ViacomCBS Int’l Studios Launches Social Impact Unit With Misan Harriman Docu-Series for Paramount+ (Exclusive)

10/12/2021 8:35:00 AM

ViacomCBS Int’l Studios Launches Social Impact Unit With Misan Harriman Docu-Series for Paramount+ (Exclusive)

ViacomCBS Int’l Studios Launches Social Impact Unit With Misan Harriman Docu-Series for Paramount+ (Exclusive)

The photographer's 'Protest & Progress' will be the first project from VIS Social Impact, led by Georgia Arnold, co-founder of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, which wants to 'drive social change through global content.'

Anthony Hopkins Joins Cast of 'The Father' Follow-Up 'The Son' The new division, part of Content for Change, a global ViacomCBS initiative that aims to counteract racism, bias, stereotypes and hate through the company’s culture, creative supply chain and the content it creates, will focus on developing “groundbreaking social impact-driven content addressing climate, equity and health for the ViacomCBS portfolio of brands, including Paramount+, as well as for third-party partners.Oct.Oct.interpretation for the forthcoming film on the future chocolate factory proprietor.

” “For decades, we’ve told stories that matter, and we understand the significant role entertainment plays in shaping minds and ultimately driving change.Now with VIS Social Impact, we will harness the power of storytelling to challenge stereotypes, shift perceptions and create meaningful change in the critical areas of climate, equity and health,” said Raffaele Annecchino, president and CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International.“Through ViacomCBS’ massive global footprint and the work of this new studio, we have a responsibility to elevate voices that need to be heard and to use our content to make a tangible impact on the world’s biggest challenges.” JC Acosta, president of ViacomCBS International Studios and ViacomCBS Networks Americas, lauded Georgia Arnold as “a leader in the social responsibility space with a proven track record of driving groundbreaking social-impact initiatives for our brand,” adding: “Creating this division is a natural evolution for ViacomCBS and further strengthens our commitment to producing best-in-class content that addresses the issues that matter most to our audiences around the world.” The first VIS Social Impact commission is docu-series Protest & Progress from photographer and social activist Misan Harriman, which will premiere on ViacomCBS streaming service Paramount+.Paul King will direct from the screenplay he wrote with Simon Farnaby (with prior writers including Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson and Steven Levenson).

In three hourlong episodes, it will see Harriman travel around the world to “uncover the stories behind some of the most powerful images and art forms that have defined a moment and a movement,” the company said.“The series will aim not only to educate on the importance of protests, but inspire audiences to remember their voice matters.” “It is an honor to be among the first commissions for VIS Social Impact and to have an opportunity to present the power of photography and art to a global audience on Paramount+,” said Harriman, who took the black-and-white.

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