Screening Room

MIPCOM Picks 2009 – Altered States

In this one-hour special, which is also the pilot for a series, we meet Linda, who was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder (now also known as D.I.D.) in 2003. The production team, and by extension the audience, is granted considerable access to Linda, her seven other personalities, and the therapy sessions that attempt to draw some sort of balance between them.
September 30, 2009


In this one-hour special, which is also the pilot for a series, we meet Linda, who was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder (now also known as D.I.D.) in 2003. Within her reside seven ‘alters,’ or alternate personalities, including 11-year-old Jimmy (the only male ‘alter’), seven-year-old Callie, and 22-year-old Megan. Not only does Linda’s demeanor change with every new personality; even physiological changes occur, as seen through brain scans taken at different intervals. The production team, and by extension the audience, is granted considerable access to Linda, her seven other personalities, and the therapy sessions that attempt to draw some sort of balance between them.

Partners: LMNO Productions (Encino) for Discovery Health Channel
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Airing: May 2010
Rights available: All worldwide

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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