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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER JAMES MARSH AND TIGRESS PRODUCTIONS TO PARTNER ON DIAN FOSSEY: SECRETS IN THE MIST

Sigourney Weaver Will Narrate Miniseries Event Commemorating Dian Fossey’s Life and Legacy, Including Footage of Mountain Gorilla Cantsbee, a Silverback Known and Named by Fossey Who Recently Rejoined His Gorilla Group

Film Has Exclusive Access to Over 40 Hours of Rare and Previously Unseen Film Footage of Fossey and Her Pioneering Research, Revealing New Insights Into Her Life and Work

(Washington, DC – Jan 23, 2017) — National Geographic President, Original Programming & Production Tim Pastore announced today that the network will partner with Academy Award-winning Executive Producer James Marsh (“Man on Wire,” “Theory of Everything”) and Tigress Productions, part of Endemol Shine Group, on the three-part special Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist, to honor the life and groundbreaking legacy of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey. Sigourney Weaver, nominated for an Academy Award and winner of the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Fossey in the 1988 film “Gorillas in the Mist,” will narrate. With exclusive access to over 40 hours of rare and previously unseen film footage of Fossey and her pioneering research with gorillas, the series will reveal new insights into her life and work. The series is currently in production and will air globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages in fall 2017.

Awards

2016 West of England RTS Awards – Best Daytime and Early Peak

2016
Operation Meet the Street

Hippo: Nature’s Wild Feast

2012
Panda Award : Wildscreen

Birds of Paradise

2011
International Wildlife Film Festival: Honorable Mentions for Historical Perspectives and Technological Advancement

Awards List

  • Best Human-Wildlife Interaction Award : International Wildlife Film Festival
    Black Mamba White Witch
  • Wildlife & Natural History Programs Award : 30th Banff World Television Awards
    Titus: The Gorilla King
  • Best Animal Behaviour Programme Award : Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
    Titus: The Gorilla King
  • Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Series :Canadian Gemini Awards
    Austin Stevens Adventures
  • Best Daytime/Factual Entertainment Award : RTS West of England awards
  • Special Jury Prize : RTS West of England awards
    Everest: Beyond the Limit Season 2
  • Wildlife & Natural History Programs award : 30th Banff World Television Awards
    Titus: The Gorilla King