launch of its new franchise, Nat Geo AMAZING!, a celebration of the world’s most fascinating and fun people, places and things.
“Nat Geo AMAZING!”, a 10-part television series, will debut on the National Geographic Channel on Friday, July 9, 2010, at 7 p.m. EST. Viewers will journey from the shores of Japan to the swamps of Costa Rica as the series reveals the wacky, often whimsical, always wild wonders of the world. From the discovery of a 2,300-year-old peat bog mummy to the heart-pounding story of a man escaping the jaws of death in Dangerous Reef, Australia, to the surprising tale of friendship between a tiger and a pig … our bizarre world comes to life before one’s eyes. Outside the United States, the show also premieres in July; viewers can check natgeotv.com for airdates.
The companion book will publish on June 29. Nat Geo AMAZING! 100 People, Places, and Things That Will Wow You (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-0649-8; $19.95), by Melina Gerosa Bellows, grabs readers’ attention with 100 stories — each one unique and more amazing than the last — told through lively text, thrilling images and incredible stories. It features natural beauty, raw emotion and odd phenomena through the discerning prism of the people who know the world best: National Geographic.
“Nat Geo AMAZING! is National Geographic as you’ve never seen it before,” says Gerosa Bellows, executive vice president of National Geographic Children’s Publishing. “In compiling the book, I took my love for unforgettable images and unbelievable stories and traveled the globe and scoured our archives, cooking up the ultimate brain candy for busy people.”
With content designed to make one say its name, Nat Geo AMAZING! is story-telling one won’t believe, in HD and sound bites — whether it’s puppies who reform criminals, the striking visions of blind photographers, extreme thrill-seekers or the anatomy of a car crash. The global audience also has the option of getting further involved, through Web links to engaging videos, world music and the National Geographic community of photographers and explorers. For more information, visit
Note: To arrange an interview with Melina Gerosa Bellows, contact Caryn Davidson at (212) 610-3808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For DVD screeners, contact Erin Griffin at (202) 912-6632 or Erin.Griffin@natgeochannel.com.