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'Your Inner Fish' on PBS Imparts Smart Human Anatomy Lesson
L.A. Times
Mary McNamara
April 9, 2014

Ever since Charles Darwin made his way to the Galapagos, we've heard a lot about that fateful moment when some previously water-bound creature pulled itself up from the slowly receding seas, took a breath and began the eons-long march to humanity.

What we didn't know was what that creature looked like and how, specifically, it relates to us. Read more >

Neil Shubin Tells the Story of Us in 'Your Inner Fish'
Chicago Tribune
Steven Johnson
April 9, 2014

Moving downward from the shoulder, the arms of Neil Shubin, fish paleontologist, are built like this: one bone, two bones, lots of bones, digits. The same is true for a bird's wing, a leopard's forward leg and the front fins of Tiktaalik, the ancient fish Shubin discovered in arctic Canada that was one of the first to walk on land.   Read more >

PBS Pushes Science with 'Your Inner Fish'
Realscreen
Kevin Ritchie
April 9, 2014

PBS is bolstering its efforts to woo fans of natural history and science by adding an extra hour to its Wednesday night programming block.

Tonight (April 9), the U.S. pubcaster will premiere the three-part series Your Inner Fish, featuring paleobiologist and author Neil Shubin (pictured above). Produced by Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films, the miniseries is based on Shubin’s book of the same name and examines the ways human DNA is similar to shrew-like mammals that existed 165 million years ago.  Read more >

Those Fish Fins You Call Hands and Other Evolutionary Quirks
New York Times
Neil Genzlinger
April 8, 2014

The club of scholars named Neil who are good writers and also telegenic is fairly small, with Neil deGrasse Tyson (see “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”) sometimes seeming to be its only member. But let’s not overlook Neil Shubin, a paleontologist who makes an appealing guide to our evolutionary history on “Your Inner Fish,” a three-part exploration, based on his books, that begins on Wednesday on PBS.   Read more >

'Your Inner Fish,' PBS Series Based on Best-Selling Book, Traces Human Evolutionary Roots
Associated Press
Lynn Elber
April 8, 2014

Neil Shubin would like to introduce you to your family tree, the one with roots reaching back more than 3 billion years. In a three-part PBS series debuting Wednesday and based on Shubin's best-selling book, "Your Inner Fish," the paleontologist shares scientific research that connects humans to the early animals that made us what we are today.   Read more >

PBS Series Explores Evolution of 'Your Inner Fish'
USA Today
Traci Watson
April 8, 2014

Paleobiologist Neil Shubin digs up the fossils of extinct animals. Now television is bringing those fossils to life.   

In an episode of Shubin's new PBS series, Your Inner Fish, based on his best-selling book of the same name, he cups a tiny Jurassic reptile called a tritheledont in his palm before it jumps off his hand and meanders across a tabletop. No flesh-and-blood tritheledont has scuttled the Earth for at least 150 million years. But 21st-century computer animation has resurrected the little animal in all its lithe, long-tailed glory for a star turn in Shubin's series, premiering April 9.   Read more >

What Fish Teach Us About Us
The New York Times
Claudia Dreifus
April 7, 2014

To Neil H. Shubin's long resume - paleontologist, molecular biologist, dean and professor of anatomy at the University of Chicago - can now be added "television host." Dr. Shubin, 53, who helped discover the 375-million-year-old fish called Tiktaalik, hailed as a missing link between sea and land animals, will preside over "Your Inner Fish," a three-part series on evolution (based on his book of the same title) that makes its debut Wednesday on PBS.      Read more >

The Journey to Humanity
The New York Times
April 4, 2014

When the paleobiologist Neil Shubin looks at his fellow humans, he sees ghosts of animals past. The wy we grip with our hands? We can thank our primate forefathers. Our ability to hear so many sounds? Distant ancestors the size of a shrew.     Read more >

MIP Picks 2014: 'Your Inner Fish'
Real Screen
March 28, 2014

In his book of the same name, author and paleontologist Neil Shubin posits that the human body as we know it today is the result of 3.5 million years of evolution, and that many of our characteristics can be traced to some rather surprising origins. Now, in a three-part series for PBS, Shubin brings his theories to life.     Read more >

