CuriosityStream has announced the November 19 world premiere of the original new series Beyond the Spotlight. From Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio and Appian Way Productions, the award-winning Stephen David Entertainment, a Banijay Group Company, and CuriosityStream, the series goes Beyond the Spotlight to explore the deep-rooted passions of people at the height of fame who are on a personal mission to change the world.
From the highest-grossing actor of all time, Samuel L. Jackson, alongside his Tony Award-nominated wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson to Kristen Bell, and sports icons Shaquille O’Neal and Joe Namath to the wildly popular influencer MrBeast — these are the intriguing people who capture our attention, fill our social feeds, and shape pop culture. Each of the six hour-long episodes takes an intimate tone, featuring the deeply profound conversations that happen out of the spotlight when people share, in their own words, what truly inspires them.
“Beyond the Spotlight was filmed in the middle of the pandemic, with the utmost of precaution, at a time when many scripted content creators had to pause their production processes,” said Rob Burk, Head of Original Content for CuriosityStream. “We are very proud to premiere these fresh and incredibly revealing stories of people we thought we knew, told in their own words during a time of great personal reflection. We know our viewers will connect deeply with these biographies, and we’re thrilled to partner with Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment to bring impactful stories of the human experience to CuriosityStream.”
Appian Way Productions, the film and television production company founded by DiCaprio and co-run by Jennifer Davisson, is known for its diverse slate including Academy Award-winning feature films The Revenant and The Wolf of Wall Street and ground-breaking documentaries Including Virunga, And We Go Green, and Sea of Shadows.
“Especially during these trying times, it’s been an incredible opportunity to shed light on these amazing causes and to gain a different perspective on the celebrities we all know and love,” said Stephen David, Executive Producer for Stephen David Entertainment.
Read about the first three episodes below:
Episode 1: Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal went from being poor and bullied – and becoming a bully himself – to success and fame in the NBA, music, film and business. He credits the Boys & Girls Club with turning his life around and has spent the past thirty years giving back to America’s kids. But the greatest influence on Shaq’s life was his step-father, who taught him always to share his blessings and that “true pressure is not knowing where your next meal is coming from.”
Episode 2: Kristen Bell
At age 19, on a missionary trip in Brazil, Kristen Bell helped to deliver two babies. The experience ignited her nurturing nature, which endures today in the organization she founded, No Kid Hungry. Bell and her husband Dax Shepard have a deal: he can buy as many fancy cars as he wants and she gets to give away a third of their income to good works.
Episode 3: Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson his wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson met as college students and activists in Atlanta during the Civil Rights Era. At the age of 20, Samuel served as an usher at Martin Luther King, Jr’s funeral. He and LaTanya have fought together to end apartheid in South Africa, enlisted Hollywood to support the National Museum of African American History and Culture and raised millions for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. But their greatest satisfactions are simple, like hand written thank you notes from young children they’ve gifted books.
Beyond the Spotlight episodes four through six will premiere exclusively on CuriosityStream in early 2021, featuring sports legend Joe Namath, MrBeast, wo is the intriguing influencer taking YouTube and TikTok by storm, and more.
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