New United Way Docu-Series "The Hero Effect" Debuts on Oprah Winfrey Network

A new inspirational docu-series, The Hero Effect is premiering on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) with an inaugural episode highlighting United Way's work supporting military veterans. 

Presented by United Way and produced by Dolphin Entertainment, The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. The ten-episode original series brings audiences real-life stories that build on United Way's credo to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. 

The first episode of The Hero Effect kicks-off on Saturday, November 12 at 10 a.m. EST, and features "Mission United" - a community network connecting veterans with access to housing, employment and legal services, allowing them to successfully integrate into civilian life. The episode spotlights "Mission United" founder Stephen Moss, a former Army Company Commander in the Vietnam War who was inspired to take action after his daughter returned from deployment with injuries. 

"When men and women join our Armed Forces, we should show them the respect and admiration they serve for serving our country," said Moss. "And they should know that when they return home their community will welcome them and assist them in re-acclimating to civilian life." 

Hosted by Donald Driver, a former Wide Receiver for the Green Bay Packers and Emily Wilson, a philanthropist and actress, each episode concludes with a call to action, encouraging viewers to visit and connect with their local United Way or other community-based organizations to create positive change. 


Founded in 1996, Dolphin is a world-class independent financier, distributor and producer of premium film, television and digital programming. Dolphin has produced and delivered original content to more than 300 million homes in 125 countries. Dolphin Entertainment is an Emmy-nominated leader in family, tween, teen and young-adult televsion programming. Dolphin Entertainment is known for creating hit properities such as Emmy-nominated Zoey 101 (Nickelodeon's highest-rated series), Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, and What's Up Warthogs (Family Channel's Canadian Screen Award nominated). The Dolphin Entertainment-produced family sitcom Raising Expectations, starring Molly Ringwald and Jason Priestley, premiered on Mother's Day 2016, on Family Channel Canada. 


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