Discovery CEO, David Zaslav, shared some new info on Discovery’s collaboration with Steven Spielberg. Why We Hate takes an in-depth look on hatred and how if effects us as a society.
Discovery head David Zaslav used his keynote talk at the Royal Television Society’s annual Cambridge Convention in the U.K. to introduce the media giant’s upcoming docuseries Why We Hate, a collaboration with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.
Zaslav revealed that the origins of the six-part series – described as an “exploration into the human condition for hatred and how we can overcome it” – began with a conversation he had with Spielberg five years ago.
“I said to him, ‘What’s the story you want to tell? What’s the story you want when you and I are gone?'” he told the audience in Cambridge.
Half a decade on from that initial discussion and with Why We Hate preparing to launch on Discovery next month, Zaslav acknowledged that the subject of hate had become far more poignant.
“Little did we know five years ago where we’d be, and not just here in the U.K. or U.S. but everywhere in the world,” he said. “For most of my life I thought things were getting better, that we were working toward better respect toward people. But we’ve found in the last five years that things are much more of a challenge. Hate is significantly on the rise. Hate connected to skin color, hate on people for religious reasons.”