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HBO Max, HBO, AC Studios revive “Eyes on the Prize” with special, docuseries

HBO Max, HBO and Anonymous Content’s AC Studios are reigniting the multi-part PBS documentary on civil rights in America, Eyes on the Prize — which ran for two seasons in ...
July 19, 2021

HBO Max, HBO and Anonymous Content’s AC Studios are reigniting the multi-part PBS documentary on civil rights in America, Eyes on the Prize — which ran for two seasons in 1987 and 1990 — with the hour-long Max Original special, Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground, and a docuseries.

The special will be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison (A Love Song For Latasha). It will honor the creator and executive producer of the original series, the late Henry Hampton, while exploring the journey for Black liberation through the voices of the movement.

Executive producing alongside Patrisse Cullors, Field/House Productions’ Mervyn Marcano and De La Revolución Films’ Melina Matsoukas are Anonymous Content’s Joy Gorman Wettels, Bedonna Smith, Blackside’s Judi Hampton — Henry Hampton’s sister — and Sandra Forman and Nahli Allison.

AC Studios will serve as the studio on the project, which was developed and pitched in partnership with AC’s The Lab.

HBO is also in production on a docuseries, to be available on HBO Max, reflecting the legacy of the movement covered in the original Eyes on the Prize, and its ties to the present day.

To produce the special and docuseries, Cullors — co-founder and former executive director of BLM — and Marcano, co-founder of Blackbird, have joined forces with Blackside, the original producer of Eyes on the Prize and Anonymous Content.

Ahead of Hallowed Ground‘s debut on Aug. 19, part one of the original docuseries has been made available to stream on HBO Max. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1985.

Judi Hampton, Blackside president and CEO, said in a statement: “I remember watching the pilot of  Eyes on the Prize with Henry when it was first created, and I immediately knew this film would be a life-changer for all who saw it. A special thank you to Joy Gorman and Anonymous Content for reaching out to me years ago with passion for the original series and a dream to help bring Eyes to a new generation. We are grateful for the stellar team of artists and activists who’ve come together to reimagine Eyes on the Prize in a way that will move and inspire a whole new audience.”

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Jillian Morgan is the Associate Editor at Realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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