Sean Penn Doc ‘Citizen Penn’ to Premiere on Discovery+ May 6

The documentary Citizen Penn, chronicling actor and activist Sean Penn’s work in Haiti and beyond, will premiere on the SVOD service Discovery+ May 6.

The documentary records the moment Penn and his team of volunteers landed in Haiti, just days after the earthquake struck, and the 10 years since. The film offers viewers an intimate, honest and self-reflective look into the triumphs and challenges of those who decided to do something. For Penn, Haiti changed his life. He went there for what he thought was a two-week aid mission to drop off supplies, help doctors provide immediate medical care, and then get out and get back to his normal life. Instead, he stayed and created an organization called J/P HRO (now CORE) that took over management duties for the largest camp for displaced people in the entire country.

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Over the past few years, CORE has expanded its efforts across the United States, most recently organizing free COVID-19 testing sites across the country and running the nation’s largest vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Citizen Penn highlights the team and their current projects in the United States.

The film is written and directed by Don Hardy with an original score by Linda Perry and features the original song “Eden (To Find Love)” performed by Bono and co-written by Bono and Perry.

CEO: Discovery+ Streaming Service Expected to Reach 12 Million Subscribers by End of February

Discovery’s nascent branded subscription streaming VOD service, Discovery+, finished the fourth quarter and fiscal year (ended Dec. 31, 2020) with 11 million subscribers. The platform, which launched Jan. 4, is expected to end February with 12 million subs, CEO David Zaslav disclosed in a fiscal briefing.

CEO David Zaslav

The $4.99 monthly service offers streaming access to Discovery’s portfolio of branded programming including Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform joint venture with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S.

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“We are off to a promising start in 2021 with the successful launch of Discovery Plus … underscoring the value of the investments we’ve made in content, personalities and brands, supported by industry-leading DTC capabilities,” Zaslav said in a statement.

Discovery+ Streaming Service Acquires Euro Bicycle Racing Rights

Discovery has secured the exclusive global rights to show the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy bicycle race) until at least 2025, in a move that further strengthens its live cycling coverage.

The long-term deal with RCS Sport via IMG means Discovery retains its Giro’s multi-platform rights, providing live coverage of every stage from the year’s first Grand Tour on Eurosport via Discovery+, Discovery’s new $6 monthly streaming product, and through the Global Cycling Network (GCN) streaming service.

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A range of UCI World Tour events and one-day Classics held in Italy are also part of the agreement, including the Strade Bianche Men and Women Elite, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-Torino, Gran Piemonte, the Giro di Sicilia, Milan-San Remo and Il Lombardia. The first UCI World Tour event of the 2021 season, the UAE Tour, is also included on an exclusive basis.

“Through our partnership between Eurosport and GCN, and increasingly in 2021 through Discovery+, we will continue to harness our deep cycling expertise and unrivalled global scale to unlock the power of the sport for all to enjoy,” Andrew Georgiou, president of Eurosport and Global Sports Rights & Sports Marketing Solutions, said in a statement.

The Discovery brands will continue to showcase bike racing throughout 2021 with 300 days of live men’s and women’s events on offer, including 16 days of action from the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The news follows Eurosport’s announcement that it will screen multiple UCI events in 2021, including the UCI Road World Championship, UCI Track Cycling World Championship, UCI Mountain Biking World Championship, BMX World Championship, Urban Cycling World Championship, Cyclo-Cross World Championship as well as the conclusion of the Cyclo-Cross World Cup.

All events within the multiyear RCS Sport deal include:

  • UCI World Tour — UAE Tour (seven stages in February)
  • UCI World Tour — Giro d’Italia (21 stages in May)
  • UCI World Tour — Strade Bianche Men (one day in March)
  • UCI Women’s World Tour — Strade Bianche Women Elite (one day in March)
  • UCI World Tour — Tirreno–Adriatico (seven stages in March)
  • UCI World Tour — Milan–San Remo (one day in March)
  • UCI Europe Tour — Milan-Torino (one day in October)
  • UCI World Tour — Il Lombardia (one day in October)
  • UCI Europe Tour — Gran Piemonte (one day in October)
  • UCI Europe Tour — Giro Di Sicilia (four stages in April)