Much Studios Examines the Stigma Surrounding HIV+ with New Original Documentary, POSITIVE, Premiering June 22 on MTV

— June 14, 2019

– The half-hour documentary, moderated by Much Studios’ creator Michael Rizzi, premieres Saturday, June 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET on MTV –
– The special is also available for streaming now on Much’s YouTube Channel, MTV.ca, Much.com, and SnackableTV –

TORONTO (June 14, 2019) – Bell Media’s Much Studios announced today that the intimate and thought-provoking original documentary POSITIVE receives its television premiere Saturday, June 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET on MTV and is available for streaming on Crave Sunday, June 23. The special is also available for streaming now on Much’s YouTube Channel, MTV.ca, Much.com, and SnackableTV.

Following the success of the 2018 Much Studios’ online mini-series MUCH PRIDE, which garnered a 2019 Canadian Screen Award nomination in the Best Web Program or Series, Non-Fiction category, the brand-new half-hour documentary POSITIVE, moderated by Much Studios’ Michael Rizzi, profiles the lives of five diverse HIV+ millennials through a roundtable discussion and stigma-busting personal narratives.

As part of Pride month, Much Studios continues to cover important topics in the LGBQT+ community with honest and eye-opening conversations, with the goal to correct negative perceptions and demonstrate how dialogue can make a difference towards understanding and inclusivity. POSITIVE explores themes of identity, community, sex, and the ongoing misconceptions surrounding HIV, while tackling the stigmatized virus through insightful, intimate, and engaging vignettes and dialogue.

POSITIVE features the stories of five HIV+ millennials including Cameron, a multidisplinary artist and producer; Julio, an active voice and leader within the fashion industry; Justin, a recent graduate and church choir director; Stuart, a 27-year-old student and volunteer for the People With AIDS Foundation; and Xica, a Trans and HIV advocate.

POSITIVE is produced and edited by Max Kopanygin (MUCH PRIDE).

About Much Studios

Much Studios is the next evolution of the Much brand. It is the latest way Much is connecting with Canadian and international youth, celebrating the diversity, creativity, and irreverence of its fans by keeping them at the centre of everything it does. Based at Bell Media HQ in Toronto, the engaging roster of channels available via Much Studios perfectly embodies what it means to be young in Canada today.

About Much

Much is the hub for everything that’s relevant and trend worthy, delivering a diverse stable of irreverent and topical programming as well as exclusive live events. From the IHEARTRADIO MMVAs to its industry-leading online and social media platforms, including Much.com, Twitter (more than 1 million followers), Facebook (more than 1.2 million likes), Instagram (almost 70,000 followers), and the multi-channel network Much Studios (more than 9.5 million combined subscribers), Much continues to deliver unique and entertaining content to its audience. Much is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

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