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Disney+ Officially Announces Slate of Non-Fiction Content

As if news about a Hawkeye series wasn’t enough, Disney+ has now announced its upcoming slate of non-fiction content for the service.

While it continues full steam ahead on its already hugh library of fictional content (old and new), Disney+’s non-fiction section will feature a wide variety of series’ including the return of the Kristen Bell musical recreation show Encore!, as well as a project from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions. In addition, the streaming platform has also signed a two-year deal with documentary aficionados Supper Club.

Supper Club’s Brian McGinn, David Gelb and Jason Sterman.

Under the agreement, Supper Club’s Brian McGinn, David Gelb and Jason Sterman, who are behind award-winning docs including Chef’s Table, Jiro Dreams of Sushi and 13th, will create both franchise-based and original-concept nonfiction programming for the streaming service, as well as other platforms and networks under the Disney brand.

“We are thrilled Jason, David and Brian will bring their distinct perspectives and genuine narrative vision exclusively to Disney,” said Agnes Chu, SVP of Content at Disney+. “As some of the world’s greatest nonfiction storytellers, Supper Club will be a crucial, creative force for Disney+ as we build a platform for compelling, personal, and authentic programming.”

The company is already hard at work reportedly on its first two original projects, which are the culture-focused Marvel’s 616 (working title), and the wildlife conservation show Earthkeepers (working title).

“The storytelling legacy of The Walt Disney Company had a formative and lasting impact on us growing up, and we are honored to be welcomed into this exciting new chapter of such a storied studio,” said Jason Sterman, one of the Supper Club partners. “To become a part of the Disney family is any filmmaker’s dream, and David, Brian and I are looking forward to working alongside Ricky, Agnes, Dan and the entire Disney+ team to bring audiences dynamic new nonfiction stories from all of Disney’s legendary brands.”

Here are all the formally announced shows for the non-fiction section of Disney+:

Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series – The documentary series recounts the 65+ year history of Walt Disney Imagineering with parallel storylines of the people, the craft, and the business. Created by director and producer Leslie Iwerks, the series includes exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage from Disney’s parks around the world. The series is produced by Iwerks & Co. and directed by Leslie Iwerks.

Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title) – An anthology series that takes a unique look at beloved films through the props & costumes that made them so memorable. The craftspeople who created them will be featured, as well as the actors who interacted with them, and the collectors and archives who own and cherish them. The show will be hosted by film historian and collector Dan Lanigan.  Among the films featured in the first eight episodes are Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron (1982), and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The series is produced by ABC Studios and executive produced by Jason Henry and Dan Lanigan.

Encore! – The Kristen Bell-produced series brings together former castmates of a high school musical, tasking them with re-creating their original performance in a high school reunion. With the help of Broadway stars, the group must pull off performances of beloved musicals like The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast and Annie. It was created by Jason Cohen, who executive produces alongside Alycia Rossiter, Will Gluck, Richard Schwartz, Jim Roush and Chris Wagner.

Marvel 616 (working title) –This documentary series explores the historical, cultural, and societal context that has become congruous with Marvel’s legacy stories.

Earthkeepers (working title) – This documentary series will follow conservationists and the animals they spend their lives studying. This beautiful cinematic experience will share the tough and tremendous moments of saving earth’s most endangered species.

Be Our Chef – A competition format, hosted by The Office’s Angela Kinsey, that offers families to create the next great dish for the Disney parks. In each episode, two families will participate in a themed challenge based on their family traditions and the winner will have their meal become a a featured dish served at Walt Disney World. It is produced by INE Entertainment with Eric Day and Mark Koops serving as producers.

Rogue Trip  – A travel guide to all the places the average tourist would never think to venture off to, specifically the frequently overlooked corners of the world. Hosted by Bob Woodruff and his 27-year old son, Mack, the show is executive produced by Jeanmarie Condon and Mack and Bob Woodruff for Lincoln Square Productions.

Shop Class (working title) – A competition format that features teams of inventive students who are tasked with designing, building, and testing new contraptions. In each episode, a panel of experts will rate their work based on engineering, design, and the final test of the build.  The last episode sees one team will be named Shop Class Champs. John Stevens and Spike Feresten of Hangar 56 Media and Richard Rawlings of Production Monkey are producing.

Marvel’s Hero Project – This one really pulls at the heartstrings. Marvel’s Hero Project shares the inspiring stories of young kids who dedicate their lives to being true superheroes and making positive change in their communities.

(Re)Connect – Get the tissues ready for this one. This show features one family with a modern day, relatable issue that’s driving a wedge between them. Issues include workaholic parents, overly competitive siblings, technology addiction, or a family secret that has recently been revealed.
All of these families have reached a breaking point, and it’s time for them to disconnect from their complex lives. With the help of a specialized expert, each family will go on a unique journey that organically ties to the issues they are facing in order to confront the family’s dilemma head-on. Produced by Milojo Productions and Talos Films, the series is executive produced by Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, and Albert Bianchini of Milojo Productions, and Julian P. Hobbs and Elli Hakami of Talos Films.

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