Logo TV is set to launch a documentary division on the heels of the U.S. net’s Daytime Emmy Award win for trans youth doc, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.
With the aim of encapsulating stories that capture the diversity of LGBT lifestyle and culture, Logo Documentary Films will debut alongside LGBT Pride Month with a new film each month. The slate of films will include Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, Versailles ’73, Gen Silent, Out & Around, and The IF Project.
Logo’s doc slate will premiere June 22 at 10 p.m. EST/PST with Blair Dorosh-Walther’s Out in the Night (pictured), which focuses on a group of African-American lesbian friends who were threatened verbally and physically by a man in Greenwich Village in 2006, and subsequently charged with gang assault, assault and attempted murder, and vilified in the media for what they maintained was self-defense. The ITVS copro will broadcast concurrently on PBS ‘POV’, launching the indie-doc strand’s 28th season.
Tajamika Paxton will be charged with heading up the net’s Logo Documentary Films division. Paxton, who has production credits for Chasing Papi, Green Dragon, and The Wood, previously ran Forest Whitaker’s production company, Spirit Dance Entertainment, before producing and writing independently.
“LGBT culture is rich with remarkable stories and storytellers and, with Logo Documentary Films, we’ve committed to bringing films that bring the vivid color of the experience to life,” said Pamela Post, Logo’s head of original programming, in a statement.
“This year Logo celebrates its 10 year anniversary and the advancements in LGBT rights during that time have been remarkable,” added Logo’s GM Chris McCarthy. “We are honored to partner with these filmmakers to share the stories that will shape the next era of the LGBT movement for equality.”