Embracing Earth Month: The Walt Disney Company and National Geographic Unveil ourHOME, a Global Cross-Platform Celebration

  • Innovative Collaboration: Explore the synergistic partnership between The Walt Disney Company and National Geographic as they merge their storytelling prowess to champion environmental conservation through ourHOME.
  • Empowering Narratives: Delve into the riveting tales showcased within ourHOME, shedding light on impactful initiatives like Disney Planet Possible and featuring captivating content that inspires action and reverence for our planet.
  • Interactive Engagement: Discover how audiences worldwide can participate in the ourHOME movement by tuning in to a myriad of captivating content across platforms, igniting a collective passion to safeguard and celebrate the beauty of ourHOME.

In a dazzling fusion of creativity and conservation, the Walt Disney Company and National Geographic have joined forces to unveil a breathtaking global initiative: ourHOME. Timed perfectly to synchronize with the reverent Earth Month of April, this celestial campaign aims to illuminate the remarkable endeavors both within and beyond our sphere that safeguard, rejuvenate, and exalt ourHOME. At its core, it’s a celebration of the guardians, the narrators, and the enchanters who tirelessly strive to preserve the sanctity of our shared planet.

For eons, Disney has woven tales that unravel the tapestry of our planet’s marvels, while National Geographic has been an unwavering beacon, beckoning us to delve deeper into the embrace of our world. Now, these two titans of storytelling have synchronized their cosmic dance to pay homage to the celestial orb we call home, igniting the spark within each of us to sculpt a brighter destiny.

Prepare to be enraptured as ourHOME unfurls a tapestry of spellbinding narratives, spotlighting the valiant efforts under the banner of Disney Planet Possible. This noble commitment pledges concrete action towards nurturing a thriving habitat for both humanity and wildlife alike. A digital odyssey awaits, as National Geographic luminaries embark on a pilgrimage to Walt Disney World Resort, bearing witness to the transformative work firsthand.

Meanwhile, on the celestial stage of Disney+, a celestial ballet unfolds with the launch of an exclusive ourHOME content collection. Here, the finest storytellers and visionaries converge to extol the virtues of our celestial abode. From the resplendent majesty of “Queens” to the microscopic wonders of “A Real Bug’s Life,” every tale whispers an ode to ourHOME’s infinite splendor. And let us not forget the mesmerizing odysseys of Disneynature, encapsulating the raw beauty of our natural world.

Disney+ Premieres Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory

As Earth Day dawns, the veil is lifted on Nat Geo’s latest opus, “Secrets of the Octopus,” a mesmerizing journey into the depths narrated by the mellifluous tones of Paul Rudd. Simultaneously, the lush jungles of India come alive with the premiere of Disneynature’s “Tiger,” a poignant saga of motherhood and resilience narrated by the ethereal Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

But the celebration doesn’t end there. A stirring television spot, graced by the venerable voice of Morgan Freeman, dances across screens throughout the month, a poignant reminder of our sacred duty to safeguard ourHOME.

Venture deeper into the heart of ourHOME with the ourHOME Digital Series, where luminaries like Alex Honnold and Mariana Van Zeller traverse the enchanting landscapes of Walt Disney World, unveiling the symbiotic dance between humanity and habitat.

Courteney Monroe, the luminary President of National Geographic, encapsulates the essence of this cosmic odyssey: “We hope, by sharing this passion, that we can also inspire others to protect, restore and celebrate our home.”

And in the words of Yalmaz Siddiqui, the visionary Vice President of Environmental Sustainability at The Walt Disney Company, “We hope the ourHOME campaign with Nat Geo helps bring greater awareness of the beauty and majesty of our planet to audiences everywhere.”

As the curtain rises on this celestial symphony, let us heed the call to arms and embark on a voyage to safeguard ourHOME, for it is not just a destination, but a legacy for generations to come.

Tune in to the celestial chorus:

Disney+:
Embark on the journey at www.DisneyPlus.com.

National Geographic Wild:
Unlock the mysteries on DSTV Channel 182 or StarSat Channel 221 (DTH), 221 (DTT).

