History launches multi-platform “History Now” series

A+E Networks-owned cable net History has launched History Now, its first multi-platform digital series slated to provide a real-time look at current events.
February 16, 2016

A+E Networks-owned cable net History has launched its first multi-platform digital series.

Produced by Punched in the Head Productions, History Now will give audiences a real-time look at current events through short-form episodes – between two and four minutes in length – made available on a weekly basis.

New topics will be introduced each month, covering such themes as the U.S. presidential election, bio-hacking and robotics, border security, gun rights, hackers fighting the Islamic State, Olympic hopefuls and legalizing marijuana.

The social media series will kick off with four digital stories, featuring stories on Matthew VanDyke (below), the founder of an organization aiming to fight terrorism and despotism; the Alteibawis, a family of seven who fled Syria for life in the U.S.; Sheyna Gifford, an “Earthstronaut” living in an enclosed 1,200 square-foot space as part of a year-long NASA-affiliated Mars simulation; and Kevin Yarbrough, an Office of Neighborhood Safety agent who offers youth a stipend to avoid inner city crime.

Craig D’Entrone, Amelia D’Entrone and Betsy Forhan serve as executive producers for Punched in the Head Productions, with Zachary G. Behr and Kathleen Williams exec producing for History.

Content will be available on the History Now digital platform and across its various social media outlets.

“So much innovation in storytelling is happening online in real-time,” said Paul Cabana, exec VP and head of programming at History, in a statement. “This is an incredible opportunity for us to feature personal history that can only be lived, documented and shared now.”

  • Check out the “Matthew VanDyke: The Freedom Fighter” episode from the series below:

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.