UK- and LA-based producer Rize has scored its first commissions in the US, for a pair of Discovery Communications-owned cable channels.
The DCD Media-backed prodco, which Creative Artists Agency reps in the US, is producing primetime series High School Moms (6x60′) for Discovery Fit & Health (DF&H), and 1x60′ special Bubble Skin Man for TLC.
High School Moms will look into a Colorado school devoted exclusively to pregnant girls and teen moms. Jackie Waldock directs and produces the series, which DF&H’s senior VP of content strategy Rita Mullin commissioned.
One-off doc Bubble Skin Man follows a 57-year-old man known as ‘The Bubble Man’ due to numerous tumours on his skin, as he and his family search for a cure.
Luke Campbell, who directed Channel 4 docs such as Half Ton Mum and The Pregnant Man, is behind the camera. TLC’s VP of programme development Amy Savitsky ordered the show.
Sheldon Lazarus, the former September Films exec that now runs Rize as creative director and executive producer, said the business had gone from “strength to strength” in its first nine months and was developing a pipeline of US projects. He and DCD co-launched Rize last year.