Discovery Channel gets animated with Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg-thumb-290x374 Discovery Channel is extending its relationship with Steven Spielberg, who’s behind a new animated miniseries for the channel.

Spielberg, DreamWorks TV and DreamWorks Animation are all behind “Future Earth,” which will look at what life on the planet will be like in 25, 50 and 100 years.

Spielberg is already producing the special series “The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero” for the channel.

In the case of “Future Earth,” Spielberg plans to personally oversee the development.

In a statement, Spielberg said he was “excited to be back in business with DreamWorks Animation,” and said the collaboration with Discovery gives them “an opportunity to bring exciting new experiences to take television audiences into the imagined future of planet Earth.”

According to Discovery Channel president/GM Clark Bunting, “Future Earth” is part of a development deal the channel has struck with Spielberg, DreamWorks TV and DreamWorks Animation on an “array of new nonfiction programs.”

“Future Earth” will utilize futurists, scholars and other “great minds of today” to determine how health and medicine, technology, the environment, the military, the economy and the media evolve.

Miniseries was also announced by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks TV co-heads Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

Discovery announced the miniseries on Thursday at its upfront presentation in New York.

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