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ABC Family Ramps Up Docu-Series Slate with 3 Orders

1 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC Family has ordered three new docu-series that reflect the cabler’s effort to expand its audience profile.

“Startup U” revolves around students in an entrepreneur mentoring program in Silicon Valley. “Next Step Realty: NYC” focuses on a firm that helps college graduates navigate the maze of finding an apartment in the nation’s largest metropolis. “Monica the Medium” revolves around a junior at Penn State who moonlights as a medium.

The orders come as ABC Family is in the midst of a big push to broaden the scope of its programming beyond its core young female target. All three series are set to premiere this summer, along with previously greenlit unscripted entries “Becoming Us,” about a teenager adjusting to his father’s decision to become a woman; and “Job Or No Job.”

ABC Family will become a brand known as much for character driven docu-dramas as we are for »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Spike TV Launches Unscripted Financial Help Series ‘Family Takeover’

28 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spike TV has greenlit 10 episodes of new unscripted series “Family Takeover,” the cabler announced Wednesday.

Hosted by Fortune 500 strategist Victor Antonio, the one-hour series helps families facing financial crises. Each episode will feature a new family, as Antonio uses his expert guidance and tough love to get them out of their monetary pit.

“‘Family Takeover’ is extremely relevant to our growing gender-balanced audience as financial distress can happen to any family,” said Sharon Levy, Spike TV exec VP of original series. The series is the latest project to join Spike’s broad-reaching unscripted programming slate, which includes “Bar Rescue,” “Ink Master” and “Catch a Contractor.”

Slated to premiere this fall, “Family Takeover” was created by Ugly Brother Studios, a Sky Vision partner. Tim Duffy and Mike Duffy, who will serve as exec producers, said, “This is a compelling and timely issue that touches the entire country. By teaching these families to run like a business, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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