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Discovery news: Eli Roth shark doc heads to Discovery+; HGTV lines up “The Renovator”

Eli Roth’s Fin heads to Discovery+ Non-fiction streamer Discovery+ has acquired Eli Roth’s documentary Fin, from executive producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Nina Dobrev. The film (pictured), premiering July 13 as part of ...
June 25, 2021

Eli Roth’s Fin heads to Discovery+

Non-fiction streamer Discovery+ has acquired Eli Roth’s documentary Fin, from executive producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Nina Dobrev.

The film (pictured), premiering July 13 as part of Discovery’s Shark Week programming, is produced by Lionsgate and its Pilgrim Media Group company in association with DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions.

In Fin, director Roth and a group of scientists, researchers and activists sail around the globe to investigate the truth behind the death of millions of sharks, shining a light on the criminal enterprise impacting the animals.

The documentary features work from photographer Michael Muller and the support of organizations such as Oceana, Sea Shepherd, and Wild Aid.

Fin is the scariest film I’ve ever made, and certainly the most dangerous, but I wanted to send a message of hope to end this needless massacre of sharks,” Roth said in a statement. “They keep our oceans clean to produce half our oxygen, and they deserve our respect and deserve to be saved, especially now when the shark fin sales ban is going before the House. I wanted to show the crisis from all sides and paired with an action campaign we can make the change necessary to protect them.  Fifty years ago the world came together to save the whales, then we did it for dolphins, and recently for Orcas. It’s time to do the same for sharks, and time is running out.”

In addition to DiCaprio and Dobrev, Roth also serves as executive producer alongside president of Lionsgate non-fiction television and Pilgrim CEO and chair Craig Piligian.

Fin is produced by Piligian, Gretchen Stockdale and Nicholas Caprio as well as Mohamed El Manasterly.

Mike Nichols, Eddie Rohwedder, Michael Muller, Jennifer Davisson and Phillip Watson also serve as executive producers.

Discovery, October Films rev up Getaway Driver

Meanwhile, Discovery Channel has lined up a premiere date for the previously announced Getaway Driver from October Films.

The eight-episode competition series is hosted by Fast & Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez, who will be joined by rally champion Wyatt Knox.

Getaway Driver features 24 elite drivers from drift champions to street racers and YouTubers competing in a nearly 60-acre compound filled with obstacles for the chance to be the wheelman in a real life car chase.

For October Films, Chris Muckle, Adam Vetri, Tom Fulford, and Jos Cushing are executive producers. For Discovery, Kyle Wheeler is executive producer and Paola Espinosa is associate producer.

Getaway Driver premieres July 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Marcus Lemonis signs on to host HGTV’s The Renovator

Discovery lifestyle net HGTV has lined up entrepreneur, philanthropist and television personality Marcus Lemonis (CNBC’s The Profit) for The Renovator, slated for 2022.

The eight-episode series — produced by Glass Entertainment Group and Marcus Entertainment — follows Lemonis as he helps homeowners fix their homes. In each hour-long episode, he will guide frustrated families as they undergo the renovation process.

Lemonis and Nancy Glass are executive producers.

“We can’t wait to spotlight Marcus, who brings his impressive business acumen, laser focus, steely determination and empathetic external perspective to the home space,” Jane Latman, president, HGTV, said in a release.

Photo: Joe Romeiro/Discovery+

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