Derek Hough and Jeff Jenkins headline Nat Geo’s new unscripted slate


The world is Nat Geo’s playground with the network’s new slate of unscripted content.

Ahead of Disney’s initial presentation on Tuesday in New York, National Geographic on Monday announced a new slate of six personality-driven series aimed at showcasing various aspects of culture from around the world. The new shows will feature notable personalities Derek Hough, Kristen Kish, Jeff Jenkins, Indy Srinath and Christian Cooper – as well as high school students competing in a global science fair competition.

Famous dancer Derek Hough will guide viewers around the world on an exploration of dance history and trends in the new show “Dance the World With Derek Hough”. In each episode, Hough will team up with a celebrity guest to embark on a journey to discover the global cultural traditions that shape dance. Grant Kahler is executive producer and showrunner of the series. For National Geographic, Betsy Forhan is executive producer, Charlie Parsons is vice president of development and Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development.

“Restaurants Around the World” follows chef Kristen Kish as she travels the world in search of the people, places, culture and traditions behind the world’s most remote restaurants. From local vendors, farmers and ranchers to kitchen staff, managers and chefs, Kish goes behind the scenes to meet the people and hear the stories behind the food in some of the most isolated places on earth. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Jeremy Simmons are the executive producers of World of Wonder. For Cinetic, Ross Fremer, Brian Oakes and Christine O’Malley are executive producers. Forhan, Parsons and Elyres fulfill the same roles for this project as for “Dance the World”.

An untitled Jeff Jenkins project from Hit + Run is also set to arrive on Nat Geo. Travel blogger and influencer Jeff Jenkins will lead viewers on an epic week-long adventure that would scare the crap out of most people. Guided by its philosophy that “life begins where your comfort zone ends”, the show aims to capture the beauty that comes from the scariest of times. Rob Shaftel and Jon Kroll are executive producers of Hit+Run. For National Geographic, Sean D. Johnson is executive producer, Bengt Anderson is vice president of production, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development.

“Farming is Life,” which features urban gardener and influencer Indy Srinath, features aspiring farmers hoping to make their dreams a reality. Touring across North America, Srinath helps aquatic, rooftop, indoor, on-farm, suburban, and foraging farmers who are at breaking point. The series is produced by Nobody’s Hero and ITV America with executive producers Jonty Nash, Christopher Potts, Sarah Howell and Bill Pruitt. For National Geographic, Drew Jones is executive producer and Janet Vissering is senior vice president of development and production.

Longtime ornithologist Christian Cooper guides viewers through the world of birds in Lucky 8’s new “Extraordinary Birder” series. remarkable world in the sky. George Kralovansky, Irfan Rahman, Kimberly Woodard, Jon Kroll and Doug Veith serve as executive producers for Lucky 8. For National Geographic, Pam Caragol serves as executive producer and Janet Vissering serves as senior vice president of development and production.

Meanwhile, the ‘Science Fair’ doc spin-off is ‘Science Fair: The Series,’ which will follow the highs and lows of brilliant young innovators, engineers and scientists as they attempt to reach the Fair. science and engineering international. The docuseries is inspired by and comes from the creators of the Sundance Festival favorite and SXSW Audience Award-winning documentary “Science Fair”. For Muck Media, Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster, Jeffrey Plunkett and Meri Haitkin are the executive producers. Chris Kugelman is executive producer, Kevin Mohs is vice president of production, and Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development for National Geographic.

All of these series will premiere on one of National Geographic’s linear channels or on Disney+. Eventually, all will find a permanent home on Disney+ under the National Geographic brand thumbnail.

“We are thrilled to partner with this exciting new cast of storytellers from National Geographic, sharing their captivating journeys with fans around the world,” said Courteney Monroe, President of National Geographic Content. “Whether it’s exploring Derek’s passion for dance on a global scale, traveling with Kristin on culinary adventures in remote places, or simply being in awe of the contagious enthusiasm of our kids from Science Fair, all of these new shows represent the best of National Geographic and our desire to ignite people’s curiosity about our world.


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