Sundance Channel Announces 2009/2010 Programming Slate including new season of Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...

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April 13th, 2009

via Sundance Channel press release (please note there are multiple releases below announcing greenlit series, Sundance's development slate and some highlights for 2009):

SUNDANCE CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS THREE NEW SERIES

INCLUDING SEASON TWO OF “SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH…”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  New York - April 6, 2009 – Sundance Channel SVP Original Programming & Development  Lynne Kirby announced today that the network has given the green light to a second season of the highly successful “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with….”  It has also given the green light to two new series – one on figure skater Johnny Weir, and “The Day Before”, an all-access look behind the scenes leading up to a fashion show.

“All of these shows focus on truly captivating individuals and artists – people who not only entertain us, but who excite and inspire us,” said Kirby.  “And we are delighted to continue to provide unique perspectives on their lives and work.”

Headed up by Lynne Kirby, Sundance Channel’s original programming team is Vice President, Original Programming and Production Mala Chapple, Vice President Original Programming and Development Nicole De Fusco, Executive Producer Original Programming Ann Rose, Manager, Original Programming and Development Ari Mark and Production Manager Jordan Kreisler.

The upcoming series, premiere dates TBD, include:

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.

BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR (8x30)

This series features controversial three-time US Figure Skating Champion and 2006 Olympian, Johnny Weir. Considered a late bloomer, beginning his skating career at twelve years old, Weir has not only quickly become a popular sports icon, but also been recognized as a bold and irreverent personality.  "Be Good Johnny Weir" will follow Johnny, his coach, friends, choreographers , costumer, and skating manager mom Patti Weir through the ups and downs of his career as he attempts to make it to his last Olympics in February 2010.  The series is produced by David Barba, James Pellerito and Original Media (Miami Ink, LA Ink, The Philanthropist).  Original Media CEO Charlie Corwin serves as an Executive Producer. Endemol, parent company of Original Media, will manage international distribution.

SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… (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, Renée 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.

SUNDANCE CHANNEL

Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different.  Bold and uncompromising, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all unedited and commercial free.  Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.  Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression Sundance Channel's website address is www.sundancechannel.com.

RAINBOW MEDIA HOLDINGS LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC).  Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel and VOOM HD Networks.  Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center, a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village.  Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.

SUNDANCE CHANNEL ANNOUNCES 2010 DEVELOPMENT SLATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York - April 6, 2009 – Sundance Channel SVP Original Programming & Development Lynne Kirby announced today six new non-fiction series in development. The latest slate focuses on emerging and established artists and entertainers, design, exotic travel destinations, comedy and the environment.   Producing partners include award-winners Mark Burnett, Nanette Burstein, Bill Carter and Jordan Roberts.  Other projects previously announced but still in development include “Good Design” with Karim Rashid and “Extreme to Mainstream.”

”Sundance Channel continues to develop strong non-fiction programming with a point of view, great story-telling and compelling characters,” commented Kirby.   “Whether the subject is humor, social issues, art, fashion or culture, Sundance Channel is seeking captivating and provocative narratives that enrich and entertain our viewers.”

Headed up by Lynne Kirby, Sundance Channel’s original programming team is Vice President, Original Programming and Production Mala Chapple, Vice President Original Programming and Development Nicole De Fusco, Executive Producer Original Programming Ann Rose, Manager, Original Programming and Development Ari Mark and Production Manager Jordan Kreisler.

SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT:

ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL –  Season 2

The second six-part documentary series “Architecture School” will follow the students of a prestigious architecture school as they work on a major project.  “Architecture School” opens a window onto the art and science of architecture while telling a unique and uplifting human interest story.  The premiere series aired in August 2008 and followed a group of students at Tulane University’s School of Architecture as they submitted competing designs for an affordable home in Katrina-battered New Orleans.  Producers are Michael Selditch and Stan Bertheaud.

DON’T BOMB KUALA LUMPUR

Produced by Emmy® Award winner Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice), each episode of this anthropological comedy series features a pair of up-and-coming stand-up comedians who descend upon a brand-new city, guided by a celebrity comedy mentor.  The novice comedians will have to quickly become familiar with their cultural surroundings so that they can perform stand-up for the local audience, who will ultimately decide which of the two acts provided the biggest laughs.

