FremantleMedia Enterprises and Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic (DLA/USH) have struck a deal for the cable company to air the four-hour doc series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
The series, featuring journalist Nicholas Kristoff and a range of celebrities that includes America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, documents the stories of women and young girls around the world that have experienced difficult circumstances such as sex trafficking, maternal mortality, education barriers and sexual violence, and are working to achieve empowerment and transformation.
The series premiered in the U.S. on PBS last October and averaged 1.4 million viewers.
“We were immediately captivated by the great stories portrayed in this extraordinary series and we are proud to be the network that brings them to the Latin American audience,” said Angela Recio Sondon, vice president and channel director, Discovery Home & Health, in a statement.
“We are proud to be partnered with Discovery Networks to bring these stories of hope, optimism and the will to change to all of Latin America,” added Sheila Aguirre, senior vice president, sales and development, Latin America, Caribbean and Hispanic USA, FME.
Based on a book by Kristoff and wife Sherly WuDunn and introduced by George Clooney, the series is set to air on Discovery Home & Health in March. It is produced by Show of Force with Fugitive Films (USA).