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The National Park Service, the National Park Foundation and Discovery Channel Premiere <i>Point Reyes: The Point of Kings</i>

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Date: November 2, 2005
Contact: John A. Dell’Osso, National Park Service, 415-464-5135
Contact: Jodi Knauer, National Park Foundation, 202-238-4179
Contact: Michelle Russo, Discovery Communications, 240-662-2901

Park Documentary Explores the Stories of Celebrated Piece of California Coastline

Discovery Communications, a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks, today announced the release of its newest ParkDoc, Point Reyes: The Point of Kings. The film, produced in partnership with The National Park Service (NPS), the National Park Foundation (NPF) and Discovery Channel captures the majestic beauty and diverse landscape of the Point Reyes National Seashore, explores the practices and culture of its various inhabitants, and chronicles how local conservation efforts have evolved over time.

"Discovery is proud to bring its high quality storytelling to America’s National Parks. Pt. Reyes National Seashore not only boasts one of the most magnificent and diverse landscapes in the country, but also offers a lesson in preserving America’s natural beauty. We hope that this ParkDoc film will expand visitors’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of this historic place," said Carrie Passmore, Senior Vice President for Public Partnerships, Discovery Communications.

Point Reyes: The Point of Kings demonstrates Discovery’s commitment to create engaging and unforgettable experiences for the millions of visitors to America’s National Parks. The film was produced in high definition and surround sound. Upon its release, it will be shown daily at the Bear Valley Visitor Center on Bear Valley Road in Olema, California and as scheduled on Discovery HD Theatre.

Point Reyes: The Point of Kings takes viewers on a journey through the astounding diversity of the Park and its unspoiled sweep of golden California coast. Point Reyes is home to 90 thousand acres of coastal grassland, maritime forests, mountain ridges and fog-shrouded valleys where mountain lions and Tule elk roam the inland valleys. In the cold, nutrient-rich Pacific Ocean waters, Grey, Blue and Humpback whales migrate and harbor and elephant seals bask in rowdy colonies on the rocky shores. For all its wild inhabitants, Point Reyes is also a place of dynamic change and human impact. Coast Miwok Indians, Spanish explorers, gold-hungry prospectors, cattle ranchers and dairy farmers have all left their mark.

"This film helps visitors understand the intricate resource issues found at this spectacular area, set aside by the American people for all to experience," said Don Neubacher, Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent. "Both Discovery Communications and the National Park Foundation understood the sensitive nature of the vast cultural and natural resources at the Seashore and were very receptive to our needs during the making of this film."

As a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks, Discovery provides park visitors and network viewers with the highest quality content to satisfy their quest for knowledge and take them on a journey of exploration through the wonders found within our National Parks. To date, Discovery has provided more than 100 parks, historical sites and monuments throughout the United States with state-of-the-art films. These films have the access to the beauty and splendor of these national treasures to nearly 130 million visitors.

National Park Service
Established by Congress in 1916, the National Park Service is charged with management of the Nation’s most precious cultural and natural resources. These resources, located in 388 sites nationwide, are inextricably woven into our national heritage. They provide citizens the world over with invaluable opportunities for recreation, appreciation of beauty, historical reflection, cultural enrichment and environmental education.

National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation (www.nationalparks.org), chartered by Congress in 1967, is the official philanthropic partner of America’s National Parks. The National Park Foundation strengthens the enduring connection between the American people and their National Parks by raising private funds, making strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships and increasing public awareness. Over the past seven years, the Foundation has contributed more than $135 million in grants and program support to National Parks across the country.

Proud Partners of America’s National Parks
The National Park Foundation and the National Park Service launched the Proud Partners of America’s National Parks initiative in 2000. Four major American companies – Discovery Communications, American Airlines, Ford Motor Company, and Unilever – have each committed to multi-year support of the National Park Foundation to help fund visitor enhancement projects, promote the National Parks Pass, and invite more Americans to experience and support their National Parks.

Discovery Communications, Inc.
Discovery Communications, Inc. is the leading global real-world media and entertainment company. Discovery has grown from its core property, the Discovery Channel, first launched in the United States in 1985, to current global operations in more than 160 countries and territories with 1.3 billion cumulative subscribers. DCI’s over 90 networks of distinctive programming represent 25 network entertainment brands including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Military Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Discovery en Español, Discovery Kids En Español, Discovery HD Theater, FitTV, Discovery Travel & Living (Viajar y Vivir), Discovery Home & Health and Discovery Real Time. DCI’s other properties consist of Discovery Education and Discovery Commerce, which operates 120 Discovery Channel Stores. DCI also distributes BBC America in the United States. DCI’s ownership consists of four shareholders: Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Cox Communications, Inc., Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, the Company’s Founder and Chairman.

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Did You Know?

Tule Elk

In the mid-1800s, the tule elk was hunted to the brink of extinction. The last surviving tule elk were discovered and protected in the southern San Joaquin Valley in 1874. In 1978, ten tule elk were reintroduced to Point Reyes, which now has one of California's largest populations, numbering ~500. More...