Summit ’13: Discovery Int’l preps “Body Bizarre”

The six-part series, first pitched at the Realscreen Summit last year, will be made by Zig Zag and Barcroft Productions.
January 28, 2013

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has commissioned Body Bizarre, a six-part series that travels the globe in search of individuals living with mysterious medical anomalies “that have puzzled the best doctors and experts in the world.”

The show was produced in partnership with Zig Zag Productions and Barcroft Productions, and commissioned by DNI’s creative director/head of production and development Julian Bellamy.

Body Bizarre is a unique show,” said Zig Zag CEO Danny Fenton. “Created in a magazine style format it features several sensitively handled medical anomaly stories per hour from all around the world.

“It’s the product of a very positive collaboration with Barcroft Productions and we’re delighted to be announcing the show’s acquisition 12 months on from launching the show at last year’s Realscreen.”

The show will air beginning in the second quarter on Discovery Channel across Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa; and on TLC and other female-targeting networks in Western Europe.

Body Bizarre provides a heartfelt and relatable glimpse into life outside the norm, tapping into our audience’s intrinsic curiosity about people living with unbelievable medical conditions,” said Jon Sechrist, DNI’s VP of lifestyle production and development.

Sam Barcroft, Barcroft Productions’ creative director, added: “Body Bizarre tells incredible human stories from across the planet in a fresh and thoughtful way. It’s an accessible and fast-paced format, tailored towards its globally diverse audience.”

The show is exec produced by Sechrist, Fenton and Barcroft.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.