National Geographic Channels International Commissions Six Part Outbreak Investigation Series With Lion Tv Production
Washington, DC (August 30, 2006) – National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) announced the debut of Outbreak Investigation, a full commission, six part series that takes an unprecedented look at the world’s most baffling outbreaks of diseases. Produced by Lion Television, Outbreak Investigation (6x60) premieres in September and will air on the channel in 163 countries and 27 languages.
“Outbreak Investigation continues the thread of compelling investigative science series on our channel”, said Sydney Suissa, Executive Vice President of Content, NGCI. “With its blend of high-quality graphic imaging, personal accounts, news footage and re-creations, viewers are provided real life stories of how experts raced against the clock to identify these mysterious outbreaks and saved lives”.
The series is an exploration of six modern-day epidemics, which puzzled researchers and brought fear and uncertainty in their wake. One instalment is “Killer in Room 911”, an account of the SARS breakout that caused havoc in Asia and around the world. Another episode in the series, “Curse of the Black Typhus”, provides a dramatic look at three young scientists facing the challenge of their lives as they work to control a deadly virus gripping the small town of San Joaquin, Bolivia.
“The production team has done a magnificent job of recreating the drama, tension and fear that accompanied each of these epidemics. The series breaks new ground and these are truly heroic ‘life or death’ stories of human suffering and self-sacrifice in the cause of survival”, said David Upshal, Executive Producer, Lion Television. “Lion Television is proud to have produced this series of landmark drama-documentaries for National Geographic Channels International”.
National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) invites viewers to re-think the way they see television - and the world - with smart, innovative programming. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Television (NGT), FOX Entertainment Group and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education.
Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGC U.S. which is a joint venture of NGT and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in over 290 million homes (including day-part households) in 164 countries and 27 languages.
About Lion Television
Lion Television is one of the most successful independent production companies in the United Kingdom. In its first seven years Lion has produced over 900 hours of television. In June 2004 Lion became part of the All3Media group - the UK's biggest independent producer. Lion TV currently has over 300 production staff at its offices in London, Glasgow, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and China.
Lion is one of the few independent television companies noted for its strong relation with international broadcasters in Europe - Scandinavia, Italy, France, and Ireland – as well as Australia, Canada, and the United States.
Lion programmes have been honoured with awards from the Royal Television Society, Newport Film Festival, New York Festival, Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, CINE Golden Eagle, International Emmy, BANFF, The Indies, Prix Europa, the Commission for Racial Equality and IVCA Biz-Net.
For further information, please contact:
National Geographic Channels International:
Cherry Johal Yates
Tel: + 202 912 6689