Prentice Penny’s a Penny for Your Thoughts Entertainment Signs Multiyear Overall Deal





Prentice Penny’s a Penny for Your Thoughts Entertainment Signs Multiyear Overall Deal with Disney General Entertainment’s Onyx Collective
Under the terms of the agreement, Penny will produce, write and direct new projects through his production company, A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment, across all Disney platforms, including Hulu, which serves as the primary home for Onyx Collective titles.
[via press release from Disney General Entertainment Content]
Prentice Penny’s a Penny for Your Thoughts Entertainment Signs Multiyear Overall Deal With Disney General Entertainment’s Onyx Collective

Prentice Penny has entered into a new, multiyear overall deal with Disney General Entertainment’s Onyx Collective. Under the terms of the agreement, Penny will produce, write and direct new projects through his production company, A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment, across all Disney platforms, including Hulu, which serves as the primary home for Onyx Collective titles.

Penny and A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment will have the ability to develop projects that Penny would produce, write and/or direct himself, as well as develop and supervise projects from other writers. A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment’s president and partner, Chris Pollack, will continue in his role, leading the company alongside Penny under the new deal. The company’s development team, led by Alex Soler, will also make the move, continuing in their respective roles.

“When we mapped out our strategy and ideal partners for Onyx Collective, Prentice Penny was at the top of the vision board,” stated Tara Duncan, president, Freeform and Onyx Collective. “Prentice has a depth of experience telling wildly entertaining, culturally specific stories. His prolific ambitions, both as a writer and director, and his unique ability to identify trends make him the perfect creator to help build our brand. I’m honored he chose Onyx Collective to be his creative home.”

“I could not be more excited to partner with Onyx Collective for the next phase of my career. The second I sat down with Dana and Tara, I knew I wanted to work with them and make this my new home. To be at the ground floor of what Tara and the entire Onyx Collective team wants to be is an honor,” stated Prentice Penny. “The types of projects that Onyx, Chris (Pollack), and my fantastic team want to make line up perfectly. We are also ecstatic that we can continue to foster and develop more one-of-a-kind artists under this deal. As a writer/director/producer, you always want to have as many tools at your disposal to create your art, and all of the various platforms under the Disney brand just made for a beautiful marriage.”

With a passion for storytelling that inspires audiences to reconsider how they view the world, Penny has dedicated his creative efforts, as well as those of the company, to tell stories that offer fresh perspectives and explore beyond the beaten path to challenge the way we think about our culture and one another. The partnership will enable A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment to continue to create and champion these types of premium comedy, drama and late-night series while also expanding their work into new areas of content.

Penny is an Emmy(R)-nominated and Peabody- and Golden Globe(R)-winning writer, director and producer who has brought his unique voice and sensibilities to some of today’s most beloved projects. He is best known for his role as showrunner, executive producer and frequent director for HBO’s award-winning hit comedy “Insecure.” Fresh off its award-winning fourth season, the Emmy-nominated and Peabody-winning series will return for a fifth and final season this coming fall. Through A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment, Penny’s most recent project is “Pause with Sam Jay,” the recently launched late-night series that he co-created and executive produces with “SNL” writer Sam Jay at HBO. Additionally, Penny marked his feature film directorial and screenwriting debut with the Netflix original film “Uncorked.” Starring Mamoudou Athie, Niecy Nash and Courtney B. Vance, the film earned rave reviews and quickly become Netflix’s No. 1 movie in the U.S. the week of its release. Cementing Penny as a talented filmmaker to watch, the film’s skillful storytelling offered an intimate glimpse into family dynamics with added depth, nuance and dimension, expanding and overturning the traditional stereotypes of Black father-son relationships.

A multimedia production company, A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment specializes in content that explores the nuances of human experience through diverse characters and storylines. The company has several projects in various stages of development. Along with its scripted projects, the company has also ventured into unscripted programming, which most recently includes the original lifestyle series “Upscale with Prentice Penny” for truTV. Additionally, among Penny’s past credits are several acclaimed comedy series, including the Golden Globe-winning “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” critically acclaimed cult favorite “Happy Endings,” the hit ensemble series “Scrubs,” and the seminal sitcom “Girlfriends.”

The recently announced Onyx Collective focuses on curating premium content by creators of color and underrepresented voices. Penny joins the brand’s already-announced roster of prolific creators, including writer and comedian Natasha Rothwell (“Insecure,” “SNL”) and all non-Marvel titles produced by Ryan Coogler’s Proximity (“Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Black Panther”).

Penny is repped by WME, Theresa Kang-Lowe’s Blue Marble Management and attorneys John Meigs and Adam Kaller.

About Onyx Collective

Onyx Collective is a new content brand formed under Disney General Entertainment Content (DGE) designed to curate premium entertainment programming by creators of color and underrepresented voices. Onyx Collective’s debut project, Questlove’s award-winning documentary “Summer of Soul (… or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised),” is available now on Hulu. The brand’s roster of prolific creators also includes writer and comedian Natasha Rothwell (“Insecure,” “SNL”) and all non-Marvel titles produced by Ryan Coogler’s Proximity (“Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Black Panther”).



