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'EARTH A New Wild' to premiere on AETN Feb. 4

Posted 18 Dec 2014

"EARTH A New Wild," a landmark series revealing the extraordinary way humans are intimately connected to the wild animals and wild places of this planet, will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. Following episodes will air at 9 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning Feb. 11.The series reveals nature as never before seen with one simple act: by turning the cameras around to put humans into the picture.

Dr. M. Sanjayan, host of "EARTH A New Wild" and leading conservation scientist, will join AETN, The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas and the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. for a free preview screening and panel discussion of "EARTH A New Wild." Additional panelists include Scott Simon, director of The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas. Kevin Delaney of the Museum of Discovery moderates.

The "EARTH A New Wild" preview screening is free and open to the public, and seating is limited. The event will include a reception, screening and discussion at the Ron Robinson Auditorium, 100 River Market Avenue, Little Rock. Free reserved tickets to the event may be secured by contacting Ginsie Simmons at 501-537-3081 or by emailing gsimmons@museumofdiscovery.org no later than Jan. 19. A reservation is required to attend.

Additional information is available at aetn.org/earthanewwild.

Produced by National Geographic Television in association with Passion Pictures and hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, the series takes viewers to the frontiers of where man and wildlife meet. Viewers will discover how humans are inextricably woven into every aspect of the planet's natural systems and how saving and restoring wild nature is key to preserving - and enriching - future existence.

"The pristine views of epic nature shows always leave something out of the picture: us," Sanjayan said. "I traveled the world to film some of the wildest places.

"What I found were amazing stories that reveal a new paradigm about us and the planet we live on - that when we save wild nature we really are saving ourselves."

With 45 shoots in 29 different countries using advanced filming techniques, the series provides all the spectacle of the best nature documentaries but goes a step further to capture encounters between wild animals and the people who live and work with them. These up-close looks at a range of species, from giant pandas to humpback whales, African lions and Arctic reindeer, uncover how people and wildlife - even top predators - can thrive alongside each other and be mutually beneficial.

Episodes include:

In collaboration with PBS, The Nature Conservancy will be an engagement and outreach partner for the series, extending the reach and impact of "EARTH A New Wild." The Conservancy will create a digital companion site to the series, offering web content with online community and interactivity integrated throughout. The goal of the site is to build and engage an audience around the series content with additional content and online features.

Funding for "EARTH: A New Wild" is provided by a grant from the Anne Ray Charitable Trust.

National Geographic Television is the production arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world's largest scientific and educational organizations. For 50 years, NGT has been producing groundbreaking documentary films, pushing filmmaking technology to its limits, bringing great stories to television audiences worldwide.

Led by multiple award-winning producer David Allen, Passion Planet is the landmark television department of Passion Pictures, whose Academy Award-winning feature documentaries, including "One Day in September" and "Searching for Sugar Man," make it one of the leading documentary companies in the world.

The Nature Conservancy (nature.org) is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. The Nature Conservancy's Arkansas chapter began in 1982 and has worked with many partners to conserve over 300,000 acres of forests, woodlands, prairies, caves and dozens of river miles.

Museum of Discovery's (museumofdiscovery.org) mission is to ignite a passion for science, technology and math in a dynamic, interactive environment.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).