Watt, van Zeller among new Travel Channel personalities

Journalists Mariana van Zeller (pictured) and Nick Watt are among the personalities helming pilots for eight original series ordered by U.S. net Travel Channel.
April 22, 2014

Journalists Mariana van Zeller (pictured) and Nick Watt are among the personalities helming pilots for eight original series ordered by U.S. net Travel Channel.

The network, which revealed its development slate during parent company Scripps Networks Interactive’s upfront event in New York, promises a fresh batch of faces and a more immersive travel experiences for viewers.

Focusing on the business side of travel is Eyeworks USA-produced Adventure Capitalists (working title), which follows three investors travelling the U.S. in search of up-and-coming destinations, while Lion TV-made pilot Find My Past (w/t) sees Americans discovering places significant to their family histories.

Series offering the perspectives of veteran travelers include the MY Tupelo Entertainment-produced Breaking Borders (w/t), which follows Peabody Award-winning correspondent Mariana van Zeller and chef Michael Voltaggio as they travel into conflict zones to uncover the varying perspectives on an issue; M2 Pictures-made Nigel’s Last Resort (w/t), on luxury resort developer Nigel Franklyn’s trips to the world’s extreme hot spots; and the Lincoln Square Productions-helmed Watt’s World (w/t), which chronicles journalist Nick Watt during travels across the world in search of little-known places and sub-cultures.

Finally, the net’s shows focusing on adventure and culture are the Orion Entertainment-produced Guiding Alaska (w/t), which explores one of Alaska’s most elite and remote wilderness resorts; Nutopia’s Metropolis (w/t) , which showcases iconic cities around the world using 3D graphics and digital re-enactments; and PSG Films’ Only In… (w/t), which invites viewers to discover little-known places, guided by locals.

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