SUNDANCE CHANNEL ANNOUNCES HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York � April 6, 2009 - Sundance Channel announced some of the highlights of its programming slate for the rest of 2009 featuring a second season of the highly successful "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...", a third season of "Live From Abbey Road", a major new docu-series about Newark "Brick City", and "Man Shops Globe", which follows a buyer for Anthropologie as he travels the world looking for beautiful and unique items for the store. Presented by Robert Redford, THE GREEN is Sundance Channel's third season offering entertaining sources of information and inspiration about the planet we call home. Launching in April with "Eco Trip: The Real Cost of Living" there will be THE GREEN programming every week in 2009.
ECO TRIP: THE REAL COST OF LIVING (8x30)
Hosted by environmentalist and founder of Adventure Ecology, David de Rothschild, "Eco Trip: The Real Cost of Living" traces the eco-life of an everyday item from production to disposal, revealing the environmental, social and health effects along the way. Episodes are: Chocolate, Cotton T-shirt, Gold Ring, Paper Napkin, Light Bulb, Bottled Water, Cell Phone and Salmon. Produced by NBC's Peacock Productions.
CARBON COPS (6x30)
Our Carbon Cops, Lish Fejer and Sean Fitzgerald, scientists who are passionate about the environment, show us how we can all make the necessary changes to reduce domestic carbon emissions, and the good news is that it's not that hard to achieve. In this reality-style show we follow six families who are led through a fascinating step-by-step process of auditing their current use of energy and learning that a few simple changes to their lifestyle can make a huge difference. Produced by December Films, Fremantle Media and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
GREEN PORNO � SEASON 2 (six episodes on sundancechannel.com)
Isabella Rossellini's critically acclaimed short film series about the sex life of various creatures goes from land to sea with the creation of six new episodes exploring the reproductive habits of marine animals. Produced by Isabella Rossellini, Jody Shapiro and Rick Gilbert.
LADETTE TO LADY � SEASON 3 (5 x 60)
A group of British "ladettes" - aggressive, working-class party girls - check into Eggleston Hall, a former finishing school, in a competition to turn them into ladies, skilled in genteel conversation, elegant cooking and the womanly arts. In Season 3 the ladettes' final challenge is to be presented as debutantes to their parents, to make a speech and to dance the waltz. Produced by Grant Mansfield and Rod Williams of RDF Media.
THE LAZY ENVIRONMENTALIST (7x30)
In each episode host Josh Dorfman seeks out environmental skeptics who are experts in fields as diverse as fashion, food, architecture, business and design in order to persuade them that a green lifestyle can meet the demands of their professional and private lives. Operating on the theory that consumers should not settle for an expensive product or innovation of inferior design simply because it is environmentally-friendly, it is Josh's mission to bring these experts ecologically-sound options that stand up to their very high standards and show them that living a green lifestyle can not only be done with little sacrifice, it can make their lives easier. Produced by Free Range Media.
IS YOUR HOUSE KILLING YOU? (8x30)
In this groundbreaking scientific makeover show, families are invited to take up the challenge of "detoxing" their homes. Their houses may look clean to the naked eye, but lurking in corners, carpets, mattresses and wall cavities are hidden biological and chemical dangers. Hosts Dr. Peter Dingle and Cedric Cheong lead the team of scientific experts as they work through a diverse range of homes in a CSI-style investigation. However great the challenge, the team comes up with a makeover plan to rid homes of toxic time bombs, and gives great DIY tips along the way. An Essential Viewing Production.
BRICK CITY (6x30)
Known as 'Brick City' for its architectural style, urban strength, and human resilience, Newark, New Jersey, is transforming itself from being a symbol of national urban decline into being 'America's leading urban city in safety, prosperity, and the nurturing of family life,' as defined in the mission statement of Mayor Cory A. Booker and his administration. Newark has consistently been a battlefield of high stakes drama and "Brick City," takes an in-depth look at the intense challenges facing the city. It follows the lives of Mayor Booker, citizens on the front lines, and key figures re-making the city � from real estate developers to ex-gang members � to create a portrait of a city at a critical moment in history. "Brick City" is executive-produced and directed by acclaimed filmmakers Marc Levin (Slam, Gang War- Banging in Little Rock and "Street Time"); and Mark Benjamin (The Last Party, Jails Hospitals and Hip-Hop). Oscar�-winning actor and producer Forest Whitaker is an executive producer.
