Unscripted

Complex Networks adds four unscripted series to summer lineup

Complex Networks’ Rated Red, a multi-platform digital channel aimed at Heartland millennials, has bolstered its unscripted lineup with four series scheduled to premiere across go90 this summer. The new slate of ...
July 21, 2017

Complex Networks’ Rated Red, a multi-platform digital channel aimed at Heartland millennials, has bolstered its unscripted lineup with four series scheduled to premiere across go90 this summer.

The new slate of programming for third quarter 2017 includes the Astronauts Wanted-produced For the Win (24 x 9 minutes), which follows social media and ultimate frisbee trick shot star Brodie Smith  (pictured) as he explores unique destinations across the U.S. to attempt unconventional sports, including Quidditch and Flaming Tetherball. The series, which premieres today (July 21), is exec produced by Nick Shore and Cassidy Lunnen for Astronauts Wanted; Brodie Smith; Justin Killion for Complex Networks. Showrunners are James Greco and Jeffrey Schmidt.

Debuting Aug. 3, meanwhile, is Hit + Run’s American Down Low. The 40 x 9-minute series will provide an exclusive all-access pass to the secret events and subcultures in America, from a competitive ice racing league on frozen lakes in Wisconsin to a crew of 20 outlaw skateboarders in Texas. Hit + Run’s Rob Shaftel serves as exec producer alongside co-exec producer Jack Cole and Daryl Doeschner. For Complex Networks, Justin Killion and Melanie Moreau are exec producers.

Elsewhere, Gnarkatz (24 x 7 & 9 minutes) from Graden Media will feature Eastbound & Down actor and skater Bo Mitchell and his skate crew, known as the Gnarkatz and B-Team, as they up the ante by attempting hazardous pranks and outrageous skating tricks or daring one another to do dangerous or disgusting deeds. Gnarkatz, which rolls out on the go90 platform on Aug. 8, is exec produced by Graden Media’s Brian Graden, Dave Mace and Ryan Crow, alongside Complex’s Killion and Moreau.

Also joining Complex’s summer slate of shortform digital content is Breaking Bass (16 x 11 minutes; Aug. 15), in which two young fishermen explore lake towns around the country on a quest for the biggest bass. The series is exec produced by Lauren Lexton and Joe Correll for Authentic Entertainment and Killion and Rod Grable for Complex Networks.

“The team at Complex Networks works hand-in-hand with our production partners to create strong, engaging content that represents our various brands all while respecting the creative process and allowing our talented partners the freedom to take chances,” said Killion, GM of premium content at Complex Networks, in a statement. “These series are a testament to that model’s success, and we look forward to working together on future seasons and projects with these individuals.”

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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