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Discovery Networks Int’l commissions “Mind Control Freaks”

Discovery Networks International has commissioned 10 x 30-minute series The Mind Control Freaks, which will explore the inner workings and psychology of the human mind. (Pictured: magician Alexis Conran)
March 5, 2014

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has commissioned 10 x 30-minute series The Mind Control Freaks, which will explore the inner workings and psychology of the human mind.

In the series, developed and produced by UK indie Objective Productions, four experts including magician Alexis Conran (pictured), poker player Liv Boeree, hypnotist Lewis Le Val and sleight-of-hand pro Pete Wardell, will use psychological tricks and mind manipulation on the public to get them to do unexpected things.

The series, which will air internationally on Discovery Channel across DNI’s 224 countries and territories in April,┬áhopes to demonstrate our vulnerability to those who are able to manipulate us.

“We’ve been exploring the reinvention and fusion of genres with a lot of success, and The Mind Control Freaks is set to take that to the next level as we blur the lines between science, psychology and trickery in an all-new format,” said Sarah T. Davies, VP of production and development for factual at DNI, in a statement.

The Mind Control Freaks is commissioned and exec produced by Davies for DNI. Rob Holloway is producer for DNI, and Paul Gilheany and Andrew Newman are exec producers for Objective Productions.

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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