TORONTO, July 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Temple Street Productions Inc.
(Temple Street) and Astral's Family Channel announced today that
principal photography has begun on The Next Step a single camera scripted tween drama, shot in a reality television
style. The show is created by Frank van Keeken, creator of the hit
Temple Street series Wingin' It, which also airs on Family Channel and Disney XD. The series begins shooting today in Toronto.
In addition to the 26 half-hour episodes for the channel, extra content
will appear on Family.ca including, an "after-show" web series
featuring exclusive character interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
and commentary on the series' storylines.
"Temple Street has truly been able to develop an original idea with The Next Step and we can't wait to expand upon the endless possibilities this series
presents us with across all platforms," said Michael Goldsmith,
Director of Original Programming, Astral Kids. "Family Channel's
audience can expect a unique tween series dedicated to exploring the
challenges competitive dancers face and look forward to high caliber
performances throughout the first season."
"The Next Step marks Temple Street's own next step in youth programming. The show
explores athletic excellence, team building and interpersonal drama all
within a dance studio environment. With original songs and professional
choreography, the series aims to celebrate elite young athletes,
provide realistic and relatable drama and inspire the audience to
engage with the characters and the world of dance. We think the
reality-like format of the program also 'keeps step' with savvy tween
audiences looking for unique programming," said David Fortier and Ivan
Schneeberg, Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions.
The Next Step follows the lives of a group of elite dancers at The Next Step Dance
Studio as they strive to win the regional dance competition. The
tightly knit team of dancers train, rehearse and hang out together
within a well-established social order led by star dancer Emily and the
E-Girls, her band of dancers that are currently used to running the
studio. When talented new girl, Michelle, joins the school, the
alliances and social balance of the studio are threatened as secrets,
emotions and cliques are exposed and challenged. With the regional
championships fast approaching, the A-Troupe needs to come together and
resolve their issues and work as a team if they want to win and qualify
for the national title.
An extensive casting search was undertaken to find the talented dancers
and performers who will populate The Next Step Dance Studio. After
considering hundreds of actors and dancers who tried out, Temple Street
cast Victoria Baldessara as the new girl, Michelle; Alexandra Beaton,
as the studio's lead dancer, Emily; Brittany Raymond, as Riley, Emily's
younger sister; Shamier Anderson as Chris, the dance school's head
choreographer and Bree Wasylenko, as Miss Kate, the owner of the dance
school. Rounding out the cast are Trevor Flannigan-Tordjman (as James),
Isaac Lupien (as Eldon), Samantha Grecchi (as Stephanie), Tamina
Pollack-Paris (as Tiffany), Jennifer Pappas (as Chloe), Brennan Clost
(as Daniel), Lamar Johnson (as West) and So You Think You Can Dance Canada season four winner Jordan Clark (as Giselle).
Commissioned by Family Channel, The Next Step is produced by Temple Street and is Executive Produced by Frank van
Keeken (Wingin' It, Kids in the Hall, Billable Hours), Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica, Wingin' It, Recipe to Riches). BBC Worldwide has acquired international distribution rights. The Next Step is also produced with the financial assistance from The Shaw Rocket
To view the complete release, please visit the Family Channel media room
SOURCE FAMILY CHANNEL
For further information:
For further information and to arrange set-visits please contact:
Sue Baldaro, Unit Publicist
The Next Step
Ginger Bertrand, Publicist