Science Channel Sets ‘Innovators’ Series

Science Channel will unveil a new documentary series later this year that will profile figures who have fundamentally altered the way we live, the network announced Monday.

The series, Innovators, will debut in fourth quarter 2018 and will pair historical and contemporary innovators from similar fields to examine truths of how innovation happens and tell the story of how our modern world was created.

The three, hour-long episodes will include pairings of Richard Warren Sears, the businessman who founded Sears, with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos; Alexander Graham-Bell and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg; and John and Horace Dodge -- who challenged the Ford Motor Company’s automobile industry dominance – with Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and Space X.

Innovators, with be produced by Ross Greenburg Productions, said network officials.

“These are inspiring stories of some of the most brilliant minds of the last couple of centuries, people who have shaken things up to the point where there really is no looking back,” said Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual in a statement. “Ross Greenburg is an expert storyteller and we are thrilled to have him partner with us on this innovative series.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.