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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

National Geographic Channel Partners with Asylum Entertainment and Melodysheep on Definitive Doc Series Celebrating the Story of Humankind, Origins

Idea DJ Jason Silva Announced as StorytellerNew Series Will Chronicle the Spectacular Story of Humankind Told ThroughVivid Visuals and the Musical Stylings of Melodysheep Be humble, for you are made of earth.Be noble, for you are made of stars. – Serbian Proverb

(Washington, DC, and New York, NY – March 15, 2016) National Geographic Channel, Asylum Entertainment (Breakthrough, “The Kennedys”) and Melodysheep (aka John D. Boswell) will partner on the global documentary series Origins, which celebrates the dramatic history of humankind and the universe through visual and musical mastery. Jason Silva (@JasonSilva) has been tapped as our guide and time traveler as we step back through the twists and turns of human evolution. Origins is slated to premiere in 2017 on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries in 45 languages. For more information, visit or our press site, or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.

The series was announced today by Courteney Monroe, chief executive officer, National Geographic Global Networks, during the network’s upfront presentation in the Onyx Room at The Park Hyatt in New York City. Talent who sat among the media during the intimate breakfast included Ron Howard (executive producer, MARS), Richard Bacon (Explorer), Karsten von Hoesslin (Lawless Oceans) and Silva (Origins).

Origins aims to tackle the most compelling tale of all — how the world as we know it came to be — through an emotionally charged mash-up of stunning visuals and an epic, heart-pulsing score,” said Tim Pastore, president, original programming and production. “With the distinctive musical talents of Melodysheep, the storytelling expertise of Asylum Entertainment and Jason Silva’s infectious passion for curiosity, Origins is poised to become the definitive science series celebrating the drama and history of humanity.”

“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to delve into the marvels and innovations of humankind and how we have evolved our imaginative capacities to help us overcome all of our limits,” said Silva. “Our senses have grown sharper. We’ve expanded our minds, and we continue to dream of what we can become.”

“The story of how it all happened is bigger than science, greater than history,” said Steve Michaels, president and chief executive officer, Asylum Entertainment. “We’re working with National Geographic and Melodysheep to illustrate the story of what propelled humanity forward as we look backward and grasp our origins.”

No series has ever approached human history with so much creative ambition. With Origins, we are showcasing the epic story of mankind in a way you’ve never seen before,” said Melodysheep. “Frightening, empowering and humbling, it will change how you view humanity. A groundbreaking musical soundtrack and visual style will be central to the series’ identity, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of its creation.”

Origins will chronicle the spectacular story of how modern-day humankind took shape, zeroing in on pivotal moments in the timeline and exploring them through the eyes of big thinkers and disruptors who stand on the brink of monumental change. Moving backward in time, starting from present day until we arrive at the beginning, the series will focus on the influence that one relationship — such as man and fire, man and war, man and tools — has had on history and the world.

Origins will be produced by Asylum Entertainment and Melodysheep for National Geographic Channel. For Asylum Entertainment, executive producers are Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Ryann Lauckner. Melodysheep, and Ben Bitonti, Evan Mirzai and Shea Mirzai are also executive producers. For National Geographic Channel, Alan Eyres is senior vice president, development and Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production.


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