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Starz Shines Spotlight on ‘Blackpool’

Net teams with dancers Julianne and Derek Hough on series

Starz has teamed with pro hoofers Julianne and Derek Hough to develop “Blackpool,” a scripted series based on the world of competitive ballroom dancing.

Siblings, who initially rose to fame on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” will draw from their own personal experience growing up on the ballroom dance circuit as they develop and exec produce the series. Project centers on the prestigious and annual ballroom competition in Blackpool, England. Both Houghs will serve as head choreographers.

“I cannot wait to give audiences a fictionalized view of the world that I experienced growing up,” says Derek Hough. “Viewers are going to see a twisted, sexy, funny, dark and passionate side of the drama and politics in the world of ballroom dance that delves deeper than spray tans and sequins.”

Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of the paybler, added: “The world of ballroom dance has captivated millions of people around the world, and there are no more recognizable superstars in this arena than Julianne and Derek. Their experiences growing up in this highly competitive world are riveting and also shocking. There is much more to uncover than what we see on the dance floor.”

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