Discovery+ India launches docuseries on wrestling and crime
Discovery+ India has launched a new docuseries, Dangals of Crime – The Untold Truth About Indian Wrestling.
The two-part series traces the rise of the Olympic sport in India, as well as its dark underbelly, through interviews with former wrestlers, coaches, sports journalists and law enforcement officials. Wrestling’s popularity in the region peaked when Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt secured three medals total across the 2008 Beijing Games and the 2012 London Games.
Vice Studios produced the series, which was directed by Niyantha Shekar. The series shows how wrestling has been instrumental in bringing sports accomplishments to India, even though its dark moments sometimes overshadow the country’s success in the sport.
Dangals of Crime is available as of today on Discovery+, and builds on the streamer’s slate of originals in India including Star vs Food, Mission Frontline, Secrets of Sinauli and Bhuj: The Day India Shook.
Fuse Backstage slates trio of docs on major international pop stars
Fuse Backstage has added three music documentaries to its slate of original content this year, following popular artists Camila Cabello, DJ Khaled and Dua Lipa.
The documentaries will use interviews and performance footage to provide a behind-the-scenes, all-access view into how these artists achieved their success, their personal lives pre-stardom, and the people who have supported them.
Launched last year, Fuse Backstage is a channel available for free via Fuse+ that features music bios, performances, interviews, news, documentaries, reality series, films and specials.
Camila Cabello: Just Jump will premiere on February 1. The documentary tells Cabello’s “Cinderella story” from an early elimination off of X-Factor, to her work in the pop group Fifth Harmony, and now her award-winning albums and lead role in the film Cinderella.
Dua Lipa: Elevating will premiere on March 1. The documentary will profile the singer’s work in the music, fashion and beauty industries, as well as her personal journey from Albania to her current stardom.
Finally, DJ Khaled: Another Win will premiere on April 1. The profile of the record producer, label executive and hip-hop star will cover his rise to prominence as a radio host and a DJ in the Terror Squad collective, prior to his debut album in 2006.
Jackson Wild names 2022 board and advisory council members
Wildlife media non-profit organization Jackson Wild has appointed new officers in its executive committee, and unveiled its 2022 Board of Directors and Advisory Council members.
Bill Gardner, PBS’ vice president of multi-platform programming and head of development, will helm the board as chairperson. Gardner, a three-time Emmy winner and two-time Peabody Award winner, oversees content strategy, development and production for PBS in the science, history, arts, culture and natural history genres.
John Bredar, vice-president of national programming at GBH, will continue as treasurer. The other members of Jackson Wild’s executive committee are:
Hélène Ganuchaud (Arte France)
Jörn Röver (Doclights)
Janet Han Vissering (National Geographic Partners)
Kaitlin Yarnall (National Geographic Society)
Sara Edelson (Netflix)
Paul A. Baribault (San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance)
Pamela Aguilar (Smithsonian Channel)
Jared Lipworth (Tangled Bank Studios/HHMI)
Walter Koehler (Terra Mater Factual Studios)
Ellen Windemuth (Chairperson Emeritus; WaterBear Network)
The members of Jackson Wild’s advisory council are:
Akanksha Sood Singh (indie filmmaker and founder of Women of the Wild, India)
Daniel Lin (lead of storytelling efforts at Nia Tero Foundation for the Pasifika Region)
Francene J. Blythe-Lewis (executive director at Vision Maker Media)
Gunjan Menon (National Geographic Explorer and conservation filmmaker, India)
Mac Cardona (founder of cWave Labs)
Natalie Cash (executive producer, Wildlife Conservation Society)
Neil Losin (co-founder of Day’s Edge Productions)
Pragna Parsotam-Kok (executive director of Nature, Wildlife & Environmental Filmmakers, South Africa)
Reyhaneh (Rey) Maktoufi (co-producer, host, and illustrator of PBS|NOVA’s digital series Sciencing Out)
Roshan Patel (media producer, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute)
Sally Snow (executive director for the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute, Philippines)