The project will take a hard-hitting look at the plight that currently affects billions and is becoming an increased concern for Americans.
“With the drought crisis in California, America is starting to wake up to a future where fresh drinking water is scarce, expensive and beyond our control,” said Gibney. “With the global reach of National Geographic, we hope to stress the urgency and, now more than ever, we need to understand what’s literally under the surface.”
“Parched” will air globally on NatGeo channels in 171 countries and will also receive a limited theater release.
“Harnessing the power of the National Geographic brand, ‘Parched’ will give a 360-degree look at a global crisis that affects us all, bringing much-needed attention and social awareness to the public,” said Tim Pastore, NGC’s president of original programming and production. “We are thrilled to be working with Alex Gibney, who pulls no punches and delivers the kind of hard-hitting, intriguing stories that we’re passionate about sharing.”
Gibney, along with Stacey Offman and Lynne Kirby, are exec producing under Jigsaw Productions. Richard Perello is co-exec producing for Jigsaw. Matt Renner is exec producing for NGC.