American pubcaster PBS has partnered with international digital magazine OZY Media to produce a 12-episode, interview docuseries that explores the stories of influential and notable figures who took unusual paths to success.
Breaking Big (12 x 30 minutes) traces the unexpected journeys that 12 well-known figures across a variety of fields took to reach thriving careers while overcoming nearly insurmountable obstacles and long odds. The series is hosted by Carlos Watson, an Emmy-winning journalist and co-founder and CEO of OZY Media.
Featured in the docuseries are comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah; country music superstar Jason Aldean; former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson; Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels; chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang; Black Panther actor Danai Gurira; SoulCycle co-founder Ruth Zukerman; fashion designer Christian Siriano; author Roxane Gay; former NFLer and Good Morning America host Michael Strahan; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; and Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Breaking Big premieres June 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
Funding for Breaking Big is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS. Executive producers on the series are Watson, Samir Rao, Royd Chung, Danny Lee, Ari Hyman, Sean Braswell, and Cameo George.
“The paths leading up to a game-changing career are varied and rarely without setbacks and lucky breaks,” said Watson in a statement. “The series will explore the various roads to and definitions of success, examine the qualities of people who have achieved mastery in their field and, we hope, serve as inspiration to the next generation hoping to ‘break big.’”
“We know audiences will love Breaking Big, a series that offers a compelling look at the many roads to success, pulling back the curtain on the public figures and entertainers we admire to reveal our shared humanity,” added Marie Nelson, VP of news and independent film for PBS.