OWN Network – Pilot Episode
I Am JAZZ: A Family In Transition

OWN Network – Pilot Episode</br>I Am JAZZ: A Family In Transition

In the documentary special “I AM JAZZ: A Family in Transition,” follows the life of an extraordinary family and their transgendered daughter. 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.

Watch the pilot episode of the documentary special ““I AM JAZZ: A Family in Transition” below:

Watch the deleted scenes from the  pilot episode of the documentary special “I AM JAZZ: A Family in Transition.”

Greg and Jazz

Jazz’s father, Greg, reveals his initial feelings about having a transgender child. The encore presentation TBA on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.“I AM JAZZ: A Family in Transition.”

Jeanette’s Journal

Jeanette is the mother of Jazz – a child who suffers from gender identity disorder. Since Jazz first started exhibiting signs of being a girl when he was genetically born a boy, Jeanette has kept a journal. Watch as she reads the emotional entries from the early years of Jazz’s transition. The encore presentation TBA on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.“I AM JAZZ: A Family in Transition.”

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Media Contacts:
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“Being Chaz”
Sonia Koo, Manager, Communications
(323) 602-5514 • sonia_koo@own.tv

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“I am Jazz: A Family in Transition”
Jessica Boyer, Manager, Communications
(323) 602-5624 • jessica_boyer@own.tv
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.


  1. Louise says:

    Thankyou for helping others understand. I am a Mother of a happy little 8 year old who is transgender. It was hard to understand but listening to others helped.

  2. Louise says:

    Thankyou for helping others understand. I am in Australia and have a happy 8 year old who lives and attends school as a transgender bundle. Thankyou for being brave.

  3. Therese Caserta says:

    I respect Chaz, these children who speak up for themselves, the parent of these children, and all the children and adults who live the live the lives they feel is right for themselves. It takes alot of courage…Everybody should have a chance to live the life they feel is right as long as it doesn’t pose a threat to another person. Keep your heads up.

  4. Cole says:

    This is a message for Jazz,
    I watched all… i think all of your videos and think you are a very outgoing, fun spirited, enthusiastic girl who is BEAUTIFUL in every way and i wish i could get to know you cause i would enjoy being friends with you but you know you live in America and i live in Canada so…. ya but i would like to message you and mabey you could give me a number i could text to or something because i would like to talk to you more. I think you will grow up to be an …. Awesmazing mother cause you are very kind hearted person. I dont think…. actually let me correct myself… I know!!! There is nothing wrong with being a transgender and as long as you keep being the way you are it doesn’t matter at ALL what is between you legs, By the way my name is Cole, i am 13 and heading into grade 8 starting September 2013 and I hope you reply to my comment by mabey emailing me back at loonie49@hotmail.com Thanks,
    Stay true , stay you ,stay beautiful and just Keep on Keeping on

  5. […] In “I am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, the story arc is straightforward — Jazz introduces herself, her favorite things and best friends, then tells us that she’s not quite like the other girls. “I have a girl brain but a boy. This is called transgender. I was born this way!” she explains before describing her and her family’s journey. The simple delivery of course makes this book a good mirror for trans kids or window for cis-gender ones, but beyond the subject of gender, it offers a entry into broader conversations about empathy. […]