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Starz Bows YouTube Comedy Channel with 3 Original Series

Starz Digital Media debuts 'Union Pool' with animated web series, including pop-culture mashup show 'Tvoovies'

Starz is expanding its original programming initiatives on YouTube, with its Starz Digital Media unit launching an entertainment and comedy channel on the Internet’s No. 1 video site.

The channel, “Union Pool,” is initially launching with three series: “Tvoovies,” a pop-culture animated mashup of TV shows and films; acting-school spoof “Hollywood Acting Studio”; and “Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon,” animated skein about seafaring puppets.

“We have been so successful with two of our award-winning web animation series ‘How It Should Have Ended’ and ‘30-Second Bunnies Theater,’ that we saw an opportunity to provide viewers with more original content,” Mara Winokur, senior VP of digital for Starz Digital Media.

New eps of the shows are skedded to launch every Tuesday and Thursday at youtube.com/unionpool. The channel builds on Starz Digital Media’s “How It Should Have Ended,” which has about 2.7 million subscribers, and “30-Second Bunny Theater,” which started on Starz’s cable VOD channel is now archived as part of Union Pool.

“Tvoovies,” inspired by social news site Reddit, was created by Cosmic Toast Studios in partnership with Starz Digital Media. Show spoofs big Hollywood titles, with segments including “Jurassic Parks and Rec,” “Mad X-Men,” “Indiana Jones and the Abbey of Downton” and “The Grey’s Anatomy.”

“Hollywood Acting Studio” was created by Kevin Best, co-founder of the Natural Disastronauts, which follows Professor Lafrange, a failed Hollywood hopeful instructing a new crop of aspiring actors at a local community college. “Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon,” is exec produced by two Nickelodeon and DC Comics alumni, Manny Galán and Pat Giles of Pat-Man Studios; show follows seafaring puppets on an underwater quest.

Starz Digital Media, a division of Starz, distributes digital and video-on-demand content from Starz, AMC, The Weinstein Co., Anchor Bay Films, Manga Entertainment and other parnters.

Watch the teaser video for “Union Pool”:

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