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Pivot orders “Terracycle,” “Fairfax,” ends “Jersey Strong”

U.S. net Pivot has ordered two shows focusing on American entrepreneurs and innovators, but has pulled the plug on its non-fiction shows Jersey Strong (pictured) and Raising McCain.
January 13, 2014

Participant Media-owned U.S. network Pivot has ordered two shows focusing on American entrepreneurs and innovators, but has pulled the plug on its non-fiction shows Jersey Strong (pictured) and Raising McCain.

TerraCycle, a 10-episode series from Left/Right, documents eccentric 32-year-old entrepreneur Tom Szaky and his start-up firm TerraCycle, which takes things that are land-fill bound and recycles, up-cycles and transforms them into new products.

The series is produced by Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Anneka Jones of Left/Right (Mob Wives, Small Town Security), and exec produced by Jeff Skoll and Belisa Balaban, the latter of whom is also the exec in charge of production for Pivot.

Meanwhile, Welcome to Fairfax is billed as being a behind-the scenes look at a vibrant, artistic community in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles, “as seen through the eyes of some of the young visionaries who inhabit it,” according to the network.

The 10 x 30 minutes show promises to look at “a crossroads of the skate-life and rap-life filled with the next wave of young trendsetters and innovators who are willing to defy the odds in order to achieve greatness.”

It is produced by Ryan Sidhoo and Ben Selkow, along with Todd Lubin and Jay Peterson of Matadorand is exec produced by Skoll and Balaban.

Elsewhere, the network will be ending its launch titles Jersey Strong and Raising McCain after just one season each. However, Meghan McCain – star of the latter docu-talk show – will be remaining with the channel, joining late-night news program TakePart Live as a co-host, presenting alongside Jacob Soboroff.

“We are dedicated to telling unique stories that spark conversation and inspire action and each of these shows is a reflection of our audience and the types of fulfilling jobs they seek,” said Balaban in a statement.

“Tom and the TerraCycle team are a colorful and hilarious group whose jobs mean more to them than a paycheck. As a result, their office culture is like few others you will find. Fairfax is focused on individuals that are striving to do what they love while also making a prosperous living for themselves and their community.”

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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