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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, the nation continues to find itself in a cycle of heated discussion over racial oppression, police brutality and socioeconomic inequality. This was particularly evident on Sunday, April 30, during the world-broadcast debut of National Geographic’s documentary LA 92 — a powerful look back at the controversial uprising. The documentary, which has been hailed by critics as a “must see film” that is “seething with emotions,” sparked significant online engagement during its broadcast, trending nationally on Twitter and through a Facebook Live after-show event. In an effort to further the national dialogue on the topic, National Geographic announced it would make the film LA 92 available free through online, video on demand and streaming platforms. “National Geographic believes in the power of storytelling to change the world,” explained Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for National Geographic. “The parallels between the racially charged climate of Los Angeles in 1992 and more recent occurrences of racial injustice demands our attention. We hope this film will encourage reflection and debate as the country wrestles with these very real and very relevant conflicts.” LA 92 will be made widely available today through May 11 on streaming platforms including Natgeotv.com, video on demand (through cable provider set-top boxes), cable provider sites and apps, Nat Geo TV apps (iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, Roku, Android phones and tablets, Xbox One and 360, Samsung Connected TVs), iTunes, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Sony Playstation, GooglePlay and more. Leading up to, during and immediately following the broadcast premiere of LA 92, viewers took to social media to weigh in on the complex conversation. The hashtag #LA92 trended nationally at No. 4 on Twitter with influencers such as @ShaunKing, @JamilahLemieux and @AprilDRyan contributing to a substantive conversation that carried through much of the night. Immediately following LA 92’s premiere, National Geographic hosted a Facebook Live after-show on National Geographic Channel’s Facebook page. Moderated by Soledad O’Brien and streamed from multiple locations in south Los Angeles and Koreatown, the Facebook Live program gave viewers the opportunity to engage in the discussion, ask questions of the panelists and comment in real time. The program also included such guests as Congresswoman Karen Ruth Bass of California’s 37th Congressional District; Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope (a civil rights group based in south LA); Christafire Lundy, a resident of south LA; Hyepin Im, president and CEO of Faith and Community Empowerment; Karen Slade, vice president/general manager of KJLH Radio; and longtime LA journalist Bob Brill. Produced by two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire”) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (“American High”) and directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin (“Undefeated”), the film looks at the events of 1992 from a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day. Using no narration or “talking head” interviews, the film reconstructs the tumultuous events that unfolded in 1992 by exclusively using archival footage including broadcast news footage, radio reports, police files and personal home videos. LA 92 premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a limited theatrical release in New York, LA and London and the television broadcast premiere on National Geographic on Sunday, April 30, in the United States, and continues to roll out globally across 171 countries and 45 languages. Additionally, LA 92 recently completed a multicity screening tour with stops including Baltimore, Charlotte, St. Louis and Atlanta, as well as a special screening at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. In each location, directors Lindsay and Martin were joined by community influencers and leaders to discuss issues of racial oppression, police brutality and socioeconomic inequality depicted in the film. National Geographic also partnered with 21st Century Fox to provide free screenings of the film to colleges and universities nationwide executed by Picture Motion and created a free discussion guide to accompany the film developed by Journeys In Film. For more information on LA 92, visit natgeotvpressroom.com or natgeotv.com/la92. National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world premium, feature documentaries that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the very best documentary filmmakers in the world. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 171 countries and 45 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.


