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Pivot readies “Secret Lives,” Knappenberger project

A docuseries exposing the struggles of regular Americans and a news magazine program from The Internet's Own Boy filmmaker Brian Knappenberger (pictured) are among the titles in U.S. net Pivot's upcoming slate.
January 12, 2015

A docuseries exposing the secrets of regular Americans and a news magazine program from The Internet’s Own Boy filmmaker Brian Knappenberger (pictured) are among the titles in U.S. net Pivot’s upcoming slate.

The network revealed a number of greenlit series and projects in development on Friday (January 9) at the Television Critics Association’s (TCA) winter press tour in Pasadena, California.

Among the titles is the docuseries Secret Lives of Americans, which has been greenlit by Pivot and is to premiere this summer. The series – produced by MME/Filmpool USA and All3Media America – follows individuals as they divulge their biggest secrets to people in their lives, and will be primarily filmed by the subjects themselves.

Cases featured include a single mother struggling to feed her children every day, and a young professional who has a steady job but is still homeless and crippled by student loan debt.

“In an era of social media that captures only what individuals want people to see, everyday Americans will turn off their filters and unmask the secrets and issues that hold them back,” said Belisa Balaban, exec VP of original programming for Pivot, in a statement.

“Through Secret Lives of Americans, we are able to highlight a wide range of societal issues that Americans face and how they are coping with them,” the exec added.

Meanwhile, the net has renewed its eco-adventure series Angry Planet for a fourth series. Hosted by explorer George Kourounis, the series features the host travelling to remote places around the world to examine the impact of a changing environment. The new season of the Cineflix Media-produced show – which is already in production – will premiere in April.

Elsewhere, projects in development include an as-yet-untitled project from Knappenberger that is billed as “a fresh spin on the traditional news magazine format.” The half-hour, Luminant Media-produced show is to spotlight stories of human rights defenders and those who call out institutional failures.

Also in development is an as-yet-untitled investigative series from former NFL player Chris Kluwe that will focus on the intersection between society and sports. The half-hour series is made by T Group Productions.

According to the network, “Kluwe will use his David versus Goliath attitude, along with a team of seasoned and opinionated journalists, to expose the social and political topics that people are talking about today, and will be talking about in the future.”

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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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