New York, NY, May 23, 2005 Sundance Channel in association with MTVN’s Logo announce the creation of an original documentary series titled "TransGeneration" which looks at the daily lives of four college undergraduates who are undergoing a gender transition. "TransGeneration," is produced by World of Wonder ("Showbiz Moms & Dads", Inside Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye).
The eight-episode series follows the students at four different colleges over the course of the 2004/05 school year, capturing their setbacks and triumphs as they balance the challenges of academia, campus life, and family with their commitment to gender reassignment. "TransGeneration" will debut on Sundance Channel with an hour-long premiere on September 20th at 9:00pm, followed by six one-half hour
shows and an hour-long finale Tuesday nights at 9:00pm. The series
will air on Logo in first quarter 2006.
"This series is a moving portrait of four fascinating people at a dramatic time in their lives. ‘TransGeneration’ also offers an engaging first-hand look at the current trend on college campuses of confronting gender issues and politics head-on," said Laura Michalchyshyn, Executive Vice President Programming and Marketing, Sundance Channel, "Sundance Channel is very proud of this series and looks forward to continuing strong relationships with our partners World of Wonder and Logo."
Eileen Opatut, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Logo: "Working together, Sundance Channel and Logo have been able to bring these significant stories to life," said Opatut. "I have never worked so well with a partner on a creative level, and I look forward to many more co-ventures in the future."
The subjects are spread across the country, at campuses in the Northeast (Massachusetts), the Midwest (Michigan), and the West (Colorado and California). Through the stories of these four students, their friends, families and communities, "TransGeneration" highlights a growing phenomenon: that gender identity is being confronted by a younger generation.
The director and supervising producer of "TransGeneration" is Jeremy Simmons, whose credits include the television documentaries "School’s
Out: The Life of a Gay High School in Texas" (a GLAAD Award nominee for Outstanding Documentary) which aired on MTV and AMC’s "Gay Hollywood." An emerging talent who won several awards as a student filmmaker, Simmons has worked extensively as a film and television editor, and his credits include the recent feature documentary Inside Deep Throat and the drama Party Monster. ³TransGeneration² is produced by Thairin Smothers and executive produced by award-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, founders of film and television production company World of Wonder. As directors/producers, their credits include the documentaries Behind Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and Party Monster: The Michael Alig Story, as well as the 2003 drama Party Monster.
Executive producers for Sundance Channel are Laura Michalchyshyn and Adam Pincus; Ann Rose is supervising producer. Executive Producers for Logo are Lauren Lazin and Eileen Opatut.
Based in both Los Angeles and London, World of Wonder is best known for award-winning films and documentaries such as The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Party Monster (both Sundance Film Festival favorites) "Monica in Black and White" (HBO) and "The Hidden Fuhrer" (Cinemax). World of Wonder has a long and distinguished track record making sensitive and engaging films about sex and sexuality from "Gay Hollywood" (AMC) to "Schools Out" (MTV) to "Plushies and Furries" (MTV). Most recently World of Wonder have created and produced the hit series "Show Biz Moms and Dads" and the popular sequel "Show Dog Moms & Dads" for Bravo. World of Wonder has also produced and created numerous documentaries and non-fiction programs for Court TV, VH1, MTV and A&E in the States, as well as BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV in the UK. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey recently wrote and directed "Inside Deep Throat," a feature documentary about the classic adult film. More information about World of Wonder can be found on the WOW Report daily blog, www.worldofwonder.net. Logo, MTVN¹s new ad-supported basic cable channel for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) audience, launches June 30 with more than one thousand hours of programming content and in approximately 10 million homes across the United States. Programmed with a mix of original and acquired entertainment that is authentic, smart and inclusive, Logo features more than 200 lesbian and gay films, an ongoing documentary series, newscasts tailored for the gay and lesbian community and quality original shows and specials. Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries, world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials. Through its original films, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the creative process, and the world of independent film. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and Showtime Networks Inc. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences. Sundance Channel¹s website address is www.sundancechannel.com.