News Article | April 27, 2017
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National Geographic Travel's international growth and development continues with the appointment of Nathan Philpot. Philpot, who has extensive experience in the travel industry, has been named Director, National Geographic Expeditions Europe & Africa and is charged in part with developing and launching the branded consumer travel experiences across Europe and Africa. Within the Expeditions business, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World continues to grow since launching in January 2015 with 24 charter members. The collection is now up to 55 properties in remarkable destinations around the world, spanning 30 countries and 6 continents. They recently released their first Sustainable Tourism Impact Report, showcasing sustainable tourism in action among their members. In travel media, National Geographic is strengthening its Travel franchise with the launch of National Geographic Traveler magazine's first-ever luxury edition, which will be distributed next month to a targeted circulation of 350,000 National Geographic subscribers. The special edition will feature content relevant to the affluent traveler, including luxury hotels, fine dining, and bespoke travel experiences. Additionally, Andrew Nelson has been tapped to lead a newly formed NG Travel Lab, which will serve as a one-stop shop for custom content creation, distribution and marketing. The team will provide creative client solutions across multiple platforms, from ideation to execution, spanning digital, social, video and print platforms while working with our regional labs in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Television programming will also reflect National Geographic's emphasis on travel, with a dedicated travel block starting in July. The two-hour programming section will run every Thursday from 6 to 8:00 PM ET. National Geographic Partners LLC National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic's media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children's media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-geographic-grows-travel-business-300446711.html


News Article | April 27, 2017
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WASHINGTON, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Coming off a record 2016 and posting double-digit growth into 2017, National Geographic Travel announces additional global expansion plans for Europe and Asia and broadens its portfolio of travel-related media offerings. The expansion includes the launch of a weekly two-hour travel programming block, the appointment of new executives, a special luxury edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine, and the development of the new National Geographic Travel Lab. "National Geographic is leveraging the unique power of our brand to reinvigorate and reinvent our ancillary businesses, and our Travel business is a key piece of that," said Declan Moore, National Geographic Partners CEO. "Furthering the knowledge and understanding of our world is, and always has been, at National Geographic's core and we believe travel is essential to advancing that mission.  For more than a century we have been showing our audience the wonders of the planet and through our travel offerings, we can also take them there." National Geographic Travel's international growth and development continues with the appointment of Nathan Philpot. Philpot, who has extensive experience in the travel industry, has been named Director, National Geographic Expeditions Europe & Africa and is charged in part with developing and launching the branded consumer travel experiences across Europe and Africa. Within the Expeditions business, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World continues to grow since launching in January 2015 with 24 charter members. The collection is now up to 55 properties in remarkable destinations around the world, spanning 30 countries and 6 continents. They recently released their first Sustainable Tourism Impact Report, showcasing sustainable tourism in action among their members. In travel media, National Geographic is strengthening its Travel franchise with the launch of National Geographic Traveler magazine's first-ever luxury edition, which will be distributed next month to a targeted circulation of 350,000 National Geographic subscribers. The special edition will feature content relevant to the affluent traveler, including luxury hotels, fine dining, and bespoke travel experiences. Additionally, Andrew Nelson has been tapped to lead a newly formed NG Travel Lab, which will serve as a one-stop shop for custom content creation, distribution and marketing. The team will provide creative client solutions across multiple platforms, from ideation to execution, spanning digital, social, video and print platforms while working with our regional labs in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Television programming will also reflect National Geographic's emphasis on travel, with a dedicated travel block starting in July. The two-hour programming section will run every Thursday from 6 to 8:00 PM ET. National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic's media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children's media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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By acquiring Global Adrenaline, National Geographic will increase the scale of its portfolio of travel offerings, in addition to expanding its reach within the travel business.  Existing partnerships with Lindblad Expeditions in small ships, TCS World Travel in private jets and other relationships in key travel segments remain a vital part of future growth plans. "Global Adrenaline has delivered extraordinary experiences to our guests over the past 13 years," said Declan Moore, National Geographic Partners CEO. "We're excited to welcome them into the National Geographic family, and to leverage their tour operator platform to expand our Expeditions' offerings.  