Current TV UK is opening up the commissioning process with its ‘Open Season’ initiative, in which viewers will be able to help determine which, if any, of four documentary series pilots should be greenlit by the UK net.
‘Open Season’ kicks off on October 11, with a doc to follow each week until November 7. The public will be able to rate each project using a star system and will be encouraged to provide input and feedback to the network and producers via current.com and assorted social media platforms. The results will be announced during a live discussion about the commissioning process at BAFTA on November 10.
The first pilot to air over the course of the month is Flash Talk from Tonic Productions, in which a well-known personality takes to a surprise venue and in the spirit of a flash mob, delivers an impassioned but impromptu lecture about a project he or she feels needs to be discussed in an open venue. The pilot episode features BAFTA-winning comedian, writer and broadcast presenter Jon Holmes.
Also on tap for ‘Open Season’ is What Would Sharia Do?, an in-house Current TV original production that builds a sharia court within Current TV’s studios with a panel of Imams and explores the inner workings of the system itself.
Dekay’s Guide to Estates from Mosaic Films brings 25-year-old rapper Dekay to Camden’s Maiden Lane estate and combines observational filming of the estate and its residents with the rapper’s own knowledge of estate architecture.
Another Current TV original, Behind Rebel Lines, brings journalist Andrew Mueller face-to-face with those engaging in some of the UK’s largest protests to find out the stories behind the slogans.
In a similar vein, Current TV in the UK will also air the UK premiere of realscreen MIPCOM Pick How to Start a Revolution on January 1. The film examines the writings of scholar Gene Sharp and how they have impacted revolutionary movements around the world.