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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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