CNN+, which launched on Tuesday, has created a new documentary unit to make quick turnaround documentaries.
The first from the CNN+FLASHDocs unit, Chicago Vs. Jussie Smollett, Will look into the actor’s recent case, and will debut on Friday on demand.
Katie Hinman, CNN’s vice president of program development, said in a statement that the unit will be “a way for CNN+ to tackle the stories that have shaped pop culture, while contextualizing them with fresh reporting and nuanced voices.” The Smollett documentary stars the actor’s brothers, JoJo and Jockey, as well as former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson, Special Prosecutor Dan Webb, Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx, and Smollett’s defense attorneys Tamara Walker and Heather Wiedel. Eric Johnson is executive producer, EP on the Program Development Project for CNN and Emily Taguchi is overseeing producer.
CNN+ launched on Amazon Fire TV, Android phones and tablets, and Apple devices, but all but one streaming device missing from its distribution: Roku.
The new service WarnerMedia is doing cross promotion. HBOmax posted a promotional link for CNN+ on its interface on Wednesday, which includes samples from some of its lifestyle and documentary programming. The plan is to offer a subscription bundle later this year.