Unscripted

MIPTV Picks 2012: Million Dollar Neighbourhood

This Canadian format shows us real people uniting for a common goal: to raise the collective net value of their community by $1 million.
March 24, 2012

When the global recession of 2008 hit, factual entertainment programmers sought to create shows that would reflect the financial unease potentially afflicting audiences without depressing the hell out of them. “Aspirational” became the buzz word du jour. Here we are in 2012, and things really haven’t changed all that much – the economy still sucks, and programmers are still looking for ways to depict that reality while entertaining us simultaneously. Million Dollar Neighbourhood, a Canadian format airing on OWN Canada, works in that it shows us real people, the townsfolk of Aldergrove, British Columbia, uniting for a common goal: to raise the collective net value of the community by $1 million. Social experiment fact ent meets financial how-to.

Partners: Force Four Entertainment for OWN Canada, distributed by DRG

Volume: 10 x 60 minutes

Aired: January 2012 (OWN Canada)

Rights available: Worldwide, excluding Canada

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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