PIVOT, PARTICIPANT'S NEW CABLE NETWORK, ROLLS OUT MORE THAN 300 HOURS OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
INCLUDES AUGUST 1st PREMIERE OF DAILY LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOW 'TAKEPART LIVE'; 'RAISING MCCAIN' FEATURING MEGHAN MCCAIN AND DOCU-SERIES 'JERSEY STRONG' IN SEPTEMBER; AND JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT'S 'HITRECORD ON TV!' IN JANUARY
U.S. TV Premiere of Acclaimed Series 'Little Mosque' on August 5 Along with World TV Premieres of Award Winning Feature Documentaries
NEW YORK, June 26, 2013 - Pivot (Pivot.tv), Participant Media's new cable network targeting Millennials (18-34), today announced plans to kick off on August 1st with the premiere of its live midnight talk show, 'TakePart Live' (TPL). Five nights a week, the TakePart team decodes the headlines, dissects the daily memes and engages in irreverent and spirited conversations with a wide range of guests and with the audience itself.
The new cable network also unveiled launch dates for its primetime originals including the
September 14 back-to-back debuts of Meghan McCain's genre-bending docu-talk series, 'Raising McCain' and real-life docu-series, 'Jersey Strong.'
'HITRECORD ON TV!,' Joseph Gordon-Levitt's re-imagination of a traditional variety show, will be far from traditional. Under his direction, members of an online community contribute to his open collaborative production company, hitRECord, to create short films, music, live performances, animation, conversation, and of course, more! Hosted by Gordon-Levitt himself, the series will launch January 18, 2014. Since June 10, RegularJOE (as he is known by hitRECord users) has been providing creative direction to the community of RECorders via daily videos.
Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/user/hitrecord
In addition, 'Little Mosque,' the internationally acclaimed and long-running Canadian series, will make its U.S. TV debut on August 5.
Celebrated feature documentaries premiering include 'Last Call at The Oasis' on August 25 and '99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film' on September 17 -- the 2nd anniversary of the movement that made national headlines.
"This inaugural slate demonstrates our commitment to original programming while putting our unique imprint on an array of TV formats," said Pivot President, Evan Shapiro. "The talented and authentic voices behind these series give Pivot viewers a destination where they can be both entertained and inspired."
Pivot's robust programming slate is anchored by more than 300 original hours targeting the Millennial Generation.
TAKEPART LIVE - Premieres Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12am ET/PT (weekdays at 12am ET/PT)
'Take Part Live' is a daily late night show - for and with our audience - about the topics and headlines that matter most to the Millennial Generation. Five nights a week, TPL continues the online chats viewers have been having with their friends all day through interactive conversations that go deep into what its audience is talking about now - all while giving them the tools they need to get informed, get active, get involved and take part, live.
RAISING MCCAIN - Premieres Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT
(Saturdays at 10pm ET/PT)
A genre-busting docu-talk series following Meghan McCain, the outspoken daughter of Senator John McCain, on the road talking to unexpected experts, regular people and members of her generation, exploring the most important and unusual questions of the day framed by Meghan's experiences in her personal life. Series will explore topics ranging from Bullying and Feminism to Sex Overload and the Death of Romance, among many others. Producer: Go Go Luckey Entertainment; Julie Auerbach, Henry Capanna, Tina Gazzerro
(10 X :30)
JERSEY STRONG - Premieres Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10:30pm ET/PT
(Saturdays at 10:30pm ET/PT)
From the team behind the Peabody Award winning series, "Brick City," this Newark based docu-soap chronicles the lives of two families from parallel universes - the street and the executive suite. Reformed Blood (Jayda) and Crip (Creep) are a modern-day Romeo and Juliet romance in the hood - raising two kids while pursuing their careers and following their dreams. Jayda is working to build mentorship programs for young women in Newark, while Creep balances a day job in sanitation with his dream of launching a comedy career. Brooke, a trial attorney who once kept Jayda out of jail, is balancing the stress of high stakes litigation with the real life drama of raising two college-aged kids with her partner in life and business, Maggie. "Jersey Strong" will explore Newark's warm center and tough exterior through the eyes of two unconventional families striving to achieve the American Dream. Producer: Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin (10 X :30)
HITRECORD ON TV! - Premieres Saturday, January 18, 2014
A new take on the variety show hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt who directs countless artists from his global open-source online community - hitRECord - to create short films, live performances, music, animation, conversation and more! Each episode focuses on a different theme as Joe invites and encourages anybody with an Internet connection to join him and contribute. Producer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Geller/Brian Graden Productions; Lois Curren, Brian Graden, Gaurav Misra
(8 X :30)
'LITTLE MOSQUE' ('LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE' in Canada) - Premieres Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7pm ET
The long-running and critically acclaimed series takes a satirical look at a Muslim community living in Canada who has rented the town's Anglican church to start a local mosque. The series has been seen in over 90 countries, except for the U.S. until now. Producer: WestWind Pictures (91 x :60)
LAST CALL AT THE OASIS - Premieres Sunday, August 25, 2013
Firmly establishing the urgency of the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, this documentary illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects. Featuring activist Erin Brockovich, respected water experts including Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon and social entrepreneurs championing revolutionary solutions, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we are willing to act now.
99% - THE OCCUPY WALL STREET COLLABORATIVE FILM - Premieres Tuesday, September 17, 2013
On September 17, 2011, The Occupy Wall Street movement propelled issues of economic inequality into the spotlight. 99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film goes behind the scenes of the movement, definitively revealing what happened, and why. Personal stories imbue analysis of big picture issues with the real-world struggles of those compelled to take action, speak up, march and risk arrest. Supporters, participants, experts and critics shed light on why and how this movement took off with such explosive force, and ask what the next phase might encompass.
Pivot (pivot.tv), launching August 1st, is a new television network from Participant Media serving passionate Millennials (18-34) with a diverse slate of talent and a mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Pivot focuses on entertainment that sparks conversation, inspires change and illuminates issues through engaging content, and its website TakePart.com to continue the conversation and connect audiences to a wealth of content and customizable actions. Pivot is also changing the media landscape, available via traditional Pay TV subscription to 40 million-plus homes and integrates a Live and on demand streaming option via its interactive, downloadable Pivot APP. In both content and delivery, Pivot is TV for The New Greatest Generation. Follow Pivot on Twitter at @pivot_tv and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pivottelevision.
ABOUT PARTICIPANT MEDIA
Participant (participantmedia.com) is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature films, television, publishing and digital content that inspire social change. Participant's more than 40 films include GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC., WAITING FOR 'SUPERMAN', THE HELP, CONTAGION and LINCOLN. Participant's social action campaigns and digital network TakePart.com continue the conversation and connect audiences to a wealth of content and actions. Its new Millennial television network Pivot, launching this summer in 40 million-plus homes, is TV for The New Greatest Generation.