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NGTI’s MIPCOM slate: 90 new hours, new production partners

National Geographic Television International (NGTI) has announced 90 new hours of content that it's bringing to Cannes in October, including assorted acquisitions from new independent production partners as well as various NGT original productions and copros.
September 2, 2009

National Geographic Television International (NGTI) has announced 90 new hours of content that it’s bringing to Cannes in October, including assorted acquisitions from new independent production partners as well as various NGT original productions and copros.

Among the titles leading NGTI’s MIPCOM charge are Extreme Ice (1 x 52 minutes), which utilizes time-lapse photography taken over two years to illustrate the negative effect mankind has had on the ice masses of the world. Egypt Underground, a history title and NGT coproduction for ZDF, NGC and NGCI, will look into ancient Egyptian concepts of the afterlife via what NGTI calls ‘unique tomb access and new discoveries.’

Current affairs titles include Going to Pot: The Story of Modern Marijuana (1 x 52) which examines the drug from numerous angles, including its potential for medical use, law enforcement issues surrounding it, and how it is currently reflected in popular culture. Inside Death Row (1 x 52) will examine ‘the business of death in the U.S.’ from the vantage point of those condemned to die on Death Row and those who will carry out the judgment. Mengele’s Twin Mystery, from the book by journalist Jorge Camarasa, investigates whether Nazi ‘angel of death’ Josef Mengele continued his experiments concerning twins while evading capture in South Africa.

Among the acquisitions NGTI is taking to MIPCOM are Catching Cancer (1 x 52) from Australia’s December Films, in association with Pemberton Films, which asks if cancer can be ‘caught’, and what can be done to prevent it; and Jetman (1 x 52, from Canada’s Cirrus Productions/Galaxie Presse), which documents the adventures of Yves Rossy including his amazing feat of becoming the fastest man to fly across the English Channel, using just a pair of wings and a small engine on his back.

Natural history acquisitions include: Loggerheads: The Lost Years (Gulliver Media), a film that documents the lives of loggerhead turtles; Nature’s Greatest Defender (The Really Interesting Picture Company), telling the story of Dr. George Schaller; Water Colors (3 x 50/6 x 25, Liquid Motion Film), decoding the ‘secret language of fish;’ and Honeybee Blues (1 x 52, Mitra Films), examining the disappearance of the world’s honeybees. NGTI has also acquired the second season of When Weather Changed History (14 by 47), produced by Towers Productions.

Among the new natural history programs from National Geographic Television are the blue-chip Kingdom of the Blue Whale (1 x 52), The Great Bamboo Rat Plague (1 x 52) and Kangaroo Kaos (1 x 52). Returning series include Dangerous Encounters 4 (6 x 52), World’s Deadliest Animals 3 (4 x 52) and Prehistoric Hunters 2 (4 x 52).

‘From our experience, high-end, factual programming has remained much in demand this year so I am delighted that we are coming to MIPCOM with such a large and varied slate – ranging from classic blue-chip wildlife to our cutting-edge and contemporary society shows, said NGTI president Maurice van Sabben, adding that NGTI is ‘pleased to attract a growing number of excellent independent producers – and their programming – to the NGTI catalogue.’

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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