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.

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.

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.

Extreme Makeover returns to ABC tonight!

Posted on November 26th, 2012

Tonight on ABC – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition returns for the Holidays with four more episodes!  Ty and the team have a big Thanksgiving surprise for the Watson Family of Knoxville Tennessee, who have dedicated their lives to helping struggling single mothers.

Extreme Makeover is Executive-Produced by George Verschoor and Brady Connell.

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


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 and follow us on Twitter at

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.


National Geographic Channels
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

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Extreme Makeover nominated for Emmy

Posted on July 20th, 2012

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has been nominated for another Emmy!

The special Veteran’s Day episode “Rise and Honor”, which aired last November 11th, received a nomination for Picture Editing for Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials.

George Verschoor executive-produced this episode of Extreme Makeover with Brady Connell.


“Change Begin Within” premiers on PBS

Posted on May 3rd, 2012

The long-anticipated reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr came to PBS this past Sunday night!

Broadcast on WNET in New York, the event also featured numerous headliners including Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Jerry Seinfeld, Moby, Bettye LaVette, Jim James, and Laura Dern.

Produced by Hoosick Falls Productions and Executive-Produced by George Verschoor with David Lynch, “Change Begins Within” was sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation to help bring meditation to schools across the country.

Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite for David Lynch benefit concert – to be broadcast on New York’s THIRTEEN on Sunday, April 29

Posted on April 15th, 2012


Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on an American stage for the only time in the past 20 years during this historic 2009 Radio City Music Hall benefit concert, which will be broadcast on New York City’s channel THIRTEEN on Sunday, April 29, at 10:30 pm (check local listings for broadcast times and dates in your area).

The Beatle reunion highlights the 90-minute “Change Begins Within” concert to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, a charity set up in 2005 by the iconic filmmaker David Lynch to fund Transcendental Meditation programs for at-risk youth, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and women who suffer from domestic abuse and violence.

McCartney performs a set of Beatles, Wings and solo classics; Starr sings his own set of Beatle and solo hits; and McCartney and Starr join together on stage for a finale of “With A Little Help from My Friends,” Paul’s rarely performed “Cosmically Conscious,” and Beatle fan favorite “I Saw Her Standing There.”

Also appearing on the broadcast are comedian Jerry Seinfeld as well as musicians Sheryl Crow (“My Sweet Lord”), Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper (“Under Pressure”), Moby and Betty LaVette (“Natural Blues”), Paul Horn, newly-elected Rock-and-Roll-Hall of Famer Donovan  and Jim James (“Hurdy Gurdy Man”).

The concert was co-produced by Hoosick Falls Productions and David Lynch Foundation Television with executive producer George Verschoor.

Press contact: Elizabeth Freund, 718-522-5858, for more information or to arrange an interview with David Lynch.


The David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for more than 200,000 students and veterans to learn to meditate.

Transcendental Meditation is a simple, easily learned technique, practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice daily, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. According to research funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, the technique reduces stress and stress-related disorders, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, and substance abuse.

Prominent meditators include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Russell Brand, Ellen DeGeneres, Clint Eastwood, Mehmet Oz, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld, Russell Simmons, and Oprah Winfrey.


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Former Beatles have not performed together since 2002

Posted on April 10th, 2012


Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will reunite onstage for the upcoming “Change Begins Within” concert, which benefits the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. The concert, also featuring Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Bettye Lavette, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, takes place at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on April 4.

The April 4 show marks the first time McCartney and Starr will perform together since 2002.

Airing on PBS stations this April 29th, “Change Begin Within” was executive-produced by George Verschoor and produced by Hoosick Falls Productions with the David Lynch Foundation.

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Finally, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney 2009 reunion benefit show headed for TV

Posted on April 10th, 2012


“Change Begins Within,” the 2009 Radio City Music Hall benefit for the David Lynch Foundation that featured an on-stage reunion by Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, will finally make its TV debut next month almost three years after the show initially took place.

“Change Begin Within” was executive-produced by George Verschoor and produced by Hoosick Falls Productions with the David Lynch Foundation.

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