National Geographic Begins Casting for Race to the Center of the Earth

Grit. Endurance. Pushing Limits. Passion for Adventure.
Global Competition.

Do You Have What It Takes to Win

Global Adventure Competition Series from Multiple Emmy Award-Winning
Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri, the Creative Team behind “the
Amazing Race”

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Do you have the grit and endurance to take on a global adventure race
and to navigate your way, day after day, for a chance to win $1,000,000?
National Geographic is casting contestants for Race to the Center of
the Earth
, an extreme, nonelimination competition series that pits
four teams of three contestants against one another in a nonstop
adventure across the globe. Teams start from different corners of the
earth and race to be the first to reach the remote location that holds
the $1,000,000 prize. Only those looking to push their personal limits
need apply, at

“Not only are we looking for people who are diverse and exciting, but
we’re looking for those who really embody the legacy of National
Geographic’s yellow border — passionate and adventurous explorers who
constantly push their personal boundaries to go further,” said Bertram
van Munster. “We hope that these teams, along with the beautiful global
backdrop, will inspire others to step out of their own comfort zones and
go on their own fantastic adventures.”

The eight-part series, produced by NMC from a format by Plum Pictures,
will challenge these fearless, passionate adventurers and weekend
warriors with navigating their designated route, and they’ll face
unpredictable terrains, harsh climates and unique cultures as they make
their way to the finish. Along the way, they will trek through untamed
jungles, frozen tundra, arid deserts, bustling cities and imposing
mountains and sail vast open seas to reach the place where all four
routes intersect — a remote and challenging location where the prize
awaits. The first team to arrive claims it all.

Additional terms and eligibility requirements will apply; see details on
the application website. In order to complete the application in full,
all applicants will need to submit a short video explaining the dynamics
of their team.

Race to the Center of the Earth is National Geographic’s
first-ever global adventure competition series and is set to go into
production later this year. For more information, visit
or our press site,
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Race to the Center of the Earth is produced by New Media
Collective from a format by Plum Pictures for National Geographic. For
New Media Collective, executive producers are Bertram van Munster and
Elise Doganieri. For National Geographic, Matt Renner is executive
producer and vice president, original programming and production, and
Geoff Daniels is executive vice president of global unscripted

About New Media Collective

New Media Collective is a newly launched, full-service production
company that develops and produces programming for the worldwide
marketplace. Founded in 2019, New Media Collective is a partnership
between television producers Elise Doganieri, Bertram van Munster, Mark
Dziak and Doug Vargas. NMC will capitalize on the partners’ decades of
collective experience in worldwide production through its partnerships
with foreign production companies. Doganieri and van Munster have earned
15 Primetime Emmy Awards, a DGA Award, three PGA Awards and the 2013
GLAAD Award for outstanding reality program. Dziak has been producing in
film and television for over 25 years, having spent the past 10 years
running Doganieri/van Munster-owned Profiles Television. Vargas has been
head of finance/controller at Profiles TV for six years and has spent
the past 16 years running finance and accounting for various top
television production companies. Thus far in 2019, NMC has closed over
$62 million in production deals with networks. The company is currently
in production on a tent pole project for National Geographic to air in
2020, as well as multiple new series for CBS and Disney+ to be produced
in 2020 and beyond. In addition, multiple projects are in development
across a wide range of broadcast, digital and cable networks.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between the
National Geographic Society and Disney, is committed to bringing the
world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an
unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National
Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo
WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media
and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines;
National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms;
books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include
travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and
e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our
world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years,
and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going
further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the
world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP
returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic
Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation
and education. For more information, visit
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Jenn DeGuzman, 212-656-0713,

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