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THE FARTHEST – VOYAGER IN SPACE Will Premiere August 23 on PBS in Celebration of 40th Anniversary of the Voyager Launch

NEW YORK, NY; MAY 2, 2017 - PBS announced today that THE FARTHEST - VOYAGER IN SPACE, a two-hour special about NASA’s historic Voyager mission to explore our solar system and beyond, will premiere nationally on August 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS stations, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the first Voyager launch. The documentary was an official selection in the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival as part of the festival’s Viewpoints program. (Watch the trailer here.)

PBS and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios Celebrate 40th Anniversary of NASA Voyager Launch in “THE FARTHEST” (w.t.)

PASADENA, CA; January 15, 2017 -- At the Television Critics Association press tour today, PBS announced the production of THE FARTHEST (w.t.), a two-hour documentary that spotlights the extraordinary success story of NASA’s Voyager mission, which began 40 years ago this August. The twin Voyager spacecraft revolutionized planetary science, resolved key questions about the outer planets and raised intriguing new ones about the evolution of our solar system.




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Tangled Bank Studios and Smithsonian Channel Announce Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

New York, NY, September 17, 2014 - It’s a mystery on a global scale: five times in Earth’s past, life has been nearly extinguished, the vast majority of plants and animals annihilated in a geologic instant. What triggered these dramatic events? And what might they tell us about the fate of our world? MASS EXTINCTION: LIFE AT THE BRINK, narrated by Jeffrey Wright, a new one-hour special premiering Sunday, November 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel, is produced by Tangled Bank Studios, the film and television unit of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

The program joins scientists around the globe in search of answers to two of the most dramatic mass extinctions: the “K/T Extinction,” which wiped out the dinosaurs, and “The Great Dying,” which 250 million years ago annihilated nearly 90% of all Earth’s species. These early mass extinctions could hold clues for what may be happening today.

Tangled Bank Studios and PBS/NOVA Announce 'Vaccines - Calling the Shots'

Boston, MA; July 17, 2014 –– Measles. Mumps. Whooping cough. Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago are returning. Across America and around the globe, children are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases—in part, because some parents are choosing to skip their children’s shots. How and why do vaccines work? What are the biggest concerns and misconceptions, and what are the risks to the child and society when people decide to forego immunization? The award-winning science series NOVA helps viewers find the answers they need.


"Our goal is to capture the adventure and excitement of science and share that with mass audiences.”

Tangled Bank Studios, A Production Company from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Launches

Chevy Chase, MD—The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) today announced the launch of Tangled Bank Studios, a new film and media production company that aims to be a significant contributor to the science documentary arena. The new company, helmed by Michael Rosenfeld, Head of Television and Film, will produce programs that tell powerful stories across all branches of science for broadcast, theatrical, and digital media. HHMI also announced several Tangled Bank film projects and collaborators.

Tangled Bank Studios is the cornerstone of HHMI’s $60 million television and film production initiative, which was announced last year. The company is an extension of HHMI’s longstanding commitment to science education. HHMI is the largest private supporter of science education in the United States. Footage from every Tangled Bank Studios film or series will also be used to create short films for the classroom for HHMI's award-winning educational media program.

The inaugural slate of Tangled Bank Studios productions includes:


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