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Smithsonian, Discovery mark “Star Trek” 50th with special

Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada will mark the 50th anniversary of the science fiction entertainment franchise with Building Star Trek (pictured), a two-hour special from Toronto-based producer Yap Films.
July 7, 2016

U.S. net Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada will mark the 50th anniversary of science fiction entertainment franchise Star Trek with a two-hour special from Toronto-based producer Yap Films.

Building Star Trek (pictured) will trail Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s conservation team as they attempt to restore the original 11-foot, 250-pound model of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original series, which debuted on September 8, 1966.

In addition to restoring the ship, teams will look to reconstruct the Enterprise Bridge headquarters by using authentic set pieces and props.

The special will also highlight and profile the scientific innovations and technologies that have inspired a new generation of engineers and scientists attempting to transform Star Trek’s futuristic equipment – including warp drives, medical tricorders, cloaking devices and tractor beams – into physical concepts.

Executive producers on the special include Yap’s Elliott Halpern and Elizabeth Trojian; Smithsonian’s David Royle, Charles Poe and Tim Evans; and Discovery’s Ken MacDonald. The program will be directed by Mick Grogan.

Building Star Trek is scheduled to broadcast across Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada on September 4 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

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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