J.R. Villarreal Cast in Disney Channel’s Superhero Action Comedy ‘Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion’





J.R. Villarreal Cast in Disney Channel’s Superhero Action Comedy ‘Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion’

J.R. Villarreal (“Akeela and the Bee”) has been cast as Cruz de la Vega, a luchador wrestling coach with the secret superhero identity “Black Scorpion” in Disney Channel’s new live-action comedy series “Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion.” The series (formerly titled “Ultra Violet & Blue Demon”) stars Scarlett Estevez (“BUNK’D”) as Violet Rodriguez, a Latinx teenager who is chosen by a magical luchador mask to be a superhero, like her uncle, Black Scorpion.

The series also stars Marianna Burelli as Violet’s mother, Nina; Juan Alfonso as Violet’s father, Juan Carlos; Brandon Rossel as Violet’s brother, Santiago; Zelia Ankrum as Violet’s best friend, Maya Miller-Martinez; and Bryan Blanco as Violet’s classmate, Luis León.

Eric Garcia and Leo Chu will be executive producers and showrunners on “Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion.” Joe Nussbaum, Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit will also executive produce.

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Boat Rocker’s Hit Preschool Series “Dino Ranch” Renewed for Second Season at Disney





Boat Rocker’s Hit Preschool Series “Dino Ranch” Renewed for Second Season at Disney
Season two (52 x 11′) will air on Disney Junior and Disney+ in the U.S. & Latin America beginning in 2022.
[via press release from Boat Rocker Media]
BOAT ROCKER’S HIT PRESCHOOL SERIES “DINO RANCH” RENEWED FOR SECOND SEASON AT DISNEY

Season Two Set to Launch on Disney Junior and Disney+ U.S. & Latin America in 2022 Following Success of First Season

TORONTO, ON – July 26, 2021 – Boat Rocker (or the “Company”) (TSX: BRMI), an independent, integrated global entertainment company, today announced that its hit preschool animated series “Dino Ranch” has been renewed for a second season at Disney. Season two (52 x 11′) will air on Disney Junior and Disney+ in the U.S. & Latin America beginning in 2022.

Season two of “Dino Ranch” follows a successful first season, which saw the series premiere on CBC in Canada, and was the #1 U.S. cable series among Kids 2-5 at launch on Disney Junior*. Season one has also just launched on SVOD service Disney+ and is coming to Disney Junior Latin America in August, and SRC Canada in September.

“Dino Ranch” has received an incredible response from kids and parents around the world and we couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to produce a second season,” said Michel Pratte, President of Boat Rocker Media and General Manager of Boat Rocker Studios. “The show is a shining example of franchise IP for Boat Rocker and we are looking forward to continuing to build brand affinity and engagement love for “Dino Ranch” with our partners.”

Jon Rutherford, President of Boat Rocker Studios, Kids & Family, and Rights, said: “We’re very excited to continue our strong partnership with Disney for “Dino Ranch.” Disney’s incredible support, along with the show’s ability to resonate with audiences through its unique blend of dinosaurs, family, and engaging storytelling has helped us achieve immediate success. With Season two, we plan on deepening engagement with our fans by unveiling new characters and locations, and many new thrilling adventures with the Cassidy family.”

The show has seen strong international sales, including Disney+ in UK/Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, SUPER RTL/TOGGO Plus (Germany), Gulli plus TiJi and Gulli Africa (France), Cartoonito (Italy), Hop (Israel), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), DR (Denmark), YLE (Finland), TVP (Poland), and HRT (Croatia).

“Dino Ranch” is the ultimate playground – a working farm under the big skies of ranch country – and home to the tight-knit Cassidy family: Ma (Jane), Pa (Bo), and their three adopted kids, Jon, Min, and Miguel. But this isn’t an ordinary ranch. The Cassidy family is in charge of rounding up, riding, and caring for a lively herd of racing, roaring dinosaurs who are also their best friends.

Boat Rocker has developed a broad licensing program for “Dino Ranch,” partnering with Jazwares on a full line of “Dino Ranch”-themed toys which will be available Fall 2021. The company is also working with master publishing partner, Scholastic to design and produce a wide range of “Dino Ranch” readers, sticker storybooks, novelty, activity books, and audiobooks with products due to launch in the Fall. Further licensees have been secured in the U.S. for apparel, bedding & bath, watches, Halloween costumes, and costume characters for live events.

“Dino Ranch” is created by Matt Fernandes (of Industrial Brothers) and produced by Industrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios, in association with CBC Kids and Radio-Canada. Boat Rocker Studios manages global franchise development, including content distribution and consumer products. Animation services for season two of “Dino Ranch” will be provided by Boat Rocker’s Jam Filled Entertainment.

*Source: Nielsen, StarTrak, 1/18-2/5/21, L+7 thru 1/30 and L+7 blended post. Rank among series w/ 3+ telecasts.

