The Disney Channel announced that production has begun on “Shook,” a modern hip-hop dance focused short-form series that’s coming to YouTube. The series is set to star popular actress, singer and dancer Sofia Wylie. Fans should know Wylie best from the Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack” series and are probably excited to see the actor in the upcoming “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” for Disney+. “Shook” will be made available on September 28th, and it’s launching on Disney Channel’s YouTube.
Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass are the executive producers on the project, and the series was written by Jonathan Hurwitz (“Andi Mack”). Hannah Peterson (“East of the River”) is the director, and Alexis Beauregard (“Love & Hip Hop Hollywood”) is the choreographer. The short-form series filmed in and around Los Angeles, and the series is a production of DBP Donut.
A scripted single-camera narrative, “Shook” centers around Mia, a 15-year-old who yearns to dance professionally but is hindered by daily obligations to her little sister, Skylar, and their single mom, a registered nurse. Although Mia struggles to convey how she feels, with the support of her extroverted best friend, Fredgy, and a new mentor, Ritz, who introduces her to the vibrant world of street dance, Mia begins to express her true and best self through dance.
“Disney Channel’s YouTube channel already has 3 million subscribers and 1.4 billion views. Adding ‘Shook’ as our foray into original scripted content is a great step in continuing to connect with our viewers on a platform they already use,” said Vincent Aricco, vice president, Multiplatform Content Development, Disney Channels Worldwide. “Sofia’s extraordinary talents and already huge fan base enables us to reach and engage with our core kid and tween audience through visual storytelling for an increasingly digital audience.”
“It’s not every day that Disney asks you to partner on a diverse, fun, avant-garde dance series. Actually, this may never happen again, so we’re enjoying it while it lasts,” said Mark Duplass, co-founder, DBP Donut.
Wylie recently made her musical debut with “Side by Side,” part of the “Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts” special. Wylie is also the voice of Riri Williams in the “Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron” animation series and just made her big-screen debut in MarVista’s “Back of the Net.”
Joining Wylie, the “Shook” cast includes Somali Rose (“Raven’s Home”), LeShay Tomlinson (“Insecure”), Sydney Sepulveda (“Hard Knocks”), Wayne Mackins (“The Prom”), Jenna Z. Alvarez (“Kidding”) and Caroline Harris (“Megalodon”).
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