TNT announces ‘Chasing the Cure’ health program starring Ann Curry

April 19, 2019

Ann Curry
Ann Curry (Photo by David Turnley)

The following is a press release from WarnerMedia Entertainment:

WarnerMedia Entertainment today announced the premiere date and showrunner for “Chasing the Cure” (formerly known by its working title “M.D. Live”) from TNT and Lionsgate Television. This is a groundbreaking enterprise anchored and executive produced by award-winning journalist and humanitarian Ann Curry. It brings together a weekly live two-hour television broadcast with a 24/7 global digital platform in an effort to help patients who are suffering from undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or uncured medical mysteries. This enterprise will harness the full power of both television and a multi-platform experience in order to break down medical barriers in service of patients. Additionally, this initiative will foster and empower people across the globe on all screens to become medical detectives.

Debuting Thursday, July 25, “Chasing the Cure” will be simulcast on TNT and TBS from 8-10 p.m. ET.

Joining “Chasing the Cure” as showrunner is Kim Bondy, an award-winning journalist who held top positions at CNN, NBC and Al Jazeera America before becoming Head of Content at Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group in 2017.

Through a 24/7 digital experience and interactive components including live, second-screen experiences, suggestions, along with highly accredited doctors, will be able to share their experiences, advice and recommendations on what’s happening during the broadcast in real time – all toward helping find cures for people with mysterious conditions.

Additionally, “Chasing the Cure” will cultivate an online community for everyone to dive deeper into each case, not only empowering every one of us to become medical detectives, but also creating a space for people to provide support to people dealing with undiagnosed conditions. Everyone will have the unique opportunity to submit their own cases via an in-take process to be cared for by an around-the-clock engaged community and considered for the live broadcast.

“How could I not want to be part of this project, given the real chance that it will help people suffer less? This collaboration of physicians, journalists and television creators is not only groundbreaking, it could potentially help encourage new ways for people to access care,” says Ann Curry.

“Leveraging the power of a global digital community to help real people solve their medical mysteries is our mission on ‘Chasing the Cure,’” says Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and live programming for TNT. “With Ann and Kim’s leadership and dedication to powerful, honest storytelling, we plan on delivering significant results to those who are in need of answers or a path to wellness. This is not just a one-dimensional live television experience.”

“The audience will have a chance to proactively make a difference when we launch ‘Chasing the Cure’ this summer, a project that takes a groundbreaking approach to tackling people’s unsolved medical mysteries,” says Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president and head of worldwide unscripted television for Lionsgate. “It is one of those rare initiatives that seeks to inspire with a larger humanitarian purpose, and it couldn’t be in the hands of a better network partner or a more brilliant and respected team.”

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series from Lionsgate Television.

“Chasing the Cure” is produced by B17 Entertainment and Motiv8 Media in association with Lionsgate Television with Brien Meagher, Rhett Bachner, Kara Kurcz, Brian Lee and Eric Ortner serving as executive producers along with Curry and Bondy.

Ann Curry signs on to anchor and executive producer ‘M.D Live’ series for Turner

October 15, 2018

Ann Curry
Ann Curry (Photo by David Turnley)

The following is a press release from Turner:

On the heels of the 10-episode series order of “M.D. Live” (working title), the groundbreaking, live, factual series that seeks solutions worldwide for people with medical mysteries and crises who are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, Turner today announced that renowned, award-winning journalist Ann Curry has signed on to anchor and executive produce. The innovative show that will tap into the worldwide phenomenon of medical crowdsourcing is co-produced by Turner and Lionsgate Television.

The two-hour weekly, multiplatform event airing over 10 weeks is set to premiere in 2019 and will feature Curry (“Today Show,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Dateline NBC,” PBS’ “We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry”) reporting true stories of medical mysteries and crowdsourcing for doctors and people experiencing similar symptoms in the search for diagnoses.

“Real good could come of this. We aim to help break down the walls that still stop people from accessing the medical information they need. Harnessing the full power of both television and technology to connect people interactively with doctors all over the world is a step toward a future when we are not limited by where we live or whether we can find the right doctor,” said Ann Curry. “This is a new way of doing things, a new genre of broadcasting and a chance to help people.”

“With a distinguished career as a trusted journalist and reputation as a humanitarian, Ann Curry is the perfect partner to lead our charge crowdsourcing hope and helping our patients solve their medical mysteries,” said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and live programming for TNT. “Ann is among the most trusted storytellers of our time who will motivate viewers, connect communities and inspire hope. And by leveraging the power of WarnerMedia’s reach we will be able to engage our viewers and really help them wherever they are.”

“We’re delighted to have an award-winning, globally recognized journalist helm our new series about crowdsolving medical crises,” said Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president and head of worldwide unscripted programming for Lionsgate. “Ann has inspired millions of people worldwide through her humanitarian acts, impeccable journalism, and positivity, which makes her the perfect anchor for the series and who audiences can trust.”

Curry, an award-winning journalist for more than 30 years, is known for her war and humanitarian reporting and interviews with the most powerful and influential as well as the most disenfranchised and forgotten. She has been awarded seven Emmys®, in addition to numerous others in Journalism, as well as humanitarian awards, including a “Medal of Valor” from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. She currently also reports for and is an Executive Producer of “We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry” for PBS.

The series (working title) “M.D. Live” is produced by B17 Entertainment and Motiv8 Media in association with Lionsgate Television, with Ann Curry, Eric Ortner, Brien Meagher, Rhett Bachner, Kara Kurcz, and Brian Lee serving as executive producers. Ann Curry is represented by Ethan Cohan at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano and Eric Ortner at The Ortner Group.

About Turner

Turner, a WarnerMedia company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Adult SwimBleacher ReportBoomerangCartoon NetworkCNNELEAGUEFilmStruckGreat Big StoryHLNiStreamPlanetSuper DeluxeTBSTurner Classic Movies (TCM)TNTtruTV and Turner Sports.

About Lionsgate

The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, video games, esports and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.