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MIPCOM Picks ’15: Becoming Us

The series follows a family – the Lehwalds of Evanston, Illinois – and through the perspective of 17-year-old Ben, illustrates the impact of his father's transition from Charlie to Carly.
September 1, 2015


Partners: Produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions for ABC Family; distributed by Cineflix Rights
Length: 10 x 60 minutes
Premiered: June 2015 (U.S.)
Rights available: Worldwide except U.S.

In the U.S., from scripted hits such as Amazon Prime’s Transparent to the media frenzy following Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation, transgender stories are striking a chord. Unscripted TV has arguably led the way in telling these stories, with TLC’s I Am Jazz (originally All That Jazz) and E!’s I Am Cait as just two examples of the trans-centric ob-docs emerging. Besides the lack of the words “I Am” in the title, there’s something else that sets this series from ABC Family apart. Fittingly for the network upon which it airs, it follows a family – the Lehwalds of Evanston, Illinois – and through the perspective of 17-year-old Ben, illustrates the impact of his father’s transition from Charlie to Carly.

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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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