March 18, 2021
Discovery is partnering with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres on a slate of content, including a variety of specials, series, and documentaries. The pact aims to bring the comedian’s “unique” charm, passion and wit both in front of and behind the camera.
DeGeneres’ initial content focus will be on the natural world and the wildlife who inhabit it for both Discovery Channel and Discovery+, the subscription streaming service launched earlier this year.
First up from Discovery and the BBC Natural History Unit is the doc Endangered, which follows the effort of wildlife conservationists across the globe as they work to compile the latest version of The Red List— a comprehensive record of the state of the world’s wildlife. In addition to serving as an executive producer, DeGeneres also narrates the documentary, the first time she has done so on a project. Endangered is the BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s first non-BBC commission and launches on Discovery+ on Earth Day, April 22.
“Ellen’s dedication to the environment and her love for all animals, including the most endangered creatures who call our planet home, is unmatched,” Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer, Discovery and Factual, said in a statement. “We welcome Ellen and her team to the Discovery family as she brings her humor, her voice, and her ability to inspire to these important passion projects.”