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Electus, Nat Geo Channel partner on development deal

Ben Silverman's multimedia entertainment studio Electus has entered into a three-for-one project development deal with National Geographic Channel in the U.S., which includes one guaranteed series greenlight.
January 27, 2012

Ben Silverman’s multimedia entertainment studio Electus has entered into a three-for-one project development deal with National Geographic Channel in the U.S., which includes one guaranteed series greenlight.

The remaining two projects will remain confidential until a later date. Electus has a concept for an immersive reality series based on the Mayflower voyage in development.

The reality series would recreate the 66 day journey the Pilgrims went on in search of the new world. The studio has plans to feature descendents of the original Mayflower passengers in the series.

National Geographic president Howard T. Owens said: “National Geographic Channel is making a targeted effort to be in business with the best and brightest television makers in the world and Ben and Chris [Grant] set the standard.”

Chris Grant, CEO of Electus, added: “Howard Owens and [National Geographic Channels U.S. CEO] David Lyle are making incredibly transformative changes at National Geographic Channel. Already one of the most significant global brands, we are proud to help them further their efforts by developing these inventive new series.

“Our vision for the Mayflower series is to recreate, as closely as possible, the real experiences that the original passengers faced. With that in mind, this is the perfect way to bridge Nat Geo’s brand of organic storytelling with the reality TV genre that Electus is so well-known for. This journey provides all the twists, turns and high stakes that really keep audiences on the edge of their seats.”

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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