Actor and dancer, Jenna Dewan Tatum, has been confirmed as the host of NBC’s new dance competition series “World of Dance.” Tatum joins the “World of Dance” team led by judges Derek Hough, NE-YO and Jennifer Lopez, who also serves as executive producer.
The upcoming 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents and the opportunity to receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million.
The network detailed Tatum’s role on the show today, saying that she will, “share her expertise, experience and unique point of view with both the dancers and the audience, giving viewers insight into technical elements of dance as they relate to the story of the competition.”
“‘World of Dance’ is a show by dancers for dancers,” said Lopez. “Jenna is the perfect addition to join NE-YO, Derek and me in our ‘World of Dance’ family. We are thrilled to have her.”
“Jenna’s background as a dancer, entertainer and actress make her the perfect choice to host and work alongside our three incredibly talented judges,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to get started and give these four superstars a chance to both articulate and demonstrate how transformational dance can be.”
Tatum currently has a first-look deal for unscripted projects with Universal Television.
After coming to prominence as the co-lead opposite Channing Tatum in the hit Disney film “Step Up,” Tatum went on to star in the Lionsgate film “Setup,” opposite Bruce Willis and 50 Cent. On television, she was a lead in the Lifetime drama series “Witches of East End,” and appeared in Ryan Murphy’s popular FX miniseries “American Horror Story: Asylum.” Most recently, she played Lucy Lane, Lois’ older sister, in the first season of CBS’ superhero drama ”Supergirl.”
Tatum recently launched her own production company, Purple Cup. She previously joined forces with husband Channing Tatum to start their first production company, 33andOut Productions, which has produced the films “22 Jump Street,” “10 Years” and the documentary “Earth Made of Glass“.
Emmy Award winner Alex Rudzinksi will serve as director. Most recently he was live television director for NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” and, earlier in 2016, won two Emmys for his work on Fox’s “Grease Live!” Previously, Rudzinski directed all 22 seasons (more than 500 hours) of ABC’s top reality show, “Dancing With the Stars.”
Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas & Benny Medina will executive produce for Nuyorican Productions. Also executive producing are Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas. The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.