Walt Disney Television’s Freeform held its second annual summit, which was held in Los Angeles. Freeform hosted a series of panel discussions focusing on authentic storytelling, inclusion and representation. The summit is guided and inspired by the themes that anchor the network’s original series, which channel the force and momentum of its audience in its quest for progress.
“At Freeform, our programming is meant to inspire, empower and celebrate the possibility of youth culture—we are in service to an audience that is paving the way and fighting for a more inclusive tomorrow and we are so honored to be representing them on and off screen,” said Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform.
During the summit, Freeform, made several network announcements about upcoming shows. Freeform content could potentially come to Disney+, when it launches and so these new shows could feature on the streaming service.
Here are the details:
FREEFORM DIVES INTO ANIMATION WITH TWO FEMALE-FOCUSED ANIMATED PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT
Based on the insanely popular multimedia brand of the same name, created by three millennial women, “Betches” is a half-hour, irreverent animated series that will follow three best friends and roommates as they navigate early adulthood in New York City together. The three women loudly try to figure out who they are in their careers and in love. They make almost every mistake in the book along the way, but they’re doing their best to make sure they have an anything-but-basic life. Rachel Koller (“Lady Bits with Lauren Giraldo”) will write the pilot and Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”), Samantha Fishbein (co-founder of Betches Media), Jordana Abraham (co-founder of Betches Media), Aleen Kuperman (co-founder of Betches Media), Carli Haney, Kesila Childers and Gil Goldschein from Bunim-Murray Productions (“Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” “The Real World”) are set to executive produce.
“Woman World” is a half-hour, comedic animated series based on Aminder Dhaliwal’s graphic novel of the same name. The pilot playfully answers the question “what would our world look like if men became extinct?” This community of women leans on each other for survival as they search for love and their identity in this ladies-only existence. The pilot is executive produced by Felicia Day (“The Guild,” “Geek & Sundry”) and written by Aminder Dhaliwal (“Pinky Malinky,” “Close Enough”).
FREEFORM RELEASES OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE FOR UPCOMING WITCH-THEMED SERIES ‘MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM’
ASHLEY NICOLE WILLIAMS CAST IN SERIES REGULAR ROLE
Freeform has released the opening title sequence to its highly anticipated witch drama from “Claws” creator Eliot Laurence. Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution nearly 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country, “Motherland: Fort Salem” follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with the more dominant women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world—but with supernatural tactics and weapons. Ashley Nicole Williams joins the cast as Abigail Bellweather, a driven and courageous witch who is excited to join the ranks of the witches’ army. The series also stars Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Amalia Holm and Demetria McKinney, rounding out the cast of series regulars. “Motherland: Fort Salem” is executive produced by Eliot Laurence, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick, Maria Maggenti and Steven Adelson.
Hopefully we will find out soon if Freeform content will be heading to Disney+.
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