National Geographic Channels International has commissioned JFK: Seven Days That Made a President and 9/11 Firehouse, while the series Scam City has been recommissioned for a second season.
The 120-minute documentary JFK: Seven Days that Made a President marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It looks at the seven defining turning points of JFK, including the day his patrol boat sank, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the first time he met Marilyn Monroe.
Blast! Films will produce, and the non-scripted special will premiere alongside the network’s docudrama Killing Kennedy in November.
NGCI has also commissioned Testimony Films to produce a one-hour special, 9/11 Firehouse, that tells the story of Ten House, the fire station next to the Twin Towers. Its firefighters were the first in on September 11, and the special uses rare archive footage and testimony. It airs in September.
Meanwhile, Handel and Zig Zag Productions are set to deliver a second season of Scam City in 2014. The 10-part series heads to the top tourist cities across the world to expose the thieves and scammers lurking in wait. Host Conor Woodman (pictured above) uses hidden cameras to meet with con artists in cities including Amsterdam, London, New Orleans and Mumbai, to learn the tricks of their trades. The series will premiere on National Geographic Channel in 170 countries in early 2014.
“From an edgy look at the underbellies of the world’s most popular cities to new perspectives on historical moments that sent shockwaves across the globe, this latest set of greenlights illustrates the incredible breadth of programming that National Geographic Channel has to offer our audiences,” said Hamish Mykura, NGCI’s executive VP and head of international content.