Disney+ Turns the Spotlight on Mother Earth With Month-Long ‘ourHOME’ Campaign

The Walt Disney Co. and National Geographic on April 1 announced a global cross-platform campaign, “ourHOME,” timed to coincide with Earth Month.

Disney+ will mark the occasion with the launch of an “ourHOME” content collection, featuring storytellers and content creators celebrating the planet, including the series “Queens,” “A Real Bug’s Life,” and “Incredible Animal Journeys,” along with the full library of Disneynature films.
 
Additionally, on Earth Day, April 22, Disney+ will stream the latest installment in Nat Geo’s Emmy Award-winning “Secrets Of …” franchise, “Secrets of the Octopus,” narrated by Paul Rudd. Also streaming on Disney+ is Disneynature’s new feature film Tiger, narrated by Priyanka Chopra Jonas, which journeys alongside a young tigress raising her rambunctious cubs in the forests of India.

The campaign also will include “ourHOME”-themed programming across the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, the Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Freeform, FX and FXX.

A dedicated “ourHOME” spot featuring the voice of Morgan Freeman will air throughout the month across all Disney networks, Disney-owned television stations and select digital platforms.

The campaign also will include various events and activations at Disney Parks, as well as social media and digital components, many of them highlighting Disney’s charitable and sustainability initiatives.

‘JFK: One Day in America’ Docuseries to Stream on Disney+ and Hulu Nov. 6

All episodes of the three-part series “JFK: One Day in America” premiere on National Geographic on Nov. 5 and will stream on Disney+ and Hulu Nov. 6.
 
The Emmy Award-winning franchise “One Day in America” returns with its second installment with “JFK: One Day in America” to mark the 60th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. From Emmy Award-winning 72 Films and David Glover along with Academy Award-winning filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, the three-part series produces a comprehensive account of that tragic moment in American history and the ripples that followed. Made in official collaboration with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the docuseries weaves archival footage, some colorized for the first time, with key testimony from the last surviving witnesses to create an immersive, minute-by-minute examination of that pivotal day that forever changed history. 

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In the first episode “Assassination,” former President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie traveled to Texas with an eye on the 1964 elections and a team of secret service agents. During a motorcade through downtown Dallas, JFK was brutally shot in broad daylight and, later, tragically pronounced dead at Parkland Hospital with his grieving wife in the next room. America was changed forever.
 
In the second episode “Manhunt,” the race is on to track down JFK’s killer. But before he is arrested, the assassin kills again. Meanwhile, Jackie Kennedy boards Air Force One to return JFK’s body to Washington. Still wearing her bloodstained dress, she witnesses LBJ being sworn in as president. As the net closes in around suspected killer Lee Harvey Oswald, his friends and family face interrogation.
 
In the third episode “Revenge,” President Kennedy’s body arrives back in Washington, and a grieving Jackie Kennedy leads the funeral march to honor him. In Dallas, Lee Harvey Oswald is charged with JFK’s murder. But the world is shocked again when Oswald himself is shot dead while still in police custody by nightclub owner Jack Ruby. With Oswald dead, there is no reckoning and America will never be the same.

Cineverse Secures Streaming Rights to All Nine Seasons of Reality Show ‘Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan’

Cineverse Aug. 16 announced it had secured streaming rights to all nine seasons (160 episodes) of reality show “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan,” which originally aired starting in 2004 on the National Geographic Channel.

The deal includes distribution via ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD), as well as the creation of a new free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channel — the “Dog Whisperer” channel — that will be made available on the company’s flagship Cineverse service, as well as third-party streaming platforms around the world.  

Pet dogs are everywhere in society, from city streets, retail stores, restaurants and commercial flights. But what if your canine has anxiety issues, won’t play nice, or deals with a host of other issues affecting its personality? Enter Cesar Millan, a dog trainer with the unique skills required to tame unruly pets, create closer bonds between people and their dogs, and make the world a better place for the canine species.

After one season, “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” transitioned from a 30-minute episode series to 60-minute shows on primetime. By 2010, the show had entered syndication via Fox, greatly expanding its audience reach. By 2011, the series had achieved a global presence, airing in more than 80 countries across the world.

“Dog Whisperer” held the position of National Geographic’s highest-rated series for a span of six years, earning Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality Program in both 2006 and 2007. The series won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Animal Show in 2008.

