Brené Brown, visiting professor at the University of Texas and podcaster from Austin, is embarking on her next showbiz venture – an eight-part unscripted series adapted from Brown’s latest book, “Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience ”, on HBO Max.
The series, which will simply be called “Atlas of the Heart,” will begin production later this month in Austin.
“The real gift of expanding our language, practicing this work, and cultivating meaningful connections is being able to go anywhere without the fear of getting lost,” Brown said. “When fear, anxiety, and uncertainty leave us drifting and unattached in our lives, our first instinct is to look into the distance to find the nearest shore. The shore is not something outside. of us – the solid ground that we are looking for is within us. It is not always easy to find, but it is there.
The show will be produced by Austin-based Weird Lucy Productions, exploring Brown’s decades-long research into “the range of emotions and experiences that define what it is to be human.” Among them are angst, wonder, dread, anxiety, envy, jealousy, resentment, compassion, empathy, disappointment, regret and overwhelm.
“At HBO Max, we pride ourselves on telling representative stories from all walks of life, and those stories would mean nothing without the language of emotion and the shared experience,” said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max. . “By bringing Dr. Brown’s extensive research to life through film, television and pop culture, we are able to demonstrate a deep connection and insight that will resonate with our viewers.”
The show will be produced by Brown herself, in addition to Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Barb Bialkowski and Jared Morell for Den of Thieves. Meaghan Rady will be the executive producer.
Wearing multiple hats, Brown has two running podcasts: “Dare to Lead” and “Unlocking Us”, both of which are on Spotify. Brown is also an author with several bestselling books like “Braving the Wilderness”, “The Gifts of Imperfection” and “The Power of Vulnerability”.