This acquisition enables us to become a tour operator, and to more directly control all aspects of the unique travel experiences we provide guests." Global Adrenaline was founded in 2001 by current President and CEO Nancy Schumacher. "Global Adrenaline is thrilled to be joining forces with the National Geographic Expeditions team," said Schumacher. "National Geographic has been a wonderful, long-term partner, and as a combined entity, our team will offer even more enhanced tour operations expertise and international reach for the existing Expeditions trips.  We are excited to be part of the National Geographic family and look forward to continuing to provide high-quality, authentic and sustainable travel experiences that support local economies and inspire people to protect and preserve the places we visit." National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic's media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children's media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, and going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Global Adrenaline, Inc. is a luxury travel specialist and tour operator providing the finest in customized itineraries worldwide.  Global Adrenaline is dedicated to providing top quality educational and culturally compelling trips that encourage adventure, exploration, cultural celebration and responsible tourism.  Global Adrenaline's mission since its founding in 2001 has been to create once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences that inspire our travelers to positively impact the world around them. We believe that travel is a powerful form of education and can help make the world a more peaceful and sustainable place for all. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-geographic-expeditions-acquires-global-adrenaline-300451806.html


Teem's Sophomore Report Reveals what Enables and Stifles Happy and Engaged Employees SILICON SLOPES, UT--(Marketwired - May 4, 2017) - Teem, a developer of cloud-based meeting tools and analytics that help workplaces optimize productivity, today released results from its second annual Employee Happiness report, identifying trends related to workplace happiness and demonstrating the importance of better management to enable a more content and productive workforce. Besides some surprising changes from Teem's 2016 Employee Happiness report, this year's data reveals that almost half of employees are unhappy in their work in part due to poor work/life balance and feeling underappreciated in their role. Although there is excitement around emerging workplace technologies, it is clear that mismanagement of workplace technology can be a contributing factor to employee burnout and poor office communication. Unhappy workers are bad for business as demonstrated by recent headlines and research. Teem's 2017 report finds that unhappy workplaces are created by poor communication, stifling workplace design, and lack of guidelines concerning communication and tech use when not on the clock, among other factors. "New technologies are rapidly overhauling everything about how we work. Business must remain flexible to keep pace. Our data shows that employees associate these tools with happiness, and by extension productivity," says Shaun Ritchie, CEO, and co-founder of Teem. "It also shows the value of having proper equipment, usage guidelines and training to avoid burnout." As organizations scramble to find the best way to create a happy and productive workforce, Teem data highlights what makes employees happiest/happier: Generations Collide As Millennials enter managerial positions, some are feeling less fulfilled. A leading cause for this decline appears to be work/life balance and recognition for a job well done (48 and 46 percent respectively), with Millennials saying these factors most influence their happiness at work. Meanwhile, opinions on the open-office concept vary, with 70 percent of Millennials and 55 percent of boomers saying the shift to the open office plan has made them happier. Setup For success? 40 percent of employees value flexibility through digital tools. Yet despite direct correlations between happiness and productivity, 43 percent of employees appreciate their workplace technology offering but supplement with their own additional equipment. Happiness is... At an increase of 8 percent from 2016's data, 48 percent of workers are unhappy or only somewhat happy. Although the majority (53 percent) would prefer a salary increase over any other perk, they cite work/life balance (23 percent) and recognition for a job well done (22 percent) as the factors most likely to increase their happiness at work. "Teem's platform addresses key areas of friction for employees in today's workplace. What we see and hear from our customers and data is that a streamlined workflow is imperative for a happy and productive workplace. The annual Employee Happiness report provides us with even more opportunity to better understand how to develop the best technology and resources for relieving stress and boosting success," said Ritchie. Teem's 2017 Employee Happiness report is fresh on the heels of Teem introducing voice control to meetings with their Teem skill for Amazon Alexa. The report is based on responses from over one thousand and three hundred professionals across industries, company size and the U.S. Respondents range in age, gender and professional level. About Teem Teem is a cloud-based software and analytics platform for meeting management and analysis that helps companies maximize their workspace and enable their employees to work more efficiently. The platform provides employee-focused meeting tools and activity-driven insights, including eye-catching conference room displays, streamlined visitor management and detailed space use analytics that drive better decisions on space and facilities utilization. To date, the Salt Lake City-based startup has raised over $20 million in capital from NGP, GE, Google Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Zetta Venture Partners, Origin Ventures, and others. The platform integrates with many existing calendar systems, including Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, and Office 365. For more information on Teem, visit www.teem.com.


