Genius: Picasso

Synopsis

The second season of National Geographic’s Emmy-, Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated 10-part global event series, GENIUS: PICASSO, starring Antonio Banderas in the titular role, explores the Spanish expatriate’s devotion to his craft, his contribution to modern art and his turbulent personal life. One of the most influential and celebrated artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso’s career spanned more than 80 of his 91 years, during which time he produced an estimated 50,000 works. His passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and ever-shifting political and personal alliances. Constantly reinventing himself, Picasso always strove to innovate and push the boundaries of artistic expression, leading to his worldwide renown as a genius. The new season, from Fox 21 Television Studios, is executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, MWM Studios and EUE/Sokolow Entertainment. Showrunner, executive producer, writer and director Ken Biller also returns. The new season also stars Alex Rich (“Glow,” “True Detective”), Clémence Poésy (“The Tunnel,” “Final Portrait”), Samantha Colley (“The Crucible”), Poppy Delevingne (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”), T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Catch”) and Seth Gabel (“Salem,” “Fringe”).

Critical acclaim

  • “A tantalizing taste of genius”
  • “There obviously is much to admire about Picasso, as splendidly portrayed by Antonio Banderas”
  • “The role of his lifetime”
  • “Banderas's performance is high art”
  • “Seductive performance”
  • “His transformation is a work of art”
  • “Alex Rich…an inspired piece of casting”
  • “Samantha Colley's role as the French photographer Dora Maar is again a scene-stealer”
  • “T.R. Knight is terrific”
  • “Clemence Poesy is mesmerizing”
  • “Gorgeously filmed”
  • “Expertly dressed, the costume designer, production designer and art department for this series are deserving of recognition come award time.”
  • “A great, smart show”
  • “Exceptional”

Credits

GENIUS: PICASSO is executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Francie Calfo, and co-produced by Anna Culp; showrunner, executive producer, writer and director is Ken Biller. From MWM Studios, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane are executive producers and Melissa Rucker is co-producer. Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney from EUE/Sokolow Entertainment are also executive producers. For National Geographic, Carolyn G. Bernstein is executive vice president and head of global scripted development and production. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television and MWM Studios.

Categories

  • Outstanding Limited Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie - Antonio Banderas
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie
  • Outstanding Period Costumes
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie

Awards & Accolades

  • Nominated for 10 Emmy Awards in 2017 including Outstanding Limited Series
  • Nominated for Golden Globe & SAG Awards in 2017
  • Winner - Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television - 2017 ACE Eddie Awards
  • Winner - Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Television Movie/Miniseries/Pilot - American Society of Cinematographers Awards
  • Nominee - TV Adaptation - USC Scripter Awards

Synopsis

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

Critical acclaim

  • “One of the best documentaries of all time”
  • “A stunning achievement.”
  • “THE YEARS BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM. Brett Morgen makes films that feel like extensions of his subject matters, so its cinematic justice that over a hundred hours of footage of Jane Goodall crossed paths with him, as both are pioneers in their field, and only Morgen seems capable of shaping that footage in such a unique, captivating, inspiring way as in JANE.”
  • “*****!”
  • “Grade A.”
  • “A film of deep emotional beauty, a classic in the making.”
  • “A wondrous, moving, and truly stirring portrait.”
  • “Breathtaking. The year’s most beautiful documentary.”

Credits

National Geographic Documentary Films presents a National Geographic Studio Production in association with Public Road Productions. JANE, a film by Brett Morgen (“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” the Oscar®-nominated “On the Ropes”). Music by Oscar® nominee Philip Glass (“Notes on a Scandal,” “The Hours,” “Kundun”). Edited by Emmy® winner Joe Beshenkovsky (“This American Life”). With animation from Stefan Nadelman and cinematography by Ellen Kuras and Hugo van Lawick. Executive produced by Tim Pastore and Jeff Hasler. Produced by Brett Morgen, Bryan Burk, James Smith and Tony Gerber. Written and directed by Brett Morgen.