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ABOUT BOAT ROCKER

Boat Rocker (TSX: BRMI) is the home for creative visionaries. An independent, integrated global entertainment company, Boat Rocker’s purpose is to tell stories and build iconic brands across all genres and mediums. With offices around the world, Boat Rocker’s creative and commercial capabilities include Scripted, Unscripted, and Kids & Family television production, distribution, brand & franchise management, a world-class animation studio, and talent management through Untitled Entertainment. A selection of Boat Rocker’s projects include: “Invasion” (Apple TV+), “American Rust” (Showtime), “Orphan Black” (BBC AMERICA, CTV Sci-Fi Channel), “Dear… ” (Apple TV+), “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” (Apple TV+), “The Next Step” (BBC, Family Channel, CBC), “Daniel Spellbound” (Netflix), and “Dino Ranch” (Disney+, Disney Junior, CBC). For more information, please visit www.boatrocker.com.

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Season Three of the Ribbeting Animated Comedy Series ‘Amphibia’ Premieres Saturday, Oct. 2





Season Three of the Ribbeting Animated Comedy Series ‘Amphibia’ Premieres Saturday, Oct. 2, on Disney Channel
– Whoopi Goldberg, RuPaul Charles, Kate Micucci, Brad Garrett and Anika Noni Rose Among Season Three Guest Stars –

Hop to your screens this fall when season three of the popular frog-out-of-water animated comedy “Amphibia” premieres Saturday, Oct. 2, at (9:30 a.m. EDT) on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW with a special extended-length episode. Created and executive produced by Matt Braly (“Gravity Falls”), season three of the Emmy® Award-nominated series finds Anne and the Plantars transported from Amphibia to her hometown of Los Angeles, where the Frog Family must learn to navigate the complexities of this modern-day world, conceal their identities as talking frog people and search for a way home. Season three will also include a 22-minute Christmas special featuring a song written by Rebecca Sugar (“Steven Universe”). Since its premiere in June 2019, “Amphibia” has garnered over 107 million views across Disney Channel’s YouTube and currently ranks among the top three cable series with Kids 6-11.

A season three sneak peek clip of “Amphibia” was revealed today during a combined virtual Comic-Con@Home panel with “The Owl House.” At the beginning of the panel, Disney Television Animation also shared an exclusive clip from the premiere episode of “The Ghost and Molly McGee,” an upcoming animated buddy-comedy series about tween optimist Molly and her unlikely friendship with grumpy ghost Scratch, which premieres this October.

Guest stars for season three include Whoopi Goldberg (“The View”), RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Kate Micucci (“DuckTales”), Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Anika Noni Rose (“The Princess and the Frog”), Archie Yates (“Jojo Rabbit”), Wallace Shawn (“Young Sheldon”), Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld”), Jason Ritter (“Gravity Falls”), Dana Davis (“Craig of the Creek”) and Melissa Villaseñor (“Saturday Night Live”).

Following the season three premiere, new episodes of “Amphibia” will debut every Saturday through Nov. 27 on Disney Channel and in DisneyNOW. This Fall, “Amphibia” will also debut its third “Disney Theme Song Takeover” on Disney Channel YouTube, which spotlights popular animated characters doing their own unique take on their series’ popular theme songs complete with new lyrics. In this new short, Anne’s best friend Marcy (voiced by actress Haley Tju) reveals to Hop Pop and Polly her adventures in Newtopia while Anne was living in Wartwood and Sasha took charge of Toad Tower. Seasons one and two of “Amphibia” are now available to stream on Disney+, and season three episodes will become available beginning Fall 2021. “Amphibia” apparel and PopSockets PopGrip are also available at Amazon.com/DisneyChannel.

“Amphibia” stars popular actress and longtime Disney Channel star Brenda Song (“Dollface”) as Anne Boonchuy; Justin Felbinger (Disney Junior’s “Miles From Tomorrowland”) as Sprig Plantar, who forges a once-in-a-lifetime friendship with Anne; Amanda Leighton (“This Is Us”) as unpredictable pollywog (aka tadpole) Polly Plantar, the youngest member of the Plantar family; and Disney Legend Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy) as overprotective and traditional grandfather Hop Pop. “Amphibia” is a production of Disney Television Animation and carries a TV-Y7 parental guideline.

Source: NMR Live+7 data (12/28/20-6/6/21); 23+ telecast limit. Excludes specials, movies, shorts, sports, and late night.

Source: YouTube Analytics. Reporting period: Lifetime – 7/10/21. Videos Views. All series specific content posted on Disney Channel’s YouTube.

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Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends: Season 1 Fact Sheet





Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends: Season 1 Fact Sheet
Title:
“Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends”

Network:
Disney Channel and Disney Junior

Premiere Date:
Aug. 6, 2021

Synopsis:
“Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends” is the first full-length Marvel series for preschoolers. The series follows Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy and Miles Morales and their adventures as the young heroes team up with Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Black Panther to defeat foes like Rhino, Doc Ock and Green Goblin and learn that teamwork is the best way to save the day.

