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Bear Grylls ('RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS') Tapped as Host for National Geographic's HOSTILE PLANET — an Unflinching Look at the Volatility of Mother Nature and the Resilient Animals That Survive Earth's Most Extreme Habitats

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Six-Part Nature Docuseries Hails From Academy Award Winner Guillermo
Navarro, Emmy- and BAFTA-Winning Natural History Filmmakers and Plimsoll
Productions

Hostile Planet (Working Title) Set to Premiere
Spring 2019 on National Geographic

National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe announced today
during the network's session at the Television Critics Press Tour that
famed adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls ("Running Wild With
Bear Grylls") will serve as host and narrator of HOSTILE PLANET (working
title), the network's upcoming six-part docuseries that will breathe new
life into the natural history genre. Executive produced by Academy
Award-winning cinematographer and director Guillermo Navarro ("Pan's
Labyrinth"), Emmy-nominated producer Martha Holmes ("The Blue Planet")
and Emmy award-winning Tom Hugh-Jones ("Planet Earth II"), BAFTA winner
Bear Grylls ("The Island) and BAFTA winner Delbert Shoopman ("The
Island"), HOSTILE PLANET will premiere globally in spring 2019 in
172 countries and 43 languages.

From Plimsoll Productions, the series draws attention to the most
extraordinary — almost supernatural — accounts of animals that have
conformed to the cruelest evolutionary curveballs. Each episode
characterizes one of the planet's roughest environments — including
jungles, mountains, deserts, oceans, the poles and grasslands — and how
each of its inhabitants acclimate to its turn of events. Grylls
will act as guide through these extreme locations as we look at the
incredible ways in which animals have adapted to survive against all
odds.

"I'm so proud to be hosting this poignant and epic natural history
saga," said Grylls. "Along with National Geographic and Plimsoll
Productions, I hope we can not only celebrate the epic survival skills
of these unique animals that live in these most hostile environments,
but also underscore a sense of urgency to the effects of climate change.
This is a totally fresh look at the ruthlessness and fragility of Earth.
Get ready for a survival story unlike any other."

"The name Bear Grylls is synonymous with adventure, and I cannot think
of a person better suited to help us tell this story of the remarkable
resiliency of life on our planet," said Geoff Daniels, executive vice
president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD, and interim president of
original programming and production, National Geographic. "Bear is not
only entertaining and surprising, but his unrivalled expertise and
irrepressible determination complement the story of these animals in
their most dramatic, culminating moments. With his charisma and
knowledge, combined with the unparalleled storytelling techniques of the
creative minds at its helm, HOSTILE PLANET will reimagine the
ways in which we showcase the natural world."

Set against the backdrop of a violent and volatile climate, the epic
battles for survival take on a new urgency as animals face intensified
wildfires, blizzards, droughts and downpours. To some, the new
challenges are too much to handle, but for others, they present new
opportunities. HOSTILE PLANET is an epic drama told in an
intimate manner with new camera technology that allows a close-up
vantage point as the animals navigate their changing landscapes.

With Navarro's expertise in magical realism — a hallmark of his
Academy-Award-winning cinematography of the critically acclaimed film
"Pan's Labyrinth" — HOSTILE PLANET infuses a "dark fairy tale"
tone into the series to underscore the beauty discovered during the most
difficult times on Earth. The imagery may feel otherworldly, but it's a
realistic portrayal of the planet through the animals' eyes.

In October 2017, National Geographic aired the first three seasons of RUNNING
WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS
, and the network also received the first
option to air additional seasons of the series produced by Bear Grylls
Ventures and Electus, should they be greenlit by NBC.

HOSTILE PLANET is produced by Plimsoll Productions for
National Geographic. For Plimsoll Productions, executive producers
include Grant Mansfield, Andrew Jackson, Martha Holmes, Bear Grylls,
Delbert Shoopman and Tom Hugh-Jones, who also serves as
showrunner. Guillermo Navarro is executive producer. For National
Geographic, Kevin Tao Mohs is executive producer.

For more information, visit our press site www.natgeotvpressroom.com,
or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.

About Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls has become known worldwide as one of the most recognized
faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim
started on a small island off the U.K. coast, where his late father
taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts,
Grylls spent three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, as
part of 21st SAS Regiment. It was here that he perfected many of the
survival skills that his fans all over the world enjoy, as he pits
himself against the worst of Mother Nature. Despite a free-fall
parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places
and endured many months in military rehabilitation, Grylls went on to
become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount
Everest.

He then went on to star in seven seasons of the Discovery Channel's Emmy
award-nominated "Man vs. Wild" TV series, which became one of the most
watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion
viewers. Since then he has hosted more extreme adventure TV shows across
more global networks than anyone else in the world, including the BAFTA
award-winning "The Island With Bear Grylls," "Bear Grylls' Survival
School," "Man vs. Wild," "Running Wild" for NBC and "Absolute Wild" for
Chinese TV. He is a No. 1 best-selling author, an honorary colonel to
the Royal Marine Commandos and the youngest-ever chief scout, an
inspiration to 55 million scouts worldwide.

About 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 millions of 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
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About Guillermo Navarro

Guillermo Navarro has transitioned to a television directing career
after a tremendous career in cinematography. He won the Academy Award
for his work on "Pan's Labyrinth" and received acclaim for his work on
"Pacific Rim," "Twilight" and "Night at the Museum." In the television
world, he directed many episodes of "Hannibal" as well as episodes of
"Narcos," "The Bridge" and "Preacher." He also recently directed
"Cocaine Godmother."

About Plimsoll Productions

Plimsoll Productions creates and produces nonscripted programming for
the international television market from offices in Bristol, Los Angeles
and Cardiff. The award-winning creative team has produced some of the
biggest factual hits of recent years, winning Emmy awards as well as top
honors from BAFTA and RTS. Since launching five years ago, the company
has produced over 40 series for domestic and international networks,
including Earth Live (Nat Geo), "Rescue Dog to Super
Dog" (Animal Planet), "Teach My Pet to Do That" (ITV) as well as the
upcoming "Camp Zambia" (Love Nature, Smithsonian Networks) and Yellowstone
Live
 (Nat Geo) among many more. Last year, the company earned the
fifth position in the Sunday Times' annual Fast Track 100, and the
British Chamber of Commerce awarded the company the High Growth Business
of the Year award, making Plimsoll the first independent production
company to ever be honored with the award.

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