NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES MISSION: OCEANX (w.t.)

A GLOBAL CROSS-PLATFORM TELEVISION EVENT

 

 

From BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit (makers of “Blue Planet II”), in a co-production with ocean exploration leader OceanX, and Executive Producer and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large James Cameron, an ambitious six-episode series will bring to life the magical worlds of our oceans.

In 1966, Jacques Cousteau and his research vessel, RV Calypso, immersed global audiences in the awe and wonder of our oceans, a wholly unseen world at that time, through the groundbreaking series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.” Now, at a moment when the urgency of ocean conservation is at a crucial point, National Geographic announces MISSION OCEANX (w.t.), a global, six-episode series and cross-platform event that pairs a dream team of the world’s greatest ocean storytellers with the most advanced combined exploration and media vessel ever built.

MISSION OCEANX will premiere in 171 countries and 43 languages on National Geographic, with the first season focusing on the Indian Ocean, with the aim that it will become a recurring series focusing on a different ocean each season.


MISSION OCEANX embodies the mission of OceanX (part of the Dalio Philanthropies), which combines cutting-edge technology, science, and media to explore the ocean and bring it back to the world. Building on the capabilities of its iconic research vessel, MV Alucia, OceanX will launch Alucia2, the most advanced and powerful exploration, scientific research and media production vessel the world has ever seen, to enable this groundbreaking series.

The series will take audiences aboard the maiden voyage of Alucia2 to explore the farthest frontiers of the world’s oceans, 95 percent of which are entirely unexplored. On board this next-generation ocean exploration vessel will be a handpicked team of pioneering filmmakers and world-leading scientists, all of whom will uncover the ocean’s greatest secrets—diving deeper, getting closer and exploring the darkest recesses of the seas, many inaccessible until now.

MISSION OCEANX will tell the stories of these explorers as they embark on their mission, dealing with challenges that arise from seeking to solve some of the ocean’s greatest outstanding mysteries: What happens when a great white slices through the sardine run being documented? How can humans decipher the language a mother whale speaks to her calf? By showcasing cutting-edge science, the thrill of exploration and extraordinary wildlife filmmaking, MISSION OCEANX will push the boundaries of knowledge at the final frontier on Earth — its oceans.

 

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CREDIT: ROB LATOUR/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

“At OceanX, we’ve long believed in the power of combining exploration and storytelling to cultivate a deep and personal connection with the oceans for audiences worldwide, and MISSION OCEANX is a true expression of our core mission,” said Mark Dalio, founder and creative director of OceanX Media. “We are thrilled to partner with the dream team of National Geographic, James Cameron and our longtime partner BBC Studios to bring the excitement of the oceans to a global audience and inspire the next generation of ocean explorers. As we unveil Alucia2 and usher in a new era of world discovery, we hope to inspire viewers to discover and rediscover their love and passion for the oceans.” 

MISSION OCEANX will be co-produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit and OceanX Media for National Geographic. For Earthship, Cameron and Maria Wilhelm are executive producers. Roger Webb, Orla Doherty and Stephen Rankin are executive producers for BBC Studios. Ray Dalio, Mark Dalio and Joe Ruffolo are executive producers for OceanX Media. For National Geographic, Kevin Tao Mohs is executive producer; Alan Eyres is senior vice president, production and development; and Geoff Daniels is executive vice president, global unscripted entertainment.

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From BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit (makers of “Blue Planet II”), in a co-production with ocean exploration leader OceanX, and Executive Producer and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large James Cameron, an ambitious six-episode series will bring to life the magical worlds of our oceans.

In 1966, Jacques Cousteau and his research vessel, RV Calypso, immersed global audiences in the awe and wonder of our oceans, a wholly unseen world at that time, through the groundbreaking series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.” Now, at a moment when the urgency of ocean conservation is at a crucial point, National Geographic announces MISSION OCEANX (w.t.), a global, six-episode series and cross-platform event that pairs a dream team of the world’s greatest ocean storytellers with the most advanced combined exploration and media vessel ever built.

MISSION OCEANX will premiere in 171 countries and 43 languages on National Geographic, with the first season focusing on the Indian Ocean, with the aim that it will become a recurring series focusing on a different ocean each season.

MISSION OCEANX embodies the mission of OceanX (part of the Dalio Philanthropies), which combines cutting-edge technology, science, and media to explore the ocean and bring it back to the world. Building on the capabilities of its iconic research vessel, MV Alucia, OceanX will launch Alucia2, the most advanced and powerful exploration, scientific research and media production vessel the world has ever seen, to enable this groundbreaking series.

The series will take audiences aboard the maiden voyage of Alucia2 to explore the farthest frontiers of the world’s oceans, 95 percent of which are entirely unexplored. On board this next-generation ocean exploration vessel will be a handpicked team of pioneering filmmakers and world-leading scientists, all of whom will uncover the ocean’s greatest secrets—diving deeper, getting closer and exploring the darkest recesses of the seas, many inaccessible until now.

MISSION OCEANX will tell the stories of these explorers as they embark on their mission, dealing with challenges that arise from seeking to solve some of the ocean’s greatest outstanding mysteries: What happens when a great white slices through the sardine run being documented? How can humans decipher the language a mother whale speaks to her calf? By showcasing cutting-edge science, the thrill of exploration and extraordinary wildlife filmmaking, MISSION OCEANX will push the boundaries of knowledge at the final frontier on Earth — its oceans.

“At OceanX, we’ve long believed in the power of combining exploration and storytelling to cultivate a deep and personal connection with the oceans for audiences worldwide, and MISSION OCEANX is a true expression of our core mission,” said Mark Dalio, founder and creative director of OceanX Media. “We are thrilled to partner with the dream team of National Geographic, James Cameron and our longtime partner BBC Studios to bring the excitement of the oceans to a global audience and inspire the next generation of ocean explorers. As we unveil Alucia2 and usher in a new era of world discovery, we hope to inspire viewers to discover and rediscover their love and passion for the oceans.” 

MISSION OCEANX will be co-produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit and OceanX Media for National Geographic. For Earthship, Cameron and Maria Wilhelm are executive producers. Roger Webb, Orla Doherty and Stephen Rankin are executive producers for BBC Studios. Ray Dalio, Mark Dalio and Joe Ruffolo are executive producers for OceanX Media. For National Geographic, Kevin Tao Mohs is executive producer; Alan Eyres is senior vice president, production and development; and Geoff Daniels is executive vice president, global unscripted entertainment.