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Discovery+ preps two-part doc on Johnny Depp-Amber Heard relationship

Discovery has commissioned Johnny vs. Amber, a two-part documentary that traces the collapse of the high-profile celebrity relationship and ensuing court battle involving the former couple, to premiere on the ...
November 19, 2021

Discovery has commissioned Johnny vs. Amber, a two-part documentary that traces the collapse of the high-profile celebrity relationship and ensuing court battle involving the former couple, to premiere on the Discovery+ streaming service this fall.

Johnny vs. Amber is produced by All3Media-owned prodco Optomen, with the two-part format examining the story from two different perspectives: one part focused on Depp’s POV, and the other, exploring the perspective of Heard.

The ugly split began grabbing headlines when Heard filed for divorce from Depp in 2016, followed by allegations of abuse from both sides. From Heard getting a restraining order against Depp to leaked evidence of alleged domestic abuse, the situation escalated to Depp suing the UK tabloid The Sun for portraying him as a “wife-beater”. The Discovery+ Original doc will also feature interviews with lawyers from both sides, as well as footage and audio recorded by the couple themselves.

Johnny vs. Amber was ordered for Discovery+ by Clare Laycock, commissioned by Charlotte Reid and executive produced by Matt Reid for Discovery. Executive producers for Optomen are Nick Hornby and Fran Baker.

“Through the tapes, home videos and text messages shown in court, these films give viewers a rare and important insight into a marriage that went tragically wrong, and to better understand the hugely important issue of domestic violence,” said Optomen co-CEO Hornby in a statement.

“The series provides an in-depth insight into the epic battle that powered #JusticeforJohnnyDepp and #IStandWithYouAmberHeard fan campaigns and the very public High Court case that gripped us all. Optomen has done a fantastic job turning this multi-layered story into something both engrossing and horrifying,” added Laycock, SVP planning & insights, head of entertainment for Discovery.

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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