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Barbara Kopple helming feature doc for YouTube Red

The project, set to bow later this year via YouTube's subscription service, will document the story of transgender YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous. (Pictured: Kopple)
February 10, 2016

With the first fruits of YouTube Red’s original slate rolling out today (February 10), the video platform has announced new projects set to bow later this year via its nascent subscription service, including a feature doc from acclaimed filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

The Oscar-winning, Harlan County USA┬ádirector will helm an as-yet-untitled project focused on transgender YouTube star/creator Gigi Gorgeous. According to a YouTube blog posting, the project will “explore the intimate journey of a transgender woman from her childhood to life as a successful media personality” while asking the question, “What does it mean to be transgender in the uncensored new media world?”

Partners in the feature doc include SELECTNEXT and Sander/Moses Productions.

The other upcoming project announced in the posting, Foursome, is a scripted series from Awesomeness TV, about an “undateable sophomore” and her three best friends in high school.

The announcements come as YouTube debuts its first original offerings in its Red subscription service announced in October, with projects including A Trip to Unicorn Island, a feature doc from Astronauts Wanted centered on YouTube personality Lilly Singh; and Scare PewDiePie, a reality-adventure series from Skybound Entertainment and Maker Studios in which YouTube personality PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) is placed in terrifying situations inspired by his favorite video games.

Other projects on the way for YouTube Red in the coming months include Prank Academy, featuring YouTube pranksters Jesse and Jeana; social experiment reality show Fight of the Living Dead from Alpine Labs; a 360 VR experiential series from “YouTube educator” MatPat; and Bad Internet, an anthology series from the team behind CollegeHumor.

YouTube’s originals push is being spearheaded by global head of content and former MTV programming president Susanne Daniels, who joined YouTube last July.

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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