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Discovery and Group Nine Announce Development Deal for Discovery+

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Deal includes companion programming for Discovery+ documentaries, original programming and a first-look option on 30 new original series.

The Discovery+ subscription streaming service has announced a development deal for a slate of new original series from Group Nine Media, a video publisher for mobile devices in the U.S. The deal includes content from a range of popular genres on Discovery+, including food, nature and adventure, documentaries and true crime. The slate also includes companion series for Discovery+ original documentaries “Introducing, Selma Blair” and “Chasing Ghislaine.” 

Group Nine’s first Discovery+ slate includes “The Swim,” a feature-length documentary produced by Seeker; “Action Planet,” a limited series featuring celebrity activists including Jane Fonda, Matt Damon, Greta Thunberg and others; “Action Planet: Meeting the Climate Challenge,” a feature-length special on the climate crisis featuring an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris and a first-look option on 30 additional new original series. 

“These projects continue to build our best-in-class library of real-life entertainment and build on our momentum with younger, digital-first audiences,” says Lisa Holme, senior vice president of content and commercial strategy, Discovery. “Group Nine’s ability to create compelling content and bring a loyal audience make them a perfect collaborative partner for Discovery+.” 

“This huge step in our relationship with Discovery allows us to continue telling bigger and bolder stories with a strategic partner that understands the value of combining great storytelling with the data and insights essential to the development and marketing of a successful show,” says Mickey Meyer, president, Group Nine Studios. “We’re excited to help build the next generation of entertainment alongside a cornerstone of the entertainment industry, while also introducing the Discovery world to an even wider young audience.” 

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