Sundance Channel unveils development slate

Sundance Channel's non-fiction development slate includes series from Jamie Oliver's Fresh One, GRB, and Giant Pirates Entertainment, while the U.S. cable network is also renewing The Mortified Sessions (pictured).
May 11, 2012

Sundance Channel’s non-fiction development slate includes series from Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One and GRB, while the U.S. cable network is also renewing The Mortified Sessions (pictured) and Iconoclasts.

On the development slate is Dream School, based on the Channel 4 series Jamie’s Dream School which aired in the UK. The series is a social experiment in which celebrities wanting to give back to their communities teach kids who have fallen through the cracks in the system. The series is executive produced by Jamie Oliver and Fresh One.

Dead & Found, produced by This is Just a Test, follows government investigators in Reno reconstructing the lives of unidentified corpses.

Produced by GRB, Kenya & Carl follows a husband and wife marriage counseling team which promotes the idea of open marriages, while BBC Worldwide’s The Trouble with Love and Sex takes actual recordings from couples’ therapy sessions and presents them as animated stories.

Lastly, Wino is a series from Giant Pirates Entertainment, following self-taught sommelier Brian Kalliel as he travels the world using wine as a way into the cultures and character of people and places he visits.

Sundance Channel’s returning series include The Mortified Sessions, a 6 x 30-minute series from RelativityREAL featuring celebs revealing embarrassing moments from their pasts; All on the Line with Joe Zee season three, produced by Authentic Entertainment; and season six of @radical.media’s Iconoclasts.

“Sundance Channel’s non-fiction shows tell terrific stories about compelling characters, and at the same time lift the lid on a world you may not have seen before,” said Sundance Channel general manager Sarah Barnett. “People come to Sundance Channel because they want programming that is entertaining and that gives them a new perspective.”

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