Maggie Gyllenhaal is teaming with Participant Media to narrate Truth And Power, a 10-part investigative docuseries executive produced by Brian Knappenberger (The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz), set to premiere on Pivot on January 22. It was announced today as part of Participant Media-owned Pivot’s 2016 new programming and unscripted development slate. In addition, the network also announced a 20-episode second season of Secret Lives Of Americans, along with a third season of Human Resources, both slated to air in 2016, along with four new unscripted projects in development. Scripted development will be announced in early 2016.
Truth And Power, which will air Fridays at 10 PM beginning January 22, centers on the question, “What happens when private institutions and governments abuse their power and break the public trust?” (see the trailer above). Each half hour episode pulls the curtain back on stories of ordinary people going to extraordinary lengths to reveal corporate exploitation and infringement on civil liberties resulting from government overreach. Through interviews, original footage and newly unearthed documents, Truth And Power probes the issues of security, surveillance and profiteering in the digital age.
“I am excited to work with Brian and Pivot on an important series that uncovers how far some of our most powerful institutions will go to suppress our civil liberties,” said Gyllenhaal. “Privacy and free expression are foundations of democracy and they are being eroded by governments and private businesses around the globe.”
Truth and Power is executive produced by Brian Knappenberger for Luminant Media. Jeff Skoll and Belisa Balaban serve as executive producers for Pivot.
Secret Lives of Americans provides a platform for the series’ participants to reveal a personal long-held secret. The second season of the series is executive produced by Greg Lipstone, Stephen Lambert, Leah Hariton, and Danny Villa for MME/Filmpool USA and All3Media America. John Henshaw also serves as executive producer. Jeff Skoll and Christy Spitzer serve as executive producers for Pivot.
Human Resources follows the eclectic employees of recycling company, TerraCycle, will return for a third season in 2016. The series is executive produced by Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, and Anneka Jones for Left/Right. Jeff Skoll and Lyle Gamm serve as executive producers for Pivot.
Unscripted development projects for Pivot include:
“Downriver” gives an insider look at the city government of Ecorse, MI – aka Downriver – as they struggle with the issues of crime and municipal finance. To turn their city around, the people of Ecorse will try anything, no matter how creative or experimental, including, having their police force double as firemen. Embeded with city police officers, public servants, and business owners, the series aims to tell a mosaic of stories that shines a light on the plight of small town America via a 2.5 square mile town. Ari Mark and Phil Lott serve as executive producers for AMPLE.
Snap Judgment (w/t)
Producer: Den of Thieves and Snap Judgment, LLC
(:30 unscripted series)
Based on the popular NPR / WNYC radio show and podcast hosted by Glynn Washington, “Snap Judgment“ explores the societal fault lines of race, class, and culture through personal storytelling. Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager serve as executive producers for Den of Thieves. Glynn Washington and Mark Ristich serve as executive producers for Snap Judgment, LLC.
Killer Meals (w/t)
Producer: FishBowl Worldwide Media
Invasive species, animals that overrun their ecosystems, can become a huge problem in that they take over the delicate food balance in places as diverse as southern bayous to the Great Plains to our own backyards. The dangerous increase in the invasive species population is contributing to killing off essential food supplies that wildlife and humans count on to survive. Bun Lai, an adventurer, scientist and James Beard-nominated chef has devoted his life to eliminating these species by turning them into a profitable food source. In “Killer Meals,” Lai will be paired with MIT-trained environmental scientist and invasive species hunter, Dylan Bruno, to travel into the great unknown to help bring balance to our nation’s ecosystems. Vin Di Bona serves as executive producer for FishBowl. Bun Lai and Dylan Bruno also serve as executive producers.
Pandemic X (w/t)
Producer: Sirens Media
“Pandemic X” is an investigative series that follows renowned former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemic intelligence service officer, epidemiologist and journalist, Dr. Seema Yasmin, as she dives into the front lines of the world’s medical crises, hunting down the causes of the most violent and infectious diseases, viruses and outbreaks on the planet. Brent Montgomery, Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, and Valerie Haselton serve as executive producers for Sirens Media.