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YouTube Originals launches slate of Tokyo Olympics programming

YouTube Originals is launching a global slate of programming timed around the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that are set to begin on July 23 this year. First, Strive is a ...
June 25, 2021

YouTube Originals is launching a global slate of programming timed around the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that are set to begin on July 23 this year.

First, Strive is a six-part docuseries that will premiere on June 30 on The Players’ Tribune YouTube channel, hosted by gold medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas. The series tells the story of athletes who’ve fled their home countries as refugees to compete at Tokyo 2020 under the Olympic Refugee Flag or under a new flag after settling in a host country. The series is produced by Perfect Storm Entertainment and Radley Studios.

World Debut, a documentary feature, will premiere on July 7 on the Olympics YouTube channel. The film discusses several new sports to the Olympics and how they came to be included in the Games, including skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing. Icons of their sports like Tony Hawk, Emily Harrington and Sofia Mulanovich will appear in World Debut, directed by Cole Sax and Galen Knowles and produced by WZRD Media, Boardwalk Pictures and Madica Productions.

The Olympics YouTube channel will also premiere How To Olympics, an eight-episode series, on July 14. The series will give viewers a crash course on select events through easily digestible videos on sports including badminton, fencing, hammer throw, rhythmic gymnastics and more. The series is hosted by the hosts of the YouTube comedy series “The Try Guys” and produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation.

Finally, just before the Olympics begin, Break the Record will premiere on July 22 on the Guinness World Records official YouTube channel. The UK family series will see kids interrogate and challenge Guinness World Record holders including Olympic long jump medalist Greg Rutherford, Olympic medalist tennis player Laura Robson, former World’s Strongest Woman Andrea Thompson and parkour expert Ryan Luney. The series is produced by Guinness World Records and the Banijay UK company, Electric Robin

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