Verschoor brings new shows to hi-flying Nat Geo

Posted on March 25th, 2013

News broke today of two new series created and executive produced by George Verschoor – Die Trying and Building Wild.

From Deadline Hollywood -

Coming off its highest rated February in history, the National Geographic Channel is unveiling a slate of four new and seven returning series at its upfront presentation. The new series include Die Trying, featuring men and women pushing the limits of endurance; Building Wild, an extreme do-it-yourself-type home building series; “We want to keep the momentum, coming off pour best year (2012) and month (February) with a mix of contemporary entertainment styles,” said NGC Chief Executive Officer David Lyle.

BUILDING WILD
Wilderness zealots build incredible retreats in America’s last frontiers in NGC’s first do-it-yourself series. With help from Paul DiMeo (of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), these families are each creating a personal paradise thanks to a dash of muscle, a hint of ingenuity and a side of extreme architectural engineering.

DIE TRYING
A white-knuckle free-climb on an unconquerable mountain peak. A heart-stopping kayak expedition, battling rapids with 40-foot waves. Experience amazing, terrifying, never-before-seen (or done) adventures that define the riskiest of everything National Geographic represents. It’s where men and women push the limits of adventure, endurance and possibility — all in the name of science.

Verschoor, a pioneer of reality television (The Real World, Nashville Star, Extreme Makeover) currently has an overall deal with National Geographic Channel.

Photos from filming Border Wars

Posted on November 14th, 2012

Don’t miss tonight’s premier of Border Wars! 9pm ET on National Geographic Channel.

Border Wars Season 7 this Wednesday!

Posted on November 9th, 2012

Coming to Nat Geo this Wednesday!  A brand-new season of the hit series Border Wars expands to follow not only Customs and Border Protection as they patrol the border, but also local law enforcement charged with keeping things safe in the border towns of South Texas. Follow the cameras as we show the challenges and complexities in this hot zone, where more drugs are apprehended than anywhere else in the U.S. Determined to defend our borders, these officers and agents take their jobs seriously. Border Wars isn’t afraid to show the heartbreaking, jaw-dropping, and action-packed side of issues like illegal immigration and smuggling.

The new season of Border Wars is executive-produced by George Verschoor.

Border Wars Season 7 premier

Posted on November 5th, 2012

DRUGS. GUNS. HUMAN TRAFFICKING. MONEY.
THIS IS OUR FIGHT AT HOME

National Geographic Channel’s Critically Acclaimed Series Border Wars Returns With Unprecedented Access to Customs and Border Protection and Local Law Enforcement in the Effort to Secure the Border of South Texas

New Season Begins November 14 at 9 PM ET/PT

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 26, 2012) The stats are startling: more than 2 million pounds of marijuana confiscated yearly; more than 300,000 people apprehended trying to enter the U.S. illegally. With the United States’ vulnerable borderlands continuing to be an important issue, a new season of National Geographic Channel’s critically acclaimed series Border Wars delves into the challenges and complexities of protecting the border with Mexico in South Texas.

Border Wars documents the heartbreaking, jaw-dropping and action-packed side of the immigration issue on the border within the border cities. Determined to secure our borders, the officers and agents followed byBorder Wars are homeland warriors, risking their lives in some of the country’s most challenging and dangerous terrain. Border Wars premieres Wednesday, November 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/borderwars and follow us on Twitter athttps://twitter.com/NGC_PR.

In this new season, Border Wars embeds with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and with local law enforcement as they patrol near and on the border. South Texas is a corridor for illegal drug smuggling. Human trafficking is also rampant,and CBP and local law enforcement are fighting back with advanced technology, special ops units and round-the-clock seizures and apprehensions.

Along the Rio Grande, the “front line” agents patrol nearly 1,900 milesof river in the air, on the water and in the brushlands. The men and women of CBP and local law enforcement will head into Rio Grande City. They’ll forge into Laredo, where Border Wars embeds with the local NARC unit that patrols one of the biggest land ports in the U.S. Cameras will travel into Brownsville at the southernmost tip of South Texas, where millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs and cash are seized, and into the Falfurrias checkpoint, as this is one of CBP’s last interdiction points for drugs and human traffickers as they make their way farther into the United States.

Border Wars new season episodes include:

Border Wars: Traffic
Wednesday, November 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
In the premiere episode, ride along as a CBP helicopter and Border Patrol riverboat assist agents on the ground as they pursue suspected drug mules running through the dense brush on an action-packed chase along the Rio Grande. A few miles east in the border town of Mission, Texas, local police raid a suspected drug stash house holding $2 million worth of marijuana. In nearby Edinburg, Texas, agents discover a house with undocumented immigrants living in deplorable conditions. And at the Falfurrias checkpoint, agents and officers suspect that a truck hauling watermelons may be transporting more than just fruit into the United States.

Border Wars: War Games
Wednesday, November 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Every day, U.S. law enforcement uses clever tactics against the smuggling operations that transport illegal goods over the border into the United States … and the smugglers fight back with their own tricks. In Mission, Texas, Officer Heather Schrock is in a high-speed chase with a car reported to be carrying drugs. Then, Agent David Maibaum teams up with a local High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program task force and K-9 unit to search a ranch that raises roosters—for cockfighting, agent Maibaum believes. When they find a kilo of cocaine, they assume there’s much more hidden elsewhere on the property. And in San Juan, local police go undercover on a sting operation to trap a suspected local cocaine dealer who may be connected to the cartels.

Border Wars: War on the Streets
Wednesday, November 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Go on patrol on the South Texas border, which is separated from Mexico only by the Rio Grande River. The ascendance of drug cartels in Mexico and their battle over smuggling routes has upped the stakes for both drug traffickers and undocumented immigrants attempting to cross into the United States. In Edinburg, Texas, follow a complicated mission to bust a stash house that involves a stakeout, interrogation and tackle. And with 70 illegal immigrants, this stash house is even more packed than expected. Then, rush into a house in Laredo and come face to face with the suspected dealers. And join veteran Border Patrol Supervisor David Maibaum, who is on a relentless pursuit to catch suspected drug traffickers moving bales from a raft into a vehicle by the Rio Grande River.

Border Wars: Special Ops
Wednesday, December 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
We’ll meet specially trained agents and officers equipped to combat the border problems that prevail in South Texas. Spend a night with the U.S. Border Patrol RIIP team—a team that adjusts their tactics and hours according to the current smuggling trends—as they track down a large group of suspected illegal immigrants hiding in the dense weeds on an embankment. Ride with an agent of CBP BORSTAR (a highly specialized team responding to emergency situations), whose primary goal is not necessarily to catch illegal immigrants, but to rescue those suffering in the brutal South Texas elements. Then, the head of San Juan Police Department’s NARC unit turns to the SWAT team and its tactical expertise to take down a suspected drug dealer without endangering the surrounding community.

For National Geographic Television, George Verschoor and Will Spjut are executive producers. For National Geographic Channel, executive producers are Alan Eyres and JT Ladt, and executive vice president, programming is Michael Cascio.

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