Disney+ Greenlights Nat Geo Docu-Series ‘On the Edge With Alex Honnold’

Disney+ has greenlighted the three-part National Geographic original docu-series “On the Edge With Alex Honnold.”

In the series, Honnold, subject of Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo (now available on Disney+), will embark on his dream of exploring Greenland and summiting its most challenging and remote peaks. Along the way, he will meet the scientists working on the front line of climate change and witness the impacts of the rapid melting for himself.

With an overabundance of virgin climbs, impossible walls, world class and deadly, Greenland is considered the world’s last great climbing frontier and has also become the crucible of the climate crisis. In 2020, 300 billion tons of Greenland ice disappeared, the biggest annual melt in recorded history.  As Honnold explores the impact that has had, he and his team will face intimidating icebergs, dangerous moulins (sinkholes on glaciers), difficult rockfalls and ice storms.

His ultimate test will come from Peak 3342, to-date unclimbed and one of the highest peaks in Greenland. Though there’s more exposed rock and less snow and ice, this is uncharted territory.

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“I’ve always wanted to climb in Greenland — it has some of the most remote and epic walls in the world. But it’s also being tremendously affected by climate change,” Honnold said in a statement. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to explore the climbing while also sharing some of the local impacts of climate change with a global audience. Our changing climate is the biggest issue facing humanity and I hope that this will help inspire people to take action.”

Honnold is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. He is also the founder of the Honnold Foundation, an environmental nonprofit devoted to fighting climate change by promoting solar energy for a more equitable world.

HBO Max Orders Doc Series on Mark Wahlberg

HBO Max has ordered an eight-episode documentary series, “Wahl Street,” which will follow the life of star and businessman Mark Wahlberg.

The series will cover his successes and failures and allow viewers to “glean powerful business and life lessons while also getting to know the cast of colorful characters that make up Wahlberg’s real-life entourage,” according to the service, which launches at $14.99 a month in May.

The series began production in December.

“This series will be an intimate exploration behind the drive that makes Mark Wahlberg one of the most unique stars in entertainment,” Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of original nonfiction and kids programming at HBO Max, said in a statement. “Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit is fun to watch and we hope to show both the struggle and triumphs of what it takes to succeed.”

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Each episode of “Wahl Street” will follow Wahlberg as he directs his business portfolio, ranging from a line of activewear to all-natural, high-performance sports nutrition supplements to television and film production companies, and even a Chevrolet dealership, according to the service. Each episode will include a diverse group of entrepreneurs and inventors pitching Wahlberg new opportunities.

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“We’re documenting the ups, the downs, the hits and the misses. It’s all the real stuff that’s happening while I’m growing my businesses,” said Wahlberg in a statement. “We’re pulling back the curtain and hopefully it’s an opportunity to inspire other entrepreneurs.”

 

Starz Bowing New LeBron James-Produced Docu-Series ‘Warriors of Liberty City’ Early on Digital

Lionsgate-owned Starz Sept. 4 announced that the premiere episode of the new unscripted six-part series “Warriors of Liberty City” will be available on the Starz App and VOD platforms Sept. 9 — one week ahead of its linear pay-TV debut on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Each subsequent episode will be available across all digital and on-demand platforms one week prior to the linear airing.

“Warriors of Liberty City” explores Liberty City, a marginalized neighborhood in Miami that is arguably the NFL’s largest, most successful football factory.

The series follows a season with the Liberty City Warriors, a youth football program founded by an unlikely mentor: hip-hop pioneer Luther Campbell, better known as “Uncle Luke.”

Before Liberty City native Barry Jenkins won his Oscar award for Moonlight, the city was best known for producing some of the biggest names in football, including Devonta Freeman, Antonio Brown, Duke Johnson and Teddy Bridgewater.

Beyond football, the Liberty City Warriors Optimist Club is a youth organization that sponsors sports teams, dance, cheerleading, tutoring and academic support. Life, like football, is a contact sport, and for the kids and family of Liberty City, being a Warrior holds the key to both.

“Warriors of Liberty City” made its world premiere with the first episode at the 2018 SXSW Festival in the “episodic” category, making it the first documentary series to be accepted into the category.

The series is created by Evan Rosenfeld, with LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson for SpringHill Entertainment (Starz Original Series “Survivor’s Remorse,” “The Wall”); Pam Healey, Dan Peirson and Ted Skillman for Shed Media (“Genius Junior,” “Who Do You Think You Are?”), a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television; and Luther Campbell also serving as executive producers.

Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter Andrew Cohn (Night School, Medora) co-directed the documentary series alongside Rosenfeld.

Starz recently made the first two episodes of the 10-part docuseries “America to Me” available on its app and VOD platforms with subsequent episodes hitting the platforms a week prior to their debut on the Starz linear channel.