Genius: Aretha

  • BEHIND THE STORY OF MUSICAL GENIUS.

    GENIUS is an Emmy-winning anthology series that dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators, exploring their extraordinary achievements along with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. The third season will explore Aretha Franklin’s musical genius, incomparable career and the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world. Franklin was a gospel sensation, outspoken civil rights champion and one of the most gifted singers of her generation. She will be portrayed by Oscar-nominated Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet,” “The Color Purple”) and Emmy-winning Courtney B. Vance will play Aretha’s father, C.L. Franklin. Our acclaimed panelists will explore the craft and care that goes into honoring her legacy and bringing her story to life. And in these days of social unrest, how do they, as creatives, amplify this in their own storytelling?

     

    Taking you behind the scenes are our showrunner Suzan-Lori Parks — Pulitzer Prize recipient, MacArthur “Genius” grant receiver and Tony Award winner (“Topdog/Underdog”); executive producer and producing director Anthony Hemingway — Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA TV Award winner (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”); costume designer Jennifer Bryan (“Breaking Bad,” “The Vampire Diaries”); executive music producer Raphael Saadiq — Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated musician (“Mudbound,” “Insecure”); choreographer Dondraico Johnson — choreographer to the world’s most legendary stars; and acclaimed production designer Tim Galvin (“Green Book,” “Bloodline”). This is storytelling NOW.


    Contacts:

    Fowzia Iranpur, fowzia.iranpur@natgeo.com, 562-900-0632

    Madison Bell, madison.bell@natgeo.com, 818-802-1495

  • Category :  Limited Scripted Series
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