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TLC acquires “Jig,” orders “Irish Dancing Tweens”

Sirens Media is to produce Irish Dancing Tweens (w/t), an eight-part series on the world of competitive Irish dance for TLC, which will complement the documentary Jig (pictured), which the network has also acquired.
November 14, 2011

Sirens Media is to produce Irish Dancing Tweens (w/t), an eight-part series on the world of competitive Irish dance for TLC, which will complement the documentary Jig (pictured), which the U.S. network has also acquired.

Sirens Media will begin production this week on the series, which goes beyond the team dances and solo routines to witness the hours of practice, demanding coaches and competitive mothers. Irish Dancing Tweens will premiere on the U.S. network in the summer of 2012, and will make an international debut later in the year.

The show will feature a variety of dance schools and each episode will hone in on specific dancers as they rehearse for the main event.

TLC has also acquired the rights to Sue Bourne’s documentary Jig. The 99-minute feature doc goes into the competition brewing at the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.

“TLC is excited to share this subculture of dance with our audience,” said Amy Winter, TLC general manager. “Irish Jig Dancing is a global phenomenon and the series will reveal the world behind the sport in a compelling combination of heart and competition.”

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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