American Genius

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American Genius is an American documentary series focusing on the lives of inventors and pioneers who have been responsible for major developments in their areas of expertise and helped shape the course of history. Consisting of eight episodes, it was... read more
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American Genius is an American documentary series focusing on the lives of inventors and pioneers who have been responsible for major developments in their areas of expertise and helped shape the course of history. Consisting of eight episodes, it was telecast on the National Geographic Channel from 1 June 2015 to 22 June 2015. Through re-enactments, each episode focuses on the lives of two individuals competing with each other in the same field of expertise, illustrating how some of the greatest inventions were made possible by competition between aspirants. Segments of the episodes also consist of interviews by historians and experts in the specific domain under discussion. Apple Inc.'s co-founder Steve Wozniak gave his perspective and thoughts on the episode 'Jobs vs Gates' to several media outlets before the series premiere.

Original Release

06/01/2015 on NGEO

US Release

06/01/2015

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Cast

Jeff Wilburn Narrator
John S. Howell Sr.
Evan I. Schwartz Himself - Author, The Last Lone Inventor
Benjamin Loeh Reporter
Vivian Thompson Chorus Girl #2, Spy Secretary, Asylum Patient
Don Meehan Horace Smith
Debbie Hartner Aristocrat wife
Chuck Taber Apple Employee
Paul Wallis 1880's Western Sharp Shooter
Paul Wallis Thug leader
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Jobs vs. Gates Monday, 01 June 2015
2 Wright Brothers vs. Curtiss Monday, 01 June 2015
3 Hearst vs. Pulitzer Monday, 08 June 2015
4 Colt vs. Wesson Monday, 15 June 2015
5 Farnsworth vs. Sarnoff Monday, 08 June 2015
6 Oppenheimer vs Heisenberg Monday, 22 June 2015
7 Space Race Monday, 15 June 2015
8 Edison vs Tesla Monday, 22 June 2015

Directors

Richard Lopez, Richard Lopez, Paul Abascal

Writers

Chelsea Coates, Nicholas Greene, David Schaye, Jordan Rosenblum, Ted Poole

Cast

Jeff Wilburn Narrator
John S. Howell Sr.
Evan I. Schwartz Himself - Author, The Last Lone Inventor
Benjamin Loeh Reporter
Vivian Thompson Chorus Girl #2, Spy Secretary, Asylum Patient
Don Meehan Horace Smith
Debbie Hartner Aristocrat wife
Chuck Taber Apple Employee
Paul Wallis 1880's Western Sharp Shooter
Paul Wallis Thug leader
Edgar Fox Orville Wright
Dan Brennan Leslie Groves
Lawrence Derx Edison Scientist
Lawrence Derx Heisenberg Colleague
John Hawthorne Smith Alexei Leonov
John Hawthorne Smith Larry Tesler
Karn Ford Kate Pulitzer
Tyler Herwick Young David Sarnoff
Daren Donofrio Yuri Gagarin
Emma Jean Delia Pem Farnsworth

Producers

Matt Renner Executive Producer
Shirley Escott Executive Producer
Stephen David Executive Producer
Tim W. Kelly Executive Producer
Jonathan Grupper Producer
Alec Michod Producer
Shirley Escott Producer
Lesley Young-Pavia Producer
John Corser Producer
Stephen David Producer
Brian Burstein Producer
Avery Fox Producer
Tim W. Kelly Producer
Jonathan Soule Producer
Chelsea Coates Producer
Jeff Howard Producer
Jeff Howard Producer

Editors

Joe Headrick, John Kilgour, Patricia Sunshine, Tim W. Kelly, Jonathan Soule, Tyler H. Walk, Daniel Praid, Emmanuel Nomikos, Keith Reamer, Tyler Herwick

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