PRIMAL SURVIVOR EXTREME AFRICAN SAFARI PREMIERES

ACROSS AFRICA THIS NOVEMBER

Johannesburg, 2 November 2023: Wilderness explorer and survival expert, Hazen Audel has long been an audience favourite as he takes on journeys in some of the world’s wildest places, braving the elements and navigating challenging terrain. Now, the intrepid adventurer takes on his first extreme safari expedition through east Africa’s legendary Great Rift Valley. Audel’s incredible journey is captured in Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari which will premiere on National Geographic across Africa (DStv 181) from Wednesday 22 November 2023 at 21:00 (CAT). 

As a former biology teacher, he’s always known the valley as the world’s greatest hub for wildlife. The chance to trek 800 kilometers through its diverse wilderness in migration season and survive out in the open amongst magnificent animals, is a life-long dream. Along the way, Audel will cross grasslands, caves, mountains and river valleys, on foot, in his quest to experience Africa’s greatest natural spectacle, the great Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WLfPydZMaA

Traversing the challenging landscapes of east Africa, Audel encounters desert nomads, tracks elephants, navigates treacherous waters, searches for rare black rhinos, explores coastal caves, and forages for food, all while collaborating with local nomadic tribes and facing the formidable forces of nature. Along the way, he is reminded that survival in the wild requires not only physical endurance and survival skills, but also a deep understanding and respect for the indigenous peoples and ecosystems of Africa.

Disney+ Premieres Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory

The episodes include:

Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari: Desert Nomads

For the first leg of his journey through East Africa’s Great Rift Valley, wilderness explorer Hazen Audel treks into the Chalbi Desert. Dropping down from surrounding cliffs he’s plunged into an unforgiving arid expanse, dodging snakes and hyenas as he searches for the nomadic Gabra tribe. To make it across the desert he needs to find their treasured singing well and reach a migrating camel train. 

Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari: Valley of Giants

In the second leg on his journey through East Africa’s legendary Great Rift Valley, wilderness explorer, Hazen Audel, descends the western wall in search of a revered herd of elephants. Harnessing survival skills and vital knowledge from the local tribe, he makes his way down the treacherous escarpment to a join a group of spear fishermen who know the elephants well. With their help he tracks the herd on the banks of the Kerio River. 

Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari: Deadly Waters

On the third leg of his extreme African safari, wildlife enthusiast and survivalist Hazen Audel takes on mighty Lake Baringo. Determined to witness a million strong flock of flamingos before they fly south, he enlists the help of master boatsmen, the Il’Chamus tribe. Dodging hippos and crocodiles, he builds a raft to compete in a tribal lake race and win the right of passage to see the mega flock. 

Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari: Rhino Mountain

Wilderness explorer and survival expert Hazen Audel reaches Hell’s Gate gorge at the heart of the Great Rift Valley, on a quest to find rare black rhino. A group of forest foragers send him towards Mt Suswa, but to reach it he must navigate a warren of forests, caves and canyons. He’ll need all his survival skills to make it to a Maasai village and find the magnificent black rhino.  

Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari: Untamed Coast

On the penultimate leg of his extreme African safari, wilderness explorer and survival expert Hazen Audel tackles East Africa’s Tropical Coast. Enlisting the help of the Indian Ocean masters, the Mijikenda people, Hazen embarks on a gruelling ocean voyage to reach a network of coastal coral caves, home to the largest multi-species bat colony in the world. 

Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari: Serengeti

In an epic finale, wilderness explorer Hazen Audel closes in on the Serengeti. With the help of the hunter-gatherer Hadza tribe he battles through harsh terrain and past apex predators to reach the lush eden of the central savannahs. His ultimate goal, the Great Migration, is finally sight but time and the rains are against him. Can he make it to Africa’s greatest natural spectacle? 

Primal Survivor: Extreme African Safari is produced by Icon Films for National Geographic. Executive producers for Icon Films are Harry Marshall, Laura Marshall, Rob Rawlings and Nicholas White. Hazan Audel serves as a consulting producer. For National Geographic, Carolyn Payne and Sarah Peat are executive producers and Tom McDonald is executive vice president, global factual and unscripted content.

Four previous seasons of Primal Survivor with Hazen Audel are currently streaming on Disney+.

