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[07/22/15 - 11:14 AM]
A+E Networks Announces "Roots" Award Winning Directors and Music Producer
Multi-award winning Phillip Noyce and Emmy(R) Award winner Thomas Carter are set to helm nights one and three respectively.

[07/01/15 - 09:23 AM]
Academy(R) Award Nominee and Emmy(R) Award Winner Laurence Fishburne to Star as Alex Haley in "Roots"
Fishburne will play Haley, the author of the novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," an American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte.

[04/30/15 - 03:30 PM]
A+E Networks' Upfront Announcements Summary
A+E Networks held their annual presentation today, making a number of significant programming announcements on new event series, new series and new digital-only series.

[04/30/15 - 10:39 AM]
History(R), A&E and Lifetime Greenlight "Roots" - Event Series to Air on All Three Flagship Brands
Will Packer joins as executive producer and original "Roots" cast member and Emmy-award winning LeVar Burton boards as co-executive producer.

[01/08/15 - 11:23 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 8
Updates include: Guillermo del Toro brings "A Killing on Carnival Row" to Amazon; syndicated game show "Celebrity Name Game" gets second season; and Emmanuelle Chriqui joins the cast of TNT's "Murder in the First."

[11/05/13 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, November 5
Updates include: Michael Caleo brings "Hourman" to The CW; Jason O'Mara to lead "Complications" at USA; and History eyes a revival of "Roots" as an eight-hour mini-series.







ROOTS (HISTORY)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
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STATUS:
telefilm/mini-series greenlighted
DESCRIPTION:
(from History's press release, July 2015) Academy(R) Award nominee and Emmy(R) Award winning actor Laurence Fishburne (Black-ish) is set to star as Alex Haley in the A+E Networks scripted event series ROOTS, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP & General Manager, HISTORY. Fishburne will play Haley, the author of the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, an American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte. ROOTS will be an original, contemporary production, incorporating material from Haley's novel, as well as carefully researched new scholarship of the time. ROOTS is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family's will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity. Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte who is captured in his homeland in The Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America where he's sold into slavery. Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history - including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation. The story of Kunta Kinte and the women and men who came after him echoes through the history of millions of Americans of African descent, and reveals powerful truths about the universal resilience of the human spirit.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Laurence Fishburne as Alex Haley
CREW INFORMATION:
· Alex Haley as BOOK
· Alison McDonald as WRTR
· Arturo Interian as EIP (History)
· Charles Murray as WRTR
· Dirk Hoogstra as EIP (History)
· Korin Huggins as CO-EP
· Lawrence Konner as WRTR/EP
· LeVar Burton as CO-EP
· Marc Toberoff as EP
· Mark Rosenthal as WRTR/EP
· Mark Wolper as EP
· Michael Stiller as EIP (History)
· Phillip Noyce as DIR
· Thomas Carter as DIR
· Will Packer as EP
GENRE(S):
· based on a book
· mini-series
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· A+E Studios
· Wolper Organization, The