Grants

CUNY TV Foundation

To pilot a 13-part TV series co-hosted by a  journalist and a scientist that reviews the latest movies and television shows, with an emphasis on the science angle

  • Amount $457,200
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Robert Isaacson
  • Year 2014
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Television

Funds from this grant provide partial support for the pilot season of a new series, Science at the Movies, which will review the scientific content and characters of the films, television, and other entertainment media.  To be produced by CUNY TV and co-hosted by a team of one scientist and one journalist, the 13-episode, half-hour series aims to attract the general film?loving audience while casting a fun and friendly light on the scientific and technological content or the scientific implications, violations, or validations of popular entertainment.  Topics will include how the lives and work of real scientists differ from on-screen portrayals on screen, and how elements of science and technology underlie both everyday events and the most dramatic or comedic activities.  The show will air on CUNY TV and be offered for national distribution to PBS affiliates.

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