RED SUMMER

Based on the book of the same name by award-winning filmmaker and acclaimed writer, Bill Carter, this six-part series takes a compelling behind-the scenes look at an isolated Eskimo village in Alaska, and its population explosion during the commercial salmon season.  Cameras will follow six fishermen who endure rough waters, grizzly bears, vicious mosquitoes, and the antics of their fellow fishermen as a backdrop to the high-stakes drama of the rapidly depleting salmon population and the community’s response to this major environmental issue.  Series is produced and directed by Bill Carter, and executive produced by Academy Award® nominee Nanette Burstein and Jordan Roberts.

TOP CITY ARTIST WITH JUSTIN BUA (working title, aka PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST WITH JUSTIN BUA)

This series follows the dynamic life of urban artist Justin BUA, showcasing the struggle of BUA to achieve gallery and museum notoriety. Despite selling more posters than any living artist, having his work featured in video games, music videos, on skateboards and shoes, cultivating an amazing fan base, including a who's who list of private collectors, such as Eva Longoria, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jay-Z, and President Clinton, and being a professor of art at USC, BUA remains shunned by the high-end gallery and museum world.  But why? Is it his urban themes, is it elitism, or is it that he is simply not good enough at this stage of his career?  As the "people's artist" strives for the upper echelons of the art world and respect and recognition that is long overdue, BUA will provide candid access to his family, friends, the hustle, and the colorful cast of characters and urban culture that is celebrated in his artistic expressions, with the goal of breaking down the art establishment walls and changing the perceptions of the art world elite. Series produced by Michael Yudin, MY Entertainment.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, ALSO IN DEVELOPMENT:

GOOD DESIGN

Most people know good design when they see it – a sub-Zero refrigerator, or bar stools that are just the right height – and the same goes for bad design – PDA buttons which are too small, car doors with hidden lock buttons.  In this sophisticated and highly creative series celebrated designer Karim Rashid will expose the vast array of design decisions that go into how we live our lives – from everyday objects to public spaces, from furniture to vehicles – and how these designs can make life better or worse.  Along the way we learn all about what makes for great design and get a peek at some of the best and worst design decisions in history.  Produced by True Entertainment.

EXTREME TO MAINSTREAM

What is the motivation and inspiration that compels artists – filmmakers, musicians, designers, architects and comedians – to challenge convention in the name of art?  Shot in an intimate style, each episode will introduce a former extreme artist who has gone mainstream.  Controversial, outspoken and daring, they had no idea they would become an icon from a generation.  In addition to exploring their own work they will reveal a young artist they’re discovered who has a talent and sense of “extreme” to which they can relate.  This “mainstream” mentor and “extreme” artist will collaborate on a project.  Produced by Beth B. Productions and City Lights.

SUNDANCE CHANNEL

Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different.  Bold and uncompromising, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all unedited and commercial free.  Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.  Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression Sundance Channel's website address is www.sundancechannel.com.

RAINBOW MEDIA HOLDINGS LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC).  Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel and VOOM HD Networks.  Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center, a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village.  Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.


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.

APRIL

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.

MAY

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.

JUNE

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.

AUGUST

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.

SEPTEMBER

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.

OCTOBER

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.

NOVEMBER

e² design (6x30)

Narrated by Brad Pitt, “e² 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.

DECEMBER

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, Renée 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.

SUNDANCE CHANNEL

Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different.  Bold and uncompromising, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all unedited and commercial free.  Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.  Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression Sundance Channel's website address is www.sundancechannel.com.

RAINBOW MEDIA HOLDINGS LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC).  Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel and VOOM HD Networks.  Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center, a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village.  Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.

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SUNDANCE CHANNEL ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF TWO SERIES FROM DOWN UNDER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  New York - April 6, 2009  - Christian Vesper, SVP, Acquisitions, IFCtv and Sundance Channel, announced today the acquisition of two Australian series, “Chandon Pictures” and “Is Your House Killing You?” both of which will make their US television premieres on Sundance Channel.  “Is Your House Killing You?”, the illuminating make-over show about toxins in the home, will air this year as part of THE GREEN, Sundance Channel’s programming destination devoted entirely to the environment.  Joining the network’s Sunday night comedy line-up “Knock Knock” in 2010 is “Chandon Pictures,” the critically-acclaimed series about the antics of a deluded documentary filmmaker.  These series join five other series acquired for 2009 – “Carbon COPS”, “Ladette to Lady” (Season 3), “Shameless” (Season 5), “e² design”, and “Live From Abbey Road” (Season 3).

