Rize lands BBC2, C4 commissions

Rize USA will produce BBC2's Confessions of a Wedding Planner (pictured), as well as The Girl Who Became Three Boys and The Boy with Two Heads for Channel 4.
July 26, 2012

London and LA-based Rize USA has scored commissions from UK pubcasters BBC and Channel 4, including the BBC2 factual series Confessions of a Wedding Planner (pictured), as well as The Girl Who Became Three Boys and The Boy with Two Heads for C4.

The three-part Wedding Planner is expected to air early in 2013, with localized U.S. and international versions to come. The docuseries looks at weddings from six different cultures, shown through the eyes of the wedding planner.

For Channel 4′s ‘True Stories’ strand, The Girl Who Became Three Boys is a one-hour one-off telling the story of 21-year-old Gemma Barker, who disguised herself as a boy so she could date girls. Barker made headlines earlier this year after being sent to prison for fraud and sexual assualt.

The documentary features exclusive access to two of the victims, who will tell their story, and is expected to air later this summer.

Airing later this year on C4 is The Boy With Two Heads, a one-hour documentary on twin babies who are linked in a way that makes them appear to have just one body, born in a remote part of Amazonian Brazil. The film will follow the first six months of these babies’ lives.

Rize is in talks with U.S. broadcasters for transmissions on both documentaries.

“Rize aims to build its reputation as a producer of choice for contemporary subjects and extraordinary stories with universal appeal that capture the feeling of our times, and our latest productions reflect exactly that,” said Sheldon Lazarus, executive producer and creative director of Rize USA.

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