'Cosmos' and 'Your Inner Fish' Pack the 1-2 Punch
Scientific American
March 27, 2014
Kalliopi Monoyios

Two weeks from today, on April 9th, PBS will air the first of a three-part series adapted from Neil Shubin’s popular book, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year-History of the Human Body. If you’ve ever wondered why we’re built the way we are – with five fingers on each hand, testes that hang outside our bodies, and backs and knees that leave us vulnerable to slipped discs and torn ligaments – this series will take you on a journey of discovery you won’t soon forget.     Read more >

Q & A: Neil Shubin Explores 'Your Inner Fish'
National Geographic News
March 21, 2014
Dan Vergano

Icons of evolution don't come much uglier than Tiktaalik, the land-walking ancient fish from 375 million years ago.

But Tiktaalik was acclaimed as a beautiful scientific discovery when it was announced in 2006 by paleontologist Neil Shubin and his team. The project was partially supported by the National Geographic Society.     Read more >

MIPDoc '13: Tangled Bank Studios is 'Open for Business for Pitches'
Real Screen
April 7, 2013
Kelly Anderson

Michael Rosenfeld, head of television and film for science specialist prodco Tangled Bank Studios, revealed more about the company’s aims during his keynote session at MIPDoc yesterday (April 6).

Tangled Bank Studios launched out of the philanthropical research organization The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) last November with the aim to produce science content for TV, digital, theatrical, and giant screen. Rosenfeld says the prodco’s content will fill what he regards as a gap in science programming in the U.S.     Read more >

Liveblog: Michael Rosenfeld on Reinventing Science Television
MIPblog
April 6, 2013
Stuart Dredge

The best science television is far from dry and worthy. Science documentary maker Michael Rosenfeld, now head of television and film at Tangled Bank Studios, gave some insights into his company’s work in a MIPDoc keynote today, while also explaining how the studio is keen to support other producers with similar ambitions.

Tangled Bank launched last year, and is a studio funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in the US. “It’s a somewhat different model from what is really common in the doc world,” said Rosenfeld. “An effort to engage not just with teachers and students in the classroom, but with the public at large. Our goal was simply to produce great science content.”     Read more >

Tangled Bank Studios Aims to Untangle Mysteries of Science
Real Screen
Nov. 26, 2012
By Kevin Ritchie

Philanthropic research organization the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has launched Tangled Bank Studios, a production company focused on producing science documentary programs. 

Headed by former National Geographic Television (NGT) president Michael Rosenfeld, the editorially independent company is the cornerstone of the Chevy Chase, Maryland-headquartered non-profit’s US $60 million film and television initiative, and will produce around 10 hours of science programming annually for TV, cinemas and digital media.     Read more >

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Launches Documentary Unit
Variety
Nov. 26, 2012
By Dave McNary 

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has launched Tangled Bank Studios as a film-TV production company specializing in science documentaries.

Veteran producer Michael Rosenfeld, who joined the institute last year to head its $60 million documentary initiative, is leading Tangled Bank and told Variety that production is under way on a pair of three-hour TV series that will likely air in 2014 on PBS.     Read more >

HHMI Launches Prodco, PBS Projects
C21 Media
Nov. 26, 2012
By Michael Pickard

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has launched a new film and TV production company, with a slate of science and documentary projects lined up for US pubcaster PBS. 

Maryland-based Tangled Bank Studios and its production slate are the first fruits of HHMI’s US$60m investment in content production announced last year, when former National Geographic Television president Michael Rosenfeld was hired to lead the new unit as head of television and film.     Read more >

Tangled Bank Studios Plans Science Documentaries for TV and the Classroom
The Wrap
Nov. 26, 2012
By Lucas Shaw

Doctors, scientists and normal geeks have a new studio to look to: Tangled Bank.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has launched the new production company, which will make science documentaries for the mass public and educational purposes.     Read more >