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Nat Geo partners with Jay Z for new documentary series

National Geographic has announced a new documentary series produced by Jay Z and The Weinstein Company as part of its upcoming slate of programmes.

The six-episode project is called Race and will “weave together documentary, animation and archive footage” as it delves into crime and punishment, wealth inequality, the role of social media, activism and family.

“National Geographic and Jay Z are the world’s foremost storytellers in their own right, and we’re thrilled to be working with them on such an evocative and meaningful project,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. “By using highly cinematic storytelling techniques along with Jay Z’s singular point of view, the series will tell a dramatic, thought-provoking story on race in America.”

The broadcaster has also announced a second series of its forthcoming drama Genius, before the first episode of season one has been broadcast.

The first season of the show, which counts Ron Howard and Brian Grazer among its producers, focuses on Albert Einstein. The second season’s subject will be revealed in the final episode of season one.