(Silver Spring, MD and London) – Discovery Networks International (DNI) today announced BODY BIZARRE, an all-new six-part series that travels the globe in search of extraordinary individuals living with mysterious medical anomalies that have puzzled the best doctors and experts in the world. Produced in partnership with Zig Zag Productions and Barcroft Productions, and commissioned by Julian Bellamy, Creative Director and Head of Production and Development—DNI, BODY BIZARRE is set to air beginning Q2 2013 on Discovery Channel across Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and on TLC and other female flagship networks in Western Europe.
“BODY BIZARRE provides a heartfelt and relatable glimpse into life outside the norm, tapping into our audience’s intrinsic curiosity about people living with unbelievable medical conditions,” said Jon Sechrist, Vice President, Lifestyle Production and Development, DNI. “Zig Zag Productions and Barcroft Productions have been tremendous partners in this series, and we’re proud to share the final product with viewers around the world.”
Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions said: “BODY BIZARRE is a unique show. Created in a magazine style format it features several sensitively handled medical anomaly stories per hour from all around the world. It’s the product of a very positive collaboration with Barcroft Productions and we’re delighted to be announcing the show’s acquisition 12 months on from launching the show at last year’s Realscreen.”
Sam Barcroft, Creative Director of Barcroft Productions said: “BODY BIZARRE tells incredible human stories from across the planet in a fresh and thoughtful way. It’s an accessible and fast-paced format, tailored towards its globally diverse audience.”
Emotionally-charged and stunning, each 60 minute episode of BODY BIZARRE uncovers the real, human stories of extraordinary survival—behind the headlines. From Brazil’s footless football-playing boy to the world’s oldest mother in Romania, each episode contains a rich and varied look into life in the still-unknown realm. BODY BIZARRE also provides viewers with unique insight into the conditions faced by these individuals, enriched by deeply personal interviews as well as CGI footage and scientific factoids.
BODY BIZARRE is jointly produced for DNI by Zig Zag Productions and Barcroft Productions. For DNI, Jon Sechrist is executive producer; for Zig Zag Productions, Danny Fenton is executive producer and for Barcroft Productions, Sam Barcroft is executive producer.
About Discovery Networks International:
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 217 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 153 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. Discovery Networks International distributes 26 international brands, reaching over 1.3 billion cumulative subscribers with programming available in 45 languages. For more information please visit http://www.discoverycommunications.com
About Zig Zag Productions:
Zig Zag Productions is a young, innovative television production company, well respected for its eclectic approach to program making. The company focuses on making high-quality, good-value television programs for the global market that are distinct in attitude and tone. Started by Danny Fenton and Kevin Utton in 1999, Zig Zag has made almost 600 hours of programming to date. Ranging from top end factual documentaries to groundbreaking entertainment series, Zig Zag caters for a varied range of worldwide broadcasters. The company is based in bespoke offices in Clerkenwell, London, with a U.S. office in New York. Its peers in the Televisual Top 100 recently voted Zig Zag the fifth most respected U.K. production company. http://www.zigzag.uk.com/.
About Barcroft Productions:
Barcroft Productions makes factual television for international broadcasters. Founded in 2011 by Sam Barcroft, we have offices in London, New York and New Delhi. We specialize in the amazing side of life.