New York-headquartered prodco The Cinemart is partnering with Pushkin Industries, the audio company co-founded by Malcolm Gladwell, to adapt its podcast A Slight Change of Plans into a premium docuseries.
Cognitive scientist Maya Shankar, who also served as senior advisor in President Barack Obama’s White House, hosts the podcast and is also partnering with The Cinemart on the series.
The podcast takes a look at how people navigate changes of all kinds. Shankar uncovers little-known personal stories and reflections from famous names including Hillary Clinton, Tiffany Haddish, Riz Ahmed and Kacey Musgraves, as well as stories from inspirational figures including a man building cancer detection tools after being diagnosed with cancer, and a Black jazz musician who convinced hundreds of people to leave the KKK.
A Slight Change of Plans was recently named the Best Show of the Year by Apple, and has more than 2.6 million downloads.
In the upcoming series, Shankar will travel the world to connect with people in the midst of major life changes, melding science programming with a narrated docufollow approach. As she does with the podcast, Shankar will also meet with notable figures and celebrities who will open up about how they navigated their own changes.
Along with hosting duties, Shankar will write and executive produce the series. Gladwell and Pushkin CEO Jacob Weisberg will also executive produce. The Cinemart will helm the series with Julia Willoughby Nason, Jenner Furst and Michael Gasparro serving as executive producers.
The series is projected to premiere in late 2022.
The Cinemart previously worked on the Amazon Prime Video docuseries LuLaRich, which premiered in September.