HBO Max is Developing a Docuseries from Lisa Ling and Dan Rather




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HBO MAx logoAnother series has been added to the growing list of new content being announced by HBO Max ahead of the streaming service’s launch in spring 2020. Dan Rather and CNN’s Lisa Ling are teaming up to create a docuseries for the platform.

Ling, host of CNN’s This is Life, has signed an overall deal with HBO Max. That deal includes the docuseries called Birth, Wedding, Funeral, which will be executive produced with Dan Rather. The series will look at cultures from around the world, comparing them by their traditions surrounding births, weddings, and funerals.

“We are living in a deeply polarized world and I am elated for the opportunity to bring us closer to one another through stories about the most defining moments in people’s lives: their births, weddings and funerals,” said Ling.

“As part of the CNN family, Lisa has carved out a unique space for herself using her style of gritty, investigative journalism to drive at the heart of every human story she tells,” said Jennifer O’Connell, executive VP of original content at HBO Max. “Birth, Wedding, Funeral takes audiences on a global journey through a range of societies, exploring the rituals around three critical life events, and we are eager to bring this illuminating storytelling to our HBO Max audience.”

The series will be produced by Part2 Pictures and will be executive produced by Ling, along with Dan Rather and Philip Kim of News and Guts.

“Over the course of my many travels, I have always welcomed the chance to learn about the world’s varied cultures through how they experience life’s most intimate and transformative benchmarks,” said Rather. “I am thrilled that Lisa, a skilled and compassionate storyteller, will bring these moments into our homes and allow us to renew our faith in the common bonds of humanity.”

We’ll learn more about HBO Max when AT&T live streams their announcement of the streaming service next week.

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