TWO NEW DOCUMENTARY SPECIALS “BEING CHAZ” AND “I AM JAZZ: A FAMILY IN TRANSITION” SET TO PREMIERE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 ON OWN
October 26, 2011
Los Angeles, CA - Two new documentary specials "Being Chaz," chronicling Chaz Bono and his girlfriend Jennifer Elia as they navigate their lives together post Chaz's gender transformation surgery, and "I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition," following the life of an extraordinary family and their transgendered daughter, will premiere Sunday, November 27 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. "Being Chaz" will air 8-9 p.m. ET/PT followed by "I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition" from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT.
"Being Chaz" is the anticipated follow-up special to the 2011 Emmy Award nominated OWN Documentary Club film "Becoming Chaz" about Chaz Bono's transition from a woman to a man, which will have an encore airing immediately preceding the special from 6-8 p.m. ET/PT. The special follows Chaz as he embraces his new life, while his fiancé Jen begins to deal with living with a man. Viewers will also see the trials and tribulations of the couple's relationship as Chaz prepares for his debut on "Dancing with the Stars" amidst controversy and threats to his life over his decision to participate in the show. "Being Chaz" is executive produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Elise Duran serves as director and co-executive producer. World of Wonder, the production shingle of Bailey and Barbato, also produced "Becoming Chaz."
In the documentary special "I am Jazz: A Family in Transition," 11-year-old Jazz and her family face a life-altering decision as the ebullient tween approaches puberty. Through extensive archival family footage and first-person interviews, Jazz and her family share their powerful personal story as they grapple with the possibility of hormone blocking therapy and issues related to fertility, discrimination and identity. The special is directed by Jen Stocks and executive produced by Bill Hayes, Kirk Streb, Wayne Mahon and Mark Gottwald, Figure 8 Films.
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives. OWN debuted on January 1, 2011, in approximately 77 million homes on what was the Discovery Health Channel. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform, Oprah.com. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and www.press.discovery.com/us/own.
About World of Wonder
Innovative production company World of Wonder is behind such entertaining hit series as "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys" (Sundance Channel), "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Logo), "Million Dollar Listing" (Bravo), "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" (Planet Green), and "Finding Sarah" (OWN). World of Wonder has also created award winning films and documentaries such as "Inside Deep Throat", "The Eyes of Tammy Faye", "Party Monster", "Monica in Black and White", and "The Last Beekeeper", which won a 2010 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. They recently premiered their latest documentary "The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for HBO, which chronicles the repeal of the controversial military policy. Most recently, their 2011 Sundance Film Festival hit "Becoming Chaz" and HBO special "Wishful Drinking" both garnered a total of five Emmy® nominations.
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Sonia Koo, Manager, Communications
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"I am Jazz: A Family in Transition"
Jessica Boyer, Manager, Communications