National Geographic has greenlit a six-part scripted and documentary hybrid limited event series from STXtv and executive producer Arianna Huffington.
Produced by STXtv, STX Entertainment’s television studio division, Valley of the Boom will recount the meteoric rise of Silicon Valley’s 1990s tech boom that ultimately spawned some of the world’s most influential people and recognizable brands before the Dot-com bubble collapsed in the early 2000s, shuttering many pioneering Internet-based companies.
Similar to the network’s critically acclaimed hybrid mini-series event Mars, which is currently in production on its second season, the scripted drama will be supported by select documentary elements that will offer insight into the true inside story of the early days of Silicon Valley.
Matthew Carnahan (pictured) serves as creator, showrunner, director and executive producer. The House of Lies (Showtime) creator is repped by ICM & Lighthouse Management & Media.
Joining Carnahan and Huffington as fellow executive producers are Jason Goldberg, Brant Pinvidic, David Walpert and co-executive producer David Newsom, who will lead the non-scripted unit of the production. Joel Ehninger of Matthew Carnahan Circus Products boards as producer.
STX will distribute the series in China.
Valley of the Boom will premiere globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages.
“We wanted to make something as disruptive and exciting as the people and the tech that came out of The Valley during this period, so this is a wild, hybridized, rule-breaking look at a truly remarkable time and place,” said Carnahan in a statement.
“Silicon Valley and the technology that came out of it dominate our world in so many ways, both physically and culturally,” added Huffington. “But we can’t understand the present without understanding how we got here.”