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HBO Max orders LGBTQ+ docuseries “Equal”

WarnerMedia’s yet-to-be launched streamer HBO Max has picked up the four-part docuseries Equal about the landmark events and unsung heroes of the LGBTQ+ movement from Berlanti Productions, Scout Productions and actor ...
October 17, 2019

WarnerMedia’s yet-to-be launched streamer HBO Max has picked up the four-part docuseries Equal about the landmark events and unsung heroes of the LGBTQ+ movement from Berlanti Productions, Scout Productions and actor Jim Parsons’ That’s Wonderful Productions.

The series is also the first project to come from Warner Horizon Unscripted Television’s new docuseries unit.

Each hour-long episode features re-enactments and “never-before-seen footage.” Viewers will meet a range of LGBTQ+ pioneers, such as gay rights activist Harry Hay; The Daughters of Bilitis, a lesbian civil and political rights organization; Christine Jorgensen, a transgender woman who traveled to Europe in 1951 to undergo sex reassignment surgery; and Bayard Rustin, a gay rights and African American rights leader.

Part four chronicles the historic Stonewall Riots as well as the first Pride, which occurred a year after Stonewall.

“In June, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which shepherded in a new era for LGBTQ+ pride. While we know the story behind that fateful summer night, there’s a lot of fascinating, untold history of the patriots, artists, and thinkers who paved the way,” Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of original non-fiction and kids programming at HBO Max, said in a statement.

Equal is executive produced and led by Scout Productions’ David Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric and Joel Chiodi, along with Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

Parsons and Todd Spiewak serve as executive producers for That’s Wonderful Productions, along with Jon Jashni from investment fund Raintree Ventures. Executive producers for Warner Horizon Unscripted Television are Mike Darnell and Brooke Karzen.

HBO Max is slated to debut in spring 2020.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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