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Transgender teen activist to star in TLC reality show

Produced by This Is Just A Test, All That Jazz follows 14-year-old activist YouTube star Jazz Jennings (pictured. right, with her family) as she prepares to start high school.
March 12, 2015

TLC has greenlit a reality series starring transgender activist and YouTube star Jazz Jennings (pictured, right).

Produced by This Is Just A Test, the 11-episode All That Jazz will premiere on the U.S. cable network this summer. Aengus James and Colin Miller are exec producing.

The show will follow the 14-year-old as she prepares to start high school, navigates dating and sleepovers and avoids male puberty. Her parents Greg and Jeanette, sister Ari, twin brothers Griffin and Sander and her grandparents Jack and Jacky will also appear in the series.

Jennings transitioned at age five and a year later began appearing on news and talk shows such as 20/20 and The Rosie Show with her family. She co-wrote the 2014 children’s book, I Am Jazz, with writer Jessica Herthel and was included on Time magazine’s list of the 25 most influential teens that same year.

“Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique, and we’re proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC’s audience. Jazz may be known as an author and activist, but she’s first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life,” said TLC general manager Nancy Daniels in a statement.

All That Jazz is the latest transgender-focused series headed to U.S. television in the wake of Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe winner Transparent and Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, which costars trans actress and activist Laverne Cox.

On April 11, TLC’s sister net Discovery Life Channel will begin airing the five-episode series New Girls on the Block, about a group of trans women living in Kansas City, Missouri. Also, ABC Family has ordered My Transparent Life from Ryan Seacrest Productions. The series follows a teenager named Ben who learns that his parents are divorcing and that his dad is becoming a woman.

Last year, Cox hosted and exec produced the one-hour MTV special Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.

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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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