TRACE URBAN ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF TRACE FEST AS THEY ALSO EXPAND ACCESS TO DSTV SUBSCRIBERS

 Johannesburg, South Africa – TRACE Urban, the leading destination for urban and contemporary music entertainment, is thrilled to announce a significant milestone for its viewers. From Wednesday, 1 November 2023, TRACE Urban will be available to DStv subscribers across the spectrum, from the Premium package all the way through to the Access package.

This move reflects TRACE Urban’s commitment to providing its audience with uninterrupted access to the best urban and contemporary music content, making it easier for fans to stay connected with their favorite music, artists, and cultural trends.
 
      “MultiChoice is thrilled to bring TRACE Urban to our DStv Access customers,” says Georginah Machiridza, Executive Head of General Entertainment Channels at Multichoice Group. We are constantly tuned-in to our viewers’ interests and keep abreast of their evolving taste as a means to enhance their experience. The addition of TRACE Urban strikes the right note to an already exciting lineup of entertainment on DStv Access,” Machiridza adds.

TRACE AWARDS GOES INTERSTELLAR AS HOT NEW ARTISTS JOIN THE LINEUP


 
In addition to this exciting expansion, TRACE Urban is thrilled to announce the return of the highly anticipated TRACE Fest last held in 2019!
 
Music enthusiasts and entertainment aficionados, mark your calendars for Saturday, 2 December 2023, as TRACE Fest, Unlocked by Vodacom, is set to take the stage once again in Soweto, South of Joburg.
 
TRACE Fest has become an annual celebration of music, culture, and entertainment, featuring some of the biggest names in the industry, electrifying performances, and memorable moments. This year’s event promises to be even more spectacular, with a lineup that will leave fans eagerly counting down the days.

STAR-STUDDED TRACE AWARDS LINE-UP ANNOUNCED


       “We are delighted to make TRACE Urban more accessible to our viewers through DStv’s Access packages. Now, everyone can enjoy the channel’s exceptional content throughout the year”  said Valentine Gaudin-Muteba, TRACE Southern and Lusophone Africa Managing Director. She added “Additionally, in line with the channel’s ongoing commitment to support local talent, we can formally confirm the return of TRACE Fest, taking place on Saturday, 2nd December 2023. It’s going to be an unforgettable experience, Unlocked by Vodacom!”

BUILDING IMPOSSIBLE WITH DANIEL ASHVILLE

JOHANNESBURG, 21 August 2023: Get ready for an adrenaline-fuelled journey across the globe as National Geographic brings you a new engineering series like no other. Building Impossible with Daniel Ashville, hosted by the British construction expert himself, is set to premiere on National Geographic (DStv 181 Starsat 220) Tuesdays at 19:00 (CAT) from 12 September 2023, bringing ground-breaking feats of construction on the edge of possibility, including the astounding Msikaba bridge in South Africa.

Building Impossible with Daniel Ashville takes viewers on an exploration of the world’s most extraordinary and precarious builds. This six-episode series pushes the boundaries of what is considered achievable, showcasing architectural marvels that defy imagination. From the construction of the world’s largest ocean-going cruise liner, ‘Icon of the Seas’ in Finland to the ground-breaking Brenner Tunnel beneath the Alps on the Italy-Austria border, each episode highlights the skills, technology, and engineering brilliance that make these awe-inspiring builds possible.

Developed and produced by Hoff Productions, the series also takes us to Las Vegas to explore the creation of the largest spherical building in the world, the MSG Sphere. In California, Daniel and his team tackle the Intuit Dome, the future home of the LA Clippers. The first episode transports viewers to South Africa, where they witness the construction of the cable-stayed steel deck Msikaba Bridge. Finally, in the conclusion to the series, Daniel travels to Santa Clara, CA, to join the construction team on the Pathfinder 1, the world’s largest aircraft.

At the helm of Building Impossible is TV newcomer Daniel Ashville, a construction expert who has built his own construction empire from scratch. With an infectious enthusiasm for all things construction, Daniel’s magnetic on-screen presence draws viewers into his world of ambition and perseverance. His hands-on approach sees him actively collaborating with teams tackling these engineering challenges, demonstrating that the impossible can indeed become possible.

