We're thrilled to announce that Laura Michalchyshyn, Sundance Channel EVP and GM Programming and Creative Affairs, has announced that Sundance Channel has ordered second seasons of the solution-based series Big Ideas for a Small Planet, as well as interstitial series Eco-Biz and Ecoists. In addition the network has acquired the U.S. rights to the second season of the BBC series It's Not Easy Being Green. Said Michalchyshyn:
Behind THE GREEN scenes and video clips below the fold.Scout Productions has signed on to produce season two of Big Ideas for a Small Planet (get your free season one, episode one here), the 13-part series that features the innovators and innovations on the cutting edge of the environmental revolution. Its first run gathered 39 inspirational stories and packaged them thematically into 13 entertaining and informative half- hour episodes. The series first launched with THE GREEN on April 17, 2007 and will re-up with the rest of The Green in April 2008. "The first season was just the tip of the (melting) iceberg of terrific stories about the dedicated movers and shakers on the environmental front" say Executive Producer Michael Williams of Scout Productions. Big Ideas for a Small Planet is a documentary series presenting the forward-thinking designers, products and processes that are on the leading edge of a new green world. Each episode revolves around a different green theme as it spotlights a specific innovator or innovation that has the potential to transform our everyday lives. The individuals profiled range from scientists to fashion and product designers, entrepreneurs to first-time inventors. The series also features a cast of recurring expert commentators, including activists, scientists, writers, and environmental personalities who provide the big-picture context to each week's stories. The series is executive produced by Michael Williams, David Collins and David Metzler from Scout Productions and is overseen for Sundance Channel by Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development Lynne Kirby and Director, Original Programming and Development Samuel J. Paul.
THE GREEN is a year-round commitment for Sundance Channel. In addition to the dozens of documentary films and other short form programming we air, we continue to slot in new series to keep the block current and fresh.
Great green docs, such as the must-see "Waste = Food"
NBC Media Productions will again produce a series of pieces titled
Eco-Biz. These news segments profile business leaders who have
developed environmentally sustainable policies and innovative
eco-friendly business tactics which ultimately have had a positive
impact on the bottom line. Such as bovine manure-to-grid technology:
Sundance Channel has also re-upped a deal with kontentreal to produce
Ecoists. These one minute interstitial and online pieces feature
some of today's most active and recognizable environmental activists
as they share ideas, information and enthusiasm about their cause of
choice. The line up for the 2007 "Ecoists" included Robert Kennedy
Jr., Daryl Hannah, Woody Harrelson, Laird Hamilton, Amber Valleta,
and Ed Begley who we interviewed here: