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HBO Max greenlights unscripted series, docs from CNN

HBO Max has ordered four original unscripted projects from CNN, further bolstering the WarnerMedia-owned streamer’s slate as it ramps up to launch in 2020. Titles include Heaven’s Gate and Generation Hustle ...
October 24, 2019

HBO Max has ordered four original unscripted projects from CNN, further bolstering the WarnerMedia-owned streamer’s slate as it ramps up to launch in 2020.

Titles include Heaven’s Gate and Generation Hustle (working title) from CNN Original Series and the feature-length documentaries The Scoop (w/t) and Persona (w/t) from CNN Films.

Heaven’s Gate is a four-part series that explores the infamous religious movement that culminated in the biggest mass suicide to ever take place in the U.S.

The series is produced by Ross Dinerstein’s non-fiction prodco Campfire. Clay Tweel serves as director and executive producer. Chris Bannon, Eric Spiegelman, Peter Clowney, and Erik Dieh are producers for the digital media company Stitcher.

Generation Hustle (w/t), meanwhile, serves as a 10-part series about the lengths young people will go to for fame, fortune and power.

From Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, the series will be executive produced by Yon Motskin, Stacey Offman, and Richard Perello.

Elsewhere, behind-the-scenes documentary The Scoop (w/t) will follow the lives of CNN’s female political reporters as they cover the forthcoming U.S. presidential campaign.

The film draws from unprecedented access to the campaign press corps and reveals how political reporters deal with candidates and life on the road.

Persona (w/t) explores the unexpected origin of America’s obsession with personality testing. The documentary reveals the ways those tests — from dating sites to job applications — have formed and influenced the world.

“This slate of projects with CNN demonstrates our power as a media family to create quality programming that covers the captivating and critical issues of today,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, in a statement.

HBO Max, expected to debut in spring 2020, most recently struck a first-look deal with CNN host Lisa Ling and greenlit the travel docuseries Birth, Wedding, Funeral.

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