TCA: Nat Geo Teams With Sebastian Junger For Documentary Project

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National Geographic Channel has tapped author/journalist Sebastian Junger to create a documentary focusing on the war in Syria and Iraq, the network said Wednesday during its Television Critics Association winter press tour.

The yet to be titled project will feature Junger and partner Nick Quested as they gain  unprecedented access to clandestine organizations to offer a hard-hitting look at one of the most serious threats faced by the Western world, said network officials.

“We strive to offer the very best content out there, and Sebastian’s experiential style of filmmaking is the very best,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and  production, National Geographic Channel. “We are thrilled to be involved in Sebastian’s latest project. After the unprecedented success of Restrepo for the National Geographic Channel, my only regret is that it took us six years to work together again!”

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.