“The acquisition of these two series is a continuation of Sundance Channel’s strategy to bring the best and most creative programming from around the world to our line-up of series – whether it’s a serious investigation of household toxins or a laugh-out-loud take on the world of filmmaking.  The series we acquire complement our slate perfectly, especially our original series,” said Vesper.

Sundance Channel’s acquisitions department is headed up George Lentz, SVP, Scheduling, Operations and Acquisitions, IFCtv and Sundance Channel, and Christian Vesper, SVP, Acquisitions, IFCtv and Sundance Channel.  Vesper’s team is Ian Bricke, Sr. Director, Acquisitions, IFCtv and Sundance Channel and Gail Gendler, Sr. Director Acquisitions, IFCtv and Sundance Channel.  The deals were negotiated by Vesper and Bricke with Rand Stoll of Lionsgate on behalf of “Chandon Pictures” and Anthony Appell at RDF Rights on behalf of “Is Your House Killing You?”

ACQUIRED SERIES

CHANDON PICTURES (16x30) (US TELEVISION PREMIERE, airing as part of “Knock Knock” in 2010)

Seasons 1 and 2 of this critically acclaimed mockumentary-style comedy series follow the adventures of Tom Chandon and his video production company – Chandon Pictures.  Tom’s portfolio doesn’t extend much beyond weddings and kids’ birthday parties – but he’s a dreamer.  With the help of his loyal cameraman, a pragmatic producer and a good dose of self-delusion, Tom manages to twist each client’s brief to cater to his own documentary-making dreams.   “Chandon Pictures” is written by, created and stars Rob Charlton.

IS YOUR HOUSE KILLING YOU? (8x30) (US TELEVISION PREMIERE June 2, 2009, airing as part of THE GREEN)

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.

2009 ACQUIRED SERIES, PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

CARBON COPS (6x30) – April 21, 2009

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.

LADETTE TO LADY – Season 3  (5x60) - May 2009

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.

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.

e² design (6x30) – November 2009

Narrated by Brad Pitt, “e² 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 PBS.

Shameless – Season 5 (8 x60) – November 2009

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.

SUNDANCE CHANNEL

Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different.  Bold and uncompromising, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all unedited and commercial free.  Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.  Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression Sundance Channel's website address is www.sundancechannel.com.

RAINBOW MEDIA HOLDINGS LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC).  Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel and VOOM HD Networks.  Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center, a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village.  Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.

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SUNDANCE CHANNEL CIRCLES THE GLOBE

WITH A NEW SLATE OF ORIGINAL FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES FOR 2009 and 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  New York - April 6, 2009  - Sundance Channel SVP, Original Programming and Development Lynne Kirby today announced a slate of original documentary features to air on the network in the second half of 2009 and 2010.   Sundance Channel is committed to presenting high-quality, informative and entertaining nonfiction films exploring a wide range of issues, and this slate represents a special focus on international issues.

“Together this slate of extraordinary documentaries reflects the spirit of Sundance Channel and its commitment to approaching political, cultural and environmental issues with a smart and sophisticated eye, and to celebrating the work of supremely talented filmmakers. I’m also excited to be working with a number of international producing partners like Arte, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC and CBC to continue to bring a global perspective to our audiences,” comments Kirby.

ORIGINAL FEATURE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY SLATE FOR 2009 and 2010:

BURNING ICE (2010)

Using Albert Einstein’s idea that “You cannot solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created the problem”, The Cape Farewell Project brings together 40 scientists, artists, musicians, photographers and writers (including Moby, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, KT Tunstall and others) to journey to the Arctic Circle and experience first hand the issues surrounding global warming.  They learn from each other, influence each other and stimulate ideas and the production of art founded in scientific research.   Burning Ice documents their adventurous voyage and the art created during and after their journey.   Directed by Emmy® Award winner Peter Gilbert and produced by Cactus Three.

