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Scott Rudin Creating Chernobyl TV Series for NatGeo

Fresh off signing a mega-deal with Fox Networks Group, prolific producer Scott Rudin is working on his first TV deal to fall under the pact: a new series with National Geographic Channel, Variety has learned.

Rudin will be developing and producing a series about the events leading up to the Chernobyl disaster.

The series is based on a nonfiction book proposal for “The Invisible Enemy,” by Adam Higginbotham, that was sold to Simon & Schuster.

The rights to “Invisible Enemy” were previously held by CAA. Sources tell Variety that Rudin acquired the rights himself and took to NatGeo for a series, after signing his new three-year-deal, which has him developing and producing television projects for National Geographic Channel, FX Networks and Fox Broadcasting.

Higginbotham most recently sold his article “A 1,000 Pounds of Dynamite” to Warner Bros. He is repped by CAA, Edward Orloff and manager Rick Jacobs.

Rudin is repped by WME Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.

Justin Kroll contributed to this report.

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