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[05/24/16 - 12:51 PM]
History(R) Supports The Freedmen's Bureau Project Through Partnership with The Smithsonian's NMAAHC and FamilySearch International
The social initiative, "Reading for Roots," is a call to action to encourage viewers to volunteer to transcribe post-Civil War documents.

[05/16/16 - 06:03 AM]
History(R) Unveils Summer Original Programming Lineup
Look for new scripted drama "Six" to launch on Monday, July 18 at 10:00/9:00c.

[05/13/16 - 04:11 PM]
History Brings "Roots" Cast & Producers to the White House for Screening and Panel on May 17
Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Malachi Kirby, LeVar Burton, Will Packer, Mark Wolper, Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter and Nancy Dubuc are among the participants.

[02/11/16 - 01:09 PM]
History's Epic Event Series "Roots" Set to Premiere on Memorial Day 2016
"Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to History.

[12/03/15 - 11:23 AM]
A+E Networks Announces Additional Casting for "Roots"
Tip "T.I." Harris, Mekhi Phifer, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode, Lane Garrison, Emayatzy Corinealdi and G. Hannelius are among the latest additions to the four-night, eight-hour event.

[09/16/15 - 11:43 AM]
A+E Networks Announces Cast for Its Event Miniseries "Roots" from A+E Studios
Said ensemble includes Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel and Derek Luke.

[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:
5/30/16 - 6/2/16
STATUS:
telefilm/mini-series in the can
DESCRIPTION:
(from History's press release, May 2016) "ROOTS" is a historical journey of one family and their 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 of 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. "ROOTS" stars Laurence Fishburne, Tip "T.I." Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rege-Jean Page, Anna Paquin, Anika Noni Rose, Forest Whitaker and introduces Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Anika Noni Rose as Kizzy
· Anna Paquin as Nancy Holt
· Chad L. Coleman as Mingo
· Derek Luke as Silla Ba Dibba
· Emayatzy Corinealdi as Belle
· Erica Tazel as Matilda
· Forest Whitaker as Fiddler
· G. Hannelius as Missy
· James Purefoy as John Waller
· Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Tom Lea
· Lane Garrison as Frederick Murray
· Laurence Fishburne as Alex Haley
· Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte
· Matthew Goode as William Waller
· Mekhi Phifer as Jerusalem
· Regé-Jean Page as Chicken George
· Tip "T.I." Harris as Cyrus
CREW INFORMATION:
· Alex Haley as BOOK
· Alison McDonald as WRTR
· Arturo Interian as EIP (History)
· Barry Jossen as EP
· Bruce Beresford as DIR
· Charles Murray as WRTR
· Korin Huggins as CO-EP
· Lawrence Konner as WRTR/EP
· LeVar Burton as CO-EP
· Marc Toberoff as EP
· Mario Van Peebles as DIR
· 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