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Fans practically lost their cool when Disney Channel hosted an original movies marathon earlier this year, but thankfully the fun doesn’t have to end on TV. In case you weren’t aware, Netflix already has tons of DCOMs on their streaming device, meaning you can watch them right now!
Disney Channels Worldwide will introduce a series of short-form programming to inspire, inform and motivate kids’ nutritious food choices and physical activities, beginning FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. Showcasing the work of notable animation talent including James Curran and David Calcano, and featuring beloved characters from “The Lion Guard,” “Miles from Tomorrowland” and “Star Wars Rebels,” the range of new interstitials will rotate daily on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. They are part of Disney’s company-wide Healthy Living Commitment, an initiative designed to help make healthy living simple and fun. The messages have the potential to reach over 500 million households on 116 channels worldwide.
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “We have an ongoing dialogue with parents who tell us they appreciate our efforts to model healthy lifestyle choices. One of the ways we do that is by ensuring healthier standards for food products seen within our kids television, radio and digital programming, and by using our platforms to inspire kids to eat nutritious foods and be active.”
Dancer and children’s dance instructor Paige Peterson (“Dancing with the Stars”) consulted on Disney Junior’s energetic workout video for kids age 2-7, “Teke Ruka Teleza (kick, jump, slide)” premiering Friday, September 23. A short-form series “Training with the Guard,” featuring simple yoga-inspired poses and activity demonstrated by Rafiki, Kion, Beshte, Fuli, Ono and Bunga, the beloved characters of Disney Junior’s animated series “The Lion Guard,” premieresMonday, October 3. Another lively Disney Junior animated short, “Be Your Best with Miles,” premieres Saturday, September 24. It encourages young kids to make smart choices like Miles (of the animated favorite, “Miles from Tomorrowland”) to sustain their energy throughout the day. The music video and short-form series will rotate on both the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel and the 24-hour channel Disney Junior.
For kids age 6-14, Disney Channel’s short-form animated series, “The Adventures of Papchu and Dr. Kapatoo,” created and animated by David Calcano (of Fantoons Animation Studio), illustrates how a balanced and nutritious eating plan is important for all-around health. It hones in on nutrient-rich foods — blueberries, greens and tomatoes — that work harder to help one get energy. Each of the music-filled stories follows kid characters through a daily school or sports challenge made easier via better nutrition. The series premieres Monday, September 26 and will air throughout regularly scheduled programming each day.
James Curran of SlimJim Studios, an artist in the motion graphic design world noted for his quirky and fun illustration-based animation, created interstitials starring popular Disney XD characters from “Star Wars Rebels,” “Star vs. The Forces of Evil,” “Future-Worm!” and “Gravity Falls,” among others. Via one of the most popular art forms, the animated GIF, Curran’s series, “Improve Your Selfie,” cleverly gets across messages about exercise and healthy eating. His work will be seen throughout the Disney XD program schedule in interstitials beginning Monday, September 26. Produced by Partizan, they are available here.
The Disney Healthy Living Commitment partners with parents in their quest to raise healthy, happy kids. The commitment provides kids and families with engaging content, useful tools and unique experiences to help them eat better, be more active, and be their best. More information is available at www.Disney.com/BeInspired.
Actor Kent Boyd, acclaimed choreographer Christopher Scott, and Imagen Award-winning director Francisco Lorite and producing partner Freddy Rodriguez are among the creators of 12 original short-form movies from authentic new storytellers, in a range of genres from irreverent comedy to mystery adventure with unique visual styles, debuting as “Free Period” on the Disney Channel app for mobile and connected TV devices on FRIDAY, AUGUST 5. “Free Period” movies will roll out daily on the Disney Channel YouTube page Friday, August 5 through Thursday, August 18.
The diverse group of writers, producers and directors have varying creative backgrounds. They are: award-winning writers and directors Jonathan Langager (“Josephine and the Roach”), Joe Swanson (“Zombo”) and Camille Stochitch (“Interstate”); feature film writers Ryan Landels (“Jem and the Holograms”) and John Swetnam (“Step Up All In,” “Into the Storm”); comedienne Dahéli Hall (“MADtv”); acclaimed choreographer Christopher Scott (“Teen Beach Movie,” “Step Up All In”); editor and director Viet Nguyen (“iZombie”); “Teen Beach Movie” star Kent Boyd; Imagen Award-winning director Francisco Lorite (“Cuco Gomez-Gomez is Dead!”) and his producing partner Freddy Rodriguez (actor – “Six Feet Under,” “Ugly Betty”), and stunt coordinator Mitchell Gould (“Kickin’ It,” “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything,” “K.C. Undercover”), among others.
Disney stars including Leo Howard (“Kickin’ It”) and “Teen Beach Movie” stars Garrett Clayton, Chrissie Fit, John Deluca and Mollee Gray are among some of the actors featured in the movies.
