Telling It Like It Is: Jay Z Flexes His Media Muscle – Nat Geo Greenlights His Series on Race in America


Variety reports:

National Geographic announced Wednesday at its upfront presentation that they have greenlit new doucmentary series from both Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and the Weinstein Company and journalist Katie Couric.

The Carter-Weinstein project will be a docuseries currently titled “Race,” which will give look into systemic injustices in America. The six-episode series will weave together documentary, animation and archival footage. It will delve into crime and punishment, wealth inequality, the role of social media, activism and family.

Present-day stories will be captured via footage of a diverse mix of people from all walks of life in cities across America, from immigrants to first-generation Americans and beyond.

“National Geographic and Jay Z are the world’s foremost storytellers in their own right, and we’re thrilled to be working with them on such an evocative and meaningful project,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Co. “By using highly cinematic storytelling techniques along with Jay Z’s singular point of view, the series will tell a dramatic, thought-provoking story on race in America.”

“Race” will be produced by the Weinstein Co. for National Geographic. Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and Patrick Reardon will executive produce for the Weinstein Co.

Carter is also an executive producer.

Congrats! With Jay Z at the helm, it should be an eye-opening and provocative series.