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YouTube Originals Announces Global Slate of Olympics Programming

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Logline: “Strive” is a six-part docuseries about the astonishing men and women forced to flee their countries as refugees all while training for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in Tokyo 2020. Hosted by Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas, “Strive” follows the journey of refugee athletes as they strive to compete either under the Olympic Refugee Flag or under a new flag after finally settling in a host country.

Talent: “Strive” is hosted by Gabby Douglas; produced by Perfect Storm Entertainment and Radley Studios. Strive – Premieres June 30 on The Players’ Tribune YouTube Channel

World Debut – Premieres July 7 on the Olympics YouTube Channel

Logline: “World Debut” is a feature-length documentary that tracks the journey of what it takes to add new sports to the Olympic Games. Skateboarding, Surfing and Sport Climbing will join the Games for the first time this summer, and “World Debut” tells the story of how they got there.

Talent: Featuring icons Tony Hawk, Emily Harrington and Sofia Mulanovich, directed by Cole Sax & Galen Knowles, and produced by WZRD Media and Boardwalk Pictures.

How To Olympics – Premieres July 14 on the Olympics YouTube Channel

Logline: “How To Olympics” is an eight-episode series that gives viewers everything they need to know about select Olympic events through easily digestible, quick-witted, and packed-with-info videos. Covering Sport Climbing, Taekwondo, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Hammer Throw, Artistic Swimming, Breaking, Badminton and Fencing viewers will learn how each event is scored, how to win, and what it takes to master these athletic disciplines.

Talent: “How To Olympics” is hosted by The Try Guys, and produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC).

Break the Record – Premieres July 22 on Guinness World Records Official YouTube Channel

Logline: “Break the Record” is an all-new kids and family series out of the UK where kids interrogate and challenge some of the most extraordinary GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TM title holders. The show features long jump Olympic medalist Greg Rutherford, tennis player and Olympic medalist Laura Robson, deadlift strongwoman and former World’s Strongest Woman Andrea Thompson, and parkour expert Ryan Luney. During each episode, a group of kids will be mentored by one of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title holders in preparation for their biggest challenge to date … attempting their very own record!

Talent: “Break the Record” is produced by Guinness World Records and Electric Robin (a Banijay UK company).

The upcoming YouTube Originals sports programming is part of a larger slate of learning projects including “Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women’s Gymnastics,” the six-part, PGA Award winning documentary series exploring what it takes to be an Elite gymnast that was also nominated for a Sports Emmy and is currently nominated for a Critics Choice Real TV Award, as well as the upcoming slate of new sustainability-focused programming: “Seat at the Table,” with David Attenborough and creator Jack Harries, “Stay Wild” (working title) from Brave Wilderness in partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Madica Productions, “Shut It Off ASAP” (working title) from AsapSCIENCE and B17 Entertainment. Additional learning YouTube Originals include Emmy Award-winning mini-series “Create Together,” a Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosted series featuring the creations of everyday people collaborating to make art; Emmy-nominated “Glad You Asked” that explores topics driven by our curiosity about the world around us; “Retro Tech” the Emmy-nominated series that explores the technological promises of the past; and “Creators for Change on Girl’s Education with Michelle Obama,” which was recently named a Gracie Award Honoree.


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