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Press release from CNW Group

Shaw Media invites viewers to get wildly close to animals with the launch of Nat Geo Wild

Monday, April 30, 2012

Shaw Media invites viewers to get wildly close to animals with the launch of Nat Geo Wild12:04 EDT Monday, April 30, 2012TORONTO, April 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Shaw Media today announced the upcoming launch of Nat Geo Wild, a new digital channel dedicated to bringing audiences extraordinary wildlife programming — offering the most spectacular and thrilling encounters with nature's ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air. The channel is scheduled to launch on May 7, 2012.With the launch of Nat Geo Wild, viewers are set to experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by National Geographic Channel's undisputed reputation, Nat Geo Wild brings viewers groundbreaking encounters and insights from every corner of the animal kingdom, and compelling stories presented by top wildlife experts in the field. From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of the oceans, to the protected parks on viewers' doorsteps, Nat Geo Wild uses spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world."Canadians have a remarkable appetite for family-friendly wildlife programming, and we are thrilled to connect our viewers with the foremost experts on the subject with the launch of Nat Geo Wild," said Paul Robertson, President, Shaw Media. "No other channel offers such spectacular cinematography and stunning HD picture quality as National Geographic provides."Nat Geo Wild is the fastest growing network in National Geographic ChanneIs International's portfolio (NGCI), and is NGCI's second network to be offered in high definition. First launched in August 2006 in Hong Kong, the channel now reaches 100 million homes worldwide and is currently available in more than 90 countries across Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australia.National Geographic Channel will continue to differentiate itself with a rich tapestry of adventure, exploration, culture and science programming, including a select number of natural history specials, while Nat Geo Wild will dedicate its platform solely to wildlife and animal programming with a mix of event programming, specials and series. The channel will initially launch in nearly 2 million households coast to coast, including both Shaw and Shaw Direct. Additional carriage will be announced in the coming weeks.Nat Geo Wild's Spring lineup is set to include:Human Shark Bait (Premieres Tuesday, May 8, at 10 pm)From some of the world's most shark-infested waters off the coast of South Africa, a team of free-divers and conservationists put their safety on the line to separate shark attack myths from realities.Wild Mississippi (Airs Monday at 8 pm beginning May 21)A documentary detailing the once-in-500-year flood that occurred all along the Mississippi River last Spring and the devastating effects it had on wildlife, the human population, the environment and property.America The Wild (Airs Thursdays at 7 pm beginning May 17)Casey Anderson treks across North America and gets up close to grizzlies, wolverines, and other elusive species.Live like an Animal (Mondays at 8 pm beginning June 4)A series that sees hosts explore the ingenuity of animal architects as they find out what it takes to build and live in human-sized versions of animal homes, such as a beaver's lodge and bird's nest.Upcoming Series include:Shane Untamed (Summer/Fall 2012)Shane Untamed follows intrepid "one man band" producer, shooter, host, and adventurer Shane Reynolds - better known to his friends as "Shane O" - on a pilgrimage to the wildest places on earth. Told through his unique storytelling and camera and editing style, each episode of Shane Untamed not only promises to be an amazing, personal encounter with wildlife and cultures around the globe, but also a no-holds-barred adventure that takes viewers on the journey of a lifetime.Dangerous Encounters (new season, Fall 2012)Which are the most feared predators on the planet and pack the most powerful bite? Expert Brady Barr finds out, by venturing into the lairs of some of the world's most dangerous creatures.About Shaw Communications Inc.Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.Nat Geo Wild:Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and blue-chip programming, Nat Geo Wild is dedicated to providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it.  From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo Wild will use spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world.  Launched in 2006, Nat Geo Wild is part of National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), and is available in more than 90 countries and 100 million homes. Nat Geo Wild HD launched in the UK in March 2009, and is also available in Greece, Latin America, Poland, Spain, and Russia.  Further expansion is expected globally.Video with caption: "Launching May 7 is Nat Geo Wild: a new channel with programming sure to make viewers roar". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20120430_C2367_VIDEO_EN_12870.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20120430_C2367_PHOTO_EN_12870.jpg&clientName=Shaw%20Media&caption=Launching%20May%207%20is%20Nat%20Geo%20Wild%3A%20a%20new%20channel%20with%20programming%20sure%20to%20make%20viewers%20roar&title=SHAW%20MEDIA%20%2D%20Shaw%20Media%20invites%20viewers%20to%20get%20wildly%20close%20to%20animals%20with%20the%20launch%20of%20Nat%20Geo%20Wild&headline=Shaw%20Media%20invites%20viewers%20to%20get%20wildly%20close%20to%20animals%20with%20the%20launch%20of%20Nat%20Geo%20WildFor further information: Jessica Gold Publicity Manager Dramatic and Factual Channels, Shaw Media 416.966.7543 jessica.gold@shawmedia.ca Meghan Paton Publicist Factual Channels, Shaw Media 416.966.7507 Meghan.paton@shawmedia.ca Shannah McElrea Publicity Coordinator Factual Channels, Shaw Media 416.967.8175 Shannah.mcelrea@shawmedia.ca