Demi Lovato To Direct New Documentary About Child Stars
Disney’s Hulu is making a new documentary film about former child stars and is going to be directed by Demi Lovato, who shot to fame in the Disney Channel movie, “Camp Rock”.
The documentary is currently going by the working title of “Child Star”, which will “deconstruct the highs and lows of growing up in the spotlight through the lens of some of the world’s most famous former child stars, including Lovato,” and how “their rise to fame, fortune and power affects their futures.”
No other participants for the film have yet to be revealed, though with the huge number of stars who have appeared in Disney shows and still working with the company, hopefully, they get some big names, plus hopefully some people who haven’t had the same luck. Those child stars that will be featured, will be able to share their experience of growing up in the limelight through intimate conversations led by Lovato, verité footage, and archival material.
Demi Lovato said in a statement:
“There is no better film or topic for my directorial debut than this story, which is close to home. Our project sheds light on important messages about growing up in the public eye, learning to protect our boundaries, and becoming active advocates of our own destinies. I’m humbled to be able to learn from the individuals who have lived the unique experience of child stardom and share their stories in our film.”
Lovato is co-directing alongside Nicola Marsh (Stay On Board: The Leo Baker Story, Song Exploder). The documentary is being produced by Michael D. Ratner’s OBB Pictures, a division of OBB Media, as part of OBB’s multi-year development deal with Walt Disney Television Alternative. The deal focuses on creating documentaries, docu-series, original specials and unscripted formats that cater to Gen Z and Millennial audiences across Disney platforms. Lovato’s production company, DLG, and Scooter Braun’s SB Projects are also producing.
Michael D. Ratner, OBB Media founder, president and CEO said in a statement:
“With this film we’re setting out to tell a story that is as timely as ever given our evermore connected world and lack of privacy. This story has a deeply rooted shared nostalgia, and is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. Demi and the talented individuals taking part in this documentary have decided to share their stories authentically, and I’m thrilled to work alongside Demi, Nicola, and the teams at SB Films and Hulu, in bringing their stories to screen.”
Belisa Balaban, Senior Vice President, Documentaries and Unscripted Series, Hulu Originals said in a statement:
“At the heart of our documentaries are storytellers with distinct backgrounds and perspectives who leave no page of their stories unturned. Demi’s first-hand experience and personal relationships are all on bold display in this poignant and exploratory film. Our audience has long been interested in delving into the nuances of pop culture, and Demi’s story – hard truths and all – uniquely suits her to the kind of stories we feel fortunate to tell at Hulu.”
Child Star is produced by OBB Pictures’ Ratner, Kfir Goldberg and Miranda Sherman, with Scott Ratner serving as executive producer; Lovato serves as executive producer for her DLG banner; Scooter Braun, Scott Manson, Jennifer McDaniels and James Shin are executive producing for SB Projects.
No release date has yet been announced for Hulu, nor any details if this will be released as a Star Original internationally on Disney+.
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Source – Deadline