[11/24/08 - 01:59 PM]
Science Channel and Overbrook Entertainment Announce New Production Deal
"Young Scientist Challenge," a new two-hour television event, will debut Sunday, January 18.

[via press release from Science Channel]

Science Channel and Overbrook Entertainment Announce New Production Deal

November 24, 2008

(Silver Spring, Md., and Los Angeles, Ca.) Today, Overbrook Entertainment and Science Channel announced a partnership to produce an innovative, new two-hour television event, Young Scientist Challenge. With a scheduled debut on January 18, 2009, this marks Overbrook Entertainment's first foray into non-fiction television. Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter, Will Smith, and Ken Stovitz will serve as executive producers.

The program will showcase the nervous energy, joy and drama inherent in the ultimate science competition - the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Cheered on by their friends and family, middle school students from around the country compete to be named the best-of-the-best. The contestants were chosen from thousands of nationwide entries, and this fall the top 10 finalists converged on NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Washington, D.C. for an unparalleled battle of brains and innovation in this unique science championship.

"We are enthusiastic about working with the Science Channel and believe in the Young Scientist Challenge," said Overbrook Entertainment partner Ken Stovitz. "We enjoy the opportunity to get kids excited about learning."

"When Discovery Communications started this competition ten years ago, we wanted to inspire middle school students to continue their passion for science at a time when kids usually lose interest," said Clark Bunting, president and general manager, Discovery Emerging Networks. "James, Will and Ken are incredible storytellers and we could not ask for better, more engaged partners to help us create an entertaining special that puts these kids in the spotlight they so richly deserve."

In celebration of NASA's 50th Anniversary, the 2008 competition theme is The Science of Space, and contestants will be judged on communications skills, knowledge, teamwork and problem-solving abilities. Judges determine the winner through fun mini-competitions, including: large-scale, hands-on experiments; fast-paced quizzes; thoughtful and engaging presentations of difficult scientific concepts; and an innovation challenge where participants must create something unique out of the "ingredients" provided. At stake is the top prize - a $50,000 savings bond - and once-in-a-lifetime experiential prize trips for the runners-up.

For the first time, the program will begin with the students in their home towns, as they hear the exciting news that they've been chosen to go to Washington, D.C. From that point, they are on a whirlwind adventure, flying to Washington to meet their competitors, making new friends with students who are equally excited about all things science and teaming with real NASA scientists at a working space center. Viewers will be with the kids every step of the way, from high-anxiety departures from home to the triumphant team successes and both disappointing and thrilling personal finishes inherent in the battle to be named America's Top Young Scientist.

About Overbrook Entertainment

Overbrook Entertainment, an entertainment production company, was formed in 1998 by partners James Lassiter and Will Smith. In 2007 the company welcomed a third partner, Ken Stovitz. Films the company has produced over the last 10 years include "Ali," "I-Robot," "Hitch," "Saving Face," "ATL," "The Pursuit of Happyness," "I Am Legend," "Hancock," "Lakeview Terrace," and "The Secret Life of Bees." Future projects include "The Human Contract," which will mark the directorial debut of Jada Pinkett Smith. Overbrook Entertainment also produced the television series "All of Us" which ran for four years on UPN.

About Science Channel

Science Channel is broadcast 24 hours a day and seven days a week to more than 55 million U.S. homes and simulcast on Science Channel HD. We immerse viewers in the incredible possibilities of science, from string theory and futuristic cities to accidental discoveries and outrageous inventions. We take things apart, peer inside and put things together in new and unexpected ways. We celebrate the trials, errors and brinking moments that change our lives forever. To find out more go to www.sciencechannel.com.

About Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Celebrating the milestone of its 10th Anniversary, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation's premier science competition for middle school students, targeting kids in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to fade and encouraging them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. The competition is designed to nurture the next generation of American scientists through an innovative and interactive science program open to every middle school student in America.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

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