Dozens of pre-fabricated rings sit waiting to be installed in the tunnel to reinforce the walls. Each ring is made up of the recycled materials from the drilling process. (National Geographic for Disney)

Daniel Ashville says: “I’ve always believed that in the world of construction, there are no limits to what we can achieve. Building Impossible is a testament to the power of human ingenuity and the relentless pursuit of pushing boundaries. I’m thrilled to take viewers on this journey and demonstrate that with hard work, determination, and a touch of audacity, we can make the impossible possible. Building Impossible is not just about engineering marvels; it’s about the incredible people behind these ground-breaking projects. Their dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to excellence inspire me every day.”

Daniel Ashville’s journey into the realm of construction began during his childhood, igniting an obsession that led him to abandon his sports science studies at university. This audacious decision proved to be a turning point, as he harnessed his unwavering determination and embarked on a remarkable 17-year journey. From flipping houses to establishing The Ashville Group, comprising Ashville Construction for design and build residential projects, Ashville Aggregates and Concrete for aggregates supply and waste management services, and Ashville Plant Hire for equipment and machinery hire, Daniel has cemented his position as one of the country’s top experts in his field.

In 2020, Daniel Ashville opened the doors to his captivating world through a popular YouTube channel, where he offers an intimate glimpse into his daily life. With posts amassing up to two million views, his magnetic personality and profound knowledge caught the attention of National Geographic commissioners. Recognising Daniel’s fearlessness and genuine passion, they swiftly offered him his own show: Building Impossible with Daniel Ashville.

Daniel Ashville and Laurence discuss the project and tasks while one of the bridge’s massive pylons looms in the background. (National Geographic for Disney)

Executive producers for Hoff Productions are Michael Hoff, Ashley Adams and Sean Boyle. Simon Raikes, Commissioning Editor at National Geographic, says: “Building Impossible with Daniel Ashville is an exceptional series that captures the essence of exploration and innovation that has captured our imagination from the very beginning. This series pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in engineering and showcases the remarkable achievements of human ingenuity.”

Episode synopses

Episode 1 – AFRICA’S MEGA BRIDGE

Msikaba Bridge (South Africa)

Prepare for a breath-taking journey to Africa as Daniel lends his expertise to the construction of one of the continent’s longest cable-stayed bridges, spanning the awe-inspiring Msikaba Gorge. Encounter the trials and triumphs alongside the team, including a daring big-rig delivery, navigating tight spaces, and friendly competition. Together, they work tirelessly to erect the colossal pylon towers that will bear the weight of the extraordinary 12,000-ton deck, seamlessly connecting two breath-taking destinations.

Episode 2 – MEGA CRUISE SHIP

Icon of the Seas (Finland)

Prepare to be awe-inspired as Daniel takes you behind the scenes of Royal Caribbean’s monumental project at a Finnish shipyard, where the largest cruise ship in the world is being meticulously crafted. Marvel at the ship’s crowning jewel, the exquisite “Aqua-Dome,” housing an array of captivating bars, world-class restaurants, and mesmerising entertainment venues. Witness a breath-taking engineering feat as immense gantry cranes delicately manoeuvre the heaviest single object ever lifted onto a cruise ship, ensuring its precise placement.

Episode 3 – ALPINE MEGA TUNNEL

Brenner Tunnel (Border between Italy and Austria)

Embark on a thrilling expedition alongside Daniel as he joins forces with teams in Austria and Italy to contribute to the construction of one of the world’s most extensive underground rail connections. Experience the thunderous power of dynamite as Daniel blasts through bedrock in Austria, while in Italy, he takes command of a colossal tunnel boring machine, guiding it with precision as the two countries inch closer to their momentous meeting point.

Episode 4 – LAS VEGAS MEGA SPHERE

MSG Sphere (Las Vegas)

Prepare to be dazzled by the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas as Daniel ventures into the realm of architectural marvels. At Madison Square Garden’s ground-breaking project, a colossal sphere takes centre stage, poised to redefine the boundaries of entertainment. Daniel joins the skilled crew as they meticulously lift and secure massive LED mega-panels onto the sphere’s shimmering exterior. Brace yourself as Daniel fearlessly scales dizzying heights within the sphere to complete his daring tasks.

