IFC Takes Scripted Plunge

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The Independent Film Channel is the latest network to test the scripted-series waters with the summer debuts of three fiction-based shows, the network announced Wednesday.

Known mostly for its art films and documentaries, the network is planning to debut the series to coincide with its ongoing “Summer of IFC” programming promotional campaign. The new series include HOPELESs Pictures, an animated half-hour series about a failing Hollywood indie studio; The Festival, an ensemble comedy told from the perspective of a fictional IFC documentarian; and Greg the Bunny, a puppet-based show that follows the exploits of two ex-sitcom stars who return to their IFC roots.

Debbie DeMontreaux, IFC’s vice president of original series and events, will oversee the network’s scripted efforts, while network vice president of documentaries and features Alison Bourke will oversee the network’s feature-length fiction and nonfiction projects.

“We’ve stretched the boundaries of what we do, while remaining true to our core mission — and we expect the reaction from our fans to be enthusiastic,” said IFC executive vice president and general manager Evan Shapiro in a statement.