Chalkboard gets first kids’ commission from CBBC controller

 

Chalkboard TV, the London-based independent production company, has announced a new commission from CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor for a new school-based drama entitled Logan High, due to TX in early 2018 on iplayer.

The 60 x 10 minutes series will be executively produced by Mike Benson for Chalkboard with Paul O’Donohue as senior producer.

Chalkboard will produce the show out of its newly formed subsidiary Chalkboard Scotland, based in Glasgow.

Set in a fictional school in Edinburgh, Logan High is based on a successful scripted-reality format called First Years, which originally aired in the Netherlands.

The original format was devised and produced by Newen-owned Dutch indie Tuvalu Media Group for public broadcaster AVRO-TROS.

Logan High is structured on an improv-drama model whereby actors improvise scenario-based rather than dialogue-based scripts. The action centres around life in secondary school and the challenges, friendships, fads and fashions experienced by teens on the cusp of adulthood.

Mike Benson, managing director of Chalkboard and executive producer of Logan High added, “CBBC have backed us on a bold and exciting concept. We’re confident that Logan High will live up to expectation, immersing its young viewers in great stories and characters in new and exciting ways.”

 

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