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“Science Fair” directors, Nat Geo Doc Films re-team on “Own the Room” for Disney+

National Geographic Documentary Films has partnered once more with Science Fair filmmakers Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster on a feature-length documentary for streaming service Disney+. Produced by Shopify Studios and Saville Productions, Own the Room charts the journeys ...
February 8, 2021

National Geographic Documentary Films has partnered once more with Science Fair filmmakers Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster on a feature-length documentary for streaming service Disney+.

Produced by Shopify Studios and Saville Productions, Own the Room charts the journeys of five students as they venture to Macau, China, to enter their budding business ventures in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.

Cameras will follow the pupils from disparate corners of the globe as they represent their countries as the top student entrepreneurs, aiming for the chance to walk away from the competition with a US$100,000 grand prize and the opportunity to transform their business ideas into reality.

Featured throughout the film will be Santosh from Nepal; Alondra from Puerto Rico; Henry, a programming wiz from Nairobi; Jason, a marketing genius from Greece; and Daniela, an immigrant fleeing the crisis in Venezuela.

Working alongside the Emmy Award-winning directors will be Tobias Lütke, Jason Badal, Colin McRae, Carolyn Bernstein and Ryan Harrington as executive producers. The project will be produced by Rupert Maconick and Jeffrey Plunkett.

Own the Room will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on March 12.

“Given the difficult time our world is facing, this enthusiastic and determined group of young entrepreneurs are a ray of hope for a better, brighter future,” said co-directors Costantini and Foster in a statement. “We are excited to be working alongside National Geographic again and cannot imagine a more perfect platform than Disney+ to share these incredible stories and inspire children and adults alike to make a positive impact on our world.”

Own the Room‘s trailblazing group of young innovators are audaciously pushing boundaries to create a better world for generations to come, and their extraordinary work deserves our attention,” added Carolyn Bernstein, EVP of scripted content and documentary films at National Geographic.

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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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