LIFETIME(R) DEBUTS NEW COMPETITION DOCUSERIES "CHILD GENIUS" ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015, at 10pm ET/PT
Nation's Most Gifted Kids Face Off in American Mensa Competition for a Chance to Win $100,000
With Tiger Moms and Helicopter Parents Lurking, Correct Answers Aren't the Only Thing These Kids Have to Worry About
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 24, 2014) - Lifetime's all-new competition series Child Genius (#ChildGenius) centers on America's most extraordinary and gifted children and their families as they prepare for a national intelligence competition. In cooperation with American Mensa, the competition takes place over eight weeks and tests the nation's brightest young minds on their knowledge of Math, Spelling, Geography, Memory, the Human Body, U.S. Presidents, Vocabulary, Current Events, Zoology, Astronomy and Space, Inventions, Literature and the Arts, Earth Science and Logic.
Hosted by Leland Melvin, former NASA astronaut, the show features 20 boys and girls ages 8 to 12 from across the country, all competing for a $100,000 college fund and the title of Child Genius 2014. Immediately following the Season 5 premiere of Dance Moms(R), Child Genius bows on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 10pm ET/PT. Child Genius contestants include:
Contestant Name Age Hometown
Adi 11 Manhattan Beach, CA
Alexa 12 Scottsdale, AZ
Binyamin 11 Orange County, CA
Christopher 8 Inglewood, CA
Eden 8 Washington, DC
Graham 10 Verdigris, OK
Izzy 9 Midloathian, VA
Jason 10 Furlong, PA
Jaxon 10 McKinney, TX
John 9 Myrtle Beach, SC
Katherine 11 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Katie 9 Tarzana, CA
Kellan 10 Redondo Beach, CA
Liam 8 Redondo Beach, CA
Madison 8 Studio City, CA
Robbie 10 Torrance, CA
Ryan 11 Charlotte, NC
Tanishq 10 Sacramento, CA
Vanya 12 Olathe, KS
Yeji 11 Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Based on the popular U.K. format, Child Genius is produced by Shed Media. Pam Healey (Who Do You Think You Are?, The Real Housewives of New York City), John Hesling (Atlanta Exes, Top Gear), Dan Snook (Escape Club, Apocalypse Preppers) and Laurie Girion (Cheerleader Nation, Showville) serve as executive producers, along with Lifetime's Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman.
ABOUT SHED MEDIA
Part of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Shed Media is a U.S.-based production company boasting a prolific and diverse slate of series ranging from docusoaps to entertainment formats. As of October 2014, the company is producing 11 series across seven networks and will deliver more than 100 hours of finished television programs throughout 2014. Series produced by Shed Media include The Real Housewives of New York City for Bravo; Who Do You Think You Are? for TLC; Atlanta Exes, Hollywood Exes and Basketball Wives for VH1; Eric & Jessie: Game On for E!; Child Genius for Lifetime; and My Dysfunctional Family for CMT, among others.
Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest-quality original programming that spans scripted series, nonfiction series and movies. As a result of the network's aggressive programming strategy, which has doubled the hours of its original programming, 2013 marked Lifetime's second straight year of growth among total viewers. Lifetime(R) Television, LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime(R) Digital are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney/ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
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