Maker Studios announced at its third annual NewFronts presentation this morning that it has greenlit four new series from its Spark program — an incubation initiative whereby Maker chooses projects both developed for and pitched by talent based on stats like engagement, viewership, watch time, retention, and more.
The four projects selected from the inaugural Spark class, first announced last February, include: Spin For Ink, in which contestants must endure extreme challenges in order be tattooed by celebrity artist Romeo Lacoste; Worthy, in which beauty guru Charisma Star will share inspirational stories submitted by her viewers; a dystopian puppet show by Chad Quandt called The Remember Hour; and Can I Crush it?, in which Kali Muscle will see which objects he can and cannot crush.
“Our creative process continues to evolve — utilizing Spark by Maker as a new blueprint for collaboration while retaining Maker Studios’ distinct brand voice,” said the company’s head of development and studios, Gabriel Lewis, in a statement. The first Spark class included 34 creators, and Maker says its second class will be announced later this year.
Creators in attendance at Maker’s NewFront event — which was an intimate breakfast this time around as opposed to the blockbuster presentations of years’ past — included hallmark star PewDiePie, Timothy DeLaGhetto, and Holderness Family parents Kim and Penn.
Other forthcoming Maker series include: Thai Machine, in which Timothy DeLaGhetto and Ricky Shucks travel through time in a food truck, and What Happened to the Babysitter, in which a four-year-old must use his superhuman skills to protect his babysitter.
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