Disney+ to Launch New Unscripted Series About the Detroit Youth Choir
We’ve got some exciting news on an awesome new series coming to Disney+! According to a recent piece with Deadline, the House of Mouse has landed a two-part project based on the inspiration story of America’s Got Talent finalists the Detroit Youth Choir.
Kicking off the detail will be a 6 episode unscripted docuseries which will be headed to Disney+. This will be followed by a scripted series that is in development by the same production team at Disney Branded Television.
We do know that writer/producer/showrunner Anthony Sparks (Queen Sugar, The Blacklist) is attached to the scripted drama series where he will also serve as showrunner and executive producer.
According to DEADLINE, the unscripted series has been filming in Detroit since last fall and chronicles the 2020/2021 season of Detroit Youth Choir. It is also inspired by Artistic Director Anthony White’s story. White has been a teacher, mentor and father figure in the heart of Detroit for over 2 decades and through his work has impacted the lives of and empowered over 1000 kids through music.
The DYC first came to the attention during the 14th Season of American’s Got Talent. During that time, The Detroit Youth Choir was gifted $1M from the City of Detroit and their final performance “Glory” was even co-written by John Legend, Common and Rhymefest. It would go on to become of the anthems in a summer that was dominated with the call for social change
“Disney Branded Television continues to seek out creative talent that is diverse, inclusive and representative of our multi-cultural landscape, and we are proud to team with Anthony White and the young voices of the Detroit Youth Choir to present this true-to-life story that is sure to inspire audiences of all ages,” said Ayo Davis, EVP, Creative Development and Strategy, Disney Branded Content. “We guarantee you’ll be singing along with this joyful group as they learn lessons about music and life in general.”
“Choir is the exact right kind of feel-good, hopeful programming we need at this moment, and we’re thrilled to be establishing a relationship with Disney+, for the first time, on both a scripted and unscripted version of this particular project,” said Chris McCumber, Blumhouse Television president.
The docuseries is directed by Rudy Valdez and produced by Maniac Productions, Blumhouse Television and Wheelhouse-backed Campfire. The scripted series is being produced by Maniac Productions and Blumhouse Television, with Campfire CEO Ross Dinerstein (Heaven’s Gate, Special, Jiro Dreams of Sushi) attached as executive producer.
Look for more info on both series coming soon…
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