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discovery+ Unveils Feature Doc Slate


discovery+ has revealed its robust documentary slate for the first half of 2021 that features My Beautiful Stutter, which includes Paul Rudd and Mariska Hargitay among its executive producers.

Other titles set to arrive on the streaming platform are Groomed, a story of a woman who travels back to her home country to confront her past sexual abuse as a child; Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad, about a father who is kidnapped in Columbia; and The Walrus and the Whistleblower, following Phil Demers’ crusade to free the walrus Smooshie.

discovery+’s lineup also features Genius Factory, about the controversial “Nobel Prize sperm bank” of the 1980s and 1990s, and Apocalypse ’45, an emotional recount of the end of World War II by those who lived through it.

These films join the previously announced titles Francesco, They Call Me Dr. Miami, P.S. Burn This Letter Please, The Impossible Row, Beyond Borders and Jon Benet: What Really Happened.

There’s also the Danish discovery+ original Prime Suspect: The Madeleine McCann Case, produced by Heartland TV, which sheds new light on one of the world’s most well-known criminal cases. The three-part docuseries premieres internationally on discovery+ on February 15 in the U.K., Italy, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. It will premiere in India, the U.S., Germany, Portugal and South America later in 2021.

Lisa Holme, group senior VP of content and commercial strategy at Discovery, said: “This slate of documentaries is just the beginning for discovery+, as we embark on an ambitious journey to extend our leadership in nonfiction storytelling to the documentary genre. Discovery sets the bar for a number of unscripted categories, and with our new streaming platform, we can satisfy fans of documentaries in a medium where viewers have shown tremendous appetite for the best docs. Expect to hear much more in the months to come.”

Igal Svet, VP of documentaries at discovery+, said: “We’re thrilled to share this slate of documentaries and shine a light on these important stories and talented filmmakers. As a leader in nonfiction content, we are going to put the full support of our company behind documentaries as we continue to build the best streaming platform for all unscripted content with discovery+. We look forward to collaborating with brilliant storytellers and continuing to invest in premium docs.”

About Chelsea Regan

Chelsea Regan is the managing editor of World Screen. She can be reached at cregan@worldscreen.com.


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