Born to Explore with Richard Wiese
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|Born to Explore with Richard Wiese|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|Executive producer(s)||Mercedes Ildefonso Velgot, Richard Wiese, Dave Morgan|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original run||September 3, 2011– present|
Born to Explore with Richard Wiese is a first-run syndicated educational program airing weekly on ABC. Host and explorer Richard Wiese travels the world on this adventure travel show in search of unique stories, people and wildlife. An educational vehicle, Born to Explore introduces and highlights cultures around the world to an audience of children and families.
In each episode, Born to Explore travels to unpublicized corners of the world. Its stated mission: to seek out unique people, celebrate the diversity of world cultures, explore the animal kingdom and discover the natural wonders of the planet. In addition, the series strives to dispel cultural stereotypes and promote a more unified worldview.
Born to Explore fuses science, travel and storytelling against a backdrop of exotic locations. Ranging from Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, where Wiese became the first foreigner to visit an isolated nomadic village, to taking part in aboriginal rituals in Australia’s Northern Territory, and tracking polar bears while researching climate change with the Inuit in Canada. The show examines cultural traditions through food, music, dance and art.
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The show's first season BTE reached more than 1.4 million viewers as part of the Litton's Weekend Adventure block with the American Forces Network. As of September 2012, it airs worldwide on National Geographic International.
Litton Weekend Program
In addition to Litton’s Weekend Adventure, Litton provides Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,'' Storm Stories, and Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller Litton also operates Litton News Source, which distributes Consumer Reports Television.
Born to Explore is one of six original HD programs comprising Litton Weekend Adventure. It started Saturday, September 3, 2011, on over 95% of ABC affiliates across the United States. The three-hour block features programming that inspires viewers to explore the Earth, to dive beneath the ocean's surface, to give back to their communities, and to design a new recipe for healthier living.
The Litton’s Weekend Adventure block adheres to federally mandated educational programming guidelines, thus allowing ABC stations to carry it and comply with the mandatory weekly three-hour E/I programming rule implemented by the FCC.
United States episodes
The show airs on Saturday mornings on most ABC stations.
The show broadcasts to countries all over the world. Born to Explore can be seen on Adventure Euro and Adventure France, among other stations.
American Forces Network
The American Forces Network also broadcasts Born to Explore, with a reach of over one million US service members and their families on American bases in 175 countries.
As with the rest of the Litton's Weekend Adventure block, episodes of Born to Explore are reformatted for the visually impaired. With the Descriptive Video Service provided by Bridge Media, TV programs and movies include a narrative track of additional descriptions to make the content more accessible.
The Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production. At the 39th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Born to Explore was nominated in the category of Outstanding Children's Series. Host Richard Wiese was chosen as a presenter for the awards ceremony. In 2013 Born to Explore received two National Daytime Emmy Award nominations. The program was nominated for Outstanding Travel Program, a newly created category. In addition, cinematographer John Barnhardt and “B” camera operator Greg Harriott were nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Photography.
Parents’ Choice Award
Born to Explore with Richard Wiese was awarded a gold medal in the television category for young adults aged 13-16.
SABRE Awards highlight exceptional work in the public relations industry, with a focus on strategic planning, creativity and business results. Travel Alberta and its PR agency Current Lifestyle Marketing took first place in the “Product Placement” category for work with the ABC series Born to Explore. The entry was selected from nearly 2,000 submissions.
Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration
On March 6, 2012, Reach the World, a global education and mentoring organization, awarded the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism to Richard Wiese. The award was presented at the Reach the World annual 2012 benefit. Reach the World's mission is to "build a pipeline of globally competent students and educators who will succeed in and steward the 21st Century global community." Richard Wiese is the inaugural recipient of this award.
2013 Bronze TELLY Award Winner
In May 2013, Born to Explore received the Bronze Telly award, the organization's second-highest honor. As part of the 34th annual Telly Awards, nearly 11,000 entries were submitted.
2013 Cynopsis Kids !magination Award Finalist
Cynopsis Media announced on May 1, 2013 that Born to Explore with Richard Wiese is one of their Cynopsis Kids !magination Award 2013 Finalists. Born to Explore was nominated for "Tweens 9-14 Series."
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