BIG IDEAS FOR A SMALL PLANET - SEASON 3 (13X30)
This documentary series presents the forward-thinking designers, products and processes that are at the leading edge of a new green world. Each episode revolves around a different green theme as it spotlights a specific innovation or innovator that has the potential to transform our everyday lives. Episodes in Season 3: Habitat, Edibles, Art, Architecture, Energy, Babies, Creatures, Music, Leisure, Companies, Communities, Games, and Design. Produced by Scout Productions which produced Seasons 1 and 2.
THE DAY BEFORE (4x60)
Fashion shows provide lots of glitz and glamour, but what happens behind-the-scenes, before the models take to the runway? In "The Day Before", international legends of style will open their doors with unprecedented inside access to the 36 hours prior to a designer's show. The series covers the global fashion calendar - from Sonia Rykiel celebrating her 40th Anniversary in Paris in October to Proenza Schouler's show in New York in February, Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld in Milan in March, and a surprise designer at the Haute Couture shows in Paris in July � following each designer at this key moment when creativity and business come together. Each house has its own unique energy, mood, character and rhythm, and its fair share of moments of panic, last minute inspirations and ego-unleashing. "The Day Before" is directed by Loic Prigent (director of "Signe Chanel", "Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton") and produced by Deralf and Story Box Press.
MAN SHOPS GLOBE (8x30)
Keith Johnson has the job we all want. As buyer at large for inspirational lifestyle store Anthropologie, Keith travels the globe six months out of the year in a never-ending search for the world's most beautiful, unique and desired treasures. From the flea markets of Paris to the tribal villages of South Africa, this series in an adventure in shopping on a global scale as Keith rediscovers the world one amazing object at a time. Produced by World of Wonder.
LIVE FROM ABBEY ROAD (12x60)
In 2009 Sundance Channel will premiere the third season of the original music series "Live From Abbey Road". Filmed at London's legendary Abbey Road Studios, the critically acclaimed series features performances and interviews with an eclectic variety of new and established A-list musicians. Each one-hour episode offers three acts and a unique insight into the process of making music as the artists rehearse, discuss their work and build toward the final exclusive performance. Confirmed artists for the show's third series include Lyle Lovett, Seal, Fleet Foxes, Keane, The Killers and The Fray. The launch of season three coincides with the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' famous album, Abbey Road. In tribute, "Live From Abbey Road" will pay homage by featuring exclusive recordings of tracks from that album by modern artists. Produced by Michael Gleason. FremantleMedia Enterprises distributes the show internationally.
e� design (6x30)
Narrated by Brad Pitt, "e� design" explores the pioneers and innovators in the field of sustainable architecture, and how their work is producing solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges. The series features compelling stories from around the globe. Each episode examines the built environment's effects � both ecological and social � and the design innovations that can reduce buildings' contributions to climate change. Season 1 will air in 2009 and Seasons 2 and 3 will air in 2010. Produced by kontentreal.
SHAMELESS � SEASON 5 (8 x60)
Sundance Channel welcomes back Manchester's anarchic Gallagher clan for a new season of scams, surprises and flagrant impropriety. The BAFTA Award-winning British comedy series is based on the childhood of creator Paul Abbott ("Cracker") and Season 5 continues to follow the Gallagher family, where patriarch Frank (David Threlfall, Hot Fuzz) has become a drunk and negligent father after the mother of his six children abandoned the brood.
SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH... - SEASON 2 (13x60)
"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." was a huge hit when it premiered on Sundance Channel in December 2008. Each hour of the exciting new second season will feature intimate interviews with legendary performers and promising new artists, group discussions and impromptu "illustrative" demonstrations of the creative process. The featured guests of the series' debut season were Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, Smokey Robinson, The Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers), James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall, John Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward), Norah Jones, Jenny Lewis, Ren�e Fleming and President Bill Clinton. Elvis Costello is an internationally acclaimed figure with a captivating presence and vast knowledge of music and songwriting. "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." is a co-production of Rocket Pictures, SpyBox Pictures, Prospero Pictures and reinvention entertainment.
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