US non-fiction broadcaster Discovery has announced upcoming
new and returning series across its portfolio of US Networks,
including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science, Investigation
Discovery and Velocity.
the power of the presidency and then there's the power of
the men behind the president. Discovery Channel lifts the
curtain for the extraordinary behind the scenes history of
the White House Chiefs of Staff in 'The Presidents' Gatekeepers',
a 2013 world premiere television special event.
the filmmaking team of brothers Gedeon and Jules Naudet, news
producer Chris Whipple and Peacock Productions comes a series
looking at the key moments, the quiet conversations, back
room bargains and heated debates that made history and have
never been heard before until now. In addition, White House
photographer David Hume Kennerly serves as producer.
world renowned Greater Kruger area of South Africa, just north
of Johannesburg, is the new ground zero in a war to protect
magnificent creatures on the edge of extinction.
are being hunted to death by poachers who will stop at nothing
to kill them just to take their horns. The death toll is astonishing;
each year, nearly 500 rhinos are killed with baby rhinos and
calves separated from their mothers and left to fend on their
human toll too is steep. More than 100 park rangers have been
killed by these poachers in the battle to halt these criminals.
The situation is worsening. Park rangers and security forces
are desperate for help. And now four U.S. special forces veterans
have come to help fight for the rhinos.
on 7 March Animal Planet will be embedded in 'Battleground:
Rhino Wars, a three-part mini-series that documents this conflict
that is centered on the worldwide commercial demand for rhino
horns, an exotic commodity that's more valuable than gold
on the black market.
mini-series reveals the conflict between blood-thirsty poachers
and one of South Africa's anti-poaching units, which has recruited
armed forces to stop the illegal, lucrative trade of rhino
horns. Cameras reveal a bloody war that these elite U.S. warriors
find themselves fighting, in an area where both rhinos and
people are being slaughtered with increasing regularity.
current and former members of the U.S. Special Ops (Navy Seals
and a Green Beret) have been recruited and brought in to help
the security forces. Together, they will survey the situation,
train the anti-poaching corps, exchange tactical information
and go on the front lines to help defeat these ruthless criminals
before the rhinos are brought to total extinction.
Channel meanwhile will kick off this month 'Stuff You Should
Know' - a new genre-bending television series about a real
podcast that's set in a fictional world. Let us explain
Clark and Chuck Bryant are two real guys - uber-popular podcasters
and actual Discovery Communications employees. Their podcast,
also called Stuff You Should Know, is in the top ten on iTunes
with more than five million monthly downloads. On 19 January
Science Channel will follow Josh and Chuck inside and outside
the recording booth with theseries that combines all the informational
nuggets of their podcast and wraps them in deadpan mockumentary-style
humour. Along for the ride are guests making cameo appearances,
including John Hodgman, Sarah Silverman, Neil deGrasse Tyson,
Rufus Wainwright, and Michio Kaku.