Discovery Inc.’s newly launched streaming service, Discovery+, has lifted the veil on its documentary slate for the first half of 2021, featuring a mix of festival favorites and docs exclusively launching via the platform.
Among the docs making their way to Discovery+ in the first half of the year: Hot Docs audience award winner The Walrus and the Whistleblower; My Beautiful Stutter, which boasts actor Paul Rudd as an executive producer; Groomed, from filmmaker Gwen van der Pas; and Apocalypse ’45 from filmmaker Erik Nelson (The Cold Blue).
“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,” said Lisa Holme, group SVP, content & commercial strategy for Discovery in a statement. “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.”
MY BEAUTIFUL STUTTER (March 11, 2021)
Director: Ryan Gielen (Stop the Bleeding, The Graduates)
“Executive produced by Paul Rudd, Mariska Hargitay, Peter Hermann, George Springer and Patrick James Lynch, My Beautiful Stutter follows five kids who stutter, ages 9 to 18, from all over the United States and all walks of life. After experiencing a lifetime of bullying and stigmatization, these children meet others who stutter at an interactive arts-based program, The Stuttering Association for the Young, based in New York City.”
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