Wednesday, November 15, 2017

National Geographic Orders Drama 'Valley of the Boom' from Matthew Carnahan and Arianna Huffington

National Geographic has given a six-episode series order to original drama series Valley of the Boom from House of Lies creator Matthew Carnahan and The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.

The drama explores the rapid rise and the spectacular fall of the 1990s tech bubble. The scripted series will be supported by select documentary elements, taking a page from the network's hybrid space drama Mars, to tell the inside story of Silicon Valley's dramatic early days.

Carnahan created the drama, and will also serve as director and showrunner. He will executive produce with Huffington, Jason Goldberg, Brant Pinvidic and David Walpert. David Newsom is a co-executive producer, while Joel Ehninger is a producer. STXtv and Matthew Carnahan Circus Products will produce.

"National Geographic pioneered the hybrid scripted-docuseries genre with Mars, which is currently in production on its season season. With Valley of the Boom, we are continuing on the same genre-busting path," said Carolyn Bernstein, Head of Global Scripted Programming and Development, National Geographic. "The provocative world of Silicon Valley has long dominated headlines and captured the public's imagination. We cannot wait to tell this timely, wildly unpredictable and captivating story of the early days of the dotcom boom and the bust with showrunner Matthew Carnahan and his signature irreverent blend of drama, comedy and pathos."