via press release:
LIFETIME ORDERS NEW COMPETITION DOCU-SERIES
FOLLOWING AMERICA’S MOST GIFTED KIDS
AS THEY FACE OFF IN THE INAUGURAL ANNUAL
In Cooperation with American MENSA, Show Based on Popular UK Series
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 2, 2014) – Move over spelling bees! Lifetime has ordered eight episodes of the new competition docu-series Child Genius centering on some of America’s most extraordinary and gifted children and their families as they prepare for a national intelligencecompetition. In cooperation with American MENSA, the competition will take place over several weeks this summer and will test America’s best young minds on their knowledge of logic, current affairs, history, memory, science, spelling, math and debate. Only one phenomenal kid will shine brighter than the rest and be named Child Genius 2014.
Casting is currently underway nationally to find the most intelligent kids in the country. More information can be found at http://www.shedcasting.com/ChildGenius/ and at http://mylifetime.com/shows/child-genius. Child Genius will premiere later this year on Lifetime.
Based on the popular UK format, Child Genius is produced by Shed Media US. Pam Healey, John Hesling and Dan Snook serve as executive producers, along with Lifetime’s Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman.
ABOUT SHED MEDIA US
Shed Media US is the American production arm of the global media giant Shed Media Group (now majority owned by Warner Bros. Television Group), which consists of several of the top production companies in the UK: Ricochet Television, Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Renegade Pictures, Watershed, Yalli and Headstrong Pictures. Shed Media US boasts a prolific and diverse slate of series ranging from docu-soaps to entertainment formats. The company is currently producing 14 series across nine networks and will deliver more than 150 hours of finished television programs throughout 2014. Series produced by Shed Media US include The Real Housewives of New York City and Game of Crowns for Bravo; Atlanta Exes, Hollywood Exes, Basketball Wives Los Angeles and Basketball Wives Miami for VH1; Eric & Jessie: Game On and Escape Club for E!; APB with Troy Dunn for TNT; My Dysfunctional Family for CMT; and Who Do You Think You Are? for TLC, among others.
Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. As a result of the network’s aggressive programming strategy that has doubled the hours of its original programming, 2013 marked Lifetime’s second straight year of growth among Total Viewers. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LL0C, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.