George Zaidan ’08 might have graduated from MIT with a degree in chemistry, but he’s spent the last seven years pursuing an unconventional career path for someone with his background—online and television series host. Zaidan has been in the field of television and web broadcasting since he graduated—from an on-air host and voice recording role, to producer, writer, and director. He’s developed a reputation for offering a behind-the-scenes perspective with a scientific slant and his most recent venture has him blending science, business, and engineering in an all-new CNBC TV series.
Make Me a Millionaire Inventor, which premieres August 12 at 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT, is a six-episode series on a mission to find the best inventions never made and give them new life.
“This show aligns perfectly with what I want to do—be a part of quality television that explores the process of how things happen,” says Zaidan. “The show also really encourages people to tinker, invent, and follow their dreams.”
When he’s not hosting the show, Zaidan will continue to run his science/engineering media production company Free Energy Productions, which focuses on non-traditional educational media. “Our mission is to produce content about science and engineering at the intersection of artistic excellence and commercial viability,” says Zaidan.
Zaidan’s work includes a partnership with MIT’s office of Educational Innovation and Technology on a web series, Science Out Loud, and has his own YouTube channel, Ingredients. Zaidan has also developed, written, and hosted shows for the Weather Channel, National Geographic, and the Pentagon Channel and has written and voiced several TED-Ed viral videos. His work has been featured in The Boston Globe, NPR’s The Salt, NBC’s Cosmic Log, Science, Business Insider, and Gizmodo.
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