'Hollywood Movie Night with Karlie Kloss' & More Among Programming Announced at Freeform Upfront
At Freeform's upfront presentation opened by Iliza Shlesinger ("Truth & Iliza") held in New York today, The Walt Disney Company's millennial-focused television network announced a bold and robust programming lineup built around top talent, premium original content and prominent Disney properties including Marvel, ABC Studios and Disney theme parks. The network also revealed plans to capitalize on the success of its first-year digital efforts by continuing to roll out content on-demand via the FreeForm app on connected TV, mobile and online - programming will be available on all FreeForm platforms at launch, and select series will be available all at once. FreeForm President Tom Ascheim said, "With compelling programming and innovative viewing experiences that combine linear with on-demand, FreeForm is redefining what it means to be a television network for today's consumer."
Among the programming announced:From the producers of the hit show "Hollywood Game Night," comes "Hollywood Movie Night with Karlie Kloss" (working title). Each segment will include supermodel Karlie Kloss and her friends offering moment-by-moment commentary around their favorite movies. The series is executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner from Hazy Mills Productions along with Ben Nemtin and Duncan Penn from Four Peaks Media Group. Karlie Kloss (Klossy Productions) will also executive produce. Freeform's Summer Fling (formerly announced as "Freeform Fest") will be a two-day immersive celebration with performances, panels and meet and greets curated by influencers within music, comedy and pop culture, and will debut summer 2018. For those who cannot attend in person, FreeForm will share the best moments on all digital and social platforms, culminating in an event-worthy broadcast special that highlights the biggest stars and best moments of the weekend. Superfly, co-creators of BONNAROO and Outside Lands, is partnering with FreeForm on the event. Freeform has greenlit a pilot presentation for "Sticks," an animated "Daria" crossed with "Girls" that follows the life of Sticks, a neurotic 20something with a head filled with pop culture references and a love of Chili's. And did we mention she lives with a giant eagle? Jessica Stickles serves as writer and co-executive producer, with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson ("Broad City"), Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz also serving as executive producers. "Sticks" is produced by Olive Bridge Entertainment and animated by the award-winning team at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios ("Robot Chicken," "Buddy Thunderstruck") in association with Sony Pictures Television. Freeform is partnering with Time Inc.'s People to develop multiple scripted, original movies based on stories from the leading authority on celebrity, pop culture and entertainment news. Everywhere Studios will co-produce the films, which will range from empowering and inspiring human-interest stories to celebrity biopics. It will also draw upon People's iconic franchises including Heroes Among Us to feature the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.