ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its first season on 12/19/14; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION: (from Pivot's press release, July 2014) On Friday, October 17, Pivot will debut two new half hour series during the 10 p.m. hour, Freestyle Love Supreme, a new comedic improv series inspired by the acclaimed stage show from Tony and Grammy award-winners, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail. And Welcome to Fairfax, a series that explores the vibrant and arts district of Los Angeles and the entrepreneurs who work and live on these blocks. Shot in cinema vérité style, Welcome to Fairfax is comprised of 10, half-hour episodes that focus on the journeys of the young entrepreneurs living and working in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, a neighborhood brimming with those on the cusp of breaking onto the national stage. Among the many locals featured are Gavin "Mizzle" McNeill, a self-taught creative director and the embodiment of the "do-it-yourself" ethic that is the code of the Fairfax scene. Mizzle is an entrepreneur and founder of the street wear line "Just Be Cool" who works to balance managing his store and growing his brand while also caring for his father, Fred McNeill, Sr., a former NFL Star who suffers from dementia and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy); Felicia La Tour, Mizzle's girlfriend, who grew up in the violence of poverty-plagued Stockton, CA, came to Fairfax to pursue her own dreams. As a successful makeup artist, she is now hoping to pay it forward by mentoring young women; Julian "Jay Uggh" Smith is a hip-hop emcee who is at the forefront of the music scene in Fairfax and the founder of CBG ("Chill Black Guys") with fellow members Young Hawaii Slim and Corzillah, a charismatic rap group with the potential to cross over from underground notoriety to worldwide success; Gabe Brooks has all the abilities to become a star as a street BMX rider, but must face the ghosts of his gang-affiliated past; and Tori Bradley, a newcomer to Fairfax, who came to the block to be a part of the street-wear explosion while leaving behind an abusive relationship and now is passionate about raising awareness about domestic violence. Welcome to Fairfax is produced by Matador with executive producers Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Ryan Sidhoo, Ben Selkow, and Jonathan Silberberg. Jeff Skoll and Christy Spitzer serve as executive producers for Pivot.