PBS has looked into the future and set a premiere date and unveiled a trailer for its latest high-profile docuseries.
The network will launch A Brief History of The Future, which comes from Drake’s DreamCrew, Kathryn Murdoch and Ari Wallach’s newly-launched Futurific Studios and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, on April 3.
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Watch the trailer above.
The six-part series is hosted by futurist Ari Wallach and the idea is that it will help viewers imagine – and work toward – a better tomorrow. The series challenges the dystopian framework embraced by popular culture by offering a new take on the future exploring potential solutions to existential threats.
It features insights from thinkers, scientists, developers and storytellers including French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur, musician Grimes, architect Bjarke Ingels, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe and soccer player Kylian Mbappé.
The series was written and directed by Andrew Morgan and produced by Zach Morgan of Untold. It is exec produced by Murdoch, Wallach, Schmidt, and DreamCrew. Fremantle is handling international distribution for the series.
“Showing what the future can be is critical to getting there. People need to have hope and to understand what we’re capable of,” said Kathryn Murdoch. “From AI to floating cities, restoring coral reefs to deliberative democracy, there are so many exciting futures to explore.”
“We want to create an inspiring counterpoint to the doomerism and dystopia that dominates much of today’s public discourse about the future,” added Ari Wallach.
“At PBS we are focused on storytelling that highlights solutions,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “We want to share how people can make a difference, and together build a brighter and better future. By opening a window to the worlds of possibilities, we seek not just to educate our audiences, but also to inspire and empower them. In this spirit, we are excited to share A Brief History of The Future with our viewers.”
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