In a time of polarized politics and pointing fingers, journalist Lisa Ling is examining the moments that we share.
Ling, the former “View” co-host who currently anchors CNN’s “This is Life,” has signed a major overall deal with the forthcoming streaming platform HBO Max. The platform has greenlit her travel docu-series titled “Birth, Wedding, Funeral,” which Ling will executive produce with journalist Dan Rather, whose concept inspired the show. The show will explore a different country and culture in each episode through three universal moments of life—birth, marriage and death.
“We are living in a deeply polarized world and I am elated for the opportunity to bring us closer to one another through stories about the most defining moments in people’s lives: their births, weddings and funerals,” Ling said in a press release.
The deal with HBO Max marks an expansion of Ling’s relationship with WarnerMedia, HBO and CNN’s parent company. “Birth, Wedding, Funeral” will be one of a number of nonfiction originals from HBO Max, including Greg Berlanti and Jim Parsons’ series “Equal,” and voguing competition “Legendary” from the producers of “Queer Eye.”