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MIPCOM Picks 2014: Secret Life of Students

For this British series on the foibles of first-year undergrads at the University of Leicester, producer Raw TV developed a technology called Digital Rig (or D:Rig) that allows the cast to share text messages and social media activity with producers via customized smartphones.
October 1, 2014

Partners: Raw TV for Channel 4; distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment Length: 4 x 60 minutes
Premiered: July 2014 (Channel 4)
Rights available: Format rights: worldwide excluding UK and N.A.; finished: worldwide excl. UK
For this British series on the foibles of first-year undergrads at the University of Leicester, producer Raw TV developed a technology called Digital Rig (or D:Rig) that allows the cast to share text messages and social media activity with producers via customized smartphones. It’s essentially a data-driven docusoap that amplifies the on-screen action – in this case, drinking games, pub crawls and grappling with morning-after consequences – with bright graphics and text bubbles rendering the students’ online lives in visual form. Coming soon to C4, a follow-up: The Secret Life of Teens.

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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