News Article | April 18, 2017
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The event, titled "Preparing for the Future of Energy – Thriving in Complex and Uncertain Times," heard that historic questions of global hydrocarbon supply were no longer an issue due to the explosive growth of the U.S. shale sector. This has impacted on the rest of the world and globalized American business through a revamped export policy. It could also play a positive role in future U.S. detente. In his keynote address to a record event audience of more than 200 oil and gas industry professionals, Kenneth Hersh, CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and co-founder and advisory partner of NGP Energy Capital Management, said: "This wonderful industry is at the epicenter of change. It is a change that has been dramatic and it is not going back to the way it was. It has increased opportunity, economic activity and has democratized what was a world of scarcity into a world of abundance." Mr. Hersh said the new look oil and gas industry operating in an era of supply abundance had to face the same pressures as any other commodity. "We grew up with axioms around scarcity but now we have entered a different realm. The North American unconventional game has changed the industry and has had knock on effects around the world," he said. "It is no longer about finding hydrocarbons. It's about whom we are competing against, what does our customer want, what does our distribution channel look like, what is our price point. Who are the winners? The consumers. The losers will be the high-cost producers and people playing the old game." Referencing political instability in the Middle East and Russia's growing influence, Mr. Hersh added supply abundance at home, which released the U.S. from reliance on imports, may impact on future foreign policy decisions. The Energy Symposium featured two panel sessions: 'Forces Shaping the Future of Energy – Global and U.S. Big Picture' and 'Challenges and Opportunities in the U.S.' Energy Institute board of advisors members Mike Stice and Bruce Stover moderated both panel sessions. The sessions focused on the impact of technology and innovation in areas such as global supply and demand, issues related to induced seismicity, the treatment and disposal of water and the impact of carbon emissions on global warming. Attendees heard that while the U.S. onshore shale industry has seen a rapid return to growth, technological developments and innovative risk-reducing business models in the offshore sector, had lowered operating costs and would enable it to follow suit in the next two years. Natural gas was forecast as one of the largest areas for growth, while the export of U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), particularly to Asia, could create benefits from a geopolitical perspective. In welcoming delegates to the Energy Symposium, Daniel W. Pullin, dean, Price College of Business, called on U.S. energy leaders to "thrive not just survive" in the low price environment. "Energy in all its forms drives humanity forward," he said. Dr. Dipankar Ghosh, executive director of the Price College of Business Energy Institute, said: "The international energy industry faces many challenges today, but it was clear from the high quality debate at the Energy Symposium that very real opportunities for growth exist. "It was encouraging to hear the positivity and enthusiasm expressed by delegates and the many examples of how the energy industry is embracing the changes required today to meet the demands of tomorrow." To view the video shared at the Energy Symposium, please visit http://www.realenergyleaders.com/blog/a-portrait-of-a-real-energy-leader. Guest speakers at the Energy Symposium were: About the Price College of Business Energy Institute: The Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma has become Oklahoma's leading graduate business program. For more than 50 years, education and research in energy management have been central to the college's purpose. In 2011, the Price College of Business added to its leading position in energy by forming the Energy Institute: a platform for thought leadership and intellectual exchange. Tightly coupled with its education in energy programs, the Energy Institute's research informs policy and business strategy, while its outreach programs foster meaningful dialogue amongst energy professionals worldwide. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-energy-industry-is-changing-the-world-300440534.html


WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Geographic has announced it will make the two-hour documentary GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC available to stream for free, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 14, for one week. The stream will be available on National Geographic’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook page, Apple TV app and TV Everywhere mobile apps. Produced by Katie Couric Media with National Geographic Studios and World of Wonder Productions, the network will also air a special encore of the documentary on Monday night, February 13 at 9/8c. Hailed as “powerful” by Ellen Degeneres, “groundbreaking” by the Huffington Post, and “compassionate, incisive, and informed” by the Daily Beast, GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC explores the rapidly evolving complexities of gender — from the moment we are born through our twilight years. To better understand this complex social and scientific issue, Couric crisscrossed the U.S. to talk with