‘True Life’ to launch MTV News & Docs unit

Pic focuses on hobos

MTV plans to step up documentary production via its new MTV News and Docs division, which will debut its first project this month.

Co-directed and co-produced by Liz Garbus (“The Farm: Angola USA”) and Alison Ellwood, the one-hour documentary co-production “True Life: The Travelers,” will premiere April 19. Pic follows the cross-country experiences of a group of young, self-described hobos who hop freight trains from coast to coast, and camp out on the streets and park benches of urban America.

The new division — an outgrowth of MTV News and Specials — will be overseen by Lauren Lazin, VP and exec producer, MTV News and Docs. “For 10 years, MTV has been successfully producing news and documentaries inhouse,” said Lazin. “Going forward, we want to expand on what we have already been doing by tapping into the vast community of talented young filmmakers — both veteran and newcomers — who can bring a fresh perspective to our documentary programming.”

Among the new series the division will roll before the end of the year is “MTV Cribs,” which will take viewers on an insider tour of the homes of music stars. In addition to the existing series “True Life,” “Ultrasound” and “Diary,” the division will produce the on-air components of the music cabler’s voter registration and political awareness initiative “Choose or Lose 2000.”

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