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London Rollergirls Announce TV Series

Today, London Rollergirls announced that the Extreme Sports Channel had commissioned a thirteen-episode roller derby series focussing on the league's 2013 season.

Production is starting imminently, and the series will comprise 13 half-hour "factual entertainment" episodes. The plan is for it to be broadcast towards the end of 2013, though dates have not yet been set. The Extreme Sports channel currently broadcasts to 30 million satellite and cable TV subscribers in 67 countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. There are currently no plans in place for it to be broadcast elsewhere.

Tim MacMullen, Extreme Sports Channel's general manager says: “As soon as we saw the event and met the women involved, we knew that Roller Derby was a perfect fit for the channel. We are delighted to be bringing this young and exhilarating contact sport to TV viewers in the UK and Europe for the very first time.”

The series is being produced by Rampage Studio. "Many production companies have approached us over the years," says London's Raw Heidi, "but none with a brief that was so closely in keeping with our values as a league and a definite editorial slant about the sport and the skaters and UK roller derby."

"It's been a relatively long process making sure Rampage and LRG were the right fit for one another," Heidi says. "The producers have been great at keeping us involved on every level and reassuring us about their intentions for the series which are in keeping with ours. The hard work and filming begins now!"

Ben Campbell, the series producer, puts it this way: “For many skaters roller derby is much more than a sport, it’s a way of life. The derby scene in the UK and Europe is massive and the sport is very dear in the hearts of both the skaters and the fans. We’re looking forward to bringing this exhilarating sport to a wider audience as there really is no better way to experience roller derby than through the passion of its skaters.”

What are London hoping to get out of the deal? Heidi explains: "We hope to further raise the profile of roller derby and London Rollergirls internationally, and for the right reasons - athleticism, high level skating and officiating, passion, community and kickass women and men giving their all to something they love."

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i can't wait to torrent this.

i can't wait to torrent this.

Heidi?

You know better than that Alex!! We're psyched about this series.
Love from,
RAW

factual entertainment?

Is that what reality TV is called on the other side of the pond? Love it.

Documentary

I think it's more a documentary that's entertaining as well as informative. That's the theory, at least...

TV jargon

Factual Entertainment is kind of just industry jargon since 'reality' became a dirty word in TV and among audiences. It can cover documentary, reality and celebrity led shows. I am all for reclaiming the word reality myself, as reality series can be well crafted, tell great stories and be educational and entertaining. They can also be trash. I'm prepared to be shot down if I'm wrong but I feel confident this one is not going to fall into the trash category. Otherwise we wouldn't be making it.

And yeah us Brits make some of the best fact ent/reality shows in the world! But I'm extremely biased since I am a factual entertainment TV producer.

As far I understand Rampage Studio have agreed distribution in the States and across Australasia too. I'll let you know more as i hear it.

Cheers,
Raw
London Rollergirls

An American London

American TV often gets inspired by British TV, even copying British TV shows. So if American TV were to copy this show, who would be the American London? Gotham? Windy City? Denver? Maybe even Bay Area? Or does LA have this locked up already?

Done

US aired a show called Roller Girls a few years ago already. I don't remember which league it was but it dies after a season or two ; (

A&E

A&E did a documentary series on Austin's team, but I swear it was like 7 or 8 years ago.

Not the same

The A&E show featured the Lonestar Rollergirls' banked track league. The show itself was more about the "drama" between skaters, and featured very little skating at all. I believe that's why it fizzled out- the audience tuned in expecting to see roller derby. That was also 2006-7, and plenty has evolved since then, both in the (flat track) sport and the knowledge base of the general audience member. I am more optimistic that London Rollergirls will do it right. Congrats, Ladies!!!

KCRW's show was like this one...

The show you're all looking for was "Roller Warriors." It was a documentary mini-series filmed I think for a regional cable channel by Charlie (no relation) Parker. It showed Kansas City Roller Warriors' 2008 year, when they were reigning WFTDA champions.

It shows the intraleague season, the win over TXRG that shut up the "they're not really champs 'cause..." naysayers, and the stars that retired before 2008 Playoffs.

It's worth owning, you can still get it on DVD, which I'd recommend doing.

Second that

Roller Warriors was proof that you can make a tv show about derby that, while not showing full games, is still interesting and shows off what's compelling about the community without falling back on ugly reality-show nonsense. What we're learning here gives me hope that the London Rollergirls show will be similar. I would watch the hell out of that, and I would be glad to show it to uninitiated civilians, too.

B CUP 2013

Here is the bracket and schedule for B Cup 2013. The whole thing should be live and streamed on DNN.
Note that Naptown is bringing the Warning Belles, and NOT the Third Alarm.

Participating teams:
Fort Wayne Derby Girls SWAT Team
Arch Rival Roller Girls St. Lunachix
Charm City Roller Girls Junkyard Dolls
Grand Raggidy G-Rap Attack
Naptown Roller Girls Warning Belles
Detroit Derby Girls Motor City Disassembly Line (MCDL)
Nashville Roller Girls Music City Brawl Stars
-along with the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls Code Blue Assassins

Day 1
Round 1
Game 1 8:00 (Detroit v. Fort Wayne)
Game 2 9:30 (Charm City v. Bleeding Heartland)
Game 3 11:00 (Arch Rival v. Grand Raggidy)
Game 4 12:30 (Naptown v. Nashville)
Round 2
Game 5 2:00 (Winner of game 2 vs. winner of game 3)
Game 6 3:30 (Winner of game 1 vs. winner of game 4)

6:00 Flatliners v. Old Capitol City (WFTDA sanctioned)

Championship round
Game 7 7:40 (Winner of game 5 vs. winner of game 6)

Day 2 - Consolation bracket
Game 8 9:00 (Loser of game 1 vs. Loser of game 4)
Game 9 10:30 (Loser of game 2 vs. Loser of game 3)
Game 10 12:00 Championship bout for 3rd and 4th place (Losers of game 5 vs. losers of game 6)
Game 11 1:30 Championship bout for 5th and 6th place (Winner of game 8 vs. winner of game 9)

B Cup live stream

We'll have the stream pages posted to the Live section later today.

B Cup Live Stream

Yay. :D

Time Zone

What time zone are those times?

East.

Bloomington, IN is in the Eastern time zone. GMT -5:00.

Live pages are live

It's all built up. If you're logged in, and you've set your time zone in your account settings, it should do the math for you.

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GooooooooooooooOLD CAP!