UK pubcaster CBBC has commissioned Logan High, a new live-action teen drama from London prodco Chalkboard TV that will be produced by the company’s newly formed Glasgow, Scotland-based subsidiary.
Greenlit by CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor, and slated for a digital-first premiere in early 2018 on iplayer, the 60 x 10-minute series centers on a group of teens at a fictional secondary school in Edinburgh. Logan High is based on First Years, an original scripted-reality format created and produced by Newen-owned Dutch indie Tuvalu Media Group. The hit series debuted in the Netherlands on pubcaster AVRO-TROS.
The show’s UK version is unique in that it applies an improv-drama model with actors improvising scenario-based scripts as opposed to dialog-driven ones.
Chalkboard’s Mike Benson will executive produce with Paul O’Donohue as senior producer. Chalkboard Scotland also expects to announce new executive appointments in the coming months.
Benson and Warwick Banks launched Chalkboard TV in 2013. The company, which has delivered a number of popular scripted reality series for adults, is a subsidiary of international production group IZEN.