‘Genius’: Mary Shelley, ‘Frankenstein’ Author, Will Be Nat Geo Show’s First Female Genius (Video)

Brilliant: Nat Geo just unveiled the subject for its third season of “Genius,” Mary Shelley.

The first woman genius to be chronicled by the cable channel’s scripted anthology series basically invented the science fiction and horror genres when she created Frankenstein (yes, and his monster). Shelley’s season will again be executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, MWM Studios and EUE/Sokolow.

The series hails from Fox 21 Television Studios.

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Showrunner, executive producer and writer Ken Biller will continue his role overseeing the new season, per Nat Geo. In addition to he, Grazer and Howard, Francie Calfo, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney are also executive producers. Anna Culp is producer.

Filming on “Genius 3” is expected to begin later this year.

“Genius: Picasso” premieres on Tuesday, by the way. The first season followed Albert Einstein’s exploits, and brought a whole bunch of awards and eyeballs to National Geographic.

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“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles. I can’t wait for our talented team to bring her remarkable, relevant and timely story to life for season three of ‘Genius’ and do justice to her literary legacy.”

“Mary Shelley has inspired countless filmmakers with her tale of the wretch brought to life by science gone wrong, but very few have fully captured her insightful reflections on society in the myth she left behind,” added Howard. “Few know of her struggles due to gender inequities, her additional writings, her influence on other historically significant individuals and society at large. Showcasing someone like Mary Shelley and her amazing intellect, compassion and fortitude is exactly what this series is for, and we are looking forward to continuing our successful partnership with National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios.”

“Our experience with Courteney, Carolyn and the Nat Geo team has been phenomenal, and our award-winning first season exceeded even our own high expectations,” said Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios. “Audiences are in for a treat with our follow-up, featuring a transformative performance by Antonio Banderas as our Picasso, and a compelling story created by Ken Biller. The choice of Mary Shelley as the subject of our third season speaks to the incredible depth of the franchise. How fitting at this moment in time to pivot to one of the many female geniuses in human history, and Mary’s story is both stranger than fiction and incredibly dramatic. We can’t wait to get started.”

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Here is Nat Geo’s kickass bio on Shelley:

A brilliant thinker, radical intellectual and proto-feminist, Mary Shelley (1797-1851) brought to life one of the most enduring stories of the modern age while still a teenager. “Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus” is a cautionary tale of unchecked scientific ambition and a sophisticated meditation on social institutions, personal freedom and compassion that has captured imaginations and continues to be relevant since it was first published 200 years ago. Shelley masterfully invented the Science Fiction/Horror genre with her tale of a creature brought to life, subsequently going on to create the Post-Apocalyptic genre with her later novel, “The Last Man.”

An intellectual prodigy who was inspired from an early age by the writing of her unconventional mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley was determined to prove that women were the intellectual and creative equals of men. One of few women to support herself as an author during the early 18th century, Shelley wrote short stories, reviews, travelogues, and made prolific contributions to the world’s first encyclopedia, she also wrote six novels.  Shelley’s inner circle included countless literary and scientific luminaries of the day, including Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary and Charles Lamb, Humphry Davy and Leigh Hunt.

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Shelley met the love of her life, Romantic poet, amateur scientist and still-married Percy Bysshe Shelley, at the age of 16. After losing her virginity to Shelley at her mother’s gravesite, the pair eloped and were cast out by her father, the radical intellectual William Godwin. Shelley was to endure a lifetime of tragic misfortune, watching three of her four children die, losing multiple friends and family members to suicide, and outliving her husband, who drowned at sea. In true gothic style, Shelley elected to keep her late husband’s heart after his death

Shelley’s writing was heavily influenced by the great scientific innovation and experimentation of the early 19th century. Scientists like Luigi Galvani, Giovanni Aldini and Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, figured prominently in her life. The story of Frankenstein was inspired in part by one of the most important scientific theories of the time, Galvanism, the study of the effect of electricity on the dead bodies of animals and humans.

