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.