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HBO Orders ‘Outpost’ Docu Series, ‘Hate in America’ Special From Jorge Ramos and Fusion

Fusion is spreading its wings as a production entity, setting a deal with HBO for a docu series about Latin America and a special about hate groups in America hosted by Jorge Ramos.

HBO has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of “Outpost,” which is described as an “immersive exploration of Latin America” looking at various aspects of the culture of in Latin American countries. The series began as a production for Fusion’s Snapchat Discover channel.

The hourlong “Hate in America With Jorge Ramos” examines the state of hate groups in the United States with a focus on why intolerance seems to be spreading. Ramos is the Univision news anchor who has a big presence on Fusion.

Fusion is a joint venture of Univision and Disney that aims to reach millennial voters with English-language news and lifestyle programming. Disney is believed to be in the process of selling its stake in the company to Univision, which has said that investing in Fusion’s operations is a priority for the Spanish-language media giant.

“This generation has an insatiable curiosity about the world around them and we are thrilled to be partnering with HBO as we take viewers on a journey to examine an array of diverse cultures and perspectives,” said Isaac Lee, Univision’s chief news and digital officer. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Fusion to extend its commitment to serving a multicultural millennial audience across a broad range of platforms.”

In recent months HBO has also has emphasized its focus on offering a wide range of scripted and unscripted programming as it faces heightened competition in the ad-free premium TV arena from Netflix and others.

(Pictured: Jorge Ramos)

 

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