Mary Shelley spent the last few years of her life being looked after by her only surviving child, Percy Florence Shelley, before dying of a brain tumor at the age of 53.

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Brilliant: Nat Geo just unveiled the subject for its third season of “Genius,” Mary Shelley.

The first woman genius to be chronicled by the cable channel’s scripted anthology series basically invented the science fiction and horror genres when she created Frankenstein (yes, and his monster). Shelley’s season will again be executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, MWM Studios and EUE/Sokolow.

The series hails from Fox 21 Television Studios.

Showrunner, executive producer and writer Ken Biller will continue his role overseeing the new season, per Nat Geo. In addition to he, Grazer and Howard, Francie Calfo, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney are also executive producers. Anna Culp is producer.

Filming on “Genius 3” is expected to begin later this year.

“Genius: Picasso” premieres on Tuesday, by the way. The first season followed Albert Einstein’s exploits, and brought a whole bunch of awards and eyeballs to National Geographic.

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles. I can’t wait for our talented team to bring her remarkable, relevant and timely story to life for season three of ‘Genius’ and do justice to her literary legacy.”

“Mary Shelley has inspired countless filmmakers with her tale of the wretch brought to life by science gone wrong, but very few have fully captured her insightful reflections on society in the myth she left behind,” added Howard. “Few know of her struggles due to gender inequities, her additional writings, her influence on other historically significant individuals and society at large. Showcasing someone like Mary Shelley and her amazing intellect, compassion and fortitude is exactly what this series is for, and we are looking forward to continuing our successful partnership with National Geographic and Fox 21 Television Studios.”

“Our experience with Courteney, Carolyn and the Nat Geo team has been phenomenal, and our award-winning first season exceeded even our own high expectations,” said Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios. “Audiences are in for a treat with our follow-up, featuring a transformative performance by Antonio Banderas as our Picasso, and a compelling story created by Ken Biller. The choice of Mary Shelley as the subject of our third season speaks to the incredible depth of the franchise. How fitting at this moment in time to pivot to one of the many female geniuses in human history, and Mary’s story is both stranger than fiction and incredibly dramatic. We can’t wait to get started.”

Here is Nat Geo’s kickass bio on Shelley:

A brilliant thinker, radical intellectual and proto-feminist, Mary Shelley (1797-1851) brought to life one of the most enduring stories of the modern age while still a teenager. “Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus” is a cautionary tale of unchecked scientific ambition and a sophisticated meditation on social institutions, personal freedom and compassion that has captured imaginations and continues to be relevant since it was first published 200 years ago. Shelley masterfully invented the Science Fiction/Horror genre with her tale of a creature brought to life, subsequently going on to create the Post-Apocalyptic genre with her later novel, “The Last Man.”

An intellectual prodigy who was inspired from an early age by the writing of her unconventional mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley was determined to prove that women were the intellectual and creative equals of men. One of few women to support herself as an author during the early 18th century, Shelley wrote short stories, reviews, travelogues, and made prolific contributions to the world’s first encyclopedia, she also wrote six novels.  Shelley’s inner circle included countless literary and scientific luminaries of the day, including Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary and Charles Lamb, Humphry Davy and Leigh Hunt.

Shelley met the love of her life, Romantic poet, amateur scientist and still-married Percy Bysshe Shelley, at the age of 16. After losing her virginity to Shelley at her mother’s gravesite, the pair eloped and were cast out by her father, the radical intellectual William Godwin. Shelley was to endure a lifetime of tragic misfortune, watching three of her four children die, losing multiple friends and family members to suicide, and outliving her husband, who drowned at sea. In true gothic style, Shelley elected to keep her late husband’s heart after his death

Shelley’s writing was heavily influenced by the great scientific innovation and experimentation of the early 19th century. Scientists like Luigi Galvani, Giovanni Aldini and Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, figured prominently in her life. The story of Frankenstein was inspired in part by one of the most important scientific theories of the time, Galvanism, the study of the effect of electricity on the dead bodies of animals and humans.

