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Half Yard, History’s U.S. geography series takes shape

American cable network History has commissioned Half Yard Productions to make How The States Got Their Shape, a series looking at the jagged geography of the United States.
March 31, 2011

American cable network History has commissioned Half Yard Productions to make How The States Got Their Shape, a series looking at the jagged geography of the United States.

The hour-long series will premiere May 3 at 10 p.m. EST, and is presented by journalist and former Daily Show correspondent Brian Unger. It promises to combine “the spirit of a cross-country road trip with lively graphics and the fun of an interactive game show.”

As the title suggests, the show will raise questions such as why Florida has a panhandle and why Chicago isn’t in Wisconsin, while also looking at how the shape of the U.S. has affected its people and culture.

The exec producers for History are David McKillop and Paul Cabana, while the execs for Half Yard are Sean Gallagher, Abby Greensfelder and Ann Carroll.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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