Categories

  • Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
  • Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program

Awards & Accolades

  • Winner - Producers Guild of AMERICA
  • Winner - Best Documentary - National Board of Review
  • Winner - Best Documentary Feature - Critics Choice Documentary Awards
  • Winner - Best Documentary Screenplay - Writers Guild of America Awards
  • Winner - Audience Choice Prize - Cinema Eye Honors
  • Winner- Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score - Cinema Eye Honors
  • Winner  - ACE Eddie Awards - Best Edited Documentary Feature
  • Winner - Best Feature Documentary - MPSE Golden Reel Awards
  • Nominee - Outstanding Achievement in Editing - Cinema Eye Honors
  • Nominee - Best Documentary - London Critics Circle Film Awards
  • Nominee - BAFTA
  • Nominee - Cinema Audio Society
  • Winner - Chicago Film Critics Association
  • Winner - Utah Film Critics Association
  • Winner - Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
  • Winner - Atlanta Film Critics Circle
  • Winner - San Diego Film Critics Society
  • Winner - Washington DC Film Critics Association
  • Winner - North Texas Film Critics Association
  • Winner - St Louis Film Critics Association
  • Winner - Kansas City Film Critics Circle
  • Winner - Las Vegas Film Critics Society
  • Winner - Southeastern Film Critics Association
  • Winner - Nevada film Critics Society
  • Winner - The Women Film Critics Circle
  • Winner - Florida Film Critics
  • Winner - LA Online Film Critics Society
  • Winner - Houston Film Critics
  • Winner - Georgia Film Critics
  • Winner – Motion Picture/Documentary - Cinema Audio Society

StarTalk with
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Synopsis

Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, StarTalk bridges the intersection between pop culture and science with clarity, humor and passion. Captivating subjects — such as space travel, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth and the environment and breaking news from the universe — will all be explored. Hilarity ensues as Tyson is joined each week by comedian co-hosts, celebrities and other special guests. This season’s guests have included late night host Stephen Colbert, primatologist Jane Goodall, singer Katy Perry, physicist Stephen Hawking and more.

Critical acclaim

  • “...A noble mash-up of science and pop culture.”
  • “There are few media personalities who inspire the particular kind, and level, of public affection Tyson does.”
  • “It’s hard not to be totally transfixed by the brilliant astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.”
  • “...A well-designed scheme for tricking the public into getting interested in science.”

Credits

StarTalk is produced by Curved Light Productions and National Geographic Studios for National Geographic. For Curved Light Productions, executive producers are Neil deGrasse Tyson and Helen Matsos. For National Geographic Studios, executive producers are Brian Lovett and Drew Pulley, and executive vice president of production and development is Jeff Hasler. For National Geographic, executive producer is Betsy Forhan, vice president of production is Kevin Tao Mohs and president of original programming and production is Tim Pastore.

Categories

  • Outstanding Informational Series or Special

Awards & Accolades

  • 3 Time Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Informational Series or Special
  • Nominee - Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality or Variety Program (2017 & 2018) - NAACP Image Awards
  • Nominee - Outstanding Variety/Talk Show - NAMIC Vision Awards
  • Nominee - Outstanding Variety/Talk Show - NAMIC Vision Awards

Life Below Zero

Synopsis

Imagine a place where a wolverine is a real predator, not just a mutant movie character; a corner office is the back part of your tent; and your commute requires dog power, not horsepower. What you’ve just imagined are the remote corners of America’s most sparsely populated state: Alaska. Each season of National Geographic’s Emmy award-winning series Life Below Zero follows some of television’s toughest and most resilient people and their daily struggle to survive. In this unforgiving extremity of America, these individuals are some of the toughest and most resilient people in the world, and their jaw-dropping lifestyle in unthinkable circumstances never ceases to give viewers chills … literally. Life Below Zero covers every obstacle — both expected and unexpected — as Mother Nature wreaks havoc on the Arctic. Each Alaskan’s extreme remote lifestyle gives viewers a whole new appreciation of the word “rural.”

