Jack Black, Shine America Team for Paranormal Comedy Web Series
Jack Black's production company Electric Dynamite and Shine America have teamed up for a new project: the paranormal comedy web series Ghost Ghirls.
The 12-episode Ghost Ghirls, which wraps filming in Los Angeles at the end of this week, will debut in spring 2013 on Yahoo! Screen. Black, New Girl's Jake Johnson, Molly Shannon and Jason Schwartzman are among the celebrities that will appear in the web series, though more names will be revealed later. The episodes will be roughly 10 minutes each.
Ghost Ghirls, created by Jeremy Konner, Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci, revolve around two young female ghostbusters -- played by Lund and Blasucci -- who attempt to solve the mysteries behind paranormal phenomena, all with a comedic twist.
Konner, Lund and Blasucci serve as executive producers, with Black and Priyanka Mattoo as EPs; Konner directs.
"People are passionate about the space. It's fun, it's interactive, it's bite-sized; you don't have to spend a lifetime to consume it," Vivi Zigler, president, Shine 360° and digital, Shine America, told The Hollywood Reporter of heading into the digital space.
Zigler continued: "We hope to make people laugh, that's first. If you make good content the business part tends to follow."
With Yahoo! distributing the series in the U.S., Zigler noted that Ghost Ghirls may be eyeing distribution abroad.
Added Black in a statement: "Ghost Ghirls is the funniest idea for a TV show that we've seen since I've been in the business."
Ghost Ghirls joins an original Yahoo! web series slate that includes Burning Love and Sketchy.
As Zigler tells it, expect more original digital content from Shine America to come your way in the future. "We have lots of ideas in development that we're talking to lots of different platforms about. Some are a gleam in our eye, some are a pitch that came in weeks ago and some that are further along," she said.