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Oxygen Developing Five New Original Projects

Oxygen Media will develop five new projects targeted to its core female millennial viewers, the network announced Wednesday.

The new series include Dead Clean, chronicling an all-women clean-up crew; House of Black Diamond, which follows the lives of six members of a California drill team; and Start Me Up, a competition series focusing on raising money through online crowdfunding. Also on the docket are Swipe For Love, in which singles are matched up via social media in front of a studio audience, and competition series The Ultimate Relationship Test, in which couples wager money on each other abilities to win a variety of challenges.

“Inspired by millenials who express themselves and their ideas in innovative and diverse ways, these five new projects reflect Oxygen Media’s commitment to sharing fun and meaningful stories that resonate with our audience,” Cori Abraham, senior VP of development & international for Oxygen Media, said in a statement.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.