scientists, researchers, activists, authors and families to learn more about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity. Her wide-ranging interviews included a conversation with Gavin Grimm, the transgender Virginia teen whose lawsuit seeking equal bathroom access is headed to the Supreme Court on March 28. With discussions that range from the scientifically enlightening to the deeply personal, Couric’s unflinching search for truth sheds light on countless untold stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, hurt and love. “I’ve always hoped this documentary would be a spark to ignite conversations in every corner of the country around the evolving landscape of gender,” said host and executive producer Katie Couric. “National Geographic is helping to push that goal forward by making it so broadly available to audiences.” In addition, National Geographic continues to partner with Picture Motion on the Gender Revolution Tour, allowing any high school, college, university or nonprofit to sign up to host a free screening and discussion. To date, more than 300 groups nationwide have signed up to participate. The tour harnesses the momentum of the gender conversations happening around the globe and offers an opportunity to have an informed dialogue on one of the most complicated and evolving issues in the current zeitgeist. Groups will also be provided with an extensive discussion guide developed for National Geographic by Journeys in Film (link). Screening requests can be made at http://bit.ly/NatGeoGenderRevolution. The documentary is also currently airing on National Geographic around the globe in 171 countries and in 45 languages. GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC is produced by Katie Couric Media, World of Wonder Productions and National Geographic Studios for National Geographic. For Katie Couric Media, executive producers are Katie Couric and Mitch Semel. For World of Wonder, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Jeremy Simmons serve as executive producers. For National Geographic Studios, executive producers are Jeff Hasler and Brian Lovett. For National Geographic, Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production, and Michael J. Miller is executive producer. National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 128 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 171 countries and 45 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.


WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In the greatest adventure saga ever told -- the story of human civilization -- National Geographic presents ORIGINS: The Journey of Humankind - an eight-part series that traces the innovations that made the world modern. ORIGINS is a full-sensory, time-travel adventure that delves deep into history to find the pivotal ‘origin’ moments that fueled our evolutionary ascension. While we are in a fast-growing technological age fueled by smart phones, satellites and the ‘next big discovery,’ ORIGINS pauses to probe the biggest questions in the universe: How did we get here? How did Homo Sapiens evolve from apes swinging tree to tree to astronauts walking on the surface of the moon? Premiering Monday, March 6, at 9/8c, on National Geographic and in 171 countries and 43 languages later this spring, ORIGINS is a contemporary twist on the traditional historical documentary. World-class futurist and idea DJ Jason Silva (BRAIN GAMES, SHOTS OF AWE) leads us through a portal to explore these explosive events, such as the discoveries and applications of fire, that fundamentally and irrevocably created our modern lives. ORIGINS incorporates dramatic scripted storytelling, documentary sequences, expert analysis and dazzling audio-visual mashups designed by John Boswell -- also known worldwide as Melodysheep -- who is making his TV debut with original symphonies. Silva’s unique and compelling thought-jockey process organically and seamlessly shifts us across historical milestones while the world’s top minds -- experts across the fields of technology, war, communication, medicine, transportation, ecology, paleoanthropology, evolutionary biology and antiquity, to name a few -- inject cerebral heft with compelling commentary. “Everything we do today has deep roots in the past,” says Silva. “ORIGINS deconstructs moments that show how we rebelled against our fate in the animal kingdom and found a way to rise up, transcend and forge a new future in the modern world.” "Music touches us on a subconscious, instinctual level,” says Boswell. “It has a way of bringing human history to life and evoking deep-seated emotions that connect us to our past. This authentic collaboration with National Geographic allows us to reach a wide audience in telling the tale of humankind anew.” In the premiere episode, ORIGINS: Fire, we experience specific moments in history when fire allowed us to create, annihilate, expand and dominate. Nothing else throughout human history explains our existence more than fire; it’s been harnessed and applied throughout countless centuries to define who we are and will become. Silva transports viewers to 12000 BC when early man shockingly discovered the first spark, which grew to a flame and lit the world before their very eyes. Then jump to 1232 AD when the Jin Dynasty unearthed the greatest defense against the attacking Mongol hordes: a projected missile. Gunpowder produced the first chemical explosive that forever altered modern warfare. Silva takes us to 1666, when fire truly exposed itself as a double-edged sword, the Great Fire of