Unscripted

AMC enlists Pilgrim and Studio Lambert, enters unscripted realm

The network behind original scripted hits Mad Men and Breaking Bad is now venturing into non-fiction content, with new series on the Department of Home Security and advertising, according to AMC's Joel Stillerman (pictured).
April 15, 2011

The network behind original scripted hits Mad Men and Breaking Bad is now venturing into non-fiction content, with new series on the Department of Home Security and advertising .

The network is calling the unscripted series “AMC’s Docu-stories.”

Joel Stillerman, AMC’s SVP of original programming, production and digital content (pictured), said in a statement, “The bar is so high on our scripted originals, we knew we needed not only great ideas as we entered a new genre, but also great storytellers with inspired visions.”

Inside DHS goes behind the scenes of the Department of Homeland Security, and is executive produced by Pilgrim Films & Television’s Craig Piligian (The Ultimate Fighter, Dirty Jobs).

Of the upcoming series, expected to air in the fall, Stillerman said, “The inherent drama of Inside DHS is palpable, particularly given that we only hear about a tiny fraction of the threats they deal with everyday. This is the real story of the day-to-day battle to keep us safe, prepared, and resilient.”

The Pitch goes into the best creative advertising agencies as they prepare campaigns and pitches, in a real-life Mad Men series, set to premiere in 2012. The series is executive produced by Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert from Studio Lambert (Undercover Boss).

“With The Pitch, we don’t have to look any further than the frenzy around the Super Bowl — or for that matter the passion for advertising in and around our own Mad Men — to understand how much advertising matters in our culture. It’s a cut-throat business and The Pitch will capture the essence of it in a way we truly have not seen before,” adds Stillerman.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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