Voice Cast:
Benjamin Valic as Peter Parker
Lily Sanfelippo as Gwen Stacy
Jakari Fraser as Miles Morales
Tru Valentino as Black Panther
Sandra Saad as Ms. Marvel
Armen Taylor as Hulk
Melanie Minichino as Aunt May
JP Karliak as Green Goblin
Kelly Ohanian as Doc Ock
Justin Shenkarow as Rhino

Executive Producer:
Harrison Wilcox

Supervising Producer:
Steve Grover

Supervising Director:
Chris Moreno

Consulting Director:
Chris Gilligan

Composer/Songwriter:
Patrick Stump

Parental Guideline:
TV-Y



August 2021 Programming Highlights Disney Channel





August 2021 Programming Highlights
– All programming subject to change –

Friday, Aug. 6
Original Series – Series Premiere – Simulcast on Disney Channel and Disney Junior
Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends “Spidey to the Power of Three/Panther Patience”
(9:00-9:25 a.m. EDT)
“Spidey to the Power of Three” – When Miles and Gwen each think their skill set is the best to track down Rhino, Peter reminds them that teamwork is the best way to save the day.

“Panther Patience” – After Doc Ock steals a chunk of vibranium from a Wakandan museum exhibit to power her suit, Spidey and Black Panther must work together to get it back.
TV-Y

Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel and Disney Junior
Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends “Superhero Hiccups/Lost and Found”
(9:25-9:50 a.m. EDT)
“Superhero Hiccups” – Miles gets discouraged when his hiccups keep the team from stopping Green Goblin.

“Lost and Found” – Peter is in over his head when he needs to put an end to Rhino’s stomping rampage, retrieve his lost backpack and make it back to Aunt May in time for movie night.
TV-Y

Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
BUNK’D “Frien’ds Forever”
(8:00-8:24 p.m. EDT)
As another fun summer at Camp Kikiwaka comes to an end, the campers must confront change and fear of the unknown.
*Meg Donnelly (“ZOMBIES”) guest stars as Parker’s sister, Priscilla.
TV-G

Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
Gabby Duran & The Unsittables “The Bubble”
(8:24-8:48 p.m. EDT)
Scary news headlines inspire Gabby to take on all the world’s issues at once by assembling a team of aliens to combat it, but she accidentally releases a whole new calamity.
TV-G

Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
Gabby Duran & The Unsittables “GOAT of the Month”
(8:48-9:12 p.m. EDT)
With the goal of getting into the GOAT of the Month magazine, Gabby and Wes decide to perform a duet at an open mic night, but Gabby invites an alien-made problem.
TV-G

Saturday, Aug. 7
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
The Owl House “Eclipse Lake”
(10:00-10:30 a.m. EDT)
When Luz gets sick with the Common Mold, it’s up to Amity, King and Eda to find an important ingredient for the portal door—but they’re not the only ones on its trail.
TV-Y7 FV

Monday, Aug. 9
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Junior
Mira, Royal Detective “The Great Kathak Mystery/The Mystery of the Missing Parts”
(5:00-5:30 p.m. EDT)
“The Great Kathak Mystery” – Mira and her friends must track down their missing ghungroo bells in order to perform with a Kathak dance guru. *Series dance consultant and choreographer *Nakul Dev Mahajan (“So You Think You Can Dance”) guest stars as Guru Nakul.

“The Mystery of the Missing Parts” – When items start going missing around town, Mira is on the case.

*Shazi Raja (“The Resident”) guest stars as Pinky’s cousin, Manya.
TV-Y

Friday, Aug. 13
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends “Doc Ock’s Super Octopus/Attack of the Green Giggles”
(9:00-9:25 a.m. EDT)
“Doc Ock’s Super Octopus” – When Doc Ock’s growth serum is used on a baby octopus, the Spidey team must stop it from rampaging into the city.

“Attack of the Green Giggles” – When Green Goblin blasts goblin gas all over the city, Spidey and Ms. Marvel work together to ensure that he doesn’t have the last laugh.
TV-Y

Disney Channel Original Movie – Premiere on Disney Channel
“Spin“
(8:00-9:40 p.m. EDT)
The Disney Channel Original Movie “Spin” follows Rhea, a relatable Indian American teen who discovers her passion for creating DJ mixes that blend the rich textures of her South Asian culture and the world around her. Her life revolves around her eclectic group of friends, Molly, Watson and Ginger; her after-school coding club; her family’s Indian restaurant; and her tight-knit, multigenerational family, which includes her father, Arvind, younger brother Rohan and her grandmother, Asha. Everything changes when she falls for aspiring DJ Max, and her long-lost fervor for music is re-ignited. Rhea discovers that she has a natural gift for creating beats and producing music but must find the courage to follow her true inner talent.
TV-G

Original Animated Special – Premiere on Disney Channel
“Descendants: The Royal Wedding”
(9:40-10:00 p.m. EDT)
Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boom! “Descendants: The Royal Wedding” invites viewers to Auradon’s most anticipated social soiree—Mal and King Ben’s wedding. Happily-ever-after continues for Auradon’s power couple as they prepare to say “I do” at an epic celebration with their friends and family, but Hades threatens to ruin it all.
TV-G

