At National Geographic’s NewFront presentation in New York City this morning, it unveiled a slate of ten new short-form digital series, including its first Instagram series (“MoviNG Pictures”), covering everything from the bodies and minds of exceptional individuals to the search for coastal rain wolves in the Pacific Northwest.
National Geographic also announced a cause-related social takeover and the launch of the NG VR Studio, as well as the launch a socially-driven nationwide casting call for a digital correspondent for National Geographic Channel’s documentary series “Explorer” who will create digital narratives that expand on the show’s topics and curate related social conversation.
The social takeover, dubbed “The Moment,” will have National Geographic photographers and social ambassadors focusing on a singular subject simultaneously to drive global awareness and change for some of the pressing issues facing the planet, from fresh water on World Water Day to feeding a planet of 7 billion on World Food Day. “The Moment” will share images, videos and stories across Snapchat Discovery, Live Stories, Instagram, Facebook Live, Twitter and other social and digital platforms.
The NG VR STUDIO will create virtual reality originals, immersive video supplements to National Geographic franchises such as “Explorer.”
The 10 new short-form digital series are:
“Animal Close-Up”: Each episode brings viewers closer to the animals they love with stories and insights.
“Before Mars”: The six-part series is a prequel to the National Geographic’s fall event series “Mars.” Set in the present day, it tells the story of twin girls struggling to adjust to their new rural home, paralleling mankind’s desire to one day make Mars home.
“Get Out: A Guide to Adventure”: National Geographic’s first how-to series, featuring insider tips and tricks from outdoor adventure experts.
“InTime”: A high-speed romp through iconic travel destinations around the world seen via hyper-lapse technology.
“Invisible”: Slow motion explorations of everything from a bat in flight to a human bursting into laughter, with frame-by-frame explanations from scientists and psychologists.
“Limitless”: National Geographic goes inside the bodies and minds of individuals who seem almost super-human.
“MoviNG Pictures”: A series drawing on the @NatGeo Instagram community (48.4 million followers) that capture intimate moments from photographers in the field through short videos.
“NGenius”: National Geographic’s answer to YouTube explainer series, in which host Angeli Gabriel provides answers to intriguing questions on topics ranging science to history, sprinkled with quick wit and pop culture references.
“NG Gold”: A collection of National Geographic’s most wild and unbelievable moments from around the globe, including a crocodile’s mouth clamping down on a camera and a baby blue whale nursing its mother in the wild.
“The Real (City)”: National Geographic Travel takes viewers to cities around the world, uncovering the hidden gems known only by the inhabitants.
“Wild_Life With Bertie Gregory”: In Nat Geo WILD’s first digital series, wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory journeys to the Pacific Northwest in search of the elusive coastal wolves that inhabit one of the last places on the planet where a wild forest meets a wild ocean.