Episode 5 – LA MEGA STADIUM

Intuit Dome (California)

Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Los Angeles as Daniel becomes an integral part of the construction team responsible for crafting the roof trusses of the LA Clippers Intuit Dome basketball stadium. Witness the convergence of cutting-edge technologies, awe-inspiring entertainment amenities, and unobstructed views from every angle. However, building this steel dream becomes a monumental challenge as monstrous machines navigate through limited space in a standing-room-only environment.

Episode 6 – MEGA AIRSHIP   

Pathfinder 1 (Santa Clara, CA)

Witness the rebirth of an industry that was forever changed by the tragic Hindenburg crash. Journey with Daniel to Silicon Valley, where a visionary team is resurrecting the airship industry by constructing a colossal airship that may revolutionise air travel as we know it. Join Daniel as he becomes an integral part of the team, preparing to launch the massive 122-meter, 28-ton airship, positioning it as one of the largest airborne vehicles ever created, poised to reshape the skies.

Notes to editors:

Production credits

Building Impossible with Daniel Ashville is produced by Hoff Productions. Executive producers are Michael Hoff, Ashley Adams and Sean Boyle.

About Daniel Ashville

Daniel Ashville is a presenter, businessman and Managing Director of Ashville Holdings, a company he has built from the ground up, specialising in construction, aggregates, concrete, waste management and plant hire. As a former model who turned his childhood obsessions for construction and engineering into a thriving set of businesses, Daniel has also managed to build a substantial online following through his YouTube series, Ashville Weekly.  The series highlights the trials and tribulations Daniel faces on a day-to-day basis running his businesses but also celebrates the successes including building a bespoke games room for KSI, sponsoring QPR Football Club and growing his fleet from one lorry to over 35 vehicles and machines.

How to tune in:

DSTV: Channel 181

StarSat: 220 on DTH, 220 on DTT (249 on DTT in Uganda)

Idols SA’s farewell season begins on Saturday 8 July!

Calling all fans of Idols South Africa! Get ready for the most sensational season yet as the iconic talent search competition returns to your screens for its final installment, aptly titled “iLast Number.” Prepare to be dazzled and captivated as we bid farewell to a show that has shaped the music industry for two decades.

Starting on Saturday 8 July, tune in to Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 18:00 for an unforgettable musical experience that will leave you on the edge of your seat. But that’s not all! In an exciting twist, we are thrilled to announce that, for the first time in Idols SA history, the farewell season will also air on Mzansi Wethu (DStv channel 163) at 19:30. Yes, you read that right – now Idols SA fans can also catch the magic of the show just after the news, exclusively on Mzansi Wethu.

Witness the return of our expert judging panel featuring the indomitable trio: Somizi Mhlongo, Thembi Seete, and JR Bogopa. Their savvy, passion, and vibrant personalities will once again light up your screens and set the stage ablaze.

Reminiscing about the show’s rich history, Idols SA made its debut on M-Net in 2002, launching countless careers and transforming aspiring singers into household names, from the likes of Heinz Winkler in season 1, and the reigning champion of season 18 Thapelo Molomo. Now, after 21 glorious years, we invite you to join us in celebrating this landmark season, and the incredible talent that has graced the stage over the years – not forgetting those who are part of our final curtain call.

ProVerb, the charismatic host and co-producer of Idols SA, will guide Mzansi Magic and Mzansi Wethu viewers through this unforgettable season, ensuring every moment is filled with excitement, drama, and unforgettable performances.

There’s a lot to look forward to with Idols SA moving from its traditional Sunday slot to a captivating Saturday evening time slot. This change promises to infuse the farewell season with electric energy, ensuring you kick off your weekend with an exhilarating musical extravaganza.

Will you be there to witness the crowning of the final Idols SA winner? Join us on Saturday 8 July at 18:00 on Mzansi Magic DStv channel 161 and at 19:30 on Mzansi Wethu DStv channel 163. Let’s make this farewell season one for the books, a final symphony of talent and triumph.