EXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Channel has greenlighted a pilot for In The Name Of Science, a science-based show from Nerdist Industries, Chris Hardwick and Peter Levin’s production company for multi-platform genre and pop culture content, which is owned by Legendary Entertainment. Co-produced by Lighthearted Entertainment, In The Name Of Science is hosted by Nerdist Industries staple Jonah Ray. In it, famous experiments of the past are redone to see whether they stand the test of time. “In The Name Of Science is exactly the type of imaginative and smart programming we are looking for,” said National Geographic Channel President Howard T. Owens, adding that “a fresh look at everyday science and how it affects our contemporary lives” is something the network had been looking to explore for some time. Added Nerdist Industries CEO Levin, “’Fun science’ is a Nerdist Industries through line.” Levin and Nerdist Founder & Chief Creative Officer Chris Hardwick will executive produce the pilot with Lighthearted Entertainment’s Howard Schultz & Rob LaPlante. Nerdist has been expanding its TV profile, recently getting a series order from BBC America for comedy-variety talk show The Nerdist and signing a deal with AMC.
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