The ABC weekly series Born to Explore has won a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award. The series is hosted by Richard Wiese of Weston. Its executive producers are Mr. Wiese and Mercedes Velgot, also of Weston.
The show was awarded a gold medal in the television category for young adults 13 to 16.
“Viewers will be treated to much more than a video travelogue in Born to Explore. Storytelling never flags; these are informative, character-driven documentaries focusing on engaging feature topics, with solid research and reporting and exceptional and creative videography,” said Gina Catanzarite of the Parents’ Choice Awards. “Viewers will appreciate insights into lifestyles and life forms around the world, and they’ll come away enriched by the solid educational content.”
The three submitted half-hour episodes focused on: Protecting endangered cheetahs in Namibia; tracking polar bear migration in Canada; and the training of horses in Chile by a horse whisperer.
Recently, Mr. Wiese and his production team traveled to South Africa to track the great white rhino and explore the penguin colonies of Cape Town. In India, the team explored classical Indian dance, silk weaving and a day in the life of the Asiatic elephants.
The highly successful first season of Born to Explore averaged 1.4 million U.S. viewers every week. The series received a 2012 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Series, and won a 2012 Silver SABRE Award. The series is now airing its second season.
“Our small passionate team is honored to be recognized by the Parents’ Choice Awards,” said Mr. Wiese. “Every week, we try to create a show that is not only entertaining and educational for our viewers, but also socially conscious. Exploration is not only about the discovery of the natural world,” he said. “It’s also about creating a positive understanding of the many fascinating cultures on our planet.“
Mr. Wiese is an explorer and respected field scientist. He has traveled to all seven continents and was the youngest president of the legendary Explorers Club.