Mary Shelley spent the last few years of her life being looked after by her only surviving child, Percy Florence Shelley, before dying of a brain tumor at the age of 53.

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Saudi Crown Prince Charms Haim Saban, Jonathan Nelson, Dan Senor at Private Dinner (Exclusive)

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia continues his charm offensive in Hollywood, dining privately on Tuesday evening with Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban, Republican strategist Dan Senor and private equity media investor Jonathan Nelson, TheWrap has learned.

According to an individual with knowledge of the meeting, the four-hour dinner had Mohammed Bin Salman al Saud expounding on his vision of an economically diverse, culturally significant Saudi Arabia, a message he has been selling hard in a jam-packed trip to Hollywood and later in the week to Silicon Valley.

The evening was more intimate than some of the other events this week, including those hosted by Rupert Murdoch or Brian Grazer. It took place at the crown prince’s Beverly Hills mansion, and was limited to the four men. (A fifth invitee, billionaire and Los Angeles civic philanthropist Eli Broad, fell ill and did not attend, the insider said.)

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Saban is a noted Democratic donor and devoted Israel supporter. Senor is an investor, author and former foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. And Nelson is the founder of the $40 billion private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, which has invested in media companies including Hulu, The Chernin Group, Warner Music Group and Univision.

The crown prince, according to the insider, talked about bringing culture to Saudi Arabia. Dalian Wanda-owned AMC announced Wednesday it would open the first two cineplexes in the country’s modern history, and the laws have been loosened to soon allow women to drive.

The 32-year-old monarch has embarked on a strategy to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy as oil becomes less reliable, and to open the country’s harsh Islamic restrictions.

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The Tuesday dinner combined learning and promotion by the crown prince, who was described by the insider as “visionary” and “super-smart.”

The conversation turned, not unexpectedly, to Saudi relations with Israel, as this is a major concern for Democratic donor Saban, who also holds Israeli citizenship.

The crown prince suggested the time had come for a new era of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, the insider said, and that a “rapprochement” could happen once there is “significant progress at the Palestinian-Israeli level,” though he did not specify what that would mean.

The crown prince has won points with Israel in recent weeks by allowing Israeli flights to India to pass through Saudi air space — something that had previously been forbidden and extended flights by several hours.

According to the individual with knowledge of the dinner, there was no discussion of any political opening in the Saudi kingdom nor of the crown prince’s recent moves to shut down rivals by arresting members of the royal family.

The Saudi consulate and Saban had no comment. Señor did not respond to a message requesting comment. Nelson could not be immediately reached for comment, and his office said they would get back to TheWrap.

Oh, right — and the menu for the meal? Italian.

 

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Meet With Hollywood Executives, But Protesters Aren’t Impressed

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia continues his charm offensive in Hollywood, dining privately on Tuesday evening with Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban, Republican strategist Dan Senor and private equity media investor Jonathan Nelson, TheWrap has learned.

According to an individual with knowledge of the meeting, the four-hour dinner had Mohammed Bin Salman al Saud expounding on his vision of an economically diverse, culturally significant Saudi Arabia, a message he has been selling hard in a jam-packed trip to Hollywood and later in the week to Silicon Valley.

The evening was more intimate than some of the other events this week, including those hosted by Rupert Murdoch or Brian Grazer. It took place at the crown prince’s Beverly Hills mansion, and was limited to the four men. (A fifth invitee, billionaire and Los Angeles civic philanthropist Eli Broad, fell ill and did not attend, the insider said.)

Saban is a noted Democratic donor and devoted Israel supporter. Senor is an investor, author and former foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. And Nelson is the founder of the $40 billion private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, which has invested in media companies including Hulu, The Chernin Group, Warner Music Group and Univision.

The crown prince, according to the insider, talked about bringing culture to Saudi Arabia. Dalian Wanda-owned AMC announced Wednesday it would open the first two cineplexes in the country’s modern history, and the laws have been loosened to soon allow women to drive.

The 32-year-old monarch has embarked on a strategy to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy as oil becomes less reliable, and to open the country’s harsh Islamic restrictions.

