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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.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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