National Geographic Channel announced this afternoon that Katie Couric Media, along with National Geographic Studios, are joining forces on two-hour documentary Gender Revolution (working title), billed as an “unflinching look at the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture” on “gender fluidity.” The docu will premiere on the National Geographic Channel globally in 171 countries and 45 languages, timed to the January 2017 Gender issue of National Geographic Magazine.
Today’s news may come as a surprise to industry pundits who had speculated that Couric’s documentary career was kaput after the pounding she took over misleading editing on her Under the Gun docu in May on Epix.
Couric wound up issuing a statement saying she took “responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange” she had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League in Under The Gun. She tweeted that she took a second look at the editing process and decided she needed to address the issue.
“We’re proud to partner with Katie and her talented production team to play a part in breaking down the complexities of gender identity,” NatGeo Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe said today.
“It seems that every day, there’s a new story and a new vocabulary around gender that’s challenging our long-held attitudes and preconceptions about what makes us who we are,” Couric said in today’s TCA news. As to the docu, she advised, “Think of it this way: this will be everything you wanted to know about gender but were afraid to ask.”
Gender Revolution will examine how gender has been viewed across centuries by ancient civilizations, and the surprisingly different approaches to gender around the world today. The January 2017 Gender issue of National Geographic Magazine will have features that look at gender from different perspectives.