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Oxygen adds five to development slate

Prodcos including 3 Ball Productions, 495 Productions and Endemol are contributing to the U.S. cable net's development slate, with subject matter ranging from matchmaking to shotgun weddings.
October 4, 2012

Prodcos including 3 Ball Productions, 495 Productions and Endemol are contributing to U.S. cable net Oxygen’s development slate, with subject matter ranging from matchmaking to shotgun weddings.

The latter is explored in Shotgun Weddings (w/t) from BermanBraun. The series follows couples who are challenging the traditional order of marriage first, then baby, and catches the action as the expectant parents use the limited months they have before their baby arrives to plan and pull off a wedding.

A Miami-based matchmaking agency is at the center of Heart and Soul (w/t), in which the head of the agency, Natalie Clarice, helps navigate the dating scene for urban professional women. The series is produced by Endemol.

Fat Girl Revenge is a series about getting even after weight loss. In the 3 Ball Productions series, every week two women will confront their rivals who humiliated or rejected them previously in order to get “payback.”

Brownstone Entertainment is bringing Funny Girls (w/t) to the table. The series will show the competitive side of the male-dominated comedy business through the eyes of female comics “looking to break the glass ceiling as well as the stereotypes.”

Jersey Shore prodco 495 Productions has Gorgeous & Guilty! (w/t), a companion series to Oxygen’s Snapped, in development. The true crime series investigates cases in which women ran afoul of the law for crimes of prostitution, robbery, embezzlement and homicide. Using news footage, interviews and re-enactments, the series will uncover the women’s real motives.

“Oxygen is focused on developing unique and noisy new series that truly capture every emotion of our young, female viewers,” said Cori Abraham, SVP of development for Oxygen Media. “Whether it’s about getting revenge or unapologetically pursuing your dreams, our development team has done a phenomenal job of continuing to build the network’s slate with diverse and innovative shows that reflect our audience.”

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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