Archives for April, 2012

On last night’s episode of Wicked Tuna: Greed, Ego & Jealousy the conflict between Captain Dave and Captain Kevin comes to head. Watching the Christina catch the biggest tuna Gloucester has seen all season was torture enough for uber-competitive Captain Dave of the Tuna.com. Having to deal with the taunts about it from the Christina’s…

The following is written by Eli Strong, one of three people whose stories are featured in the Nat Geo special American Transgender, premiering Tuesday, May 1 at 8PM et/pt. December 1, 1990. A lot of people talk about unforgettable days from their childhood. Their first day of school, the day they move into a new…

By Alexandra Fuller, Producer of Training For the Apocalypse When you’re making a documentary about people preparing for an apocalypse, you spend a lot of time thinking about it. As in, the end of the world as we know it. But despite ploughing through multiple books about 2012 and the coming end times, despite spending…

Don’t Be A Googan!

We’ve all met them… ~That car creeping below the speed limit in the fast lane… ~The man hesitantly pushing button after button at the ATM machine with 20 people waiting in line… ~The lady slowing scribbling out a $5 check at the checkout line during the busiest shopping hour… ~ The weekend warrior getting in…

Amish: Out Of Order premiered this week on NGC and we’re extremely excited about the reaction we’ve seen to our new series.  One of the strongest starts for a series in the spring ever, continuing a record breaking ratings month for the channel.  Wicked Tuna continues to go strong on Sunday nights and Doomsday Preppers…

Male or female? Boy or girl? Most of us can answer that question without a second thought, but for some people, the answer isn’t so simple.  American Transgender takes us firsthand into the daily lives of three individuals—Clair, Jim, and Eli—who each identify with a different gender from the one in which they were born…

Deep-sea exploration, of course, is an inherently dangerous pursuit. Venturing nearly seven miles down into the Challenger Deep, for example, means  surviving perhaps the most extreme, forbidding environment on the planet. The pressure is 1,000 times that experienced at sea level, the rough equivalent of having 50 jumbo jets piled atop the submersible, and the temperature…

If you just tuned in to Erik Aude’s horrific story on Locked Up Abroad: From Hollywood to Hell, I’m sure you have questions. You can live-tweet with him during the 10P EST premiere on Twitter at @lockedupabroad. But in case you miss him there, we checked in with Erik to get answers and see what…

One of the more important lessons gleaned from Locked Up Abroad is respecting foreign customs and laws (especially the laws). What you may consider normal might actually book you a one-way ticket to the gallows. Yes, it’s the 21st century, and some people are still sent to the gallows. Still, who has the time to…

Tonight’s special episode of Doomsday Preppers will revisit the best and most extreme preppers from the series’ first season, incorporating never before seen footage.  To start out, viewers will get a glimpse at some of the best bunkers for taking shelter–from Ed Peden’s missile silo to Martin Colvill’s big rig sleeper cab. We’ll explore how…

In March, as filmmaker and undersea explorer James Cameron recently descended nearly seven miles into the Challenger Deep section of the south Pacific’s Mariana Trench in a submersible of his own design, a retired Navy officer named Don Walsh waited on the surface in Cameron’s support ship. Of all the people who were part of…

The following is written by ex-Amish community leader Mose Gingerich who’s featured on the new series Amish: Out of Order: So in this blog I wanted to review a little bit of 101, and then talk about the upcoming 102 episode. In 101 there were no real surprises. I was quite nervous as to how…

I’m pretty excited about the new season of Locked Up Abroad.  We’ve made the first episode available now, a week before the premiere on VOD (Check cable or Satellite Operator), Hulu and iTunes.  Also don’t forget we’ve recently updated our Locked Up Abroad iOS app – with new episodes and social features.  Hope you can…

Tuna fishing can be an exciting and rewarding activity, but it can also be a physically demanding one. If you are planning to cast your fishing rod into the ocean you have probably considered which boat you are going to use, as well as your reels.  A component that is sometimes overlooked is what you…

Spring is in the air and viewers are giving NGC and Nat Geo Wild record viewership levels.  Continuing the remembrance of the Titanic disaster, Save the Titanic was the #1 show on NGC this week, with 2 repeats of the James Cameron special, Titanic: The Final Word also finding top spots on the network.  The…

National Geographic Channel shares our sincere condolences to the family of the surfer killed today off the coast of South Africa. While it is true we do have a series currently airing on the channel called Shark Men with Chris Fischer, we have not renewed the series for another season, have no plans to renew,…

According to Snake Hunter and Herpetologist Zoltan Takacs, “There isn’t another country in the world where snakes and humans get so close as in Vietnam” and he and Environmental Anthropologist and Cave Diver  Kenny Broad are out to prove it. Venturing through the seas off Song Doc in search of sea snakes, in the markets…

#AmishOutofOrder Twitter Round-Up

Last night our very own Mose Gingrich (@AmishNCity) live-tweeted the premiere of Amish: Out of Order, sharing his experience leaving the Amish community while answering questions from viewers on Twitter. Here’s a collection of tweets from Mose, and what other people on Twitter, had to say about the show: @AmishNCity – It was a difficult…

Calling all preppers! National Geographic Channel is prepping for season two of Doomsday Preppers! If you are actively preparing to survive any cataclysmic event, email us at prepperscasting@sharpentertainment.com. In the spirit of OPSEC, all names and information will be kept confidential.

For those who never made it to Kennedy Space Center to watch a shuttle launch, the chance to witness one of the now-retired space shuttles in flight was an opportunity not to be missed. Lucky for me, Nat Geo headquarters is conveniently located in Downtown D.C., close to the area where the space shuttle Discovery…

The following is an excerpt from Associate Producer Ari Abitbol’s on-location production journal for the new series Amish: Out of Order: I flew out to Columbia, MO on June 8, 2011. I arrived not knowing what to expect. Okay, I’m here to produce a show about the Amish and the ex-Amish but I wasn’t even…

When the Titanic sank beneath the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, tales of heroism rose from the depths. 100 years later these stories are still being told, though over time the facts have been lost or embellished making it difficult to tell what is real and what is fiction. On April 21, 1912 just…

Want sharks? Better serve chum. One of the most effective ways to draw sharks in for capture and research is chumming. Cage diving tours, researchers and fishermen use a bloody mixture of fish products dropped into the water to draw sharks in for catching and viewing. Chum is one of the most important tools on…

It has come to our attention that many young folks, until recently, did not know that Titanic was a real ship that actually sank in real life… it was not just a movie. Don’t believe me? Check out the Huffington Post’s profile of 21 Movie Fans Who Didn’t Know the Titanic Was Real. Gizmodo scrounged…

Meet the crew of Tuna.com, the most envied and despised fishing boat around. Under the fiercely competitive leadership of Captain Dave Carraro, this three-man crew is at the top of their game, consistently hauling in giant fish. But raking in all the tuna doesn’t make you many friends. Especially when you’ve got a captain who…