[09/09/20 - 09:32 AM] Video: YouTube Originals Debuts Official Trailer for "Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women's Gymnastics" Partnering with Glamour, this six-part series will premiere Monday, September 21 on Glamour's official YouTube channel.
[via press release from YouTube]
YOUTUBE ORIGINALS DEBUTS OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR "DEFYING GRAVITY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS"
6-PART DOCUSERIES FEATURES 2021 TEAM USA HOPEFULS AND RENOWNED GYMNASTS NADIA COMANECI, LAURIE HERNANDEZ, OLGA KORBUT,
KATELYN OHASHI, ALY RAISMAN, JORDYN WIEBER, AND OVER 30 MORE
SERIES PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 21 @ 9AM PT / 12PM ET
ON GLAMOUR'S OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Today YouTube Originals unveiled the official trailer for "Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women's Gymnastics" - a brand-new documentary series from Emmy-winning Main Event Media (United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell), an All3Media America company, and Five All in the Fifth Entertainment (LANCE), that explores what it takes to be an Elite gymnast, through the voices of its greatest champions. Partnering with Glamour, this 6-part series will premiere Monday, September 21 at 9AM PT / 12PM ET on Glamour's official YouTube channel.
Exploring the events and milestones, hopefuls and icons, heartbreaks and triumphs of the sport, each episode of "Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women's Gymnastics" raises questions on the most challenging and thrilling aspects of gymnastics. How do athletes preserve their passion, confidence, and voice in a sport that pushes them beyond their limits? How do gymnasts maintain their mental toughness and laser focus while contending with all the external pressures placed upon them? And in an era of difficulty-dominant scoring, how do athletes stay unafraid of their own power? The documentary series examines these sport-specific subjects, while going in-depth on the broader themes of self-expression and resilience. In addition, the series does not shy away from the darker aspects of the sport, showing how gymnasts overcome body image issues, ageism, and abuse. Episode 5 of the series features survivors describing the sport's culture of abuse and explaining how they're using their voices and the life skills that gymnastics taught them to reclaim their beloved sport.
"It has been one of the greatest privileges of my directing career to be able to share the stories of so many incredible women in the sport of gymnastics," said series director Bess Kargman. "'Defying Gravity' spotlights the fierce passion, courage and tenacity of so many inspiring athletes - including Nadia Comaneci, Laurie Hernandez, Katelyn Ohashi, Aly Raisman and so many more. I am elated the world will soon get to learn more about their powerful stories."
"Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women's Gymnastics" features 2021 Team USA hopefuls Jade Carey, Olivia Greaves, Morgan Hurd, Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum, Riley McCusker, MyKayla Skinner, Trinity Thomas, and Laurie Hernandez; plus appearances and featured stories from numerous gymnastics icons, including Vanessa Atler, Mohini Bhardwaj, Ellie Black, Svetlana Boginskaya, Amanda Borden, Oksana Chusovitina, Kathy Johnson Clarke, Nadia Comaneci, Jamie Dantzscher, Coline Devillard, Becky Downie, Nellie Kim, Madison Kocian, Olga Korbut, Phoebe Mills, Dominique Moceanu, Katelyn Ohashi, Betty Okino, Carly Patterson, Samantha Peszek, Aly Raisman, Cathy Rigby, Kyla Ross, Daniela Silivas, Bridget Sloan, Tracee Talavera, and Jordyn Wieber.
Episodes will premiere free with ads each week and YouTube Premium subscribers will have access to binge all 6 episodes beginning September 21 before non-Premium subscribers. Fans can sign up for YouTube Premium to get early access to all episodes and watch the series ad-free.
"Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women's Gymnastics" is produced by Main Event Media, All3Media America, and Five All in the Fifth Entertainment. The series is directed by Bess Kargman (First Position, Coach) and by Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel, The Lion's Mouth Opens), who also serve as executive producers alongside Jimmy Fox for Main Event Media and Alex Garinger and Douglas Banker for Five All in the Fifth Entertainment, with April Smith and Julian Cautherley serving as co-executive producers. Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Nadine Zylstra, Head of Learning and Impact for YouTube Originals, along with Ian Roth on the Learning and Impact Development team oversee the series.
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About YouTube Originals:
YouTube Originals are award-winning, creative and engaging scripted and unscripted series and films across music, personalities and learning for fans all over the world. Spotlighting both YouTube creators alongside Hollywood's biggest stars, YouTube Originals provide an experience that only YouTube can offer. By tapping into the platform's growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content mixed with pioneering live-streamed specials, there is truly something for everybody. Fans experience YouTube Original content through ad-supported YouTube as well as YouTube Premium, a subscription service that offers access to YouTube Original series and movies, a streaming music platform, and an uninterrupted, ad-free experience across all of YouTube. YouTube Originals are available in nearly 80 countries worldwide.
About Main Event Media:
Main Event Media, an All3Media America company, is an Emmy-winning production company based in Los Angeles. Founded by producer Jimmy Fox, the company creates content across multiple genres including scripted, documentary, reality and original podcast production. The company's work includes multi-time Emmy-winning CNN series United Shades of America, Peacock comedy series Punky Brewster, Quibi food game show Eye Candy, Amazon Prime docuseries Inside Jokes, Snapchat documentary series While Black with M.K. Asante, YouTube Originals series Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women's Gymnastics, E!'s Celebrity Call Center, TNT's Inside the NBA All-Star Roast, Nickelodeon competition series Top Elf, E! drama series The Arrangement, Investigation Discovery's Breaking Homicide, multiple specials for Discovery Channel's Shark Week, Paramount Network true crime series It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards and CNBC's Make Me a Millionaire Inventor. Main Event has been recognized for its work garnering Critics Choice, Critics Choice Real TV, TCA, NAACP and International Documentary Association (IDA) nominations.
About All3Media America:
All3Media America is the U.S. arm of global independent television, film and digital production group All3Media. With teams in Los Angeles and New York, All3Media America's portfolio companies are responsible for hits that include the Emmy Award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS, the Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America for CNN, Chrisley Knows Best for USA, Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back for FOX and Uncharted for National Geographic, the Emmy Award-winning Cash Cab for Discovery, Worst Cooks in America for Food Network and Betrayed for Investigation Discovery. All3Media's unique federal structure, a model followed in both the U.S. and worldwide, encourages the creative and strategic independence of its growing roster of production companies. Today comprised of over 40 global production companies and counting, All3Media is one of the largest production houses in the world. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.
About Five All in the Fifth Entertainment:
Led by co-founders Douglas Banker and Alex Garinger, Five All in the Fifth Entertainment produces documentary, feature film, television, and digital projects. Recent documentary productions include LANCE, a 30 for 30 film about Lance Armstrong, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and on ESPN in May 2020; and Rodman: For Better or Worse, a 30 for 30 film about Dennis Rodman, which premiered in September 2019 on ESPN. Five All is currently in production on documentary projects for Netflix, Disney+, FX, and Showtime. Past projects include the feature films, The After Party, for Netflix, and Party Boat, for Crackle; unscripted series World Star TV, for MTV2, and On the Run Eatin' with N.O.R.E., for Complex; and scripted series Like and Subscribe, for Funny or Die.
For over 80 years, Glamour has been the preeminent female empowerment title in America. Today, with a record combined audience of over 37.1 million, including 3.6 million YouTube subscribers, 12 million listeners to Glamour's podcasts, 14 million social followers, 9.9 million monthly web views, and 8.5 million monthly video views, the numbers speak to Glamour's unique storytelling abilities - and trusted position as a champion for women.
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