YouTube Plans Christmas Special Starring Mariah Carey, Rudy Mancuso
'The Keys of Christmas' will feature performances by Ciara, DJ Khaled and Fifth Harmony.
YouTube is getting into the Christmas spirit.
The streamer is prepping the release of a holiday special starring Mariah Carey and YouTube star Rudy Mancuso.
The Keys of Christmas, which will be available Dec. 19 on YouTube's subscription streaming service Red, will take Mancuso on an off-the-grid adventure to find the meaning of Christmas with the help of musical performances from Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Boyce Avenue and others. Mike Tyson is among the guest stars who will appear.
The special hails from Endemol Shine North America's digital studio, Endemol Shine Beyond USA, and Just Entertainment Studios. It is being directed by Dave Meyers, known for his work on music videos for Katy Perry, Pink and Rihanna.
"The Keys of Christmas is truly a modern take on the holiday variety special, bringing together traditional and digital natives in this very unique musical format for the YouTube audience," said Endemol Shine Beyond president Bonnie Pan. "Dave Meyers, who has an amazing track record working with the top musical acts of our time, had a vision and was able to weave that into a fresh new format with the likes of Mariah Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Rudy Mancuso and many other incredible performers just in time for Christmas."
Added Just Entertainment CEO Justin Hochberg: "Christmas is the global holiday, so launching this show with YouTube Red in the U.S. and so many other countries all on one magical night is the perfect partnership; and would make Santa proud."
YouTube Red, which launched in October 2015, offers ad-free viewing and original content for $10 a month in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. The streamer has also ordered a Christmas special from Liza Koshy. Called Jingle Ballin', the show premieres Dec. 6 and stars David Alan Grier, Chris Kattan and Aly Mawji.