ABC Family Ramps Up Docu-Series Slate with 3 Orders

ABC Family Orders 'Startup U,' Monica
Image courtesy ABC Family

ABC Family has ordered three new docu-series that reflect the cabler’s effort to expand its audience profile.

“Startup U” revolves around students in an entrepreneur mentoring program in Silicon Valley. “Next Step Realty: NYC” focuses on a firm that helps college graduates navigate the maze of finding an apartment in the nation’s largest metropolis. “Monica the Medium” revolves around a junior at Penn State who moonlights as a medium.

The orders come as ABC Family is in the midst of a big push to broaden the scope of its programming beyond its core young female target. All three series are set to premiere this summer, along with previously greenlit unscripted entries “Becoming Us,” about a teenager adjusting to his father’s decision to become a woman; and “Job Or No Job.”

“ABC Family will become a brand known as much for character driven docu-dramas as we are for our character-driven scripted dramas and comedies,” said ABC Family president Tom Ascheim in announcing the three orders. “This summer will be chock-full of unscripted fare on the network as we build momentum with these three new series.”

“Startup U” revolves around a seven-week program run by billionaire Tim Draper. Students will wind up pitching their startup ideas to a panel of judges. Draper, Mike Duffy, and Tim Duffy serve as executive producers. “Startup U” starts production this month in San Mateo, Calif.

“Next Step Realty” hails from ABC News’ inhouse Lincoln Square Prods. arm and is exec produced by Danielle Rossen.

“Monica the Medium” has already started production in Pennsylvania through Trooper Entertainment and Lionsgate TV. Trooper’s Dave Caplan and Malachi McGlone are exec producers.

(Pictured: “Next Step Realty: NYC”)

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