Sundance, Logo Team Up on Series


Sundance Channel is collaborating with fledgling sister service Logo on a limited series about the lives of four college undergraduates undergoing gender transition.

TransGeneration, the eight-episode co-production, will bow on Sundance this fall before premiering on sister Viacom Inc. service Logo, the gay, lesbian and transgender service that is slated to bow June 30, in next year’s first quarter.

The series is being produced by World of Wonder (Bravo’s Showbiz Moms & Dads, The Eyes of Tammy Faye).

“The series allows us to leverage production dollars for both networks, which have distinct audience targets,” Sundance executive vice president of programming and marketing Laura Michalchyshyn said. “The project will have different on-air windows and different promotional windows for the two networks.”

Bowing on Sundance Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. with a one-hour installment, TransGeneration tracks the lives of students who attended Smith College, Michigan State University, the University of Southern California and the University of Colorado during the 2004-05 school year. The show will then air a half-dozen half-hour episodes in that Tuesday-night time slot before concluding with a one-hour finale.

“These are poignant, human stories at a time in a young person’s life when they are having a tough enough time trying to get their hands around college,” Michalchyshyn said. “Imagine what it’s like as they attempt to deal with all of the personal, family and university ramifications surrounding their sex-change issues.”

The shows will follow the students over the course of the school year and then bring some kind of resolution to each of their situations, she added.

In addition to benefiting from promotional exposure across a number of Viacom properties, Michalchyshyn said Sundance would create exposure by screening the docuseries at gay-film festivals during the summer. Sundance will also create Web support for the project by establishing discussion rooms and blogs.