Monday, October 10, 2011

UPDATED: Discovery To Air Steve Jobs Documentary This Sunday Hosted By The Mythbusters

Credit: Discovery Channel

With the passing of Steve Jobs last week, many outlets have raced to cover the story of his life.  Today The Discovery Channel announced, via Entertainment Weekly, that they are producing a one-hour documentary on Steve Jobs' life called iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World.  The special will be hosted by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of Discovery's hit show Mythbusters.

About Steve Jobs, Adam Savage told EW:

"He didn't simply give the public what they wanted, he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space: productivity, creativity, music, communication, media and art.  He has touched, directly and indirectly, all of our lives." 


Look for the special to contain interviews with other tech gurus and people from the entertainment industry to discuss the impact of Steve Jobs and his creations.

UPDATE:
Here is the official press release from Discovery.


DISCOVERY CHANNEL CELEBRATES STEVE JOBS’ ENDURING INFLUENCE ON 
MODERN CULTURE IN iGENIUS: HOW STEVE JOBS CHANGED THE WORLD
MAKING ITS WORLD PREMIERE THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 AT 8PM ET/PT

-- Hosted by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, One-Hour Documentary
Features Interviews with Luminaries From Tech, Media and Entertainment -- 

Steve Jobs was a creative and technological visionary who quite simply changed society as we know it. As co-founder and CEO of Apple Computer, Jobs ushered in personal computing to the masses, which in turn led to new innovations which completely changed our way of life – from how we do our work, to the way we watch movies, listen to music and interact socially. On Sunday, October 16, from 8-9PM ET/PT, Discovery Channel will featureiGENIUS: HOW STEVE JOBS CHANGED THE WORLD, a one-hour documentary that celebrates these innovations. 

Hosted by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who celebrate the spirit of innovation through intellectual curiosity on Discovery Channel’s MYTHBUSTERS, the special will feature interviews with people whose lives and livelihoods were forever changed by Jobs, including: 

·        Those at the front lines of personal computing’s birth, and former Apple employees and executives, including: Lee Felsenstein, founding member of the Homebrew Computer Club, Daniel Kottke, a friend who traveled to India with Jobs and who later become an early Apple employee, and John Draper, an engineer who gave Jobs his start
·        Journalists, authors and critics who covered Jobs and his innovations, including NBC Correspondent Tom BrokawJoe Nocera (New York Times), cultural critic ToureBill Werde (Billboard) and Andrew Serwer(Fortune)
·        Scientists and educators including theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku
·        Musicians, filmmakers and designers who saw their business completely change as a result of Job’s technological advancements, including: Stevie WonderPete Wentz and lesser-known artists who credit Jobs’ innovations (such as iTunes) for their success

Says host Adam Savage, “Someone once said that to follow the path that others have laid before you is a very reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men.” He continued, “Steve Jobs was an unreasonable man. He didn't simply give the public what they wanted, he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space: productivity, creativity, music, communication, media and art. He has touched, directly and indirectly, all of our lives.”

Following its world premiere on Discovery Channel U.S., iGENIUS: HOW STEVE JOBS CHANGED THE WORLD will premiere across Discovery’s international portfolio of networks in more than 210 countries and territories around the world.

iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World will air on The Discovery Channel this coming Sunday, October 16th at 8:00 P.M.

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Source: EW

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