The Tuesday dinner combined learning and promotion by the crown prince, who was described by the insider as “visionary” and “super-smart.”

The conversation turned, not unexpectedly, to Saudi relations with Israel, as this is a major concern for Democratic donor Saban, who also holds Israeli citizenship.

The crown prince suggested the time had come for a new era of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, the insider said, and that a “rapprochement” could happen once there is “significant progress at the Palestinian-Israeli level,” though he did not specify what that would mean.

The crown prince has won points with Israel in recent weeks by allowing Israeli flights to India to pass through Saudi air space — something that had previously been forbidden and extended flights by several hours.

According to the individual with knowledge of the dinner, there was no discussion of any political opening in the Saudi kingdom nor of the crown prince’s recent moves to shut down rivals by arresting members of the royal family.

The Saudi consulate and Saban had no comment. Señor did not respond to a message requesting comment. Nelson could not be immediately reached for comment, and his office said they would get back to TheWrap.

Oh, right — and the menu for the meal? Italian.

 

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Buys Out Four Seasons Hotel for Hollywood Visit (Exclusive)

Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammad bin Salman will have plenty of room to unwind after his meetings this week with Hollywood executives — he’s rented out the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for the duration of his visit.

That should buy him respite from the honking horns of Los Angeles, and from the feminist protesters who object to his government’s treatment of women. The royal heir, also known by the abbreviation MBS, is in Hollywood to meet with such executives as Rupert Murdoch, Brian Grazer, WME boss Ari Emanuel, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Oprah Winfrey.

“The expense of a short-term buyout is mesmerizing,” an insider with knowledge off the situation told TheWrap. “Not only do they have to convince a hotel to shut down their operation — but also, to relocate high-end guests who already made reservations is not something you see every day in Beverly Hills.”

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A spokesperson for the Four Seasons declined to comment. But another person familiar with the prince’s  accommodations said MBS rented a total of 285 rooms, including 100 suites. Rooms a the hotel start at around $600.

In case the Four Seasons feels a tad claustrophobic, the 32-year-old crown prince rented an extra 40 more rooms at the nearly L’Ermitage, where rooms start out at $559.

A sign in Arabic at the hotel lobby that reads: “Department of Transportation”

Reps for the hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The crown prince is in town as part of a coast-to-coast meeting spree.

“He’s meeting with every major studio,” one insider told TheWrap on condition of anonymity, saying of MBS’s team: “I wouldn’t put it past them to have actual ideas in mind for what they want to invest in.”

This isn’t the only time MBS has bought out a hotel. As Recode reported over the weekend, MBS also bought out the Fours Seasons Silicon Valley from April 2 to April 7. The hotels is closed to the public this week, Recode said.

According to memos obtained by the site, some of the Silicon Valley’s hotel guests were also relocated due to the presence of a “large VIP delegation” with “high-security needs.”

According to Axios, after Seattle meetings with Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and possibly Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, the crown prince will head to the Bay Area for meetings with Apple chief Tim Cook, Google execs, and other venture capitalists this month.

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The prince’s trip to Hollywood has sparked curiosity among industry leaders who — let’s just say this bluntly — like money. Theater owners and Hollywood studios have been salivating since Saudi Arabia ended its 35-year ban on movie theaters in December.

Bin Salman has also sought to open up Saudi Arabia to new forms of industry — such as entertainment — instead of relying so heavily on oil, the major source of Saudi Arabian wealth.

But not everyone is happy. On Monday, demonstrators from the feminist group Code Pink protested outside WME’s Beverly Hills offices, ahead of the prince’s meeting with Emanuel. WME and MBS are finalizing a deal in which the desert kingdom will acquire a minority share in Endeavor, WME’s parent company.

The crown prince has drawn international scrutiny to his oil-rich kingdom for mass arrests of 200 relatives in what he has billed as an anti-corruption sweep. He has also tried to modernize, including by finally allowing women in the country to drive.

