National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) today announced the launch of Nat Geo People – a brand new channel that offers unfiltered, intimate access to the true, amazing and inspiring stories of real people all over the world. Exploring the emotional and experiential journeys of fascinating individuals whose everyday lives both astonish and resonate, Nat Geo People embodies the hallmark characteristics of the National Geographic brand through innovative storytelling and powerful narrative.
Nat Geo People provides partners and viewers with a diverse mix of programming that complements sister networks National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild. Scheduled to launch early next year in 50 countries, Nat Geo People represents the next progression in National Geographic Channels International’s expanding portfolio of networks. Nat Geo People replaces Nat Geo Adventure in markets where Nat Geo Adventure currently broadcasts. The network will be available in HD and both linear and non-linear formats across Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Nat Geo People will feature stories of notable individuals and fascinating subcultures found across the globe through programmes like David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, Food Lover’s Guide To The Planet, Ladyboys, Don’t Tell My Mother and Hook, Line & Sisters.
“National Geographic has covered stories of people from around the world for 125 years, and the international launch of Nat Geo People is a natural, strategic extension for NGCI, offering an exciting new way to deliver this kind of content with heart and impact”, said Ward Platt, CEO of NGCI.
“Nat Geo People will bring viewers emotional and entertaining true stories of real people; think of it as Real TV as opposed to Reality TV. Our focus is on compelling characters who take you into riveting subcultures and on exhilarating adventures”, added Hamish Mykura, NGCI’s Executive Vice President and Head of International Content. “Nat Geo’s female viewers enjoy shows about people and cultures and we wanted to give those stories a home”.
Nat Geo People’s content and programming strategy will be overseen by NGCI’s global content hub team based in London under the leadership of Mykura with significant input from programming teams in local markets.
National Geographic Channel will continue to differentiate itself with an extensive offering of lean-in programming that embraces adventure, exploration, world events and science while Nat Geo People will be devoted to the stories of people and cultures found around the world.
Nat Geo People’s premiere schedule includes:
David Rocco’s Dolce Vita – Celebrity chef David Rocco puts his unique style and passion for bringing interesting people and great food together in this remarkable series. Based in Italy, each 13-part season captures the magic that happens when recipes and food are enthusiastically shared.
Food Lover’s Guide to the Planet – Exploring some of the world’s most delicious cuisines, the series tells an intimate culinary tale through the eyes of foodies from around the world.
Hook, Line & Sisters – Sisters and female fishing duo Sierra and Memry trek to a remote Alaskan location to earn an entire year’s living in just three short months, competing in the high-stakes, male-dominated world of commercial fishing in seven exciting episodes.
Ladyboys – Follows the connection between British expats and their ladyboy lovers in Thailand as they navigate new and unique relationships in this nine-part series.
Don’t Tell My Mother – Criss-crossing the globe, French journalist and host Diego Buñuel ventures to dangerous and inaccessible countries as well as burgeoning megacities to offer an eye-opening encounter and insider look at life inside these amazingly diverse areas.
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About National Geographic Channels International
National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) inspires viewers through its smart, innovative programming that questions what we know, how we view the world and what drives us forward. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Ventures and FOX Entertainment Group, NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education through its six channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo Mundo.
Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGC U.S., which is a joint venture of NGV and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 48 languages.
Source: Tvbythenumbers.com, 9/30/13