Following the success of “Trafficked With Mariana Van Zeller”, Disney’s National Geographic has signed a new first-look deal with Muck Media for unscripted series and specials.

Muck Media is an Emmy, Peabody and duPont Award-winning production company concentrating on quality storytelling that is often journalistic and always compelling.

The company recently premiered three projects at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival: American Pain, a CNN Films/HBOMax feature documentary about the rise and fall of twin brothers from Florida who ran the biggest prescription opioid trafficking network in US history; “Menudo: Forever Young”, an HBOMax original series chronicling the fame and tragedy of the most iconic Latin American boy band in history; and The Originals, an animated short about childhood friends growing up in South Brooklyn, where money was tight but friendships were tighter.

Muck’s Emmy-nominated series “Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller”, about global black markets and underworld, was recently picked up for its fourth season by National Geographic.  And the company is currently producing the Disney+ Original “Science Fair, The Series”, which is inspired by the Sundance Festival Favorite and Emmy Award-winning feature documentary.

Muck produced the critically acclaimed Netflix Original documentary “Mucho Mucho Amor” about the beloved Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado; the duPont Award-winning investigative documentary “Death by Fentanyl”, which was among the earliest reporting on the fentanyl crisis and “Chasing El Chapo”, a documentary about the hunt for the famous Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera.

Mariana van Zeller, Muck Media’s co-founder and host of “Trafficked”, said in a statement:

“National Geographic is synonymous with adventure, curiosity and exploration, which are at the core of Muck’s approach to storytelling. From quirky teenagers studying science to black market operators and everything in between, Nat Geo has been so incredibly supportive of our work. We are deeply grateful and beyond excited for this opportunity to push our creative partnership to new bounds.

Tom McDonald, executive vice president, Global Factual and Unscripted Content, at National Geographic, added:

“I’m a huge admirer of the work that Muck Media does – journalistic, stylish, thought-provoking and contemporary. The team is also such a joy to work with – collaborative, audience-focused and full of ideas … It’s thrilling to be deepening our working relationship further with this first-look deal.”


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