Unscripted

Upfronts ’14: Pivot sets premiere dates for “Resources,” “Fairfax”

The Participant Media-owned cable net set air dates for unscripted series Human Resources and Welcome To Fairfax, and revealed five titles on its development slate during its 2014/15 upfront presentation in New York.
April 16, 2014

Participant Media-owned cable net Pivot has set air dates for unscripted series Human Resources and Welcome To Fairfax and revealed five titles on its development slate as part of its 2014/15 upfront presentation in New York City.

The slate, which also includes several scripted series, amounts to 300 hours of original programming aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds.

Previously announced series Human Resources (10 x 30 minutes, formerly TerraCycle) will premiere on August 8. The Left/Right-produced show follows the employees of New Jersey-based start-up TerraCycle, a company that is aiming to eliminate global waste and operates in 24 countries.

Meanwhile, Welcome To Fairfax (10 x 30 minutes) will begin airing in October. The show is billed as being a behind-the scenes look at a vibrant, artistic community in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles, “as seen through the eyes of some of the young visionaries who inhabit it.” It is produced by Ryan Sidhoo, Ben Selkow and Todd Lubin, and Jay Peterson of Matador.

Pivot’s unscripted development slate includes the Funny Or Die-produced America’s Got Issues, a clip-based comedy show that features comedians and experts riffing on social and cultural issues; America Rewind, a Stick Figure Studios-produced docuseries about the employees of an American revolution role-playing park; and I Am Young Detroit, a Trium Entertainment-produced docuseries/procedural about the staff of a social venture working to combat youth unemployment.

My Favorite Things is a Snackaholic-produced series looking at the history and environmental impact of products such as blue jeans and smartphones; and Untitled Andrew Jenks Project is a docuseries starring the Room 335 filmmaker.

Cesar’s Last Fast, the first in a series of 10 feature documentaries to be jointly produced and/or acquired by Pivot and Hispanic network Univision, will premiere on May 24 on both channels. The Sundance doc Marmato, about a gold-mining village in Columbia’s battle with a Canadian mining giant, will air in the third quarter.

As previously announced, Pivot will air the Peabody Awards through 2016. This year’s ceremony, which recognizes achievements by broadcasters, cable networks and webcasters, will air on June 1. The partnership marks the first time in more than 10 years that the Peabody Awards have had a broadcast home.

Also on the specials slate is Freestyle Love Supreme (10 x 30 minutes), which focuses on a live improvised show from two of the creators behind the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights.

Finally, weeknight talk show Take Part Live will return for a new season on May 12.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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