Garth Brooks to Narrate and Executive Produce
From Wildstar Films, the 10-part Series Captures Stunning Landscapes and Intimate Glimpses Into the Lives of the Charismatic and Intriguing Animals That Inhabit These Parks
NATIONAL PARKS Premieres in 2022 on National Geographic
Nowhere in the world is there a national park system like America’s. Each park is a jewel and, collectively, they are a national treasure. America’s national parks are famous the world over. Places like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon are not just names but touchstones that evoke clear images and treasured memories. For Americans, these iconic places are part of the cultural DNA. They are so important to who and what America is that the country would not be the same without them. In 2022, join narrator and executive producer Garth Brooks (No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. History) and National Geographic on an extraordinary venture across world-famous and lesser-known NATIONAL PARKS, each of which is an American jewel.
America has more diverse landscapes than any country in the world. From the deeply cut canyons of the Rio Grande to Hawaii’s constantly erupting volcanoes, National Geographic reveals to the world the diversity and wonder of this beautiful country. Each episode showcases the breathtaking landscape and extraordinary wildlife in parks full of rich surprises and wonder, brought to life with Brooks’ narration.
The award-winning creative team behind iconic natural history films and series like Disneynature’s "Earth" and "Elephant Eden" as well as BBC’s "Planet Earth" and "Frozen Planet" brings you NATIONAL PARKS, shot using cutting-edge technology including long lens cinematography, remote camera traps and the latest high-resolution drone technology. The series will capture not only stunning landscapes and "frozen moments in time" but intimate glimpses into the lives of the charismatic and intriguing animals that inhabit these parks.
"NATIONAL PARKS is a celebration of the natural wonder and power of nature in our backyard. From iconic places to secret gems, this series will open the gateways for all to explore the breadth of the beauty and tranquility," explains Janet Han Vissering, senior vice president of production and development for National Geographic. "We are proud to partner with Wildstar and their incredible breadth of talent to open a window into the very best wildlife and natural history programming, and to be narrated by none other than Garth Brooks."
Leading us on this journey is narrator Garth Brooks. Few people embody America, its mesmerizing stories and infinite potential more than he does. As a singer and songwriter that many consider "the voice of America," Garth brings authenticity and a heartfelt understanding of these natural open spaces that will resonate not only across America but around the world.
"Our National Parks are truly an amazing gift. The land is what defines us. The land is what tells the American story," says Garth Brooks. "It is such an honor and I’m so excited to be a part of this series – a series that celebrates all our heritage."
From humble beginnings in rural Oklahoma where he first learned to play guitar and banjo, Brooks went on to become one of the world’s bestselling artists of all time, selling hundreds of millions of records. In the United States, he is second only to the Beatles in total album sales. In his long-spanning career, he has won just about every award possible – leading to his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2012. Garth’s music continues to stand the test of time – being the first artist to make it on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s and now ‘20s. Garth’s music is intertwined with the American landscape. Album titles such as "No Fences" and songs such as "Wild Horses," "The River" and "The Thunder Rolls" hint at Garth’s deep connection to America’s wild and open spaces, which in turn inspire his award-winning songwriting.
NATIONAL PARKS will be produced by Wildstar Films for National Geographic. Garth Brooks is executive producer and for Wildstar, executive producer is Dan Rees, supervising producers are Myles Connolly and Ben Wallis. For National Geographic, Janet Han Vissering is senior vice president, development & production; Ashley Hoppin is executive producer, and Courteney Monroe is president, Content.
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About National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, 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 133 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, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
About Wildstar Films
Wildstar Films is a production company based in Bristol, UK making inspirational and ground breaking shows about the natural world for enquiring minds everywhere. Their Emmy and BAFTA award winning staff have set new standards in wildlife film-making as show runners, producers, directors and writers. Wildstar's core team hold directing and producing credits for shows such as "Planet Earth," Frozen Planet," " Enchanted Kingdom," "Wild Yellowstone," and the Disneynature’s: "Earth," "Chimpanzee", "Monkey Kingdom" and "Elephant". Wildstar’s diversity program extends to training in-country talent alongside their productions with an ambition to grow a network of new voices from around the world, able to tell their own stories.
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