Corinne, Peyton List’s Romance Among the Kids and Family Greenlight on HBO Max and Cartoon Network (EXCLUSIVE)

HBO Max and Cartoon Network have been given the green light and have acquired several projects for their children and families. Diversity learned exclusively. The list includes two specials based on the Mattel American Girl franchise and a supernatural romance starring Peyton List.

The first American Girl special has the working title “American Girl: Corinne Tan”, inspired by the 2022 Girl of the Year doll brand and the first doll of Chinese origin. Mia Cech plays 13-year-old ski enthusiast Corrin, who is still going through her parents’ recent divorce, while her 10-year-old sister Gwynn (Kai Cech), mom Judy (Michelle Krusek), dad and stepfather Arne adjust to life. their new roles in this blended family. She discovers a new purpose when she sets herself on the task of training a rambunctious pup named Flurry to become a search and rescue dog.

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Angela Tortu is the director. Fred Souley and Phil Breman are executive producers at Mattel Television, while Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Shew are executive producers at MarVista Entertainment with Adam Shepard as co-executive producer. American Girl: Korine Tan is scheduled to premiere in December 2022 on Cartoon Network, and will be available on HBO Max the next day. A second special edition of American Girl will be released next year.

Peyton List will star in a two-part HBO Max special “B-Loved” (working title) from Endeavor Content and Wonder Worldwide. The special follows Bea (Leaf), a free-spirited teenage ghost who develops a special friendship with the newest boy in town, Cole, in whose house she has lived for over 100 years. With the help of a magic ring that allows Cole to see Bea, they will rediscover the meaning of life as well as the importance of a vacation.

Nicholl Blacklist Scholarship winner Cesar Vitale is serving as screenwriter, with Emily Ting directing. Mark Burton and Aaron Parry, Tracy K. Price, William Andrew, Ryan Malachowski and Jill Sanford. Executive production. “B-Loved” is slated to premiere on Valentine’s Day 2023.

“The live specials announced today reflect the sweetness, the fun, the chaos, and the messy imperfect genius of growing up and becoming who you are. Let’s face it, most of us can still relate to all the feelings that make this content so resonant,” said Amy Friedman, head of children’s and family programming at Warner Bros. “These projects are a reflection of our desire to attract more girls. and teens on HBO Max and Cartoon Network with authentic, funny, bold and emotional stories that are now talking about kids’ lives.”

HBO Max and Cartoon Network also announced Home Sweet Rome, a musical comedy series set to premiere in 2023. From Hannah Montana and That’s So Crow creator Michael Poris, the series follows 13-year-old Lucy (Kensington Tallman). ) who moves from California to start a new life in Rome with her father and stepmother Francesca (Eleonora Facchini), who turns out to be an Italian pop star. With new friends, great food, high fashion, and a best friend who is thousands of miles away, Lucy discovers “When in Rome” when her adventures abroad begin.

Home Sweet Rome is developed and written by showrunners Matt Huther and Courtney Jane Walker. Italy’s Red Monk Studio and Canada’s First Generation Films are co-producing the film. Executive producers include Red Monk’s Pedro Citaristi and First Generation’s Cristina Piovesan, as well as Superprod Group’s Doug Schwalbe, Jeremy Finer and Clement Calve, Matt Huther, Courtney Jane Walker and Pories.

“Michael Pories has created world-famous teen and teen hits from ‘Hannah Montana’ to ‘That’s So Raven’. “Home sweet Rome” will add to this list of iconic female roles, and this time … in Rome! Friedman said. “We’ll look at all the most authentic and fun teen issues, like new friends, a new stepmother, a new life against the beautiful backdrop of Rome’s food, fun and fashion, all filmed entirely on location. I’ve never seen executives insist on visiting the set.”

HBO Max also acquired Hank Zipzer and My Babysitter’s a Vampire, both adapted from the teen book series, and the teen dance series The Next Step. In addition, seasons 5-7 of The Next Step will be available this summer.

Based on a series of books co-written with Henry Winkler and inspired by his own life, Hank Zipzer debuts on HBO Max on May 13. The series is about 12-year-old Hank, a smart and resourceful dyslexic boy who sees things differently from how the world sees him.

In “My Babysitter’s a Vampire,” when Ethan Morgan’s (Matthew Knight) overprotective parents hire a nanny to look after him and his 8-year-old sister, he thought he was going to die of embarrassment. But there’s nothing to worry about, as embarrassment is now the latest in a long list of things that want to kill him. The series is currently set to debut on HBO Max in October 2022.

“The Next Step” follows the ups and downs of an exceptional group of dancers who learn to bet on themselves, believe in their team, and dance as they overcome adversity along the way to fulfill their dreams. The eighth season is slated to premiere in 2023 on HBO Max. Seasons 5-7 will be available on streamer this summer.

(Pictured from left to right: Mia Cech, Peyton List)

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