US cable network and independent TV Production Company announce co production deal
(4th December 2012 – London) Leading independent TV Production Company Zig Zag Productions and Viacom-owned Logo today announce a new co production – ‘Otherkin’.
‘Otherkin’ is a 60-minute observational documentary that reveals a community who see themselves as partially or entirely non-human and who have a spiritual or psychological identification with animals.
This secretive community is rarely seen in the media due to their worry of ridicule. The film follows a teenager from Brunswick, Georgia who believes he is a wolf and is obsessed with confirming this by changing his name legally to his wolf name, Shiro. The film also introduces the viewer to a commune of otherkin in upstate New York who include a human ‘raccoon’ and ‘leopard’ in a inter species polyamorous relationship and ‘wolf’ couple in West Sussex, England attempting to discover the basis for their identification with animals
The show delves into the psychological background to the otherkin phenomenon and explores how individuals become otherkin and the pressures they face in living as an animal in a human orientated 21st century.
The show will form part of Logo’s challenging ‘What?!’ strand that explores unusual worlds, people and experiences outside the mainstream.
Zig Zag Productions’ Vice President of Commercial and Current Production Leila Monks brokered the ‘Otherkin’ deal with Logo’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Business and Legal Affairs, Richard Parent. Logo will have the rights to broadcast the film in the United States. Zig Zag Productions is also in advanced stages of negotiation with broadcasters in the UK, Benelux, Scandinavia, CEEMA and South America.
Executive producers for Zig Zag Productions are Leila Monks and Clare Hollywood, Head of Entertainment, Factual and Features.
“‘Otherkin’ is a documentary that features some really fascinating characters that took us months of careful research and dialogue to gain access to. We are delighted to be working together with Logo to tell their compelling stories.” said Zig Zag’s Leila Monks.
“‘Otherkin’ will shed light on a unique lifestyle that not many people are aware of or have even seen,” said Brent Zacky, Senior Vice President of Programming, Logo. “Logo viewers are fascinated with programming that explores extremes in our society.”
The programme is scheduled for broadcast on Logo in the United States in early 2013.
‘Otherkin’ is the latest in a series of new commissions for Zig Zag Productions. The company develops a wide range of programming ranging from factual documentaries to groundbreaking entertainment shows, supplying a wide range of international broadcasters. The company is based in London with offices in New York.
About Zig Zag Productions:
Zig Zag Productions is a young innovative television production company, well respected for its eclectic approach to programme making. The company focuses on making high quality, good value television programmes 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 500 hours of programming to date. Ranging from top end factual documentaries to ground breaking 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 based in New York. Zig Zag was recently voted the 5th most respected U.K Production Company by its peers in the Televisual Top 100. http://www.zigzag.uk.com/
Logo celebrates one-of-a-kind personalities, unconventional stories and discovering what’s next—all through a mix of original and acquired entertainment that’s outrageous, smart and inclusive. Entertaining a social, savvy audience of gay trendsetters, Logo also attracts a straight audience that wants to be ahead of the curve. Launched in 2005, Logo is in over 51 million homes across the United States, and is complemented by a federation of online properties, including LogoTV.com, NewNowNext.com, AfterEllen.com, AfterElton.com, and DowneLink.com. Logo is part of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), which features a roster of popular and highly targeted brands that include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and Spike TV.