National Geographic

Disney’s 21st Century Fox acquisition means it will now own National Geographic

Earlier this week, a major entertainment industry merger was announced: Disney is planning to buy 21st Century Fox for a whopping $52.4 billion. But while this might seem unrelated to the world of photography at first blush, a closer look reveals something pretty important.

If the purchase is allowed to go through, Disney will be the majority stake holder in National Geographic, taking over the 73% controlling share that Fox purchased in September of 2015.

In the scope of the entire deal, Fox’s share in National Geographic might seem like small potatoes—the entertainment giant bought Nat Geo for just $725 million (less that 1/50th what THEY are being bought for) and immediately set about cutting costs further by slashing 9% of Nat Geo’s workforce. But fans of the iconic brand will pay close attention to see what Disney plans to do with it.

For now, all we know is that National Geographic will join Pixar, ESPN, Marvel and many more well-known brands in Disney’s so-called “swollen portfolio” of entertainment assets.

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National Geographic photographer shares heart-wrenching video of starving polar bear

Video Screenshot. Credit: Paul Nicklen

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen‘s Instagram account typically features breathtakingly beautiful scenes and stories from around the globe. Whales, penguins, and polar bears make up the brunt of his latest posts, all of them the kinds of photos wildlife photographers dream of capturing.

One of his latest videos, however, is the exact opposite.

Six days ago, Nicklen shared a heart-wrenching video of a starving polar bear scrounging for food—a shadow of the powerful animal it had once been. The video has spread around the web like wildfire, a testament to the effects of global warming on this species, which some scientists believe will become extinct within the next 100 years.

“My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,” writes Nicklen in the video’s caption. “It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy.”

We’ve embedded the video from Nicklen’s Instagram below, but be warned: this footage is not for the faint of heart.

Directed by Mob Scene’s Tom Grane and Executive Produced by James Cameron, National Geographic to Premiere “Titanic: 20 Years Later with James Cameron” on November 26;

By Asbury PR


Tom Grane, Founder of Mob Scene, one of Hollywood’s leading entertainment marketing agencies for major motion picture studios, television networks, and production companies, directed the upcoming documentary Titanic: 20 Years Later with James Cameron. From Executive Producer and…

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