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NEWS x MUSE Michael Sandoval talks with Executive Producer Anwar Mamon about his series coming to National Geographic, America’s National Parks which premieres tonight August 29.

National Geographic takes viewers on an extraordinary venture across world-famous and lesser-known national parks to reveal the diversity and wonder of this beautiful country, from the lush valley floors of Yosemite to the constantly erupting volcanoes of Hawai’i. Narrated and executive produced by Garth Brooks, AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS showcases the breathtaking landscape and extraordinary wildlife in parks full of rich surprises and wonder. The award-winning creative team behind iconic natural history films and series like Disneynature’s “Earth” and “Elephant Eden,” as well as BBC’s “Planet Earth” and “Frozen Planet,” brings you the inspiring series shot using cutting-edge technology, including long-lens cinematography, remote camera traps and the latest high-resolution drone technology. The series captures not only stunning landscapes and frozen moments in time but intimate glimpses into the lives of the charismatic and intriguing animals that inhabit these parks.

Mamon is an award-winning executive producer with over 20 years of experience in TV production and has most recently been working at BBC Studios’ The Natural History Unit. He has been lucky enough to film in some of the most remote locations on the planet, such as the frozen Canadian High Arctic, the uncharted jungles of Burma, the dense forests of Russia and the desolate deserts in Namibia. Everything Mamon produces has one goal: to amaze, entertain and delight audiences, bringing them closer to nature and our planet than ever before. He firmly believes in pushing creative boundaries to attract new viewers to the specialist factual/natural history genres by telling emotional, relatable and engaging stories.

A qualified drone pilot and experienced camera op, Mamon is a tech nerd who loves finding inventive ways to use cameras and raise the bar of visual storytelling. With the help and guidance of scientists, he has put cameras on a lion (“Story of Cats,” PBS) and inside a bear den (“Grizzly Bear Cubs & Me,” BBC). He was the first director to capture the northern lights in real-time for broadcast television using specialist low-light cameras (“Primal Survivor,” National Geographic). For his latest series (“Life at the Waterhole,” BBC and PBS), Mamon oversaw the building of a unique watering hole in a water-stressed region of Tanzania. A world first, this watering hole had a built-in remote camera system able to record 24/7, providing an intimate view of the lives of African wildlife at the one place where they all gather.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.