History will air a 12-hour television event, Mankind: The Story of All of Us(w/t), from America: The Story of Us producers Nutopia, which will look at the history of the human race through the ages via CGI and dramatic reconstructions.
The mini-series, which will air across six nights on History around the world, has been in the works for two years and is now in production in locations including China, South Africa and Morocco. History says that Mankind will have the first global series premiere in the history of the network, and will also have a worldwide educational initiative.
Mankind examines how humans have become the dominant species on the planet, despite the fact that over 99.9% of all species of the earth have gone extinct.
Every episode of the series will chart mankind’s progress, and will pinpoint the pivotal moments and unexpected game changers that led to achievements in technology, travel, engineering and ideas.
“Mankind the Story of All of Us has the same spirit and daring storytelling that made America the Story of Us such a phenomenal success,” said History president and general manager Nancy Dubuc. “But this time we’re going even bigger. This series will redefine history as we know it for people throughout the world – how it’s told, how it’s watched, taught and how it is experienced,”
“We are traveling to every corner of the earth in order to portray the heroic story of man and the collective story of all of us. This is a shared adventure and it is an honor and a privilege to bring this story to our viewers.”
“This project will redefine history – it’s a completely new path to see who we are and where we came – and one that will fundamentally change how we view the world forever,” exclaimed Nutopia’s Jane Root, executive producer of Mankind, alongside Ben Goold. “We also engage the viewer by exploring the world of science and its effect on mankind.”
Companion programming will air on History’s new spin-off network, H2.