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Daily Show veteran Kahane Cooperman will serve as showrunner on the as-yet untitled series, and Dawn Porter (Trapped, Gideon’s Army) and Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) will direct episodes. All three will serve as executive producers. Winfrey’s Harpo Productions has also tapped RadicalMedia as its creative and production partner on the show; the company’s Jon Kamen and Dave Sirulnick will also exec produce along with Winfrey and Prince Harry.
The docuseries, which will air on the Apple TV+ streaming platform that is set to launch in November, aims to break down the stigma and shame that surrounds mental health. The project was announced in March at Apple’s unveiling of TV+, and Prince Harry, who has been an advocate for mental health issues, joined Winfrey on the effort shortly thereafter.
Cooperman was a co-executive producer of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, was director and executive producer of Sundance’s four-hour doc Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders (also from RadicalMedia) and helmed the Oscar-nominated short documentary Joe’s Violin. She currently is at work on a feature doc about kindness and decency in America with John Hoffman at RadicalMedia.
Porter has directed and produced Gideon’s Army for HBO, the Peabody Award-winning Trapped and RadicalMedia and Netflix’s docuseries Bobby Kennedy for President. She also is working on a documentary about Congressman John Lewis for CNN Films.
Kapadia won an Oscar in 2016 for Amy, his documentary about late singer Amy Winehouse, and earned a BAFTA for 2010’s Senna, a doc about late Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. Diego Maradona, a portrait of the Argentine soccer legend, is set to premiere Oct. 1 on HBO.
Apple TV+ is set to launch Nov. 1 with a handful of series, including the Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon drama The Morning Show, the space-race drama For All Mankind and the genre play See, starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard. A premiere date for the mental health docuseries hasn’t been set.
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