London burnt down more than 90 churches and 13,000 houses, and more than 100,000 people were brought down to their knees with no place to call home. This devastation gave birth to the first modern city and one of the most enlightening periods in history -- the Industrial Revolution. Flashing forward a couple centuries to 1926 in the New World, American scientist Robert Goddard was the earliest pioneer of space technology, having created the first modern rocket, which was the basis of today’s spacecrafts that gave rise to satellites and modern communication. In ORIGINS, Silva is our tour guide through these hypnotic symphonies transporting viewers throughout time. Additional topics covered in the premiere season include medicine, money, war, communication, shelter, exploration and transportation. ORIGINS: The Journey of Humankind is produced by Asylum Entertainment for National Geographic. For Asylum Entertainment, Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Ryann Lauckner, Simon George, Kurt Sayenga, Mark Monroe and Ben Bitonti are executive producers. For Melodysheep, John Boswell is executive producer. For National Geographic, Tim Pastore, Michel J. Miller and Kevin Tao Mohs are executive producers. For more information, visit our press room at natgeotvpressroom.com. National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. In its 15 years, Asylum Entertainment has produced a diverse slate of television long-form, features, documentaries and unscripted series, totaling thousands of hours of programming. The company has been honored with much critical acclaim and multiple award nominations for excellence in filmmaking. Asylum's lifeblood is its unscripted fare, and the company's robust factual exploits include critically acclaimed National Geographic Channel series Breakthrough and feature documentary Happy Valley. Additional series include Finding My Father; Codependent; Being Mike Tyson; Gangsters: America's Most Evil; scripted limited series The Kennedys (starring Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson and Barry Pepper), which won four of the 10 Emmy Awards for which it was nominated; Ring of Fire (starring Jewel as June Carter Cash), which garnered four more Emmy nods; as well as several others. Asylum is a wholly owned subsidiary of the prolific feature film studio Legendary Entertainment.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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"Nonsense," laughed a former senior Trumpworld technology staffer. "Look, I'm not saying they lied but for Cambridge Analytica to run victory laps and claim they won the election for Trump is a huge exaggeration. Data can do a lot of things, but there's a limit to how effective it is. Cambridge Analytica's claims went far beyond that limit." The comments echo sentiment shared by a handful of GOP operatives, former Trump campaign workers, and current White House digital staffers that big data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica exaggerated its role in the campaign. Moreover, many insiders claim the company's use of psychographic voter data was vastly overstated. "It's all well and good to [employ] engineers," said one operative, "but what was the real value proposition? By the end of the campaign they were doing very little." Tweets by White House chief digital officer Gerrit Lansing and President Trump's former Director of Digital Advertising & Fundraising and current GOP Director of Advertising Gary Coby bluntly called out the company's big data analysis a "total lie." SEE: How risk analytics can help your organization plug security holes (Tech Pro Research) During the 2016 presidential campaign in interviews with TechRepublic, Cambridge Analytica claimed to use a database of 240 North American consumer records—a mixture of voter data, social media, and surveys—to forecast voter behavior. CEO Alexander Nix claimed, "we use nearly 5 thousand different data points about you to craft and target a message." "We are fundamentally politically agnostic and an apolitical organization," Nix said. "The high volume of Republican primary candidates this cycle allowed us to enter a competitive market... Starting with politics, we'd like to replace blanket advertising with individualised targeted and engagement ads." The day after Trump's victory the company's lead data scientist David Wilkinson told TechRepublic, "our data didn't fail, obviously. A lot of people are saying polling is wrong. But we used polling data to help inform our models. We had a robust polling platform that did show a difficult battle... Because we were the underdog, we adjusted our model based on those factors. We saw this two weeks to a month out. We saw early votes and absentee trends that suggested an increase in rural voters, especially in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. We advised [that the Trump campaign] allocate time and resources to those states." After Cambridge Analytica came under fire, we asked the firm for comment. During a half-hour phone meeting a spokesperson for Cambridge Analytica declined to be identified but articulated some technical components of the company's model. Regarding allegations of exaggeration, the spokesperson stated, "we weren't offended by [the Tweets]. We employ serious data scientists, and we do serious work.The [conservative] tech and data communities are relatively small and we have a good working relationship [with other actors]. But we're somewhat new to the market. We're not insiders, and our work is sometimes misunderstood." There is a