The “Free Period” movies are:
Disney Channel has ordered “Andi Mack,” a new series for kids and families created and executive produced by Terri Minsky who also created one of Disney Channel’s defining hit series, “Lizzie McGuire.” The series begins production this fall in Salt Lake City, Utah, with 12-year-old newcomer Peyton Elizabeth Lee starring in the title role. It is scheduled for a 2017 premiere on Disney Channel.
The announcement was made today by Adam Bonnett, executive vice president, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide.
Bonnett said, “As a writer and creative force, Terri Minsky has a one-of-a-kind voice that resonates with our audience, making them laugh and cry in the same scene with dialogue and storytelling that always feels honest.” He added, “When Terri created ‘Lizzie McGuire,’ she helped put Disney Channel on the map with a character that our audience could identify with and we look forward to introducing ‘Andi’ to a new generation of kids and tweens.”
About her return to Disney Channel, Minsky said, “I could have done this show any number of places, but the only one where it would really matter is Disney Channel.” Regarding casting Lee, she added, “Andi only existed as words on a page until Peyton Lee walked into the room. I will never forget the magic of that moment – to meet the character I wrote. Actually, it wasn’t until I met Peyton that I really knew who Andi was.”
“Andi Mack,” a single-camera family series, centers around Andi as she’s about to celebrate her 13th birthday. However, when her capricious older sister Bex returns home with the hope of getting her life together, Andi’s life is turned upside down and she is left questioning everything she’s ever known.
Also starring are Lilan Bowden (“Zombie Apocalypse”) as Andi’s sister Bex, Lauren Tom (“The Joy Luck Club,” “Friends”) as Andi’s mother Celia, Joshua Rush (Disney’s “The Lion Guard”) as Cyrus and Asher Angel (“Jolene”) as Jonah Beck.
In addition to “Lizzie McGuire,” for which she was a WGA Award nominee, Minsky created the television series “Less Than Perfect” and “The Geena Davis Show” for ABC and most recently developed “Finding Carter” for MTV. Two-time Emmy Award winner, Betty Thomas (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “John Tucker Must Die”) directed the pilot and Michelle Manning (Disney Channel’s “Adventures in Babysitting,” “Teen Beach 2”) will serve as an executive producer.
Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series, movies and short form. Currently available on basic cable and satellite in over 92 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney|ABC Television Group. Disney Channel-branded content spans television, online, mobile, VOD platforms and the Disney Channel App. Disney Channels Worldwide is a global portfolio of 116 kid-driven, family inclusive entertainment channels and/or channel feeds available in 163 countries/territories, in 34 languages.
Disney Channel has renewed the hit series “Stuck in the Middle” after its strong debut season with executive producer Linda Videtti Figueiredo at the helm. The single camera comedy stars Jenna Ortega as the middle child, Harley Diaz, who’s living in a household bustling with nine people — two parents and seven kids — each with distinct personalities and conflicting schedules. The series will resume production on its second season in the fall as new episodes continue to premiere Fridays (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET) on Disney Channel.
Photos and press materials are available here.
“Stuck in the Middle” also stars Isaak Presley as Ethan, Ronni Hawk as Rachel, Kayla Maisonet as Georgie, Nicolas Bechtel as Lewie, Malachi Barton as “Beast,” Ariana Greenblatt as Daphne, Cerina Vincent as Suzy and Joe Nieves as Tom.
Adam Bonnett, executive vice president, Original Series, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “Linda and her team have delivered a standout among all kids programming. Our viewers have connected to the relatable stories, the comedic conflict of being a middle child in a big lovable family and to a lead character with a passion for all things STEM.”
Since “Stuck in the Middle” launched in February of this year, it is one of TV’s Top 5 highest rated series among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14. Adults account for nearly one-quarter of its viewing audience — among all live-action series on kid-targeted channels, it ranks in the Top 5 among Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49. During 1Q 2016, the series reached 27 million Total Viewers in the U.S. and nearly one million in Canada.
Set in a suburb of Massachusetts, the comedic slice of life stories place Harley in the heart of the home, using her inventions to navigate her life as the middle child in the Diaz family. Season two stories will delve further into Harley’s relationship with her siblings.
Linda Videtti Figueiredo (“Rules of Engagement” and “Last Man Standing”) is the executive producer. The series was created by Alison Brown (“Dog With a Blog”). It is from Horizon Productions, Inc., and carries a TV-G parental guideline.
The imaginative story about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains will continue in “Descendants 2,” a Disney Channel Original Movie set to begin production this summer for a 2017 premiere, it was announced today by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.
Marsh said, “Just when you thought ‘Happily Ever After’ had come to the land of Auradon, ‘Descendants 2′ turns the page to reveal a whole new level of mystery and surprise.”
