Celebrate Planet Earth With Special Programming On The Discovery Channel

Actor Zac Efron hosts THE GREAT GLOBAL CLEAN UP (premiering April 22 on the Discovery Channel.)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It is a day that remains the largest collective call-to-action in human history. And each year since, people have flocked together by the millions to campuses, parks, beaches and town squares around the world to stand up and fight for the planet. The current health pandemic has made clear in recent weeks, our planet is more delicate than ever before.

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Discovery Channel is bringing the world to you and celebrating our precious planet with a slate of programming that highlights the power of individuals and communities who work tirelessly to keep it healthy and strong. The Discovery Channel will go green with programming for the entire family.

In THE GREAT GLOBAL CLEAN UP (premiering April 22 at 9pm ET/PT), actor Zac Efron and special host filmmaker and social media personality Zach King are joined by celebrities, including Lil DickyLiza Koshy and Cody Simpson and others from the worlds of entertainment and sports to spotlight the efforts of the next generation of individuals and organizations that have made it their mission to help clean up our planet.

Through interviews with environmental pioneers including Earth Day founder Denis Hayes, THE GREAT GLOBAL CLEAN UP travels to places around the globe and features individuals cleaning up their hometowns with groups of volunteers, including Efron’s beach clean-up in his own California hometown.  The special, produced in association with Earth Day Network, also highlights some of the most recent innovations in recycling and waste management that has the potential to turn trash into treasure on a global scale.

This year, all of us will be celebrating Earth Day differently, most from inside our homes. Temporary as this may be, this disruption to our daily lives presents each of us with the unique opportunity to reflect on our personal relationship with the planet and how each and every one of us has the power to make a difference.

EARTH DAY DISCOVERY CHANNEL LINE-UP AND CREDITS BELOW: (Discovery Channel April 22 show schedule can be found HERE. Please note all showtimes are in ET.)

RACING EXTINCTION (ENCORE AIRING, APRIL 22 AT 7:00AM ET/PT) is directed by Louie Psihoyos, producers are Fisher Stevens and Olivia Ahnemann; Gina Papabeis is co-producer.

SERENGETI (MINI MARATHON, EPISODES 2-6, APRIL 22 9:00am ET/PT) is created and produced by Simon Fuller and directed and produced by John Downer. The series was commissioned for BBC TV by Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. Nancy Daniels and Howard Swartz are executive producers for Discovery Channel.

THE STORY OF PLASTIC (APRIL 15, Discovery Go pre-premiere; APRIL 22, 2pm ET/PT) is presented by the Story Of Stuff Project in association with React To Film; original music by Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Cody Westheimer; directed by Deia Schlosberg; produced by Kyle Cadotte, Megan Ponder and Stiv Wilson; co-executive producers, Dianna Cohen, Jackson Browne, and Seven McDonald; Executive Produced by Stiv Wilson, Coralie Charriol-Paul & Dennis Paul, and Michael O’Heaney. THE STORY OF PLASTIC will air in over 130 Discovery regions and territories worldwide pegged to Earth Day.

JOSH GATES TONIGHT (April 22, 8pm ET/PT) is produced for Discovery Channel by Ping Pong Productions. For Ping Pong Productions, executive producers are Brad Kuhlman, Casey Brumels and Josh Gates, and Matthew Meltzer is the co-executive producer. For Discovery Channel, Michael Gara is executive producer and associate producer is Olivia Ghersen.

THE GREAT GLOBAL CLEAN UP™ (APRIL 22 AT 9:00pm-10:00pm ET/PT) The special is produced by INE ENTERTAINMENT for Discovery Channel. Executive producers are Mark Koops, Sarah Davies, and Eric Day for INE ENTERTAINMENT. Zac Efron, Michael Simkin and Jason Barrett are Executive Producers for NINJA’S RUNNIN’ WILD. Executive Producers for Discovery Channel are Scott Lewers, Gretchen Eisele, and Joseph Schneier.  Executive Producers for Earth Day Network are Kathleen Rogers, Susan Bass and Tom Cosgrove.

IMPOSSIBLE CROC RESCUE (wt) (premiering April 22 at 10:00pm ET/PT) The special is produced by Hot Snakes Media for Discovery Channel.   Eric Evangelista, Shannon Evangelista and Forrest Galante are executive producers for Hot Snakes Media.  Sarah Russell is supervising producer and Keith Hoffman and Joseph Schneier are executive producers for Discovery Channel.


About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 88.3 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the peoples, places, and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit http://www.discovery.com/http://www.discovery.com/

About Discovery

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visithttps://corporate.discovery.com/ and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

About Earth Day Network    

Earth Day 2020 comes 50 years after the first Earth Day which, in 1970, mobilized over 20 million citizens to demand action on the environmental challenges of the time. Today, Earth Day is observed in around 190 countries and close to 100,000 organizations. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. To learn more about Earth Day 2020, please visit earthday.org.

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