Original Series – Series Premiere on Disney Channel
Disney’s Magic Bake-Off “Descendants”
(10:00-10:48 p.m. EDT)
Imagination rules and teamwork triumphs as three teams of two race against the clock to design the most extraordinary cakes inspired by the magic of Disney. In the premiere episode, co-hosts Dara Reneé and Issac Ryan Brown, along with Disneyland resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez, guide the kid bakers through fun challenges and unexpected twists to create the ultimate “Descendants” wedding cake. The winning team will be named Disney Baking Champion, and their winning recipe will become a featured Tastemade video available on Disney Channel and Tastemade social media platforms.
TV-G

Saturday, Aug. 14
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
The Owl House “Yesterday’s Lie”
(10:00-10:30 a.m. EDT)
Luz thinks she’s found a way back home but questions if she’s ready for what she’ll find on the other side.
TV-Y7 FV

Friday, Aug. 20
Original Series – Series Premiere on Disney Channel and Disney Junior
Mickey Mouse Funhouse “Homesick/Goldfish Goofy!”
(8:00-8:25 a.m. EDT)
“Homesick” – Mickey, Minnie and friends want to take Funny the funhouse on a picnic, but he isn’t feeling well.

“Goldfish Goofy!” – Funny takes the gang to Underwater Ocean World, transforming them into merpeople.
TV-Y

Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel and Disney Junior
Mickey Mouse Funhouse “Spaced Out!/Treasure, Ahoy!”
(8:25-8:50 a.m. EDT)
“Spaced Out!” – Funny turns into a rocket ship to take everyone to space.

“Treasure, Ahoy!” – When Donald’s impatience causes him to lose his pool floaty, Funny takes the crew to find the Lost & Found Treasure Chest.
*Jenifer Lewis (ABC’s “black-ish”) and Richard Kind (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) guest star as Wheezelene and Cheezel, members of a troublemaking weasel trio.
TV-Y

Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends “Bug in the System/Test Your Super Strength”
(9:00-9:25 a.m. EDT)
“Bug in the System” – Doc Ock sends her favorite octo-bot to infiltrate WEB-Quarters with a new invention that can steal everything Spidey’s ever invented.

“Test Your Super Strength” – Spidey reminds Hulk to use self-control after Rhino challenges him to a strength contest.
TV-Y

Original Series – Series Premiere on Disney Channel
Disney’s Magic Bake-Off “Disney Theme Parks”
(8:00-8:48 p.m. EDT)
Imagination rules and teamwork triumphs as three teams of two race against the clock to design a Disney Theme Parks-inspired cake. Co-hosts Dara Reneé and Issac Ryan Brown, along with Disneyland resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez, guide the kid bakers through fun challenges and unexpected twists until a winning team is named Disney Baking Champion.
TV-G

Friday, Aug. 27
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends “Pecking Prankster Pigeons/Green Thumb”
(9:00-9:25 a.m. EDT)
“Pecking Prankster Pigeons” – Green Goblin uses a remote to control the city’s pigeons so they will steal for him.

“Green Thumb” – Green Goblin invents a weather machine to wreak havoc on the city.
TV-Y

Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
Mickey Mouse Funhouse “Is There a Plumber in the House?!/A Fish Tale”
(8:00-8:30 a.m. EDT)
“Is There a Plumber in the House?!” – Mickey and the gang help Funny feel comfortable seeing a plumber when he has a leaky faucet.

“A Fish Tale” – When Funny takes the gang fishing, he warns them about the legendary Big Muddy, the largest catfish in Big Fish Swamp.
TV-Y

Original Special – Premiere on Disney Channel
“Disney Princess Remixed – An Ultimate Princess Celebration”
(7:30-8:00 p.m. EDT)
Disney Princess Remixed celebrates the timeless music of Disney Princess and themes of courage and kindness as part of the Ultimate Princess Celebration.
TV-G

Original Series – Series Premiere on Disney Channel
Disney’s Magic Bake-Off “Princesses”
(8:00-8:48 p.m. EDT)

Imagination rules and teamwork triumphs as three teams of two race against the clock to design a Disney Princesses-inspired cake. Co-hosts Dara Reneé and Issac Ryan Brown, along with Disneyland resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez, guide the kid bakers through fun challenges and unexpected twists until a winning team is named Disney Baking Champion.
TV-G



Disney’s Magic Bake-Off: Fact Sheet





Disney’s Magic Bake-Off: Fact Sheet
Title: “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off”

Network: Disney Channel

Premiere Date: Friday, Aug. 13 (10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.

New Episodes Available: Fridays (8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.

