Today, Discovery Channel announced they would join forces with The Explorers Club.
The two plan to connect the content reach of the network giant and the brainpower and influence of the Explorers Club.
The goal is to create a new avenue of nonfiction television aimed at educating, entertaining, and advancing the knowledge base of viewers around the globe.
Think of the biggest brains and bravest, most innovative explorers and scientists getting a huge microphone to showcase their groundbreaking discoveries and finds.
The world of nonfiction television will instantly elevate into a global classroom experience that not only entertains with breathtaking visual opportunities but also brings a deeper knowledge of the world around us through new POV and expert analysis.
What is the partnership?
Discovery Channel and The Explorers Club are working together to further exploration, scientific discovery, and telling stories about our world.
The two organizations have struck a landmark, multi-year, global partnership that will reveal the extraordinary scientific achievements of The Explorer’s Club across Discovery Channel’s global footprint.
How will this be achieved?
Discovery is putting money directly into the funding of new exploration and research through a new Explorer’s Fund.
Additionally, the Discovery Channel will have direct access to the historical archives of The Explorers Club, which includes 13,000 books, 1,000 museum objects, 5,000 maps, and 500 films.
This catalog will add to the network’s educational content creation.
Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual, Discovery, Inc. said:
“Explorers are the ultimate storytellers, and we are thrilled to partner with The Explorers Club to provide funding for exploration and then share these adventures with viewers everywhere.
She went on to say the Discovery Channel has always used storytelling to get people excited about “exploration, science and the natural world.”
Richard Wiese, President, The Explorers Club added:
“We are thrilled to begin our partnership with Discovery Channel as it will help us continue to fulfill The Explorers Club’s mission since 1904, which has been to promote exploration by all possible means.
Wiese explained that they “are committed to exploration in the pursuit of scientific understanding for the betterment of humanity for all life on earth and beyond.”
The Explorers Club is an international society of a wide swath of scientists of every conceivable discipline and researchers dedicated to the advancement of field research.
They are all joined together for the ideals, instincts, and preservation of the planet as they explore the Earth and beyond.
This century-old society includes an elite roster and over 3,500 members worldwide, including Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride, President Teddy Roosevelt, Aviator Charles Lindbergh, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and scientist and conservationist Jane Goodall.
Since 1904, their noted achievements include:
- First to summit Mt Everest (Sir Edmund Hillary)
- First to the North Pole (Robert Peary)
- First to the South Pole (Roald Amundsen)
- First to the Moon (Neil Armstrong)
- First to the deepest point in the ocean (Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard)
There is a precedent to this announcement, as Discovery and The Explorers Club previously collaborated on Confessions From Space: Apollo.
This year, The Explorers Club will honor member Victor Vescovo with the 2020 Explorers Club Medal. Vescovo’s recent record-breaking voyage to the bottom of all five oceans is the subject of the upcoming Discovery Channel series, Expedition Deep.
Discovery Channel is ubiquitous, it has a global reach unlike any other network and can be found in 88.3 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories.
The hallmarks of the channel include award-winning cinematography, storytelling, and groundbreaking journalism.