Extra: Discovery+ launches “Always Proud” hub; C4, Roku team for “Tempting Fortune”

Discovery+ launches Always Proud content hub Discovery+ unveiled a new content hub on its platform on Monday (May 16), which will be regularly updated year-round with titles that celebrate and tell the stories ...
May 17, 2022

Discovery+ launches Always Proud content hub

Discovery+ unveiled a new content hub on its platform on Monday (May 16), which will be regularly updated year-round with titles that celebrate and tell the stories of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Titled “Always Proud,” the hub will feature titles like the 2003 series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the TLC series I Am Jazz, and The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project.

Throughout Pride Month in June, three new Discovery+ series will also launch on the hub: Generation Drag (premiering June 1), The Book of Queer (premiering June 2) and Trixie Motel (premiering June 3).

Other titles that will be included in the hub are 90 Day Journey: Kenny & Armando, Design Star: Next Gen, Secret Crush, The Cabins, PS Burn This Letter, Mind for Design, Self-Made Mansions, The Laundry Guy, My Lottery Dream Home, Seen and TRANSitioning.

ZDF picks up Pernel Media’s Mysteries of the Bible for international distribution

German distributor ZDF Studios has acquired international distribution rights to Mysteries of the Bible (6 x 50 min.), produced by Pernel Media for Canal+’s Channel 8 in France.

The six-part series employs evidence from recent archaeological discoveries and testimony from expert scholars to investigate the historical events that are at the root of some of the most famous biblical tales, including the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the legend of King Solomon and, of course, the life of Jesus.

“Pernel Media has an impressive track record of producing documentaries that explore the mysteries of religion and myths of humanity,” ZDF Studios VP of unscripted, Ralf Rueckauer said. “By filming in numerous locations, ranging from Israel and Palestine to France, Spain and Portugal, the storytelling really comes to life and will captivate viewers as they discover what is fact and what is fiction.”

C4 orders new series of Britain’s Most Expensive Houses, goes in with Roku on Tempting Fortune

Channel 4 has re-upped on its successful series Britain’s Most Expensive Houses (pictured), ordering a new 8 x 60-minute season of the envy-inducing real estate show from Belfast-based Waddell Media.

With exclusive access courtesy of UK Sotheby’s International Realty, the series takes viewers into the halls and onto the grounds of the most palatial properties on the British market, and accompanies the moneyed individuals who are eyeing them as they go on their property journeys. Jannine Waddell and Sophie Wurzer-Williams serve as executive producers and Chris Walley as series producer.

A new commission on the Channel 4 slate is Tempting Fortune, a reality competition format from Voltage TV and Roku Originals that will air on C4 in the UK and the Roku Channel in the U.S.

In this series-long twist on the recurring “auction” game on Survivor, 12 strangers are dropped off in the wilderness with basic survival gear to compete for a large cash prize that will be waiting for them after 19 days of roughing it. However, they soon discover that all the comforts and luxuries of home are available to them, for a price — namely, a chunk of the end-game jackpot, which they will all have license to spend.

As the game goes on, the players have to resist the urge to squander the ultimate prize for temporary comforts at vastly inflated prices — e.g., a single cold beer priced in the thousands of dollars.

Tempting Fortune is a bold and challenging series building on Voltage TV’s past success of exploring complex societal issues within entertaining and innovative programming,” Voltage TV chief executive Sanjay Singhal said.

Brian Tannenbaum and Olivia LaRoche will oversee the series for Roku, while Voltage’s Singhal serves as executive producer.

ABC News Studios, Hulu team on Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders docuseries

ABC News Studios has announced a new Hulu original documentary series that investigates the murders of three young girls in 1977 during their first night at Camp Scott, a Girl Scout sleepaway camp in Oklahoma.

All four episodes of Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders will start streaming on May 24 exclusively on Hulu.

Featuring an appearance by award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth — who opens up about how a twist of fate prevented her from attending the camp the night of the murders and how the case still haunts her to this day — the series explores the impact of the killings on those close to the tragedy, while also detailing the search for and trial of the alleged killer and examining the mysteries that still surround the case. It also documents how investigators recently reopened the case and used state-of-the-art technology to comb through mountains of evidence left behind.

Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders is directed by Remy Weber and was produced for Hulu by ABC News Studios in association with Standing Bear Entertainment. David Sloan is senior executive producer, Carrie Cook is executive producer, and Nick Zeig-Owens serves as series producer.

(With files from Justin Anderson and Andrew Jeffrey)

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