SCOOBY DOO Spinoff DAPHNE AND VELMA Being Developed by Ashley Tisdale
Warner Bros. Television Group's digital studio Blue Ribbon Content is currently in production on DAPHNE AND VELMA a live-action feature-length film reimagining the origins of Mystery Inc.'s fierce female duo, Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley. From Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale's Blondie Girl Productions, the film, currently shooting in Atlanta, will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2018.
Sarah Jeffrey (Shades of Blue) and Sarah Gilman (Last Man Standing) star in the title roles as Daphne and Velma, respectively.
"Blondie Girl is committed to telling stories from a female perspective and we could not be more thrilled to give Daphne and Velma their own story," said Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale, producers and founders of Blondie Girl Productions. "It's so exciting to partner with Warner Home Entertainment and Blue Ribbon Content to introduce a new generation to the smart, charismatic, fearless females that we all know and love."
"We wanted to give the audience a new take on these two familiar faces, who are fan favorites in the Scooby-Doo universe," said Peter Girardi, Executive Vice President, Blue Ribbon Content & Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Warner Bros. Animation. "Daphne and Velma are two iconic and strong female characters, and this latest adventure of theirs will be both inspiring and entertaining for the audience."
Before their eventual team-up with Scooby and the gang, bright & optimistic Daphne and whip-smart & analytical Velma are both mystery-solving teens who are best friends but have only met online - until now. Daphne has just transferred to Velma's school, Ridge Valley High, an incredible tech-savvy institute with all the latest gadgets provided by the school's benefactor, tech billionaire Tobias Bloom. And while competition is fierce among the students for a coveted internship at Bloom Innovative, Daphne and Velma dig beyond all the gadgets and tech to investigate what is causing some of the brightest students in school to disappear - only to emerge again in a zombie-fied state.
"Daphne and Velma" is produced by Blue Ribbon Content and Blondie Girl Productions with Production Services provided by Lifeboat Productions Inc. Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical franchise), Jennifer Tisdale (Bring It On: In it to Win it), Amy Kim (Confess, Alive in Denver), Jaime Burke (The Pact) and Suzi Yoonessi (Olive and Mochha: First Kiss) serve as producers, with Yoonessi also directing from a script written by Kyle Mack & Caitlin Meares.
About Blue Ribbon Content Formed in 2014, Warner Bros. Television Group's Blue Ribbon Content (BRC) develops and produces live-action series for digital platforms, tapping the creative talent already working at the Studio while also identifying opportunities for collaboration with new writers and producers. In addition to live-action programming, BRC produces animated content and is also experimenting with emerging platforms such as virtual reality. Live-action BRC programs include the UNINTERRUPTED comedy Now We're Talking for go90; SpringHill Entertainment's basketball documentary series Best Shot for YouTube Red; comedies Beerfest and JoJoHead for CW Seed; and unscripted game show Play with Caution for Disney D|XP. Current and previous animated BRC programs include Constantine, Freedom Fighters: The Ray and Vixen for CW Seed; ellen's Pet Dish for ellentube; Ginger Snaps for ABC Digital; and Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles for Machinima. BRC also produced the Batman: The Animated Series virtual reality experience with OTOY Inc. for the Mattel View-Master.
About Blondie Girl Productions
Founded by Ashley Tisdale and run by Ashley and her sister Jennifer Tisdale, with Kaitlin Saltzman as head of television, Blondie Girl Productions is a Los Angeles based production company that develops and produces television and digital programming with a focus on telling stories for millennial women by millennial women. Blondie Girl is most recently one of the producers behind the FREEFORM breakout comedy hit "Young & Hungry"; the company is repped at UTA and currently has a deal at Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc(TM) and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.
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