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Golden Globe and Emmy® Award Winner Julianna Margulies ('The Good Wife,' 'ER') Tapped for National Geographic Scripted Series THE HOT ZONE

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From Lynda Obst Productions, Scott Free Productions, Kelly Souders &
Brian Peterson, Jeff Vintar and Fox 21 Television Studios

Production
to Begin This Fall

National Geographic today announced that Golden Globe and Emmy award
winner Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife," "ER") is set to headline
scripted miniseries THE HOT ZONE. The new series will be produced
by Lynda Obst Productions, Scott Free Productions, Kelly Souders & Brian
Peterson, Jeff Vintar and Fox 21 Television Studios. Production will
begin this fall in Toronto and South Africa.

THE HOT ZONE, based on the eponymous international best-seller by
Richard Preston, recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of
the Ebola virus, a highly infectious deadly virus from the central
African rain forest, and its first arrival on U.S. soil. In 1989, when
this killer suddenly appeared in chimpanzees in a scientific research
lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there was no known cure. A
heroic U.S. Army scientist working with a secret military SWAT team put
her life on the line to head off the outbreak before it spread to the
human population. THE HOT ZONE is a dramatic, high-stakes
scientific thriller with a courageous, brilliant and determined heroine
at its center.

"Julianna is dream casting for the role of Dr. Nancy Jaax," said Carolyn
Bernstein, executive vice president, global scripted development and
production, National Geographic. "Her rare combination of warmth,
strength, humor and intelligence are the perfect recipe to make this
terrifying true story feel relatable, grounded and human. THE HOT ZONE
is the perfect example of National Geographic's commitment to premium,
brand-relevant storytelling that is at once wildly entertaining and
deepens people's understanding of the world."

"We're excited to once again partner with National Geographic, along
with Scott Free and Lynda Obst, to tell this riveting true story," added
Andy Bourne, senior vice president, development, Fox 21 Television
Studios. "With the combined prodigious talents of our producing team,
showrunners and the virtuoso Julianna Margulies, this series will
inspire and terrify viewers in equal measure."

"After working on THE HOT ZONE for over 20 years, I'm thrilled to
finally be able to bring the true story of the origins of Ebola to the
screen through our partnership with National Geographic, Scott Free and
Fox 21. With the threat of global pandemics more relevant and urgent
than ever, now is the perfect time to tell this compelling story," said
Lynda Obst, executive producer.

Margulies is repped by WME.

THE HOT ZONE represents an ambitious step forward in the
network's scripted programming strategy to satisfy its audience's
growing demand for programs that take storytelling further. This project
follows National Geographic's Emmy-nominated series GENIUS,
recently showcasing the tumultuous life and artistic brilliance of
artist Pablo Picasso. Later this fall, another Imagine Television
project, MARS, will return for its second genre-busting season,
blending cinema-quality scripted drama set in the future with
documentary sequences that feature the most pioneering names in space
technology today. And finally, in early 2019, National Geographic will
look back at the early days of technological innovation with VALLEY
OF THE BOOM
.

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 130 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
nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook,
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