Super RTL picks up 'The Wannabes'

German kids channel acquires live-action comedy

BERLIN -- German kids channel Super RTL has picked up free TV rights to live-action comedy "The Wannabes" from Showcase Entertainment.

Created by Doreen Spicer, who wrote the screenplay to the Disney Channel's hit movie "Jump In!," "Wannabes" follows a group of kids attending an uptight arts academy who really want to become pop stars. Showcase unveiled the series to buyers at NATPE.

Production on the first 26x30 season begins this month, with Eric Dean Seaton ("Sonny with a Chance") directing. Delivery is set for the first quarter of 2010.