It is the highly anticipated sequel to “Descendants,” the No. 1 cable television movie of 2015 and the fifth highest-rated original movie ever on U.S. cable TV in Total Viewers. It is also the No. 1 Disney Channel Original Movie ever among kids in France, Netherlands, Belgium (south), Portugal, South Africa and Spain. In Italy, it is the No. 1 Disney Channel Original Movie ever among girls.
Emmy Award-winning director Kenny Ortega (“Descendants,” “High School Musical” movies, 2016′s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) will return as director, executive producer and choreographer.
Consumer interest remains strong in new “Descendants” stories as Disney Publishing’s sequel book, “Return to the Isle of the Lost” written by Melissa de la Cruz, entered the New York Times Best Sellers List (Middle Grade Hardcover) at No. 2 last week, its first week of release. The first book, “The Isle of the Lost,” was No. 1 for 14 weeks and this week, reentered for its 37th week on the best sellers list.
Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie”), Cameron Boyce (“Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything,” “Jessie”), Booboo Stewart (“X-Men Days of Future Past”), Sofia Carson (“Adventures in Babysitting”) and Mitchell Hope will reprise their starring roles as Mal, Carlos, Jay, Evie and King Ben, respectively. China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”) will join the cast as Uma, the daughter of Ursula from “The Little Mermaid.” Casting will be announced soon for additional new characters including the progeny of villains Captain Hook and Gaston.
Lauded writers Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon (“The Starter Wife,” “Runaway Bride”), who won a 2016 Writers Guild Award for “Descendants,” wrote “Descendants 2” and will also executive-produce with Wendy Japhet (“Descendants,” “An Education”, “The Italian Job”). “Descendants” costume designer Kara Saun (“Project Runway”) and production designer Mark Hofeling (“Teen Beach Movie,” “High School Musical”) are also signed on for the sequel. Tony Testa (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “This Is It”) will join the creative team as choreographer with Ortega, and Shawn Williamson (“Adventures in Babysitting”) will join as producer.
Before you spend Memorial Day weekend binging on every single Disney Channel Original Movie ever created (yes, all of them – from Don’t Look Under the Bed to The Cheetah Girls), refresh your DCOM memory with these fun facts.
Favorite Songs From Disney Channel Original Movies To Be Released On One Album, Commemorating The 100th Movie
Coinciding with Disney Channel’s upcoming premiere of “Adventures in Babysitting,” its 100th Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM), Walt Disney Records will release a digital album of songs from chart-topping and certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum DCOM soundtracks, “Your Favorite Songs from 100 Disney Channel Original Movies.” The album will be released at all online outlets on FRIDAY, MAY 27 and is available for pre-order today (http://smarturl.it/100DCOMa1). Its centerpiece is a medley of iconic DCOM songs performed by Hollywood Records recording artists Forever In Your Mind; the band’s music video will debut Friday, May 27 during the “100th DCOM Celebration” programming event on Disney Channel and will be available on DisneyMusicVevo immediately following its linear premiere. The music video will also be available same-day to all users of the Disney Channel app for smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.
The album will also include “Wildside” from the 100th DCOM “Adventures in Babysitting,” which was released today, and features the movie’s stars and Hollywood Records and Republic Records/Hollywood Records recording artists, Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson, respectively.
The track list for “Your Favorite Songs from 100 Disney Channel Original Movies” is below including songs from gold, platinum and multi-platinum soundtracks “High School Musical,” “High School Musical 2,” “The Cheetah Girls 2,” “Camp Rock,” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” plus, songs from the chart-topping and Top 10 soundtracks “Descendants,” “Teen Beach Movie,” and “Teen Beach Movie 2.”
1. Breaking Free (“High School Musical”)
2. Gotta Go My Own Way (“High School Musical 2”)
3. Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ (“Teen Beach Movie”)
4. Gotta Be Me (“Teen Beach 2”)
5. Rotten to the Core (“Descendants”)
6. Strut (“The Cheetah Girls 2”)
7. One and the Same (“Princess Protection Program”)
8. This Is Me (“Camp Rock”)
9. Introducing Me (“Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”)
10. Call Me, Beep Me (“Kim Possible”)
11. Determinate (“Lemonade Mouth”)
12. Wildside (“Adventures in Babysitting”)
13. Forever In Your Mind “DC Classics Medley” (including Wildside, This Is Me, Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’, Rotten to the Core, Breaking Free)
In the U.S., across all basic cable, DCOMs have delivered the #1 cable TV movie for 14 consecutive years in Tweens 9-14 (2002-15) and hold the record of six of the Top 7 original cable movies ever (“High School Musical 2,” “Teen Beach Movie,” “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie,” “Descendants,” “Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension” and “Camp Rock”).
Disney Channel Is Airing Every Original Movie Ever to Celebrate a Massive Milestone—See the Schedule!
Get out the party hats because Disney Channel is about to hit a major milestone—and they’re planning to party in style.