NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL TO HOST LOS ANGELES PREMIERE OF GENIUS
FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS RON HOWARD & BRIAN GRAZER AND STARRING ACADEMY AWARD WINNER GEOFFREY RUSH AS ALBERT EINSTEIN
ON MONDAY, APRIL 24 AT FOX THEATER IN WESTWOOD VILLAGE
WHAT: Los Angeles premiere of National Geographic Channel’s first scripted series, GENIUS, with star-studded red carpet at the Fox Theater in the Westwood Village.
Premiering Tuesday, April 25, at 9/8c, National Geographic’s new 10-part global event series, GENIUS — the network’s first scripted series — reveals how Albert became Einstein, exploring his extraordinary professional achievements along with his volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. Starring Geoffrey Rush as Einstein, the series is executive produced by Academy Award winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the latter making his scripted television directorial debut with the first episode.
WHO: EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Gigi Pritzker, and Ken Biller (who also wrote the series).
Geoffrey Rush (“The Kings Speech,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Shine”)
Johnny Flynn (“Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Song One,” “Lovesick”)
Samantha Colley (“Victoria”)
Jon Fletcher (“The Messengers”)
Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”)
T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Wife”)
Michael McElhatton (“Game of Thrones”)
Eugene Simon (“Game of Thrones”)
Richard Topol (“Lincoln”)
Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Global Networks
Tim Pastore, President of Original Programming and Production, National Geographic Global Networks
Carolyn G. Bernstein, EVP and Head of Global Scripted Development and Production, National Geographic Global Networks
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Former NBA)
Corbin Bleu (“Holiday Inn,” “High School Musical”)
Erika Christensen (“Parenthood,” “Ten Days in the Valley”)
Holly Marie Combs (“Pretty Little Liars,” “Charmed”)
Brett Dalton (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)
Kate Flannery (“The Office”)
Sheila Kelley (“Lost,” “Gossip Girl”)
Gilles Marini (“Switched at Birth”)
Rob Mars (“Twin Peaks,” “Jack Reacher”)
Lori Petty (“Orange is the New Black”)
Missi Pyle (“Gone Girl,” “The Artist,” “Big Fish”)
Molly Quinn (“Castle”)
Dania Ramirez (“Devious Maids,” “Entourage”)
Kim Raver (“APB,” “24”)
Elisabeth Rohm (“American Hustle,” “Law & Order”)
Sammi Rotibi (“Mars”)
Rachel Roy (Fashion Designer)
Johnathon Schaech (“That Thing You Do!,” “Legends of Tomorrow”)
Richard Schiff (“The West Wing,” “Rogue”)
Kyle Schmid (“SIX”)
Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives,” “Murder She Baked: Just Desserts”)
Analeigh Tipton (“Crazy, Stupid Love”)
Emily Tyra (“Code Black”)
Johnny Whitworth (“Blindspot”)
OTHER NAMES TBA
WHEN: Monday, April 24, 2017
6:00 PM – Red Carpet Begins
7:30 PM – Red Carpet Closes
WHERE: Fox Theater, Westwood Village
961 Broxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Premiering Tuesday, April 25, at 9/8c, National Geographic’s new 10-part global event series, GENIUS — the network’s first scripted series — reveals how Albert became Einstein, exploring his extraordinary professional achievements along with his volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships.
From Fox 21 Television Studios, whose recent “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” dominated every awards contest and critics’ list; Imagine Television, the producer of “24” and “Friday Night Lights”; and OddLot Entertainment, which earlier this year produced the Academy Award®– nominated film “Hell or High Water,” the series is based on Walter Isaacson’s book “Einstein: His Life and Universe” and is executive produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Gigi Pritzker, with Howard making his scripted television directorial debut with the first episode.
Featuring Einstein’s lovers, enemies and fellow scientific luminaries, the all-star cast includes Geoffrey Rush (“The Kings Speech,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Shine”) as the celebrated titular scientist, Johnny Flynn (“Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Song One,” “Lovesick”) as Albert in the years before he rose to international acclaim and Emily Watson (“Theory of Everything,” “The Book Thief”) as his second wife — and first cousin — Elsa Einstein.
GENIUS tracks Einstein’s rise from humble origins as an imaginative, rebellious thinker, through his struggles to be recognized by the establishment, to his global celebrity status as the man who unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos with his theory of relativity. Delving deeper, the series follows Einstein’s alternately exhilarating emotions and heartlessness in dealing with his closest personal relationships, including his children, his two wives and the various women with whom he cheats on them.
The series is set against an era of global unrest over the course of two world wars. Faced with rising anti-Semitism in Europe, surveillance by spies and the potential for atomic annihilation, Einstein struggles as a husband and a father, not to mention as a man of principle, even as his own life is put in danger.
GENIUS is executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Francie Calfo, and co-produced by Anna Culp; showrunner, executive producer and writer is Ken Biller. From OddLot Entertainment, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane are executive producers and Melissa Rucker is co-producer. Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney from EUE/Sokolow are also executive producers. Writer Noah Pink, who adapted the series for the screen, is co-executive producer. 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 OddLot Entertainment.