Target Demographic: Kids age 6-14 and their families

Synopsis: Disney Channel and modern media company Tastemade team up to present “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off,” a one-hour unscripted competitive series for kids 6-14 combining the wonder of baking with the ingenuity of young pastry chefs. Multitalented stars Dara Reneé and Issac Ryan Brown co-host this series where imagination rules and teamwork triumphs as three teams of two race against the clock to create the most extraordinary cakes inspired by the magic of Disney. Co-hosts Reneé and Brown with Disneyland Resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez, who serves as baking judge, guide the kid bakers through fun challenges and unexpected twists, all designed to elevate the contestants’ baking abilities, techniques and creativity to new culinary heights. Each episode will declare a winning team to be named Disney Baking Champion. The winning recipe will become a featured Tastemade video available on Disney Channel and Tastemade social media platforms.

Cast: Issac Ryan Brown as Co-Host
Dara Renee as Co-Host
Disneyland® Resort Pastry Chef Graciela “Gracie” Gomez as Judge

Executive Producers: Emily Mraz, Joey Lucas and Molly O’Rourke



Disney Channel Presents an All-New Music Special, “Disney Princess Remixed – An Ultimate Princess Celebration”





Disney Channel Presents an All-New Music Special, “Disney Princess Remixed – An Ultimate Princess Celebration,” Premiering Friday, Aug. 27
Narrated by 12-year-old social media star Txunamy Ortiz, the half-hour special will celebrate the empowering attributes of Disney princesses and queens through reimagined performances of their iconic songs.
[via press release from Disney Channel]
EMBRACE YOUR INNER PRINCESS!

DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS AN ALL-NEW MUSIC SPECIAL: ‘DISNEY PRINCESS REMIXED – AN ULTIMATE PRINCESS CELEBRATION’ PREMIERING FRIDAY, AUG. 27

– Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Julia Lester, Ruth Righi, Izabela Rose and Sophia Hammons Are Set to Perform Covers of Iconic Disney Princess Songs –

– Classic Disney Movies ‘Tangled’ and ‘Frozen’ to Kick-Off Disney Channel’s Princess Night –

Coinciding with World Princess Week, Disney Channel will unveil an all-new music special, “Disney Princess Remixed – An Ultimate Princess Celebration,” FRIDAY, AUG. 27 (7:30 p.m. EDT/PDT). Narrated by 12-year-old social media star Txunamy Ortiz, the half-hour special will celebrate the empowering attributes of Disney princesses and queens through reimagined performances of their iconic songs. GRAMMY(R) Award-winning recording artist Brandy will also debut her music video for “Starting Now,” the anthem for The Walt Disney Company’s year-long event, “Ultimate Princess Celebration,” which spotlights the courage and kindness that Disney heroines inspire in fans all around the world. “Disney Princess Remixed – An Ultimate Princess Celebration” will also be available on Disney+ same day in select markets, including the U.S.

Disney stars Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Julia Lester (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), Izabela Rose (“Secrets of Sulphur Springs”), Ruth Righi (“Sydney to the Max”) and Sophia Hammons (“Under Wraps”) are set to perform pop, rock and R&B remixes of “Into the Unknown” from Disney’s “Frozen 2,” “Home” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “Almost There” from Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” and “Part of Your World” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” respectively. Walt Disney Records will also release three singles from the special, “Into the Unknown (Disney Princess Remixed)” set for release on Aug. 13, followed by two additional singles available Aug. 27.

To kick off Disney Channel’s Princess Night, fans can also enjoy a special presentation of the classic Disney movies “Tangled” beginning at 4:05 p.m. EDT/PDT and “Frozen” at 5:45 p.m. EDT/PDT. Immediately following the special, a new princess-themed episode of “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off” will debut at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT.

“Disney Princess Remixed – An Ultimate Princess Celebration” is executive produced by Emmy(R) Award-winning team NappyTabs (“World of Dance,” “So You Think You Can Dance”).

About “Ultimate Princess Celebration”

Ultimate Princess Celebration is a yearlong event spotlighting the courage and kindness that Disney heroines inspire in fans all around the world. From Cinderella’s generosity and Belle’s ingenuity to Mulan’s selflessness and Moana’s adventurous spirit, Disney is honoring these strong women through music, experiences, products, and a campaign to give back to children around the country. Find out more about Ultimate Princess Celebration at princess.Disney.com, or follow on @thedisneyprincesses on Instagram / @DisneyPrincess on Facebook.



Spin: Fact Sheet & Lead Sheet on Disney Channel





Spin: Fact Sheet
Title: “Spin”

Premiere: Friday, Aug. 13 (8:00 p.m. PDT/EDT), on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW

Synopsis: “Spin” follows Rhea, a relatable Indian American teen who discovers her passion for creating DJ mixes that blend the rich textures of her South Asian culture and the world around her. Her life revolves around her eclectic group of friends, Molly, Watson and Ginger; her after-school coding club; her family’s Indian restaurant; and her tight-knit, multigenerational family, which includes her father, Arvind, younger brother Rohan and her grandmother, Asha. Everything changes when she falls for aspiring DJ Max, and her long-lost fervor for music is re-ignited. Rhea discovers that she has a natural gift for creating beats and producing music but must find the courage to follow her true inner talent.

