Viral video powerhouse Jukin Media has joined forces with Verizon’s go90 streaming service for a new documentary series, “This Is Happening,” that takes viewers inside some of the biggest cultural events of the past two years, including the solar eclipse, Charlottesville protests and Women’s March.
Each episode looks at three to four stories-within-a-story, where real people share their experiences alongside first-person video at some of the defining events in recent memory, from tragedies like Hurricane Harvey to bizarre stories like the ill-fated Fyre Festival. The first episode, which premieres Friday exclusively on go90, focuses on the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series after a 100-plus year drought and includes stories from four different people.
“This Is Happening” is executive produced by Jukin’s Jonathan Skogmo and Josh Entman, and Emmy-winning producer/ director Lauren Thompson.
“At go90 we look for authentic entertainment that cuts above the clutter and Jukin Media expertly delivers on that and more,” Ivana Kirkbride, Chief Content Officer at go90, said in a statement. “They curate the best in fan-driven content and we’re excited for this unique take on our original series together in ‘This Is Happening.'”
“User-generated content will revolutionize the way contemporary events are documented, and this series is one of the first examples of that,” Jukin Founder and CEO Jonathan Skogmo said in the statement. “The go90 team immediately recognized the storytelling implications that UGC could pose for a documentary series, and we knew that go90 – Verizon’s premium mobile entertainment destination – would be the ideal home for this type of series.”