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Nat Geo preps “American Genius”

U.S. net National Geographic Channel has greenlit American Genius, a multi-part special event docudrama looking at pioneering Americans, "from Ben Franklin and Alexander Graham Bell to Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg."
July 22, 2013

U.S. net National Geographic Channel has greenlit American Genius, a multi-part special event docudrama looking at pioneering Americans, “from Ben Franklin and Alexander Graham Bell to Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.”

The series, which is being produced by Stephen David Entertainment (The Men Who Built America), is in production now, and promises to feature “the boldest, most daring, most creative and most irrepressible inventors that have made the United States the greatest hotbed of business in the world over the past 225 years,” according to the network.

NGC president Howard T. Owens said: “American Genius is sure to elevate the conversation about creativity and invention in America.

“In an era where America is not always credited as leading ingenuity, this show will remind us that this country has always been a global hotbed for genius, and we will celebrate the way they changed the world we live in.”

An airdate for the miniseries has not yet been set. The network says that American Genius follows in the realm of science titles such as Brain Games and The Numbers Game, both of which are in a second season of production.

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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