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Discovery, Inc.-owned Science Channel will premiere a three-part docuseries that offers a revealing look at the history of the computer and tech industry. Produced by Kikim Media, with support from the ...
March 19, 2018

Discovery, Inc.-owned Science Channel will premiere a three-part docuseries that offers a revealing look at the history of the computer and tech industry.

Produced by Kikim Media, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Silicon Valley: The Untold Story delves into the century-and-a-half history of the area that is now home to such tech behemoths as Apple, Google, Facebook and Intel, among others.

Directed by Michael Schwarz, the three-part series tells a broader, mostly untold story of the Valley. It includes interviews with some of the region’s most prominent innovators, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and other tech entrepreneurs.

The first hour of Silicon Valley: The Untold Story will examine the rise of venture capital and government influence that has turned the area into a magnet for tech-focused innovators.

Hour two, meanwhile, explores the unique combinations that fueled the Valley’s rise to becoming the world’s technological and economic powerhouse.

The third and final hour will chart the circuitous paths and lucky accidents that lie behind some of the Valley’s greatest success stories.

The three-part series will also detail the challenges that women have faced in the Valley as told by leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Kim Polese, chair for CrowdSmart, and Heidi Roizen, co-founder of T/Maker.

Tech leaders featured in interviews throughout the series include Wozniak; Y-Combinator founders Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston; WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum; Kyle Vogt, whose four-person self-driving car start-up was bought by General Motors for US$1 billion; and Intel co-founder Gordon Moore.

Other tech titans featured include Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell; Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim; and Eric Schmidt, executive chair of Google parent company, Alphabet.

Kikim Media’s Kiki Kapany is executive producer alongside Science Channel’s Jon Bardin. Michael Schwarz and Edward Gray are series producers.

Silicon Valley: The Untold Story premieres with three back-to-back episodes on March 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.

About The Author
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.

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