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Sundance Channel Announces 2010 Development Slate
Producing partners include award-winners Mark Burnett, Nanette Burstein, Bill Carter and Jordan Roberts.

[via press release from Sundance]



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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 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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