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A&E Network orders new high school docuseries

A&E Network has ordered a new docuseries that will take a first-hand look at the inner workings of an American public high school. Seven young adults, chosen from a variety of backgrounds ...
May 16, 2017

A&E Network has ordered a new docuseries that will take a first-hand look at the inner workings of an American public high school.

Seven young adults, chosen from a variety of backgrounds and locations, embed themselves within the student community during a semester at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas.

The participants immerse themselves to help the community and the country learn more about life as a public high school student. The series was filmed during the course of the spring 2017 semester.

“Highland Park High School is emblematic of schools across America today,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant (pictured), EVP and head of programming, A&E Network, in a statement.  “Through immersive content and unprecedented access, viewers return to high school for a unique look into life as an American teen today, a topic at the forefront of today’s cultural conversation. We are so grateful to the school officials, students and the parents for such personal access.”

After thorough background checks and district screenings, the seven participants became fully immersed, focusing their time in Topeka away from their family and friends. Tasked with adapting to new social norms, they quickly learn what it’s like to be a teenager today. A title for the series and premiere date have yet to be announced.

The untitled series is produced for A&E Network by Learning Tree Productions, a subsidiary of Lucky 8 TV. Executive producers for Learning Tree are Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard, Jeff Grogan, Kelly McClurkin and Charlie Marquardt. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Brad Holcman. Molly Ebinger serves as co-executive producer.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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