[01/05/13 - 12:55 PM]
Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly Present New Original Non-Fiction Series "The Writers' Room"
The six episode, half-hour series is slated to premiere during the second half of 2013.

[via press release from Sundance Channel]


Ever Wonder How Good TV Becomes Outstanding? Sundance Channel And Entertainment Weekly Will Show You.

Pasadena, CA - January 5, 2013 - Sundance Channel announced the greenlight of new original non-fiction series "The Writers' Room." Presented by Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly, the six episode half-hour series will take viewers where they have never been before - inside the writers' rooms of the television shows that are defining pop culture today. The announcement was made today by Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel General Manager. The series is slated to premiere during the second half of 2013.

"We know that much of today's best entertainment is on television, but Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly want to know - who, what, when, where and why?!" stated Sarah Barnett. "Social media has given us a lot of information about what our audience is craving - and we are listening. They want insider knowledge and a deeper perspective-- this show will deliver that."

"Television is today's most exciting medium, and writers are its heart and soul," said Jess Cagle, the editor of Entertainment Weekly. "We're looking forward to giving the Sundance Channel viewers and the EW audience an all-access pass to see how these brilliant minds create great characters and addictive stories."

"The Writers' Room" will spotlight an array of scripted television shows -- from today's pioneering cable dramas to the most critically acclaimed and popular network sitcoms. A magnetic series for passionate TV fans and pop culture enthusiasts, the roundtable talk show format will delve deep into the world of TV's creative masterminds, fearlessly challenging them to divulge the inside scoop on their greatest choices, toughest decisions and biggest mistakes.

RelativityREAL will produce the series with Tom Forman serving as Executive Producer, and Marco Bresaz will executive produce for Sundance Channel.

"We're television producers ourselves, so we couldn't be more excited to finally show viewers how some of the best shows on TV get made. And trust us, we're going to show all of it: the good, the funny, and the sometimes messy process that is television," said Tom Forman, CEO, RelativityREAL.

Today's news underscores the network's commitment to original unscripted programming. Hit docu-series "Push Girls" will be returning for a second season, "The Mortified Sessions," also produced by RelativityREAL, was recently renewed for a second season, and five new series were put into development, each exploring aspects of our contemporary culture in fresh and relevant ways, all with extraordinary characters compelled to follow their own path. The unscripted projects build on Sundance Channel's overall programming slate which includes the network's first wholly owned scripted drama series "Rectify," and the Jane Campion mini-series "Top of the Lake."

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About Sundance Channel

Sundance Channel is the destination for What's Next, Now. Showcasing both today's creative icons and the emerging talent of tomorrow, Sundance Channel tells credible, authentic, and emotionally immersive stories of Invention, Fashion, Film, Travel, Design, and Enterprise. Launched in 1996 and owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc, Sundance Channel provides perspectives dedicated to founder Robert Redford's mission to celebrate creativity. sundancechannel.com

About Entertainment Weekly and EW.com

Entertainment Weekly helps readers have fun. It is your all-access pass to Hollywood's most creative minds and most fascinating stars. The print weekly was introduced by Time Inc. in 1990 and is America's leading consumer magazine in the entertainment category, with a guaranteed circulation rate base of nearly 1.8 million and a combined audience of over 17 million loyal, engaged fans. It is a winner of four National Magazine Awards (two for General Excellence, one for Design and one for Special Interest) and was named one of min's 25 Most Notable Magazine Launches of the Last 25 Years. Entertainment Weekly is the first to know about the best (and worst) in entertainment, and with sharp insight and a trusted voice, EW keeps readers plugged into pop culture. This is where buzz begins.

Each day, EW.com publishes a myriad of online-only articles, blog posts, videos, and photo galleries - plus a complete archive of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Over the last year EW.com has received more than a half dozen industry awards including the 2012 Min Editorial and Design Award for our feature writing and a 2012 Folio Gold Eddie award for Best Online News coverage. In July 2012, the site set new records with 130mm pageviews. As of Dec 2011, Entertainment Weekly is also available on the iPad(R), NOOK Color(TM), HP Touchpad, Kindle Fire and select Android(TM) devices.

About RelativityREAL

Under the leadership of award-winning producer Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kid Nation), Relativity's television arm launched in June 2008. The division has quickly become one of the country's largest suppliers of unscripted television and has produced such shows as Police Women for TLC, Coming Home for Lifetime and The Great Food Truck Race for Food Network. Additionally, the division is developing a slate of scripted sitcoms, dramas, and sketch comedy series to be released in the upcoming year. Most recently, RelativityREAL partnered with YouTube and will be launching a channel next year. RelativityREAL's executive ranks are bolstered by overall production deals with TV veterans Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh, Ashley Tisdale's Blondie Girl Productions, Ellen Rakieten ("The Oprah Winfrey Show"), Ray Ricord, Bogner Entertainment and This is Just A Test Productions.

About AMC Networks Inc.

Dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, and IFC Films produce and deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. The company also operates AMC/Sundance Channel Global, an international programming business, and AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, a full-service network programming feed origination and distribution company.

  [january 2013]  


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