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A&E to investigate opioid crisis in “Addiction Unplugged”

U.S. cable network A&E has set a mid-August premiere date for the Stuart Goffman-created daytime reality series Addiction Unplugged. Produced by Addiction Buzz with Subculture Films, the 10 x 30-minute follow-docuseries ...
July 17, 2019

U.S. cable network A&E has set a mid-August premiere date for the Stuart Goffman-created daytime reality series Addiction Unplugged.

Produced by Addiction Buzz with Subculture Films, the 10 x 30-minute follow-docuseries will examine the opioid epidemic by journeying to various cities across the U.S. to provide an intimate look at the world of addiction and recovery.

Each episode will feature a specific theme that offers first-hand accounts from the perspectives of the addicts in recovery, their loved ones, and the stories of the people, communities, corporations and organizations fighting for their well-being. Episodic themes include “Ohio – Ground Zero of the Epidemic”, “Military and Veterans”, and “Sports and Addiction”, among others.

Addiction Unplugged is executive produced by Stuart Goffman, Allen J West, and Brandon Dumlao. Jordan Harman serves as exec producer on behalf of A+E Networks.

Robert Blagman of Global Media Fusion will handle distribution, international syndication, and advertising sales for “Addiction Unplugged.” Blagman negotiated the deal on behalf of the creators and producers.

Addiction Unplugged debuts at 1 p.m. ET/PT on Aug. 17 across A&E with an additional airing of each episode on sister network FYI.

“Seventy-five thousand sons and daughters die each year from their addiction,” said Goffman in a statement. “Those who survive, and their families, are subjected to stigma and shame. By humanizing addiction and showing inspirational stories of recovery and hope, Addiction Unplugged aims to shift this dynamic.”

“I am honored to direct the series that taught me so much about the human spirit,” added Allen J West, who most recently formed television prodco Essential Content. “Every episode has been both gut-wrenching and inspirational and has taught me that we as a society need to meet this epidemic head on with compassion, an open dialogue, and a commitment to make a difference in our individual communities.”

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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