California Drought

Nat Geo Will Produce New Documentary from Alex Gibney Exploring the World's Water Crisis

National Geographic Channel has greenlighted a new documentary miniseries from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney examining the world's dwindling water supply and the actions we can take toward greater water conservation. Parched will premiere globally on Nat Geo channels in 171 countries and will receive a limited theatrical release.

"Harnessing the power of the National Geographic brand, Parched will give a 360-degree look at a global crisis that affects us all, bringing much-needed attention and social awareness to the public," said Tim Pastore, President, Original Programming and Production, National Geographic Channel. "We are thrilled to be working with Alex Gibney, who pulls no punches and delivers the kind of hard-hitting, intriguing stories that we're passionate about sharing."

Gibney explained that billions of people around the world are already suffering from a lack of access to clean water, and that National Geographic Channels' international reach is an ideal medium through which to spread vital information regarding this issue.

"With the drought crisis in California, America is starting to wake up to a future where fresh drinking water is scarce, expensive, and beyond our control," Gibney said. "With the global reach of National Geographic, we hope to stress the urgency and, now more than ever, we need to understand what's literally under the surface."

Gibney, who won an Oscar for directing Taxi to the Dark Side, will executive produce along with Stacey Offman and Lynne Kirby under Jigsaw Productions. Richard Perello is co-executive producing for Jigsaw. Matt Renner is executive producing for National Geographic Channel.

Visit Variety for more information on the documentary series.