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From the Co-Creators/Executive Producers of “Silicon Valley” and

Executive Producers of “King of the Hill,” History of the World to Bring Fresh Perspective and Storytelling in Docu-Comedy Style to Some of History’s Greatest Moments


History of the World Slated to Premiere Fall 2015


(PASADENA, CA/WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 7, 2015) National Geographic Channel (NGC), along with Altschuler & Krinsky Works (“Silicon Valley,” “King of the Hill,” “Blades of Glory”), 3Arts Entertainment (“Parks and Rec,” “Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and National Geographic Studios, will put a twist on telling the story of the world, from how it began to the present day, in the new miniseries event, History of the World (W.T.). NGC President, Original Programming & Production Tim Pastore made the announcement today during the network’s session at the winter Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California.


Still in the early stages of production, History of the World will use a mix of comedy, animation and documentary storytelling to explore a range of topics, including how the world came about and how it was populated, the evolution of man and the origins of spirituality, money, leisure time, sports, hygiene and entertainment, just to mention a few things. For more information on NGC, visit and follow us on Twitter (@NGC_PR) and Facebook (


“As we continue to develop and evolve our brand, we’re always looking to push style and format boundaries, and History of the World is the perfect example,” said Pastore. “This docu-comedy series will not only have the signature National Geographic storytelling that is both authentic and credible, but we’ll also inject a unique sense of humor giving the history of the world a little bit of heart … and hopefully lots of laughs.”


“We have a long legacy in producing award-winning documentaries that inspire viewers to care about the world,” said Brooke Runnette, president, National Geographic Studios. “But we want to make sure we’re using every kind of storytelling device to get these important stories across — including comedy. We’re excited about this opportunity to work with great partners to bring the History of the World to viewers in a completely new and engaging way.”



“Dave and I are thrilled that National Geographic is helping us launch a show that looks at the history of the world in a comedic way,” said John Altschuler, executive producer, Altschuler & Krinsky Works. “Who would have thought that all those years doing cartoons, sitcoms, silly movies and puppet shows would actually pay off in one show?”

History of the World will be produced for National Geographic Channels by Altschuler & Krinsky Works and National Geographic Studios. For Altschuler & Krinsky Works, executive producers will be John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky; and Michael Rotenberg (3Arts Entertainment) will also be executive producer. For National Geographic Studios, executive producers will be Brooke Runnette, Jeff Hasler, and Brian Lovett. For National Geographic Channels, executive producer will be Robert Palumbo; senior vice president of programming and development is Alan Eyres; and president, original programming & production, National Geographic Channel U.S. is Tim Pastore.


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National Geographic Channels

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 432 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages. For more information, visit


Altschuler & Krinsky Works

John Altschuler grew up in Carbondale, Illinois, and then Greenville, North Carolina. Dave Krinsky grew up in Boston and then Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They met at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill where they created the first student-produced comedy show on UNC Student Television. They then wrote for the now-defunct humor magazine National Lampoon before moving to Hollywood to spend a few glorious years as production assistants (errand boys) on various movies and commercials. Their first professional writing job was on the World Wide Pants-produced “The High Life” series for HBO before moving on to FOX’s “King of the Hill” for 12 years. They were the executive producer/show runners there for seven seasons. They are co-creators and executive producers of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated “Silicon Valley” for HBO.


In features they co-wrote “Blades of Glory” starring Will Ferrell and independently produced Mike Judge’s most recent movie, “Extract,” starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck. They are currently working on “Popeye” for Sony Pictures Animation and director Genndy Tartakovsky.


They have received several Emmy nominations and have won an Environmental Media Award.


3 Arts Entertainment

Michael Rotenberg is a multiple award winning producer whose notable credits include the Emmy Award-winning series King of The Kill (FOX), the Emmy nominated series Everybody Hates Chris (CW), and the Emmy Award-winning The Chris Rock Show (HBO) as well as his feature work with Office Space and Extract. His current projects include the Emmy nominated series, Silicon Valley (HBO), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX), and the new TruTV Sketch series, Friends of the People. Michael is a co-founder of the management and production company 3 Arts Entertainment.


3 Arts Entertainment is a management and production company with 22 years of experience holding offices in both Beverly Hills and New York. The company represents some of the top clients in the TV and Film Literary world, acting and hosting world, branded areas and more.


3 Arts has produced such films as, The Blind Side, I Am Legend,  The Day the Earth Stood Still, and most recently Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise as well as the Angelina Jolie directed feature, Unbroken.  At the moment, 3 Arts has 40+ feature films in various stages of production and development. In addition to film, they are a major producer of television series, both network and cable, including Emmy-winning comedies 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Louie.


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