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OWN acquires docuseries “The Hero Effect”

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has picked up a 10-part docuseries about local heroes in their own communities. Produced by Dolphin Entertainment and presented by the United Way, The Hero Effect will ...
October 11, 2016

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has picked up a 10-part docuseries about local heroes in their own communities.

Produced by Dolphin Entertainment and presented by the United Way, The Hero Effect will premiere Nov. 12 with two 30-minute episodes. It will then air monthly on the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.

The series is co-hosted by former NFL player Donald Driver and The Newsroom actor Emily Wilson.

Shot in 10 communities across the United States, each episode celebrates “everyday heroes that facilitate beneficial, life-changing impact on the people around them,” according to a statement from the Discovery-owned network.

The heroes were chosen from a pool of 1,200 people nominated by United Way. Episodes end with a call-to-action asking viewers to visit a campaign website, www.HeroEffect.com.

The first season will include profiles of a culinary program for at-risk youth, a woman working with victims of human trafficking, and an organization that supports military veterans and their families.

The Hero Effect hopes to create some noise around their efforts, in the hope of inspiring others to do the same,” said Bill O’Dowd¬†Dolphin Entertainment CEO. “With the Oprah Winfrey Network and United Way, we have two strong partners who have built leading, recognizable brands on celebrating the power of the human spirit, and will help us to bang the drum for more heroes.”

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