CITIES ON SPEED  (2010)

This four part mini-series explores the uncontrolled growth in megacities such as Mumbai, Bogota, Shanghai and Cairo and the difficulty of planning for the future in these cities which are likely to double their populations over the next 30 years.  There is an acute need for new models of sustainable city planning to prevent cities from collapsing under huge social, economic and environmental pressures.  Cities on Speed is produced by award-winning directors and producers in collaboration with the Danish Film Institute and Danish Broadcasting Corporation/DR2.

EVENTUAL SALVATION (2009)

This personal story of hope and redemption takes us from Jim Crow America to Liberia and back. Having barely escaped with her life over a decade ago, the filmmaker’s American born 80-year old grandmother returns to Monrovia, Liberia to rebuild her home and community after the devastating Liberian civil war. Eventual Salvation is the story of Amma's journey home to help rebuild the country that gave her a second chance. Through Amma, we meet her circle of friends and walk with them as they search for personal salvation while Liberia itself struggles for deliverance from ten tumultuous years of civil war.   Supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, Eventual Salvation is directed by Dee Rees and produced by Dee Rees and Nekisa Cooper.

MY KIDNAPPER AND ME (2010)

In 2003 Mark Henderson was one of eight backpackers taken hostage by Marxist guerrillas while trekking in the Colombian jungle.  What had started as an innocent tourist adventure ended up as 101 terrifying days of captivity and uncertainty about his future.  After being contacted out of the blue by a former kidnapper, Mark Henderson and two others who were kidnapped return to Colombia to learn why they were taken, who held them, what happened to secure their release, the impact of the kidnappings on Colombia, and most importantly, to gain a greater understanding of “kidnapping”.   Directed by Mark Henderson and produced by Renegade Pictures (The Yes Men Fix the World, Boys from Baghdad and The Shock Doctrine).

PABLO’S HIPPOS (2010)

When drug trafficking first appeared in Colombia 30 years ago it was seen as a lucrative blessing.  However it quickly became a curse that has negatively impacted every aspect of Colombia’s life –  society, politics, economics, the military and the environment.  “Pablo’s Hippos” recounts this absurd and paradoxical 30-year story as perceived through the eyes of Pablo, a hippopotamus who was once the extravagant pet of Colombia’s most powerful drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar.  Directed by Antonio Von Hildebrand, produced and co-directed by Lawrence Elman and executive produced by Stephen Hopkins.

RIO BREAKS (October 2009)

More than just a film about surfing, Rio Breaks is the story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, young teenagers navigating their way between the pitfalls of life in the slums and the joys of surfing on their favorite beach. They live at Favela do Pavao, an enormous slum near Arpoador Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pavao is home to Commando Vermelho (CV), or Red Command, one of Rio’s most heavily armed drug gangs. Their presence is ubiquitous, with armed soldiers constantly patrolling the hills and regulating the various points of sale.  For many of these favela kids, surfing means spending time in the water and away from the poverty and violence of the hills. It means being in an environment where everyone’s the same, away from the racism and inequality that permeates day-to-day life in Rio. Produced and directed by Justin Mitchell, written and produced by Vince Medeiros and  produced in association with  Forward Entertainment and Prodigo Films.

STOLEN LAND (2010)

Stolen Land chronicles the efforts of a close-knit, traditional Colombian indigenous community, the Nasa, as they fight for land and resist violence through non-violent means in the midst of their country’s long war. Lucho, chief of the indigenous guard – the baton-bearing civil resistance organization – believes in non-violence but in a country steeped in violence, his belief is tested to its very core. Supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, Stolen Land is produced by Margarita Martinez and Miguel Salazar.

WASTE: THE NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE (2010)

As the world wakes up to the dangers of global warming, industrialists and some politicians are presenting nuclear power as the energy of the future – clean, under control and safe for human health and the environment.  As supporters and opponents rekindle the debate over nuclear power, the issue that remains at the heart of the matter is everyone’s fear of radioactive waste.  Drawing on a broad range of experts worldwide, this enlightening documentary investigates both the science and politics of nuclear waste.  Directed by Eric Guéret, produced by Sophie Parrault and executive produced by Linda Saetre for Bonne Pioche (March of the Penguins).

SUNDANCE CHANNEL

Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different.  Bold and uncompromising, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all unedited and commercial free.  Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.  Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression Sundance Channel's website address is www.sundancechannel.com.

RAINBOW MEDIA HOLDINGS LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC).  Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel and VOOM HD Networks.  Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center, a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village.  Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.

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