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HBO Max marks entry into unscripted space with “Legendary”, “The Greatest Space”

HBO’s forthcoming direct-to-consumer streaming platform HBO Max has ordered its first series in the unscripted space with the greenlighting of two reality competition series. Produced by the Emmy Award-winning Scout Productions, ...
September 12, 2019

HBO’s forthcoming direct-to-consumer streaming platform HBO Max has ordered its first series in the unscripted space with the greenlighting of two reality competition series.

Produced by the Emmy Award-winning Scout Productions, Legendary will feature 10 voguing teams – called “houses” – comprised of five dancers each as they battle it out in a variety fashion and dance challenges for the opportunity to win a cash prize and achieve “Legendary” status. Each episode will document a themed ball from start to finish with the houses rotating in a round-robin format.

Scout’s David Collins, Michael Williams and Rob Eric (Queer Eye) serve as executive producers alongside Renata Lombardo and Shant Tutunjian.

Elsewhere, design competition series The Greatest Space (working title) will feature professional interior designers traveling the globe to transform empty ballrooms, bedrooms, treehouses and everything in between into glamorous spaces.

Each hour-long episode will follow pairs of designers as they travel to a new exotic locale where they will convert a blank canvas into an extraordinary room in the hopes of winning the judges’ favor for a cash prize.

The series is produced by from New Media Collective (NMC) and Scout Productions. NMC’s Emmy Award-winning Bertram van Munster, Elise Doganieri and Mark Dziak (The Amazing Race) are executive producers with Scouts’ Collins, Williams and Eric.

Both series will consist of 10 episodes and will premiere across the WarnerMedia streaming service when it launches in the spring of 2020.

“Unscripted programming will be an incredibly important component of our HBO Max originals, and this is just the beginning of our venture into this space. These two initial shows will transport audiences to underground worlds and take them on visually stunning, exotic adventures, equaled only by the compelling stories of each contestant,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, in a statement. “We couldn’t have more accomplished teams behind both of these shows. From the innovative and award-winning storytellers at both Scout and Bertram van Munster’s New Media Collective, we are reimagining the unscripted competition genre.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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