National Geographic Channel To Premiere Behind-The-Scenes Look At Oscar®-Nominated Film KON-TIKI From The Weinstein Company

      National Geographic Channel To Premiere Behind-The-Scenes Look At
          Oscar®-Nominated Film KON-TIKI From The Weinstein Company

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WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013

Half-Hour Documentary Goes Behind the Scenes of New Film That Brings to Life
One of the Most Daring and Dramatic Sea Explorations of Our Time

KON-TIKI: The Incredible True Story Hosted by EXTRA's Maria Menounos Premieres
This Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. ET/PT During Night of Exploration on National
Geographic Channel

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --National Geographic
Channel (NGC) announced today the world premiere of KON-TIKI: The Incredible
True Story, a 30-minute documentary from The Weinstein Company on the making
of KON-TIKI, the Oscar®-nominated foreign language film on legendary Norwegian
explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsa
wood raft in 1947. (For more information, go to ngcpr.com and Twitter at
@NGC_PR.)

Hosted on camera by EXTRA's Maria Menounos, KON-TIKI: The Incredible True
Story will premiere during NGC's "Night of Exploration" this Friday, May 3, at
7 p.m. ET/PT on the heels of the film's limited theatrical release in New York
and Los Angeles on April 26, where it netted the top per-screen average of the
weekend.

The documentary will go behind-the-scenes of the epic film that brings to life
one of the most daring and dramatic sea explorations of our time — lauded as
an "epic of awesome achievement" by the New York Observer and "a rip-roaring
trip" by the New York Post. The film is directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen
Sandberg, written by Petter Skavlan and stars Pal Hagen.

Shot in open waters in six countries, KON-TIKI tells the incredible true story
of Heyerdahl's expedition from Peru to Polynesia on a primitive balsa wood
raft in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle
in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. The journey changed the way we understand
cultural migration today.

KON-TIKI: The Incredible True Story includes interviews with Hagen, Sandberg
and Skavlan, among others. On the expedition, Ronning says, "Everybody
believed that they were going to die out there." Adds Skavlan about Heyerdal,
"A man who has such great inner power that he can talk men into joining him on
a raft across the Pacific — you wanna make a film about that man."

NGC's "Night of Exploration" celebrates the mavericks and pioneers who dare to
delve into strange lands and fascinating cultures, making groundbreaking
discoveries that make a difference. A weekly tribute that airs every Friday,
NGC captures the stories from the most evocative and unforgettable
expeditions.

For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the
National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National
Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National
Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education
with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its
mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC)
celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the
wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in
2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels
have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite
television providers, with NGC currently available in 84 million U.S. homes.
Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in 440 million homes in 171
countries and 38 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.

ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution
company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who
founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre
label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular
franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension
Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films
that have been commercial and critical successes. TWC releases took home
eight 2012 Academy Awards®, the most wins in the studio's history. The tally
included Best Picture for Michel Hazanavicius's THE ARTIST and Best
Documentary Feature for TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay's UNDEFEATED. THE ARTIST
brought TWC its second consecutive Best Picture statuette following the 2011
win for Tom Hooper's THE KING'S SPEECH.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE;
1408; I'M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER;
THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS;
A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY
GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH'S KEY;
SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON
LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; BULLY; THE INTOUCHABLES;
LAWLESS; and KILLING THEM SOFTLY. Currently in release are THE MASTER, SILVER
LININGS PLAYBOOK, DJANGO UNCHAINED, QUARTET, ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, DARK
SKIES THE SAPPHIRES, SCARY MOVIE 5 and KON-TIKI. Upcoming releases include
POPULAIRE, UNFINISHED SONG and FRUITVALE STATION.

TWC is active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President
of Production Meryl Poster. TWC is the studio behind such hit television
series as the Emmy® nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series PROJECT
RUNWAY and its spin-off series PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS and PROJECT ACCESSORY;
the VH1 reality series MOB WIVES and its spin-off series MOB WIVES CHICAGO and
BIG ANG; and the critically acclaimed scripted HBO comedy/crime series THE NO.
1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY which also received a Peabody Award. The company is
in production on the upcoming TLC series WELCOME TO MYRTLE MANOR, the A&E
series RODEO QUEENS, and the Lifetime reality competition show SUPERMARKET
SUPERSTAR hosted by Stacy Keibler. Among TWC's other projects in development
for television are the martial-arts epic MARCO POLO for Starz, an untitled
private eye procedural for FX, and THE NANNY DIARIES developed by ABC with a
pilot by Amy Sherman Palladino.

SOURCE National Geographic Channel

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