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NatGeo First-Ever Scripted Series with Ron Howard

NatGeo First-Ever Scripted Series with Ron Howard

National Geographic Channel has officially jumped into the scripted game.

The cabler has given a straight-to-series order to “Genius,” an anthology series that will tell the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators. The first installment of “Genius” will focus on Albert Einstein.
Ron Howard is attached to direct the first episode, and Brian Grazer will serve as an exec producer. Fox 21 Television Studios is producing with Howard and Grazer’s Imagine Television, OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow.
The premiere season centering around Einstein is based on Walter Isaacson’s book about the famed scientist, “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” Noah Pink will pen the television adaptation.
Pink will serve as an exec producer with Howard, Grazer, Francie Calfo, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney. Melissa Rucker and Anna Culp are co-exec producers.
Howard commented, “Having already worked with National Geographic on ‘Breakthrough’ and currently in production on ‘Mars’— our exciting unscripted and scripted hybrid series that tells of our journey to colonize Mars — I look forward to their support as we tell this ambitious but intimate and revealing human story behind Einstein’s scientific brilliance. I hope that his story, as well as those of other geniuses, will both entertain and inspire the next generation of Einsteins.”
Production is slated to begin this summer in Prague with “Genius” eyeing a spring 2017 premiere. The series will debut in 171 countries and in 45 languages.