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Ralph Franklin Posted by Ralph Franklin in Blogs April 7th, 2015


If someone had told me four years ago that a photographer standing on a stage with a laser pointer showing slides was filling auditoriums, I’d wonder what they’re smoking. If he’d added the single admission ticket price to see that speaker was $20 to $70, I would have definitely stepped back. To compound what was appearing to be a severe mental disorder the person added, “The discounted cost to book the filmmaker is $10,000 for one performance.” I would have smiled and walked away.
The problem was it was true. I had called the National Geographic’s Speakers Bureau Events regarding the National Geographic Live shows and was seeking information. I was speaking with their booking department, and I am now in shock.
National Geographic Live appeared in Toronto's Roy
Thompson Hall, 2630 seats, two performances
Grasping what I had heard had left me speechless, really speechless, “Would you like to book Mr. So and so, he is in your area and I’m sure he will accept $10,000.” the agent added.
Fifty plus years in the travel adventure documentary, TAD film business, the old "Travelogue" business I now found myself mentally unprepared to process these figures. I felt like Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle and I think I said, “It’s out of my budget.” I should have asked what century am I living in?
The wake up call that day had left me spinning, asking how this could be, where have I been? And now I needed to see a National Geographic Live show.
The easiest way was to go online and do a search. And it was there, the necessary material to do a review, a speaker’s bio and then see his show.
Following is that bio. It is well written and a great sales tool for any exhibitor. Then at the very bottom, there is a link to a 24-minute NGL program. Viewing this show will give you some idea why entrepreneurs, performing arts centers, colleges and universities are paying top dollar to book.
Mattias Klum photographer
Matias Klum
Mattias Klum Photographer, Filmmaker, Conservationist
Specializing in portraying and interpreting threatened environments, species, and cultures, Mattias Klum is one of the most important natural history photographers of our time and has been a filmmaker since 1994. His advocacy on behalf of biodiversity earned him a medal from the King of Sweden and designation as a 2008 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2010 he was named Senior Fellow of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and National Geographic Fellow, in which role he supports National Geographic Mission Programs efforts on critical biodiversity and conservation issues. He was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for IUCN in 2011.
Klum has photographed multiple stories for National Geographic magazine, among other international publications. He regularly collaborates with globally recognized network organizations to raise public awareness and support for important environmental, sustainability, and humanitarian initiatives. He released two new films in 2011: The Testament of Tebaran, a Penan elder’s plea to end deforestation in Borneo; and The Coral Eden, which highlights the importance of biodiversity from one of the Earth’s last untouched coral reef havens. His recent book, co-authored by renowned scientist and global sustainability expert Dr. Johan Rockström, was published in the spring of 2012.
A powerful voice in conservation and one of National Geographic’s most highly acclaimed speakers, Klum delivers an inspiring and entertaining program with a resonant message, encouraging us to lighten our footprint on Earth and to consider the legacy we will leave to those who follow.
The YouTube link is a 24-minute show with Mattias presenting one of his programs to an audience. You will see what is filling auditoriums from coast to coast. It will be different from what we have been presenting for the past 112 years and will offer some insight on a new market that is attracting young and old alike .








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