National Geographic and Katie Couric Media Partner on New Global Documentary, Gender Revolution (W.T.)

Two-Hour Documentary Hosted and Executive Produced by Couric to
Premiere Timed to National Geographic Magazine January Cover
Story on Gender

WASHINGTON & LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National Geographic Channel and Katie Couric Media, along with National
Geographic Studios, the in-house production unit of the network, today
announced they are joining forces on a two-hour documentary, Gender
(w.t.), an in-depth and unflinching look at the role of
genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity. Gender
(w.t.) will premiere on the National Geographic Channel
globally in 171 countries and 45 languages, timed to the January 2017
Gender issue of National Geographic Magazine. For more information, visit
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“This show will explore the roles of science, politics, and culture on
gender, giving viewers a greater understanding of what is becoming a
rapidly evolving issue,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic
Global Networks. “We’re proud to partner with Katie and her talented
production team to play a part in breaking down the complexities of
gender identity.”

“It seems that every day, there’s a new story and a new vocabulary
around gender that’s challenging our long-held attitudes and
preconceptions about what makes us who we are,” said Couric. “Gender
(w.t.) will go beyond the headlines to examine the why,
the how and what it all means, with intimate stories of the people who
are at the forefront of this new frontier. We’ll also explore how it’s
impacting almost every aspect of our lives, from bathrooms to
boardrooms, and from colleges to competitive sports. Think of it this
way: this will be everything you wanted to know about gender but were
afraid to ask.”

Gender Revolution (w.t.) will explore the complexities of gender
in everyday life, from the moment we are born through our twilight
years. The film will examine how gender has been viewed across centuries
by ancient civilizations, and the surprisingly different approaches to
gender around the world today. It will dive into the debates, from the
deeply personal – at what age do we first come to terms with our gender?
– to the very public, including what’s fair when it comes to intersex
athletes at the Olympics, and the new battlefront: public restrooms. It
will shed light on the countless untold stories of struggle,
understanding, ignorance, hurt and love.

The January 2017 Gender issue of National Geographic Magazine
will have features that look at gender from different perspectives. The
magazine will examine the differences along the spectrum of gender,
looking both at what determines sex and how gender is perceived to an
individual and his or her culture. In addition, New York writer Chip
Brown will look at what masculinity and the transition between boyhood
and manhood means today through his 15-year-old son’s experiences as
it relates to coming-of-age rituals in traditional cultures that often
define manhood in terms of physical tests or devotion to religion. And
conversely, writer Alexandra Fuller will look at what her
adult daughter’s experience can teach her and her younger teenage sister
about peer pressure and other pitfalls of growing up in today’s world.
Lastly, the magazine will look at how girls in places where the culture
is often very harsh to them, such as genital mutilation and denial of
rights, are overcoming the odds and reaching new heights.

Gender Revolution (w.t.) will be produced by Katie Couric Media
and National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channel. For
Katie Couric Media, executive producers are Katie Couric and Mitch
Semel. For National Geographic Studios, executive producers are Jeff
Hasler and Brian Lovett. For National Geographic Channel, Tim Pastore is
President, Original Programming and Production. Fenton Bailey and Randy
Barbato, known for shows including “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “The RuPaul
Show” and “Hot Property” also serve as Executive Producers on this film.

Katie Couric Media

Katie Couric Media develops and produces content, programming and
documentaries for TV networks and digital distribution platforms,
focusing on compelling issues the award-winning journalist and
best-selling author has covered throughout her career. Katie Couric
Media projects include: the “Katie Couric” podcast from Earwolf,
which features the host in candid, unscripted conversations about
American life and politics; the National Geographic documentary, “Gender
Revolution”; and the upcoming movie “Flint” with Craig Zadan and Neil
Meron, about the drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan. Katie
Couric is the executive producer of “Fed Up” (2014) and “Under the Gun”
(2016), both documentaries premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

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21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society. As a global leader
in premium science, adventure and exploration programming, the Channels
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and Nat Geo MUNDO. Additionally, the Channels also run the in-house
television production unit, National Geographic Studios. The Channels
contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to
exploration, conservation and education with entertaining, innovative
programming from A-level talent around the world, and with profits that
help support the society’s mission. Globally, NGC is available in more
than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages, and Nat Geo
WILD is available in 131 countries and 38 languages. National Geographic
Partners is also a leader in social media, with a fan base of 250
million people across all of its social pages. NGC contributes over 55
million social media fans globally on Facebook alone. For more
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