C4 orders “Taking New York,” “Music Nation”

Britain's Channel 4 has commissioned a trio of youth-skewing programs, including the Twofour-produced constructed reality series Taking New York and a doc series about British music subcultures produced with Dazed Vision.
March 6, 2014

Britain’s Channel 4 has commissioned a trio of programs aimed at younger audiences: a constructed reality series from producer TwoFour, a doc about British entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, and a music documentary series.

Due to air on youth channel E4, Taking New York (8 x 60 minutes) follows a group of twenty-something Brits attempting to make it in the Big Apple. The cast will feature a mix of characters who have just arrived in town and others who have already established a name for themselves in the city. Executive producers are David Clews, Andrew Mackenzie and Sharyn Mills.

Techs in the City (1 x 60 minutes, working title) will air on Channel 4 and is about young British entrepreneurs working Silicon Valley. The program is the one of the first to be commissioned by the network’s education team since it was restructured. It will be produced by The Connected Set and executive produced by Jason Mitchell.

Lastly, Music Nation (five x 30 minutes, working title) is a doc series that will chronicle the rise and fall of UK-birthed musical subcultures, including trip-hop and grime. Produced with Dazed Vision (the in-house video arm of Dazed & Confused magazine), each episode will comprise interviews and archival material assembled by directors who lived through the era covered. Ravi Amaratunga serves as executive producer.

“These three new commissions reflect the our goal to bring broad range of programming covering issues and topics that resonate with younger viewers to the peak time schedule across Channel 4, E4 and online,” said the network’s head of formats Dom Bird in a statement.

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