Cast: Avantika as Rhea
Abhay Deol as Arvind
Meera Syal Grandmother Asha
Aryan Simhadri as Rohan
Michael Bishop as Max
Anna Cathcart as Molly
Jahbril Cook as Watson
Kerri Medders is Ginger

Director: Manjari Makijany

Executive Producer: Zanne Devine

Producer: Terry Gould

Writing by: Carley Steiner and Josh Cagan

Production Designer: Hilary Gurtler

Director of Photography: Jeremy Benning

Composer: Marius de Vries

Additional Music by: Salim-Sulaiman

Music Supervisor: Maureen Crowe

Costume Designer: Trysha Bakker

India Costume Consultant: Riyazali Merchant

Production Company: Bloor Street Productions, Inc.

Parental Guideline: TV-G

Spin: Lead Sheet
The Disney Channel Original Movie “Spin” is an aspirational story about Rhea, a relatable Indian American teen whose journey of self-discovery empowers her to find her true love—creating and producing beat-driven music infused with the rich textures of her South Asian culture. Multitalented actress Avantika (“Mira, Royal Detective,” “Diary of a Future President”) stars as confident and talented Rhea—the world’s next big DJ!

Rhea’s (Avantika) busy life revolves around her eclectic group of friends, Molly, Watson and Ginger; her after-school coding club; working at her family’s Indian restaurant; and her tight-knit, multigenerational family, which includes her father, Arvind, younger brother Rohan and her grandmother, Asha. Everything changes when she falls for Max, a charming new student at Jefferson High who is also an aspiring DJ.

An instant connection is made when Max hears Rhea’s eclectic mixtape playing in the background at her family’s restaurant. A friendship immediately blossoms over their love for music, and he teaches Rhea how to DJ. Drum machines, DJ mixer, vinyl records, mixing beats and creating new sounds—Rhea absorbs it all and quickly discovers she has a natural gift for creating beats and producing music, and her long-lost fervor for music is reignited. Now, she has to figure out how to fit this new pursuit into her already busy schedule.

She is committed to working at her family’s restaurant, Spirit of India. Ever since Rhea’s mother, Mira, passed away, her family has grown even closer. They rely on each other to run the busy establishment. A staple in their community, the restaurant serves a variety of pan-regional and traditional Indian dishes and often finds Rhea’s gregarious and nurturing grandmother, Asha, regaling customers with impromptu Bollywood dance numbers. Rhea’s younger brother is also a key member of the staff and is always ready to share his ideas to enhance the place, including adding Tik Tacos to the menu and his lofty renovation plans. Rhea’s father, Arvind, a widower of eight years, is still not quite ready to move on and consequently pours himself into his restaurant to ensure everything runs perfectly. Just as he pays attention to every detail of his business, he doesn’t miss any detail with his children, including when Max catches Rhea’s attention.

When Rhea isn’t at school, the restaurant or with Max learning the nuances of the DJ world, she is squeezing time in with her friends, even if it’s only for a few moments during their after-school coding club. Everything is about to hit its threshold as Rhea tries to balance her schedule while pursuing her new passion. Music. Family. Friends. School. Repeat. Just when it all seems to be too much, Rhea finds new inspiration when her friends, as well as her grandmother, encourage her to compete at the DJ Beat-Masters, the city’s biggest DJ battle—the same competition Max is hoping to win.

Music has always been a part of Rhea, inherited from her mother, who was a singer and musician. While she tried to contain her love of music, she can’t escape it now. She has a natural talent for creating and producing beat-driven music that blends the rich textures of her South Asian culture and the world around her. Everything is music. Now, Rhea must find the courage to follow her true inner talent and step into her destiny.

Avantika leads an international ensemble of talented veteran and burgeoning young actors, including Bollywood renowned Abhay Deol (“Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”) as Arvind, UK comedienne/actress Meera Syal (“Yesterday”) as Asha, Aryan Simhadri (“Adventures in Wonder Park”) as Rohan, Michael Bishop (“Grace Beside Me”) as DJ Max, Anna Cathcart (“Descendants” franchise) as Molly, Jahbril Cook (“A Week Away”) as Watson and Kerri Medders (“Alexa & Katie”) as Ginger.

Director Manjari Makijany (“Skater Girl”) spares no detail to deliver a touching coming-of-age story and an authentic depiction of an Indian American experience. From the wardrobe, (Rhea’s Indo-fusion wardrobe of Tunics and Kurtis when she works at the restaurant; Asha’s classic Saris, Salwars and jewelry) which was constructed and shipped from India, to Spirit of India and its authentic Indian dishes, as well as the classic Bollywood music.

GRAMMY® Award-winner Marius de Vries is movie composer and songwriter, with additional music contributions by music composer duo Salim-Sulaiman. Zanne Devine (“Easy A,” “I, Tonya”) is executive producer with writing by Carley Steiner (“Play Date”) and Josh Cagan (“The Duff”).