nuanced middle ground between the utility of big data and the outrage over allegations of exaggerated claims, said Zack Christenson, founder and CEO of data marketing platform Crowdskout. As a former journalist in Chicago and Washington, D.C., Christenson understands the intricacies of politics, media, and data. "I think most people are seeing the forest and missing the trees," Christenson said, regarding the big data revolution. "A lot of groups are really excited at the prospect of being able to consume 5,000 different data points on a person and create complex models using a person's favorite color or what magazines they subscribed to last month. But this over-proliferation of data is the noise." SEE: IT leader's guide to Agile development (Tech Pro Research) It's very hard to cut out the data points that really don't matter, Christenson said, and figure out the few important data points that actually have real bearing on your goals. "That's not to say that those 5,000 data points aren't valuable," he said, "but they're not the silver bullet many people think." With big data science, process is important. "[Data] is like math," Christenson said. "Each component is a building block, and it's important to show your work." To that end, Christenson explained the process at Crowdskout, his tech stack, and the future of data in politics. What did you do and how did you do it? The most important thing we did was put together an incredible team. We'd be nowhere if we didn't hire the smartest and most talented people we could find. We hired the right people, pointed everyone in the right and same direction, and we were off to the races. It's important to trust the team you've assembled and let them do their thing. We're attempting to solve really challenging problems, so allowing everyone on the team to have the freedom to explore and solve those problems creates a scenario where we're actually able to solve those problems and, I hope, creates a fulfilling work environment in which talented people want to work. What is your tech stack and how does big data inform your decision-making process? We tried to find the goldilocks tech stack—new and cutting edge enough to attract talent who wanted to work with emerging languages and tech, while also using technology with proven track records to get the job done—and also not too obscure as to not be able to find anyone who knew the right languages and stack. Our front-end is all AngularJS, our back end is mainly PHP with some Python. We run on MongoDB, MySQL, and Elasticsearch on AWS. We knew we had to support big data out of the gate, and so all of our technical decisions are made knowing we have to scale, which has prevented us from having to do any major technical swap due to load or performance issues, allowing us to focus on serving our customers and new features. What worked, and what didn't work? Coming in we benchmarked our performance off some of our competitors, but as we started to get our software in the hands of users we learned that the speed of pulling large lists was a major pain point and offered an opportunity for us to differentiate ourselves in the market. At this point we incorporated Elasticsearch into our database stack, which allowed us to do in under a second what can take other software minutes or hours. We're proud of that. Since then Elasticsearch has been a workhorse in our tech stack and we've been able to leverage its wide array of features to support some of our newer data visualization features and upcoming mapping functionality. Could a small business or startup successfully replicate your process? Of course. I think ideas are worth very little—if you can't execute on your idea then it doesn't matter. We've worked hard and we've built what we think is a pretty solid product that creates a lot of value for our customers. It certainly wasn't easy, but the thing that I think sets us apart from other companies is we work really hard at getting things right and following through on what needs to be done—so if you can do that, you can definitely do what we've done. One of the things that I think is often overlooked when building a company like this is how essential great customer service is. We built out a strong customer success team that's focused 100% on maximizing our users' experience—they're real people that our customers can have real relationships with. That's a major differentiating factor between what you get with us and some other tools out there. What does the future of big data for campaigns, grassroots organizations, and companies look like? Software aimed at the corporate and retail world is much further along than what you see in the political, non-profit and advocacy world. I think the political software industry is just getting started. Up to this point, you've seen two things—either large presidential-sized campaigns building in-house tools that get mothballed after a campaign, or data consultants doing customized work and shoehorning things into existing software built for different industries. There are a few software companies here and there building software specifically for this world—Crowdskout, NGP VAN, or NationBuilder—but I think we'll see a commoditization of this type of work as more and more software is built and offered to campaigns and grassroots groups in a SaaS model. Things will start to get easier and more and more tools will become available to smaller groups with smaller budgets—and more people will become familiar with how this work actually gets done.


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