“This seminal television series will meet the demand for strong single IP brands on FAST and AVOD, allowing streaming platforms to connect with viewers who want to revisit and indulge in their all-time favorite shows,” Marc Rashba, EVP of partnerships at Cineverse, said in a statement.

David Segura and Kay Sumner, part of the ownership group at Dog Whisperer Productions, said the time is right to bring back the series to streaming audiences in the United States.

“Working with a partner like Cineverse with an extensive distribution network and relationships with every major streaming platform along with their industry-leading digital distribution platform made complete sense to us,” Segura and Sumner said in a statement. 

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National Geographic’s ‘Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory’ to Bow in September on Disney+

The Disney+ original series “Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory,” from National Geographic, will premiere in September on the service.

The series has also been picked up for a second season, which is filming now, according to Disney+.

In “Epic Adventures,” armed with leading-edge film technology, 28-year-old National Geographic explorer Bertie Gregory takes viewers on journeys that break the mold of the traditional natural history program. For weeks at a time, the BAFTA Award-winning cinematographer immerses himself in the animals’ lives to capture the untold stories of iconic creatures living in some of the harshest environments on our planet.

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This season, viewers see Gregory braving the icy worlds of Antarctica in search of the biggest gathering of whales ever filmed and coming face-to-face with specialist buffalo-hunting lions in Zambia.

National Geographic Begins Streaming ‘America the Beautiful’ Limited Series on Disney+ on Independence Day

Disney+ July 4 has begun streaming “America the Beautiful,” a six-part documentary from National Geographic that showcases the country’s picturesque landmarks and unique animals.

Narrated by Michael B. Jordan, the series highlights select animal creatures overcoming the elements throughout the country, including the mountainous Northwest, the steamy South, the arid West and the endless Midwest.

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‘World According to Jeff Goldblum’ Season 2 Begins Nov. 12 on Disney+

The first five episodes of the second season of “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” will be available to stream on Disney+ starting Nov. 12.

The original documentary series from National Geographic features Jeff Goldblum uncovering surprising secrets about seemingly familiar topics. In each episode, Goldblum’s insatiable appetite for learning and sense of wonderment take him from coast to coast to meet with passionate fans, experts and scientists, to gain a deeper understanding of how ordinary objects are extraordinary.

Episodes available Nov. 12 include “Magic,” “Fireworks,” “Monsters,” “Dogs” and “Dance.”

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In “Magic,” Goldblum learns mind-bending tricks from Las Vegas icons Penn & Teller and has his perception of reality destroyed by viral superstar Zach King. In “Fireworks,” Goldblum learns the fireworks business is booming and discovers how the feeling of awe affects us and the weird and wonderful ways we seek it out. In “Monsters,” Goldblum discovers the frightening truth behind why we love to be scared and meets master monster-maker Phil Tippet in his legendary studio before embarking on a monster hunt in the Big Foot forests among the California redwoods. In “Dogs,” Goldblum meets every kind of working dog imaginable and gets to the heart of why dogs mean so much to us. In “Dance,” Goldblum does a grand jeté into the world of dance, from spinning in a roller disco to entertaining a dance battle.

The five remaining episodes from season two will be available to stream on Disney+ early next year. The first season of “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” is currently available on Disney+ and covers topics such as sneakers, denim, ice cream, cosmetics, pools, bikes, RVs, gaming, jewelry, BBQ and coffee.

Disney+ Greenlights Nat Geo Docu-Series ‘On the Edge With Alex Honnold’

Disney+ has greenlighted the three-part National Geographic original docu-series “On the Edge With Alex Honnold.”

In the series, Honnold, subject of Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo (now available on Disney+), will embark on his dream of exploring Greenland and summiting its most challenging and remote peaks. Along the way, he will meet the scientists working on the front line of climate change and witness the impacts of the rapid melting for himself.

With an overabundance of virgin climbs, impossible walls, world class and deadly, Greenland is considered the world’s last great climbing frontier and has also become the crucible of the climate crisis. In 2020, 300 billion tons of Greenland ice disappeared, the biggest annual melt in recorded history.  As Honnold explores the impact that has had, he and his team will face intimidating icebergs, dangerous moulins (sinkholes on glaciers), difficult rockfalls and ice storms.

His ultimate test will come from Peak 3342, to-date unclimbed and one of the highest peaks in Greenland. Though there’s more exposed rock and less snow and ice, this is uncharted territory.

