TORONTO, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral's Family Channel today announced that it has commissioned a new series from Temple
Street Productions. The Next Step is a single camera tween drama, shot in a reality television style. The
show is created by Frank van Keeken, who created the popular Family
Channel series, Wingin' It (recipient of the 2011 Shaw Rocket Prize). Family has commissioned 26
half hours of the program which is set to begin filming in summer 2012.
"This series is really unlike anything we have commissioned for Family
before and I cannot wait to see how it resonates with our audience,"
said Michael Goldsmith, Director Original Programming, Family Channel.
"We've experienced enormous success working with Temple Street on Wingin' It and I am confident that with Frank's vision and the unique style of the
show, we are set to have another hit series join the Family schedule."
The Next Step follows the lives of a group of elite dancers at Miss Amy's Dance
Studio. The tightly knit team train, rehearse and hang out together
within a well-established social order that sees star dancer Emily and
her band of followers, the E-Girls, running the studio. When talented
new girl Michelle joins, the alliances and social balance of the studio
are threatened as secrets, emotions and cliques are exposed. With the
championships fast approaching, the team needs to resolve their issues
and work as a team if they want to qualify and win the national title. The Next Step is produced by Temple Street Productions and is executive produced by
Frank van Keeken (Wingin It, The Kids in the Hall, Billable Hours), Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica, Wingin' It, Recipe to Riches).
"We are excited about partnering with Family Channel to bring another
unique show to their line-up. The Next Step dances between reality and scripted programming in a fast-paced,
character driven show set in the world of competitive dance," said
David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg Co-Presidents of Temple Street
To view the complete release, please visit the Family Channel media room
SOURCE FAMILY CHANNEL
For further information:
Temple Street Productions Inc.
416 591 0065 x228