Friday the 13th Just Got Fun-Lucky With a Huge Night of Premieres on Disney Channel





Friday the 13th Just Got Fun-Lucky With a Huge Night of Premieres on Disney Channel
‘Spin,’ ‘Descendants: The Royal Wedding’ and ‘Disney’s Magic Bake-Off’ All To Debut Friday, Aug. 13

Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky? In August, it’s going to be a FUN-lucky night on Disney Channel when “Spin,” “Descendants: The Royal Wedding” and “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off” premiere FRIDAY, AUG. 13, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. Additionally, the network TV premiere of Disney and Pixar’s animated blockbuster “Toy Story 4” at 6:15 p.m. EDT/PDT will usher in the epic night of fun.

Starting at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT is the DJ-powered Disney Channel Original Movie “Spin” starring Avantika (“Mira, Royal Detective,” “Diary of a Future President”) as Rhea, an Indian American teen who discovers her true passion for creating and producing beat-driven music that blends the textures of her South Asian culture and the world around her. Immediately following “Spin,” viewers are invited to “Descendants: The Royal Wedding,” the highly anticipated animated event of the summer that continues the story for “Descendants” franchise faves Mal and Ben on their wedding day and features a brand new song by the cast of “Descendants.” Immediately following is the debut of the new series, “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off,” an unscripted competitive baking show for kids 6-14 co-hosted by multitalented stars Dara Reneé (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”) and Issac Ryan Brown (“Raven’s Home”).

Music Is Everything in “Spin”
The Disney Channel Original Movie “Spin” follows Rhea (Avantika), a relatable Indian American teen who discovers her passion for creating DJ mixes that blend the rich textures of her South Asian culture and the world around her. Her life revolves around her eclectic group of friends, Molly, Watson and Ginger, her after-school coding club, her family’s Indian restaurant, and her tightknit, multigenerational family, which includes her father Arvind, younger brother Rohan and her grandmother Asha. Everything changes when she falls for aspiring DJ Max, and her long-lost fervor for music is reignited. Rhea discovers that she has a natural gift for creating beats and producing music but must find the courage to follow her true inner talent.

Avantika leads an international ensemble of talented veteran and burgeoning young actors, including Bollywood renowned Abhay Deol (“Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”) as Arvind, UK comedienne/actress Meera Syal (“Yesterday”) as Asha, Aryan Simhadri (“Adventures in Wonder Park”) as Rohan, Michael Bishop (“Grace Beside Me”) as DJ Max, Anna Cathcart (“Descendants” franchise) as Molly, Jahbril Cook (“A Week Away”) as Watson and Kerri Medders (“Alexa & Katie”) as Ginger.

“Spin” is directed by Manjari Makijany (“Skater Girl”) and executive produced by Zanne Devine (“Easy A,” “I, Tonya”), with writing by Carley Steiner (“Play Date”) and Josh Cagan (“The Duff”).

Link to “Spin trailer:

Prepare for a Walk Down The Aisle in “Descendants: The Royal Wedding”
Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boom! “Descendants: The Royal Wedding” invites viewers to Auradon’s most anticipated social soiree—Mal and King Ben’s wedding. Happily-ever-after continues for Auradon’s power couple as they prepare to say “I do” at an epic celebration with their friends and family, but Hades threatens to ruin it all.

The animated special will feature a brand new song, and the original “Descendants” cast is set to reprise their roles, including Dove Cameron as Mal, Sofia Carson as Evie, Booboo Stewart as Jay, Mitchell Hope as Ben, Sarah Jeffery as Audrey, Melanie Paxson as Fairy Godmother, China Anne McClain as Uma, Jedidiah Goodacre as Chad, Anna Cathcart as Dizzy, Dan Payne as Beast, Bobby Moynihan as Dude the Dog and Cheyenne Jackson as Hades.

“Descendants: The Royal Wedding,” by Sara Parriott & Josann McGibbon and Ricky Roxburgh, is based on the “Descendants” movies by Parriott & McGibbon (“The Starter Wife,” “Runaway Bride”). The animated special is directed by Salvador Simó (“The Jungle Book”) and produced by Final Frontier Entertainment.

Sweet Dreams Are Made of “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off”
Disney Channel and modern media company Tastemade team up to present “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off,” a new one-hour competitive series for kids 6-14 combining the wonder of baking with the ingenuity of young pastry chefs as they create the most extraordinary cakes inspired by the magic of Disney.

Imagination rules and teamwork triumphs as three teams of two race against the clock to design a Disney-inspired cake, including classics such as “Star Wars,” “The Lion King,” “Toy Story,” “Descendants,” “Zombies,” and more! Co-hosts Dara Reneé and Issac Ryan Brown, along with Disneyland resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez, guide the kid bakers through fun challenges and unexpected twists, all designed to elevate the contestants’ baking abilities, techniques and creativity to new culinary heights. Each episode will declare a winning team to be named Disney Baking Champion. The winning recipe will become a featured Tastemade video available on Disney Channel and Tastemade social media platforms.

After its Friday, Aug. 13, debut, the series will be available every Friday evening on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. Created by Tastemade, “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off” is executive produced by Emily Mraz (“Broken Bread”), Joey Lucas (“Beyond the Block”) and Molly O’Rourke (“Lovely Bites by Chef Lovely”).

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