Project: American Genius
Casting: Henry Jaderlund David Brantley
Location: W.Virginia/Washington D.C.
National Geographic Channel chronicles competitions in innovation that pit history’s brightest minds in the race to lay claim to the future. For them, the greatest challenge wasn’t beating the odds — it was beating their adversaries. From Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates to William Hurst vs. Joseph Pulitzer, each hour long episode focuses on a specific rivalry, delving into fierce power struggles, deceit, fluke timing and raw ambition out of which great ideas turned into reality. The conflicts play out through re-enactments that feature interviews with modern-day visionaries like Bill Nye, Steve Wozniak, Jack Welch, Steve Wynn and Michio Kaku.