Newswire: Nat Geo picks up docu-series on race from Jay Z

by @TheAVClub

Jay Z is producing an six-episode documentary that explores race in America for Nat Geo, according to Variety. The network revealed that it picked up the show, simply titled Race, at its upfront earlier this week, where it also announced it will debut an interview series from Katie Couric.

The Race docu-series will utilize animation as well as archival footage, as well as “delve into crime and punishment, wealth inequality, the role of social media, activism and family.” The Weinstein Company...

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National Geographic Channel says it will team with Jay-Z and The Weinstein Company on a six-episode documentary series, with the working title Race, that will provide “a stark and provocative look into systemic injustices in America.” It’s due to air in 171 countries and 45 languages and stems from a first-look deal Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) has with TWC.

The news came during National Geographic’s annual upfront presentation to advertisers tonight in New York. The network…

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