Robert Downey Jr. knows all about artificial intelligence. Okay, fine – he's spent the last decade playing a character who does. Now the once and future Iron Man will have a chance to learn about A.I. up close and personal, because he'll be serving as the host of a new YouTube documentary series devoted to that topic. Deadline reports that Team Downey, the production company run by Robert and his wife/producing partner Susan Downey, has teamed with Network Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment to produce an eight-episode show set to debut on YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) in 2019. Each episode will be an hour long, but the series doesn't have an official title yet.
YouTube is diving into the world of artificial intelligence with its new series pickup. The streamer has given an eight-episode order to an untitled docuseries from Team Downey that will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way people live and work, both now and in the future. The hour-long series will feature interviews with people in the fields of science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment and the arts. Downey will executive produce the project alongside Team Downey's Susan Downey and Emily Ford. Evan Moore will oversee the project for Team Downey.
One of the shows that YouTube will spend'hundreds of millions' this year to make for its Red premium platform will be a docu-series on AI narrated by Robert Downey, Jr. The star and his wife Susan Downey will both executive produce the untitled show, which will feature experts from across the sciences to explore the history of artificial intelligence -- and how it continues to transform our world. The eight-episode show is scheduled to air on YouTube Red in 2019, according to Variety. While signing Iron Man to host a show on AI is a shrewd move, Red is still catching up to all the other streaming services in the race to score content that will convert subscribers. You can only win so many hearts with shows like John Cena's animated space trucker series.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, producer Susan Downey, are making an artificial intelligence documentary series on YouTube, the company announced today. The series will have eight episodes that are each an hour long and it's set to air on the paid membership-based YouTube Red platform next year. The series is still untitled, but we do know that Robert Downey Jr. will host and narrate the series, which will feature scientists, philosophers, and other experts in AI. YouTube says the series will explore how AI transforms the way we work and live in the present and future. The series will be executive produced by the Downeys through their production company Team Downey.
According to a statement, the still-untitled series will feature "some of the brightest minds in science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment and the arts" in eight one-hour long episodes that Downey will host and narrate. The Downeys' production company, Team Downey, is partnering with Network Entertainment (I Am Heath Ledger, Johnny Cash: American Rebel) and Sonar Entertainment (Mr. Mercedes, Taboo). "Robert and I share a curiosity for AI, a complicated and often polarizing subject," said Susan Downey in a statement. "Our aim is to explore AI through a lens of objectivity and accessibility, in a thoroughly bold, splashy, and entertaining way." Downey's AI show is a notable get for the subscription-based YouTube Red, which is still finding its footing among streaming competitors Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.