×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

YouTube, Awesomeness Films Announce First Movie: ‘Dance Camp’

YouTube and Awesomeness Films have announced “Dance Camp,” a music-and-dance teen drama, as the first feature-length film under their co-production deal.

The movie, produced by Jon M. Chu (“Step Up Revolution,” “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” “Jem and the Holograms”), stars popular YouTuber Meg DeAngelis and Vine celeb Jake Paul, alongside Nadji Jeter (“Grown Ups”).

Dance Camp” is the latest movie to feature digital stars, which are fueled by the idea that their large social followings will spur a big turnout for their longer-form projects. Awesomeness Films, formed earlier this year by DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV, this summer released “Smosh: The Movie” with Defy Media following last year’s high-school comedy “Expelled,” with Vine star Cameron Dallas.

The film will be directed by British female duo Bert & Bertie, with Fatima Robinson (“The Voice,” “Dreamgirls,” “Save the Last Dance”) slated to choreograph the feature. “Dance Camp” is scripted by Nick Turner and Rex New Cast, both repped by Abrams Artists Agency. Cast also includes Josh Leyva, Jordyn Jones, Jacob Wysoki, Niki Demartino and Gabi Demartino.

“Music and dance are universally appealing. We are thrilled to be working with prolific dance experts like Jon and Fatima on ‘Dance Camp’ as they continue to set the bar for the dance genre,” said Matt Kaplan, president of Awesomeness Films.

The companies didn’t announce an expected premiere date or other details of the film’s release. YouTube previously announced plans to co-produce several movies with AwesomenessTV.

According to Google, dance is one of the most popular categories on YouTube, currently home to more than 24 million dance-related videos.

Chu and Hieu Ho are producing for Chu Studios. Chu is currently in post-production on Universal’s “Jem and the Holograms,” an adaptation of the ’80s animated TV series, and “Now You See Me 2” for Lionsgate.

In “Dance Camp,” Hunter (Jeter) gets busted by his mom for throwing a party – and she sends him off to a dance camp, where he meets a bunch of eclectic misfits. Although he first refuses to take the camp seriously, he’s eventually inspired to take down a rival dance group led by Lance (Paul) and along the way also falls in love with Cheyenne (DeAngelis).

More Digital

  • Alibaba Buys 8% Stake in Chinese

    Alibaba Buys 8% Stake in Chinese Video Platform Bilibili

    Alibaba has purchased an 8% stake in the Chinese online video platform Bilibili, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Bilibili is one of China’s top video streaming and entertainment platforms, with about 92 million monthly active users and 450 million page-views per day. Founded in 2009, it was listed on the NASDAQ last March. Alibaba’s [...]

  • Clevver-Logo

    Hearst Magazines Buys Clevver's Pop-Culture YouTube Channels After Defy's Demise

    Hearst Magazines has snapped up Clevver, a network of female-skewing lifestyle and pop-culture news YouTube channels that had been owned by now-defunct Defy Media. Clevver was left homeless after Defy’s sudden shutdown in November; its principals said at the time they were looking for a new home. Hearst Magazines sees a digital fit with Clevver’s [...]

  • "Brother" -- Episode 201-- Pictured (l-r):

    CBS Interactive's Marc DeBevoise on Streaming Boom, Content Strategy, and Apple

    Not everyone wants or needs to be Netflix to succeed in the streaming space. And not everyone sees Apple’s enigmatic new service as a threat. Even as rival streaming services offer gobs of content, CBS Interactive’s president and COO Marc DeBevoise sees the company’s targeted original programming strategy continuing to attract viewers to its All [...]

  • Rhett-Link-Good-Mythical-Morning

    Rhett & Link's Mythical Entertainment in Talks to Acquire Smosh (EXCLUSIVE)

    Smosh, the YouTube comedy brand left stranded after parent company Defy Media went belly-up, may be about to get a new business partner. Mythical Entertainment, the entertainment company founded by top YouTube comedy duo Rhett & Link, has been in talks about acquiring the Smosh brand, sources told Variety. Multiple potential buyers came forward to [...]

  • Pokemon Go

    Proposed 'Pokémon Go' Lawsuit Settlement May Remove Poké Stops, Gyms

    A proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit against “Pokémon Go” developer Niantic could remove or change a number of Poké Stops and Gyms in the popular augmented reality game. The proposed settlement was filed in a California court on Thursday and applies to anyone in the U.S. who owns or leases property within 100 meters [...]

  • Skyline of Doha at night with

    Qatar's beIN Rallies Support From U.S. Companies Against Pirate Broadcaster beoutQ

    Qatari powerhouse beIN Media Group has rallied support from American sports and entertainment entities, including Discovery and Fox, behind its request that the U.S. government place Saudi Arabia on its watch list of top intellectual property offenders. The Doha-based broadcaster, a state-owned spinoff of Al Jazeera news network, accuses the Saudi government of harboring pirate broadcaster [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content