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National Geographic Channel Picks up Second Season of ONE STRANGE ROCK from Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures and Jane Root's Nutopia


Hailed as ‘Dramatic & Sweeping,' With ‘Dazzling Cinematography' and
‘Nonstop Visual Wows,' Debut Season Reached 81 Million Viewers Globally

Sophomore Season Set to Begin Production February 2019

National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe announced today
during the network's session at the Television Critics Press Tour that
the network has greenlit a second season of the critically acclaimed
global hit series ONE STRANGE ROCK. Currently in pre-production,
the sophomore season will begin principal photography February 2019.

Once again partnering with filmmakers Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel and
Scott Franklin and their production company Protozoa Pictures ("Requiem
for a Dream," "Black Swan," "Noah," "The Fountain"), and with powerhouse
producer Jane Root ("America: The Story of Us") and Peter Lovering ("The
90s: The Last Great Decade") of Nutopia, the second season will begin
production this fall.

Praised critically as "required viewing," "a visual feast" and
"awe-inspiring," the premiere season became the network's fourth most
watched series globally, with 81 million viewers. The series concluded
its run in May and National Geographic partnered with FOX to air an
encore presentation of the season this summer on FOX.

"The tremendous success of ONE STRANGE ROCK is a testament to the
power of innovative storytelling and an exceptional creative team. With
the creative vision of Darren Aronofsky and the expertise of Jane Root
and Nutopia, ONE STRANGE ROCK stretches the
traditional boundaries of science and natural history programming," said
Monroe. "It takes viewers on a breathtaking visual adventure that not
only entertains, but also amazes and surprises."

"With National Geographic and the wealth of talent and experience of
Jane and Nutopia, we took on this ambitious project to give audiences a
new perspective on our living planet," said Aronofsky. "There was so
much more we wanted to cover in the first season and couldn't. I'm
grateful we now have the opportunity to bring more of the beauty and
wonder of our planet to the screen."

"There's just so much more to tell, and to be able to continue the epic
story of ONE STRANGE ROCK is incredibly thrilling," said Root.
"We set out to make science and the world relevant to viewers, and with
the creative talents of Darren and his team, we did just that — in this
epic and visually stunning journey."

Season one of ONE STRANGE ROCK explored how the particularities
of Earth's unique history made it ideally suited as a cradle for life
and demonstrated how the planet's biological, chemical and physical
systems form an interdependent equilibrium, sustaining all the wonders
of the living world we know.

The series explored some of the questions many of us take for granted:
Why is Earth the only planet (that we know) to support life? How fragile
are the perfectly tuned systems that sustain this living planet? What
are the greatest threats to the environment and human existence on
Earth? Are we alone, and where did we come from? Is there really no
place like home?

Host Will Smith ("Ali," "Pursuit of Happyness," "Men in Black I, II,
III") contemplated these questions and guided viewers on a full-sensory,
unprecedented exploration, bolstered by an elite group of eight
astronauts who provided their unique perspectives and related personal
memories of the planet seen from a distance. The astronauts guiding the
journey through each episode in the premiere season were Chris Hadfield,
Jeff Hoffman, Mae Jemison, Jerry Linenger, Mike Massimino, Leland
Melvin, Nicole Stott and Peggy Whitson.

The second season will expand on the drive to understand what makes our
planet so unique in the universe.

Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures will once again produce ONE STRANGE ROCK
for National Geographic. For Nutopia, executive producers are Peter
Lovering, Jane Root and Arif Nurmohamed. For Protozoa
Pictures, executive producers are Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel and Scott
Franklin. For National Geographic, executive producer is Matt Renner.

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
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About Protozoa Pictures

Protozoa Pictures is Academy Award®-nominated director Darren
Aronofsky's production company. Founded in 1996, based in Brooklyn and
headed by Aronofsky, partners are Ari Handel, and Scott Franklin. The
company has first-look deals with Paramount Pictures to develop films
and Fox Networks Group to develop television. Credits include the
critically acclaimed films "mother!," "Jackie," "Noah," "Black Swan,"
"The Wrestler," "The Fountain," "Requiem for a Dream" and "π." ONE
is Protozoa's first television project to be aired. Its
next feature film to be released is "White Boy Rick," directed by Yann
Demange, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Eddie
Marsan, Bruce Dern, Brian Tyree Henry and Jonathan Majors. It will be
released by Sony Pictures.

About Nutopia

Nutopia is a leading television production company creating innovative,
award-winning, premium content on a global scale. Founded in 2008 by
Jane Root, former president of Discovery Channel US, controller of BBC2
and co-founder of Wall to Wall TV, Nutopia created the "mega doc" model,
blending huge-scale history series and high-profile talent from the
worlds of documentary and drama. In 2017, the company entered into a
creative partnership with Academy Award®-nominated feature film
producers Roast Beef. Nutopia has become synonymous with creating
high-quality content that stands out from the crowd, working with some
of the most prominent global broadcasters, including Netflix, CNN,
National Geographic, the BBC, PBS and A+E Networks. Critical successes
include the Emmy award-winning series "How We Got to Now," two seasons
of ratings smash "Finding Jesus. Faith. Fact. Forgery," Emmy
award-winning series "America the Story of Us" and "Mankind the Story of
All of Us." Upcoming projects include "Civilisations" for the BBC and
PBS, and "Babies" for Netflix.

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