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MIPCOM ’14: Maker, Morgan Spurlock to coproduce four series

Maker Studios and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock are teaming up to develop shortform series to air on digital platform Smartish. (Pictured: Maker Studios' chief content officer Erin McPherson)
October 15, 2014

Maker Studios has greenlit four short form series that will stream on Smartish, a channel being developed in collaboration with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.

Smartish was first unveiled at the NewFronts in May, but no launch date has been set as of yet. However, in an announcement yesterday (Octover 14), Maker gave a further glimpse into the type of content that will stream on the new network. The shows are co-owned and coproduced by Spurlock’s prodco Warrior Poets, and will feature both digitally native and traditional talent.

Two new series have been greenlit for production, as well as two previously announced projects. The new shows are:

  • Spark (12 x 5-minute) — a show that pairs entrepreneurs with venture capitalists in order to launch game-changing inventions
  • Everything Must Go (12 x 5-minute) — a series that is billed as an irreverent, inquisitive and humorous look at marketing

One of the previously announced shows is Consider the Source (6 x 22-minute), which traces the origin of everyday items such as the iPhone or a morning cup of coffee. The interactive series, which asks audiences to suggest episode themes, highlights the economic and environmental impacts of production.

The other is How to Win at Life (12 x 5-minute), a philosophical and scientific exploration of free will versus conditioning, and how each shape people’s choices. How to Win at Life is based on Charles Duhigg’s New York Times bestseller The Power of Habit.

“Smartish shows will make you laugh and make you think, and I’m a real believer that if you can make someone laugh then you can make someone listen,” said Spurlock in a statement. “Through this partnership with Maker, we are going to create the premiere destination for thought-provoking and entertaining original content on the world wide inter webs.”

Erin McPherson (pictured above), chief content officer at Maker Studios, added: “Morgan has a unique ability to create poignant, digital-first content which is compelling across platforms, and have no doubt the Smartish series will also translate to linear distribution.”

  • From Stream Daily
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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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