Indiana "Indy" Neidell (born 28 September 1967) is an American-Swedish documentarian, actor, voice actor, musician and YouTube personality, best known for presenting the video series, The Great War on The Great War Channel which documented World War I in real time using modern research, various secondary sources and archival footage. A similar project, World War Two (about World War II) began in September 2018. Neidell is also a writer and actor with credits that include Metropia and numerous commercials in Europe, as well as video game voice-acting.
Early life and education
Neidell was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Houston, Texas when he was nine months old. Neidell attended St. John's School, graduating in 1985. He studied history at Wesleyan University, graduating in 1989 with honors. As a teenager, Indy Neidell worked at a grocery store.
During an episode of World War Two, Neidell stated that his mother, Joy, was born in Egypt in 1940 to his grandfather Basil. Basil was originally from England and eventually moved to Egypt working for the Egyptian Ministry of Education. During World War II he would join the Royal Air Force. At some point after the war, he became the Secretary of the International Lawn Tennis Federation.
During 2021, the TimeGhost History YouTube channel would reveal information about Indy Neidell's career prior to hosting Watch Sunday Baseball through posts in the Community section. Indy would meet Spartacus Olsson around the year 2000 at a bar on the island of Mallorca. They would work together on several media projects for an unspecified period of time. After working on the media projects with Spartacus, Indy would play with a Swedish musician named Moneybrother for several years.
Mediakraft and The Great War series
Neidell was approached by Mediakraft, the producers of The Great War, to host the series after they saw a series of videos he had produced between May and September 2013 about the history of baseball, entitled Watch Sunday Baseball. The Great War spin-off YouTube channel "It's History" also featured Neidell as a guest host for episodes on famous military campaigns.
The Great War project officially ended on November 11, 2018, exactly 100 years after the signing of the Armistice at Compiègne which formally ended all hostilities in the First World War. Neidell stated in his finale video that the channel will continue to release some episodes about events following the First World War. As for himself, Neidell has moved on to focus on other projects, such as the aforementioned World War II series.
Neidell would launch the TimeGhost History YouTube channel in June 2017 with Spartacus Olsson, the creator of The Great War and the producer of it for its first two years. The first feature was day-by-day coverage of the Cuban Missile Crisis, 55 years to the day after the event. In April 2018, they launched the "Between 2 Wars" series to recap the Interwar period. During September 2020, TimeGhost announced in a YouTube video on their channel that a second season of Between 2 Wars would be launched; named "Zeitgeist" with the first episode being released in October 2020.
World War Two
With The Great War project (a similar web series which followed World War I) coming to a close in November 2018, Indy Neidell and Spartacus Olsson prepared for an equivalent YouTube project focusing on World War II, which they would produce themselves through their own TimeGhost channel (unlike The Great War) with a projected start date for September 1, 2018. Accounting for the war's longer duration and larger scope for this independent project without the participation of Mediakraft Networks, it is a collaboration of various channels: TimeGhost will focus on a weekly series on the general historical events of the war in the European and Pacific Theatres of the war. To raise the seed money for this project, there has been a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised €54,380 ($63,816). With those funds available, a new studio was built from the ground up in its own building and arrangements were made with media providers such as Reuters News Service for archival footage.
The series also has an Instagram account which runs parallel to it and follows the events of World War II on a day-by-day basis. As of April 13th, 2021, the YouTube channel had received 66,500,000+ views and has over 605,000 subscribers.
In February 2019, Neidell teamed up with Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton for a project called Sabaton History, for which he is the host and writer. The series documents the historical events surrounding the band's songs. He also portrayed T. E. Lawrence in the music video for Sabaton's song "Seven Pillars of Wisdom".
Neidell left the United States in January 1993, living in New York City prior to moving to Europe. He lived in Prague for several years before leaving the city. After leaving Prague, Indy spent time living in Budapest, Istanbul, London and Edinburgh before eventually moving to Stockholm in 1996 where he has lived since. He has dual citizenship of the United States and Sweden.
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- World War Two