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Axios joins publisher push into TV with HBO in limited series deal


By Bennett Bennett, Staff writer

August 9, 2018 | 2 min read

Business site Axios has announced a partnership with HBO to produce a limited documentary series beginning in the fall.

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Axios tunes into HBO partnership on limited documentary series based off of its modern spin on business. / Axios

The weekly miniseries has been considered by the two-year-old site as a collaboration between HBO producers Matthew O’Neill and Perri Peltz and Axios’ journalists to tackle topics in politics, business and technology.

In a statement from the publisher, the series has been sketched out to feature “a unique mix of breaking news content, exclusive interviews and short profiles to help viewers understand the big trends reshaping America and the world.”

Axios chief ​Jim VandeHei said: “We see this combination of HBO, Axios and award-winning storytellers as a powerful way of bringing clarity and meaning to the most consequential topics. The world needs new, smarter ways to better understand the dominant personalities and definitive trends changing politics, business, technology and our lives.”

This isn’t the first news-style partnership brokered by the Warner Media premium service: Vice Media launched an award-winning news program with HBO last year.

But, it does follow a trend of news sites pushing into TV and streaming services to expand the reins of journalistic storytelling. Recently, The New York Times launched a documentary on rival Showtime, and set up a weekly series with FX as a spin on its The Daily podcast.

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