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“I’ve always wanted to climb in Greenland — it has some of the most remote and epic walls in the world. But it’s also being tremendously affected by climate change,” Honnold said in a statement. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to explore the climbing while also sharing some of the local impacts of climate change with a global audience. Our changing climate is the biggest issue facing humanity and I hope that this will help inspire people to take action.”

Honnold is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. He is also the founder of the Honnold Foundation, an environmental nonprofit devoted to fighting climate change by promoting solar energy for a more equitable world.

Ford to Debut New Bronco Vehicles in Short Films on Disney, Hulu Platforms

With automobile shows canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ford Motor Company July 2 announced it would reveal its new Ford Bronco 4×4 vehicles in a series of custom videos on July 13 across Disney’s Media Networks, including ABC, ESPN, National Geographic and Hulu.

It’s the first time Ford has launched a primetime TV product reveal across Disney’s broadcast, cable, digital and streaming channels.

The automaker initially planned to reveal the Bronco 4×4 SUVs in June at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. After the pandemic prompted organizers to cancel the show, Ford’s marketing team reconceived the reveal strategy, aiming to pull in an even broader audience.

The campaign marks the first time Disney’s creative agency is deploying custom branded content, across multiple networks. Each film will air on the respective networks during the first commercial break in the 8 p.m. ET hour.

All three-minute films will be available to viewers on Hulu, starting July 14, through interactive ad formats, and within a curated collection of outdoor and survival-themed content aligned with the Bronco lifestyle.

“With Ford, we’re reimagining what a product reveal can look like by drawing upon our sports, entertainment and streaming brands,” Rita Ferro, president, Disney Advertising Sales, said in a statement.

The ABC spot features country music singer Kip Moore during “CMA Best of Fest,” the Country Music Association’s three-hour concert experience, airing July 13 (8–11 p.m. ET). The ESPN video — airing during “SportsCenter” — features a different Bronco model with professional climber Brooke Raboutou.

Academy Award-winning director, cinematographer, photographer Jimmy Chin will spotlight another Bronco during “National Parks: Yosemite” on National Geographic. Additionally, Chin will judge a hashtag challenge contest and appear in an “Instagram Story” featuring the Bronco on NatGeo’s Instagram account.

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In addition to the films created for ABC, ESPN and National Geographic, Ford also will share additional special content with fans on its YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels starting at 8 p.m. ET on July 13.

“As a new era for Bronco begins, we’re proud to tap the strengths of epic adventurers like Jimmy Chin and Disney storytellers to help bring Bronco to life,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s chief operating officer.

Disney+ Renews ‘World According to Jeff Goldblum’ for Season 2

Disney+ is renewing “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” for a second season on the streaming service.

Produced by Nutopia, “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” is the service’s first original series from National Geographic and will conclude its freshman season Jan. 24.

“Jeff has captured the imagination and curiosity of our audience with his distinct perspective and illuminating adventures,” said Ricky Strauss, president, content and marketing, Disney+. “We can’t wait to see where Jeff and our partners at National Geographic take us in season two.”

After premiering on Nov. 12, subscribers have followed host and executive producer Goldblum across the country as he unravels the fascinating truths behind familiar objects we all know and love. The first season explored a spectrum of topics from ice cream and sneakers to denim and RVs. In the 10-episode second season, Jeff will bring viewers on an entertaining and insightful ride around the world as he unearths a new batch of everyday objects.

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Courteney Monroe, president, National Geographic Global Television Networks, shared the season pick-up as part of National Geographic’s Television Critics Association presentation.

“Jeff’s genuine curiosity in the world make him a natural fit for the National Geographic brand. There is something special and intangible about Jeff and his fascination with the world is infectious,” said Monroe. “We’re thrilled to be able to share his humor and sensibilities to a broader audience on Disney+.”

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Disney+ Bows YouTube Clip Showcasing 2020 Content

SVOD service Disney+ Jan. 1 launched a social media blitz offering a sneak peak into coming content in 2020.

“New year, new stories — and some familiar ones!,” the service tweeted. From Toy Story 4 and Aladdin to “Lizzie McGuire” and Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, here’s a look at the blockbusters and originals coming to #DisneyPlus in 2020.

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The service launched on Nov. 12 reportedly has more than 15 million registered users — many of whom using third-party promotions such as 12 months free service to any Verizon subscriber.

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Disney+ includes content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.

The promotion for new programming comes as the service hopes to retain subscribers following the end of the first season of “The Mandalorian.” Several “Star Wars” fans took to Twitter the final week of the year vowing to cancel their service until the second season debuts in the fall.