NewFronts ’13: Paltrow, Parker on tap for AOL originals

Gwyneth Paltrow is teaming up with Ryan Seacrest Productions for Second Chances, while Sarah Jessica Parker is bringing docuseries City.Ballet. (pictured) to AOL's On platform.
May 1, 2013

More top talent is entering the online original series sweepstakes, as seen in AOL’s content slate, announced at its NewFront presentation in New York City yesterday (April 30).

New original web series slated for AOL’s premier video platform, the AOL On Network, will feature such A-listers as Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow, and content produced by such heavy-hitters as Ryan Seacrest Productions, BermanBraun and Zero Point Zero Productions.

For those in the unscripted business, it’s also worth noting that the slate is entirely non-fiction.

Upcoming series include Second Chances, produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and featuring Paltrow and Tracey Anderson, who will spend time with “women who’ve overcome hardship, injury, and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity,” through the use of good diet and exercise regimens.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s prodco, Pretty Matches Productions, will team up with Zero Point Zero for City.Ballet., a docuseries going behind the scenes at the New York City Ballet.

Nicole Richie will star in #CandidlyNicole, a series inspired by the multi-hyphenate’s musings on her Twitter feed and featuring her uncensored takes on style, parenting and relationships. Telepictures Productions and World of Wonder will produce.

Food content will come in the form of Anthony Eats America, starring actor/comedian Anthony Anderson and produced by Principato-Young Entertainment, and Now Eat This! Italy with Rocco DiSpirito.

Style is represented with Inspiration with Jonathan Adler, produced by AOL Studios; The Sartorialist, starring photographer Scott Schuman; and Fuego Your Life, featuring Sandra Vergara and produced by Telepictures Productions.

Seventeen-year-old NASCAR driver Dylan Kwasniewski is the subject of docuseries Flat Out, produced by Vuguru and NASCAR Productions, while My Ink, produced by Mandalay Sports Media, gets sports stars to open up with the stories behind their tattoos. BermanBraun, meanwhile, presents the first-time father exploits of actor Hank Azaria in Fatherhood.

Funded looks at crowdfunding business success stories, and is produced by AOL Studios with Cultivated Wit, while Acting Disruptive, produced by Tribeca Enterprises, follows Hollywood types launching tech and new media start-ups. More tech programming comes in the form of Hardwired, featuring Justine Ezarik (aka iJustine) and The Future Starts Here, featuring Webby Awards founder and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain.

“We’ve focused on creating a common thread through all of our series on this slate, namely authentic voices, sharing remarkable stories,” said Gabriel Lewis, head of AOL Studios, in a statement. “Whether the voices are lighthearted, insightful, or inspirational, all of them are genuine and unique.”

“Consumers are watching web video everywhere and all the time – on their plasma screens in their living rooms, on their mobile phones, and on their tablets,” said Karen Cahn, general manager for AOL On Original Video. “With our premium quality original programming, AOL is bridging the gap between what people see on broadcast TV and what they see online.”

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.