“He pretends to be a reformer when he’s really a war criminal,” Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink, told TheWrap on Friday. “There is nothing charming about this prince.”

She said it was disappointing that after the #MeToo movement, Hollywood would meet with a man who is part of “the world’s most misogynistic, patriarchal, and repressive regime.”

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Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammad bin Salman will have plenty of room to unwind after his meetings this week with Hollywood executives — he’s rented out the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for the duration of his visit.

That should buy him respite from the honking horns of Los Angeles, and from the feminist protesters who object to his government’s treatment of women. The royal heir, also known by the abbreviation MBS, is in Hollywood to meet with such executives as Rupert Murdoch, Brian Grazer, WME boss Ari Emanuel, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Oprah Winfrey.

“The expense of a short-term buyout is mesmerizing,” an insider with knowledge off the situation told TheWrap. “Not only do they have to convince a hotel to shut down their operation — but also, to relocate high-end guests who already made reservations is not something you see every day in Beverly Hills.”

A spokesperson for the Four Seasons declined to comment. But another person familiar with the prince’s  accommodations said MBS rented a total of 285 rooms, including 100 suites. Rooms a the hotel start at around $600.

In case the Four Seasons feels a tad claustrophobic, the 32-year-old crown prince rented an extra 40 more rooms at the nearly L’Ermitage, where rooms start out at $559.

A sign in Arabic at the hotel lobby that reads: “Department of Transportation”

Reps for the hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The crown prince is in town as part of a coast-to-coast meeting spree.

“He’s meeting with every major studio,” one insider told TheWrap on condition of anonymity, saying of MBS’s team: “I wouldn’t put it past them to have actual ideas in mind for what they want to invest in.”

This isn’t the only time MBS has bought out a hotel. As Recode reported over the weekend, MBS also bought out the Fours Seasons Silicon Valley from April 2 to April 7. The hotels is closed to the public this week, Recode said.

According to memos obtained by the site, some of the Silicon Valley’s hotel guests were also relocated due to the presence of a “large VIP delegation” with “high-security needs.”

According to Axios, after Seattle meetings with Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and possibly Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, the crown prince will head to the Bay Area for meetings with Apple chief Tim Cook, Google execs, and other venture capitalists this month.

The prince’s trip to Hollywood has sparked curiosity among industry leaders who — let’s just say this bluntly — like money. Theater owners and Hollywood studios have been salivating since Saudi Arabia ended its 35-year ban on movie theaters in December.

Bin Salman has also sought to open up Saudi Arabia to new forms of industry — such as entertainment — instead of relying so heavily on oil, the major source of Saudi Arabian wealth.

But not everyone is happy. On Monday, demonstrators from the feminist group Code Pink protested outside WME’s Beverly Hills offices, ahead of the prince’s meeting with Emanuel. WME and MBS are finalizing a deal in which the desert kingdom will acquire a minority share in Endeavor, WME’s parent company.

The crown prince has drawn international scrutiny to his oil-rich kingdom for mass arrests of 200 relatives in what he has billed as an anti-corruption sweep. He has also tried to modernize, including by finally allowing women in the country to drive.

“He pretends to be a reformer when he’s really a war criminal,” Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink, told TheWrap on Friday. “There is nothing charming about this prince.”

She said it was disappointing that after the #MeToo movement, Hollywood would meet with a man who is part of “the world’s most misogynistic, patriarchal, and repressive regime.”

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The Prince is now considered the top advisor to King Salman in Saudi Arabia, thanks to his role in the corruption probe that ensnared many top government and business figures in that country last year. Prince bin…

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NBA Superstar Kevin Durant Teams With Brian Grazer On Apple Scripted Series

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Grazer said he has been looking for…

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‘Genius’ Looking For Woman To Profile In Season 3 — TCA

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The Picasso bio-series is the second in the Genius franchise, following the debut season profiling Albert Einstein. The two men were similar, executive producer Brian Grazer said, in that both were progenitors of disruption.
For Season 3, he added, they are “zeroing in” to find a woman “who is a genius and iconic in…

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