Nat Geo greenlights ‘The 80s’

U.K. shingle Nutopia to produce event docu

LONDON — Nat Geo U.S. has greenlit Blighty’s Nutopia to produce event documentary “The 80s.”

Show will examine how the decade — forever linked in the West with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher — helped shape what we are today culturally, politically, technologically and financially.

Nutopia is winning a reputation for its mega-docs, the first of which was the 12-hour “America the Story of Us,” introduced by President Obama and made for History.

Nutopia’s CEO Jane Root said, “This commission is particularly exciting as it thrusts mega-docs into a whole new area of programming, encompassing pop culture along with grander themes.

“The 80s gave birth to the world that we live in today, both good and bad. There are big stories to tell, but a lot of fun to have with this one, too.

“We hope to make some real discoveries: we’ll be searching out the first ads for the era’s signature products, like bottled water, to out-takes of Hollywood blockbusters. I’ve embraced my inner shoulder pads.”

“The 80s” will be exec produced for National Geographic Channel by Lynn Sadofsky, VP of production is Kim Woodard, while exec VP of programming is Michael Cascio.

Nat Geo prexy Howard T. Owens said, “Many retrospectives have been done, but we’re going to look at this decade that defined us with a new lens as told through surprising and unexpected game changers and history makers.”

Nutopia is working on “How We Invented the World” for Discovery in the U.S., and “Great Britain Our Story” for U.K. paybox BSkyB.

Root is a former prexy of Discovery U.S. and controller of U.K. web BBC2.

News of “The 80s” came as Nat Geo greenlit five lifestyle/reality skeins in the U.S. (Daily Variety, March 26).

Included are “American Chainsaw,” “Brain Games” and “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?”

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