Blow Up, Given to pilot ‘Chicks’ in digital video

More pilots skedded for format

Open City Films’ Blow Up Pictures has completed a deal with Given Films to present “Six Chicks in a Kitchen,” a pilot for a TV series shot in digital video.

A cross between a reality series and a cooking show, “Six Chicks” features six young women in New York who use the kitchen as a place to work through personal and professional challenges.

“Our hope is that the show will provide lots of useful knowledge about cooking and shopping while entertaining audiences with the same kind of voyeurism and razor-sharp conversation that is so popular on shows like ‘The Real World’ and ‘The View,’ ” said Given Films founder Galt Niederhoffer, who conceived the idea of “Six Chicks.”

Plethora of pilots

With the support of New York financier Judith Zarin and her company Girl From Queens, Blow Up plans to scout, develop and produce a number of TV pilots to be shot on DV.

“It would not surprise me at all if ‘Six Chicks’ were to start a new wave of TV shows that will embrace the DV aesthetic,” said Open City Films and Blow Up Pictures co-founder Joana Vincente. Blow Up and Given Films plan to put “Six Chicks” on the market in early January.

Blow Up formed a year ago to produce a slate of feature films in the digital video format. Its first completed feature, Miguel Arteta’s “Chuck and Buck,” will have its world premiere in competition at next month’s Sundance Film Fest. Given Films will also have a presence at the fest with “Intern,” which will unspool in Sundance’s American Spectrum section.

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