Critical acclaim

  • “Fascinating” and “Quietly compelling”
  • “Television Gold”

Credits

Life Below Zero is produced by BBC Studios for National Geographic Channel. Executive producers for BBC Studios are Joseph Litzinger and Travis Shakespeare. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Kevin Tao Mohs and Tim Pastore is president of original programming and production.

Categories

  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program

Awards & Accolades

  • Winner - Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program - 2017 Emmy Awards
  • Winner - Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program - 2016 Emmy Awards
  • Winner - Outstanding Docureality Series - Realscreen Awards
  • Nominee - Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program - 2015 & 2017 Emmy Awards

Savage Kingdom: Uprising

Synopsis

Savage Kingdom: Uprising is a four-part global miniseries series event that tells an unvarnished tale of survival on the African plains. Emmy-nominated actor Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) returns to narrate Savage Kingdom: Uprising, a rare look at warring animal clans battling for survival in a remote region of Africa that is drying up after years of flood-soaked abundance. The winners are rewarded with the richest hunting grounds in the kingdom, while the losers are fated to exile … or even death. Will the aging lion king Sekekama hold on to his bloody crown? Has the leopard prince Neo inherited enough talent from his mother to survive? How will the lions of the Northern Pride wreak their revenge on queen Matsumi? Leaders will rise and factions will fall. No one is safe in the Savage Kingdom.

Critical acclaim

  • “INTOXICATING”, “RIVETING”
  • “JAW-DROPPING.”
  • “REVOLUTIONIZED THE GENRE.”
  • “COMPELLING NARRATION.”

Credits

Savage Kingdom is produced by Icon Films and Natural History Film Unit Botswana for Nat Geo WILD. Icon Films executive producers are Harry Marshall and Laura Marshall, and series producer is Lucy Meadows. Natural History Film Unit Botswana producer is Brad Bestelink. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

Categories

  • Outstanding Narrator: Charles Dance

One Strange Rock

Synopsis

National Geographic, acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (“mother!” “Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream”) and award-winning producer Jane Root (“America: The Story of Us,” “The 80s: The Decade That Made Us”) join forces on an epic, cinematic event series that will redefine science and natural history filmmaking. Hosted by Will Smith (“Ali,” “Pursuit of Happyness,” “Men in Black I, II, III”), ONE STRANGE ROCK promises to be a mind-bending, thrilling journey exploring the fragility and wonder of our planet — one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. It’s the extraordinary story of why life as we know it exists on Earth, brought into perspective by the only people to have left it behind: astronauts. This 10-part series from Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures brings cameras where they’ve never been before, having been filmed in 45 countries, on six continents and from outer space on the International Space Station. ONE STRANGE ROCK guides viewers through our vulnerable speck of a planet among the vast, harsh cosmic arena, revealing the magical twists of fate that have allowed life to emerge, survive and thrive on Earth.

Critical acclaim

  • “Dazzling cinematography”
  • “Incredible”
  • “Dramatic and sweeping”
  • “Fascinating”
  • “Stunning”
  • “Vivid, surprising and moving”
  • “Otherworldly”
  • “Gorgeous and trippy”
  • “Craziest show on cable”
  • “Nonstop visual wows”
  • “Wall-To-Wall brilliant”
  • “Breathtaking”
  • “Cinematically insane visuals”
  • “A visual feast”

Credits

National Geographic presents a Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment production. Hosted by Will Smith. Music by Daniel Pemberton. Co-executive producer Arif Nurmohamed. Executive producers Darren Aronofsky, Jane Root, Ari Handel, Peter Lovering, Scott Franklin, Tim Pastore, Matt Renner.

Categories

  • Outstanding Informational Series or Special
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program