Time Inc.'s Rampante Orders First Docuseries Centered on New Orleans

Patricia Clarkson - P 2013
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Patricia Clarkson - P 2013

Time Inc.'s "next-generation" production entity is heading to New Orleans.

For its first foray, the Emiliano Calemzuk-led Rampante is prepping docuseries New Orleans, Here & Now, timed to the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The effort, which will feature six provocative short films centered on real stories from real people living in post-Katrina New Orleans, will be made available across Time's digital properties. 

Here & Now will be directed by award-winning filmmakers with connections to the city, including John Maringouin, Darius Clark Monroe and Angela Tucker, with New Orleans-born actress Patricia Clarkson and NCIS: New Orleans star Scott Bakula on board as executive producers. The project hails from Killer Films (Still Alice, Boys Don't Cry, Carol) and the newly formed Field Office Films, from the producers of Beasts of the Southern Wild.

“Rampante’s first series, New Orleans, Here & Now, is a reflection of our commitment to collaborating with companies that share our vision for bringing great stories to audiences via multiple platforms. We could not have asked for better partners than Time Inc., Killer Films and Field Office Films for this project,” noted Rampante founder and CEO Calemzuk in a statement on Wednesday.

Added executive producer and Killer Films founder Christine Vachon of tales that will range from Tiffany Junot’s path to becoming the World Boxing Council Welterweight Champion of the World to the musical talents of the TBC Brass Band to the family history of a beloved Vietnamese restaurant: "With our amazingly talented team of independent filmmakers, we were able to unearth unique stories from a beloved city that is rebuilding its identity. [It's] is a candid portrayal of life in the city today from several viewpoints.”

The news comes some nine months after plans were first announced for the L.A.-based company, which would focus on creating feature-length documentary films and linear and digital TV series derived from Time Inc's editorial resources. Calemzuk was tapped to lead the effort after spending more than a decade at what was then News Corp, including a stint as CEO of Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine America.