Coming Soon: “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” “Contenders”

In this week's round-up, we look at unscripted and documentary projects coming to streaming giants Amazon and Netflix, as well as U.S. pubcaster PBS. (Pictured: Justin Krook's I'll Sleep When I'm Dead)
July 28, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across streaming giants Amazon and Netflix, as well as U.S. pubcaster PBS.

Netflix is preparing a global roll-out on August 19 of its latest feature-length doc I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (pictured) from director Justin Krook.

The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, provides insight into the life of electronic house musician Steve Aoki in the lead-up to the biggest show of his career at Belgium’s Tomorrowland. The doc centers around the complex relationship he shares with his father Rocky Aoki, a former wrestling Olympian and Benihana restaurant mogul. The film will be available in more than 190 countries worldwide and features additional interviews with Aoki’s mother and supermodel sister Devon Aoki, as well as musicians Diplo, Tiesto, Afrojack, Travis Barker, and Laidback Luke.

Elsewhere, SVOD service Amazon Prime Video will plate the culinary travelogue Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse on September 2 in the U.S.

The 6 x 30-minute Amazon Original Series from Ugly Brother Studios will follow the world-renowned chef as he embarks on a global culinary adventure alongside such celebrated cooks as Mario Batali, José Andrés, Nancy Silverton, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sánchez and Danny Bowien. Each chef will introduce Lagasse to the history, techniques and cooking traditions of their favorite locales, including China, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Cuba and South Korea.

American pubcaster PBS,  meanwhile, will unveil The Contenders – 16 for ’16 on September 13 as part of PBS’ partnership with NPR to cover the 2016 U.S. election.

The 8 x 60-minute docuseries will examine the past 50 years of U.S. presidential election history by showcasing 16 of the most memorable presidential and vice presidential candidates. The OZY Media-made series, which airs on September 13 at 8 p.m. EST/PST, will also reveal the influence previous campaigns wield over modern-day politics.

In addition, PBS will debut its blue-chip science series Forces of Nature ­the following night.

The four-part series, co-produced with UK pubcaster BBC and France Télévisions, explores the “fundamental forces that shape our very existence” by sharing the emotional stories of humans and animals divided into categories of color, shape, motion and matter. The series is scheduled to bow on September 14 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.