National Geographic Channel will go straight to series with the first scripted series in the history of the network, the global anthology GENIUS from Fox 21 Television Studios (“Homeland,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson”), Imagine Television (“24,” “Empire”), OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow.
The straight-to-series order will mark the first scripted series for the network, and Academy Award winner Ron Howard will direct the first episode.
Each season of the anthology will dramatize the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators.
The premiere season will focus on scientist Albert Einstein and will be based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” adapted by writer Noah Pink.
The series will be executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Francie Calfo, and co-produced by Anna Culp; from OddLot Entertainment, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane will executive produce and Melissa Rucker will co-produce; and Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney from EUE/Sokolow will also executive produce.
Pink will also executive produce alongside a showrunner soon to be announced.
The series will uncover how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk named Albert Einstein— a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate — unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe.
Each episode will explore the iconoclast behind these extraordinary scientific achievements, including his political activism, family life and volatile and complex personal relationships.
Oscar winner Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) will direct the premiere episode.
With production expected to begin this summer in Prague, the series will premiere on Nat Geo next spring, in 171 countries and 45 languages.
For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.