Exclusive: Logo, Zig Zag to examine “Otherkin”
Viacom-owned U.S. network Logo is teaming up with UK indie Zig Zag Productions to coproduce a doc looking at a community of people who see themselves as being either partially or entirely non-human.
The hour-long doc Otherkin (pictured above) will form part of Logo’s ‘What?!’ strand, which explores unusual worlds, people, and experiences outside the mainstream, and will air early next year.
“Otherkin will shed light on a unique lifestyle that not many people are aware of or have even seen,” said Logo’s senior VP of programming Brent Zacky. “Logo viewers are fascinated with programming that explores extremes in our society.”
The film promises to follow a teenager from Brunswick, Georgia, who believes he is a wolf, and is aiming to confirm this by changing his name legally to his wolf name, Shiro. It also introduces the viewer to a commune of ‘otherkin’ in upstate New York that includes a human ‘raccoon’ and ‘leopard’ in an “inter species poly-amorous relationship.”
Zig Zag Productions VP of commercial and current production Leila Monks brokered the deal with Logo’s senior VP of acquisitions and business and legal affairs Richard Parent.
Logo will have the rights to broadcast the film in the United States, and Zig Zag said it is also in “advanced stages of negotiation” with broadcasters in the UK, Benelux, Scandinavia, CEEMA and South America for further sales.
“Otherkin is a documentary that features some really fascinating characters that took us months of careful research and dialogue to gain access to,” said Monks. “We are delighted to be working together with Logo to tell their compelling stories.”
The exec producers for Zig Zag are Monks and Clare Hollywood, the indie’s head of entertainment, factual and features.