YouTube Originals Greenlights “Light Speed” a New Scientific Learning Series From Seeker Spotlighting High-Adrenaline Car Racing at Australia’s World Solar Challenge

6-Part Global Series Hosted by Derek Muller Premieres December 7 Only on the Seeker YouTube Channel
Company Release
December 3, 2020


LOS ANGELES, CA, DECEMBER 3, 2020 — YouTube Originals today announced “Light Speed” in partnership with Seeker, the No. 1 science brand on mobile - a brand new six-part learning series following a group of students, engineers and the heroes of green tech and motorsport as they push the boundaries of what solar car racing can do at the World Solar Challenge. This new series will premiere globally on the Seeker YouTube Channel on December 7.

Every two years the World Solar Challenge draws the greatest young minds from around the world to the Australian outback. YouTube and Seeker will put viewers in the driver’s seat to not only race fast cars - powered only by the energy of the sun - across one of the most unique and uninhabited landscapes on earth, but to also learn about the engineering and science behind the cars themselves. Along the way, well-known science communicator Derek Muller (Veritasium) will introduce us to the students, engineers, and heroes at the crossroads of green tech and motorsport as they push us closer to becoming a carbon-neutral society.

“For over 30 years, the World Solar Challenge has been the epitome of innovation in the field of green tech. We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with Seeker and Derek Muller in bringing “Light Speed” to YouTube Originals. We can now follow the adventures of some of the world’s brightest and most innovative minds as they traverse across the beautiful landscape of Australia, test the limits of technological advancement, and show us the possibilities of a greener, better future.” said Nadine Zylstra, Global Head of Family Entertainment & Learning Originals at YouTube.

“Light Speed is a story of ingenuity that spotlights not only a triumph of technology, but of the human spirit. Our audience is forward-looking and eco-conscious, so the marriage of innovation and sustainability drew us to this project," said Caroline Smith, Chief Content Officer at Seeker. “As a brand that is committed to being part of a more sustainable future for generations to come, we’re thrilled to partner with YouTube Originals to bring this heartwarming and inspirational story to our fans and to the STEM community."

Watch the official trailer for “Light Speed” here.

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“Light Speed” host Dr. Derek Muller is the creator of Veritasium - a popular science channel on YouTube and winner of the Streamy award for Science or Education, with 7.8 million subscribers and 900+ million views. He has hosted award-winning documentaries: Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail, Digits, and Vitamania for international broadcast networks; is a correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World; a host of the Australian science program, Catalyst; co-hosted the 2017 March for Science on the Washington Mall; and has appeared live on stage with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, and Space station commander Chris Hadfield. He also kickstarted a magnetic molecule making kit called Snatoms, which exceeded its funding goal in the first hour, selling 10,000 units.

"Light Speed" is produced by Group Nine studios and Seeker. Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Nadine Zylstra, Head of Family Entertainment and Learning and Ian Roth will oversee “Light Speed” for YouTube Originals.

About YouTube Originals:
YouTube Originals are award-winning, creative and engaging scripted and unscripted series and films across music, personalities and learning for fans all over the world. Spotlighting both YouTube creators alongside Hollywood's biggest stars, YouTube Originals provide an experience that only YouTube can offer. By tapping into the platform’s growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content mixed with pioneering live-streamed specials, there is truly something for everybody. Fans experience YouTube Original content through ad-supported YouTube as well as YouTube Premium, a subscription service that offers access to YouTube Original series and movies, a streaming music platform, and an uninterrupted, ad-free experience across all of YouTube. YouTube Originals are available in nearly 80 countries worldwide.

About Seeker:
Seeker is the #1 science brand on mobile in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, December 2019]. We empower the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. We encourage our viewers to question, dream and create. In December 2016, Seeker joined forces with Thrillist, The Dodo and NowThis to form Group Nine Media -- the #1 video publisher on mobile in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, November 2019].


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