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Apple TV+ commissions Oprah doc from Kevin Macdonald, Happy Street

Subscription streaming service Apple TV+ has commissioned a two-part documentary on media icon Oprah Winfrey from multi-platform entertainment prodco Happy Street. Directed by Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, Whitney), ...
January 14, 2021

Subscription streaming service Apple TV+ has commissioned a two-part documentary on media icon Oprah Winfrey from multi-platform entertainment prodco Happy Street.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in SeptemberWhitney), the Oprah Winfrey documentary will chart “25 years of American history” through the lens of The Oprah Winfrey Show, while also exploring Winfrey’s humble upbringings and her successful career as a philanthropist, actor, media executive and agent of social change.

Three-time Emmy-nominated producer and Grammy-nominee Lisa Erspamer (The Oprah Winfrey ShowWhitney) executive produces alongside Macdonald.

The as-yet untitled project will join Apple TV+’s growing slate of unscripted originals stemming from Winfrey, including The Oprah ConversationOprah’s Book Club and Oprah Talks COVID-19.

It will also join the streamer’s expanding offering of non-scripted content including Greatness Code, a short-form unscripted series directed by Gotham Chopra and coproduced by Uninterrupted and Religion of Sports; Dear…, from Emmy- and Peabody Award-winner R.J. Cutler; the Emmy Award-nominated docuseries Home; the upcoming documentary event series The Supermodels from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries, to be directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple; and a six-part docuseries from Box to Box Films and the World Surf League.

Most recently, the streamer commissioned the docuseries Gutsy Women from HiddenLight Productions, the new venture from former U.S. Secretary of State, First Lady and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, her daughter Chelsea Clinton and filmmaker/entrepreneur Sam Branson.

(With files from Jillian Morgan)

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