Discovery+ is set to premiere the feature documentary Attack of the Murder Hornets this month from filmmaker Michael Paul Stephenson and Los Angeles-based OJO Entertainment as part of the streamer’s ‘Undiscovered’ strand.
The documentary, premiering Feb. 20, centers on a concerned crew of beekeepers and scientists who work together to protect their Washington community from the threat of the Asian giant hornet — known as the “murder hornet,” first discovered in the state in November 2020 by beekeeper Ted McFall.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris Looney, entomologist at the Washington State Department of Agriculture, sets out on a mission to track down the hornets.
He is joined by experts and bee enthusiasts alike, including beekeepers McFall and Ruthie Danielsen; Sven-Erik Spichiger, government insect-expert; and Conrad Bérubé, who destroyed a murder hornet nest in North America.
In October 2020, camera crews followed the team on a hunt that led to the discovery of an Asian giant hornet nest.
Howard Swartz is executive producer for Discovery+.
In a session at the 2021 Realscreen Summit, Lisa Holme, Discovery, Inc.’s group SVP of content and commercial strategy, noted documentary as one area the newly launched streaming service was interested in developing.
“We’ve been expanding into genres that are genre mashups, where it feels like a show that sits in between a couple of our networks, but maybe not on one of them,” Holme said in the session held Jan. 29. “Documentary film is a real area of focus for us on the streaming platform in a unique way that is an extension from the best-of-real-life and unscripted factual entertainment that we do on the linear networks.”
Just last month, the streamer picked up Jean-Simon Chartier’s feature-length documentary They Call Me Dr. Miami.
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