WESTPORT, Conn., Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The award-winning television series Born to Explore with Richard Wiese (BTE) premieres on public television stations nationwide beginning January, 2017. The show is the most Emmy® nominated travel and adventure show on television in its five-year run on ABC.
"We couldn't think of a better guide to take us on this global adventure than Richard Wiese. He has the ability to gain access, and unobtrusively immerse himself into a culture in a powerful way," commented Laurie Donnelly, Director of Lifestyle Programming, WGBH. "He is game for any adventure—but, what else would you expect from someone who summited Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 11. Born to Explore takes viewers on trips of a lifetime."
Every week, Born to Explore journeys to unpublicized corners of the globe to celebrate the wildlife, diverse cultures and natural wonders of the planet. In a recent episode, the production crew traveled to Borneo to track orangutans in the wild; in Tanzania, Wiese joined the primitive Hadzabe tribe in a hunt to feed its members.
"Our socially conscious team is humbled by what we have experienced during our filming," says Wiese. "As a result, our commitment is stronger than ever to celebrate unique cultures and foster good stewardship of the planet in the hope of making the world a better place."
As an explorer and respected field scientist, Wiese has traveled to all seven continents. In 2002, Wiese became the youngest President of The Explorers Club. Richard has tagged jaguars in the Yucatan jungles, cross-country skied to the North Pole and was a member of the largest medical expedition ever conducted on Mt. Everest. He achieved the first ascent of an unclimbed mountain in Alaska and was the co-discoverer of over 200 new life forms in New York's Central Park.
"We are thrilled to partner with WGBH in Boston on this new venture," added Mercedes Velgot, Executive Producer. "We are excited to be part of the PBS family and the quality programming that it represents. Born to Explore's mission is to enrich people's lives through programs that educate, inspire, and entertain."
The highly acclaimed series has received 13 Daytime Emmy® nominations and two Emmy® wins in addition to the CINE Golden Eagle and numerous Tellys and Parents' Choice awards. For more information: www.borntoexplore.net
Contact: Mercedes Velgot
For more information: www.borntoexplore.net
Born to Explore is produced in partnership with WGBH Boston - America's public broadcasting powerhouse and PBS' single largest producer of TV and Web content, including such award-winning favorites as Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, Masterpiece, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children's series and websites.
About Born to Explore
Born to Explore with Richard Wiese is produced by Explorer Films, LLC. The two-time Emmy®-award winning show has also received a Cine Golden Eagle, 24 Tellys and is a Parents' Choice award winner.
As a journalist and explorer, Richard Wiese received numerous honors, including an Emmy, a Genesis Award, an Associated Press Folio Award and a Golden Halo Award as well as the 2012 Walter Cronkite award for his contributions to journalism and exploration. He is also the author of Born to Explore: How To Be A Backyard Adventurer (Harper Collins 2009).
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