The film from AwesomenessTV’s Awesomeness Films division is directed by Amy Rice (“By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”). The documentary follows the life and career of the 26-year-old digital icon through his sold-out Slumber Party tour across the U.S., U.K. and Ireland.
“I feel so lucky to partner with Awesomeness to bring my story to the big screen,” Oakley said in a statement. “I started out making videos as a way to connect and am thrilled by the opportunity to share one of the most exhilarating years of my life.”
Oakley uploaded his first video to YouTube in 2007, when he was a freshman at Michigan State U. He now has 7.6 million YouTube subscribers and 21 million followers on social media. A major advocate for LGBT rights, Oakley has worked with other digital stars such as Grace Helbig — with whom he co-hosted the recent 2015 Streamy Awards — as well as Jenna Marbles, Hannah Hart, Tanya Burr and Darren Criss. In October, Gallery Books is set to publish Oakley’s “Binge,” his first collection of personal, humorous essays.
Producers on “Snervous” include AwesomenessTV CEO Brian Robbins and Awesomeness Films head Matt Kaplan, along with Tyler, Korey Kuhl, Lisa Filipelli and Laura Flanagan. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, which has handled previous digital distribution of AwesomenessTV film releases including “Smosh: The Movie,” will distribute “Snervous” globally across major digital platforms.
Among Awesomeness Films’ other projects is “Dance Camp,” a music-and-dance teen drama being co-produced with YouTube. The movie, produced by Jon M. Chu (“Step Up Revolution”), stars popular YouTuber Meg DeAngelis and Vine celeb Jake Paul, alongside Nadji Jeter (“Grown Ups”).
Oakley is repped by Big Frame, the talent-management division of AwesomenessTV.