NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GREENLIGHTS INNOVATIVE DOCU-SERIES: "IN THEIR OWN WORDS" (WT) FROM PEABODY- AND EMMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER/DIRECTOR TOM JENNINGS
The World's Most Iconic Events Will Be Shared in a New Light With Exclusive Audio and Film Recordings by the People Who Lived Through Them
In Their Own Words Is Part of National Geographic 2018-19 Upfront Slate
(WASHINGTON, D.C. / NEW YORK - APRIL 18, 2018) - On the heels of the success of National Geographic's Diana: In Her Own Words and its Emmy award-winning Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, the network once again partners with Tom Jennings for an immersive documentary series, In Their Own Words.
Expanding on the unique storytelling techniques used by Jennings in Diana and Challenger, In Their Own Words will also weave stories together from original, long-forgotten and audio and film recordings from around the world. Tentative topics for the first season of the series include the Deepwater Horizon disaster, narco drug wars and the 2008 global financial meltdown. Many of the interviews being cultivated for the series have never been heard or broadcast before. Each one is an extraordinary record on its own, but when combined into a single narrative they become a powerful and engaging format to experience the past as present.
In Their Own Words is part of National Geographic's 2018-19 Upfront Slate being announced in New York this evening.
"We are elated to be working with Tom Jennings again to deliver meaningful entertainment through his lens of integrity and consideration, as well as to help audiences better understand these global events. In Their Own Words brings breathtaking access to pivotal moments in history, using his journalistic approach to craft raw and intimate narratives," said Tim Pastore, president, original programming and production, National Geographic.
"By sourcing the most compelling content from overlooked archival resources and interweaving authentic first-person accounts along with carefully constructed filmed elements, we deliver a powerful and authentic experience to viewers," said executive producer and director Jennings. "In Their Own Words unfolds using recordings made at the time the events occurred, moment by moment, in first person and in real time. We will explore a different journey in each episode in ways never before seen."
In Their Own Words is produced by 1895 Films in association with NHNZ for National Geographic. For 1895 Films, Jennings is executive producer and director, and Ellen Farmer is head of production. For National Geographic, Hamish Mykura is executive vice president, programming and development; Bernadette McDaid is commissioning editor and executive producer; and Tim Pastore is president of original programming and production.
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