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The story of the Detroit Youth Choir is getting the TV treatment — two of them, in fact.
Blumhouse TV is developing both a scripted drama and an unscripted series about the choir, which rose to prominence on the 14th season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2019. The group, made up of kids ages 8 to 18, finished second that season and subsequently received a $1 million grant from the city of Detroit, which helped the choir transform further its advocacy mission.
Anthony Sparks (Queen Sugar, The Blacklist) will write and executive produce the scripted project, which is inspired by the choir’s artistic director, Anthony White, who has worked with more than 1,000 kids during his two-decade tenure with the choir.
Ross Dinerstein (Jiro Dreams of Sushi, The Most Dangerous Animal of All) will produce the unscripted show via his Campfire shingle and be an EP of the scripted drama. The docuseries, which has begun filming, will chronicle the choir’s 2020-21 season, as White and musical director Donnell Mosley develop and train a new group of singers.
Michael Seitzman of Maniac Productions, who brought the projects to Blumhouse, will produce both shows alongside Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and Jeremy Gold.
“For years I have wanted to create a series that highlights the joys and struggles of what it is to be Black, creative, and dream big in a world that often wants you to remain small or invisible,” said Sparks. “The fact that I get to do it and fuse my story with the incredibly inspirational story of Anthony White and the Detroit Youth Choir is literally a dream come true. I’m excited to team up with the visionary team at Blumhouse and Michael Seitzman to make some awesome television. I can’t wait to tell these amazingly human and entertaining stories.”
Said White, “The Detroit Youth Choir embodies the heart, hard work and determination and grit of the people here in the city of Detroit. These youth are amazing at what they do on stage. We’re thrilled to be working with some of the most talented people in the business to help tell our story. We’ve admired Anthony Sparks, Jason Blum, Michael Seitzman and Ross Dinerstein for having created some of the most entertaining, lasting and impactful series and films.”
The two projects further diversify the TV offerings at Blumhouse beyond its horror and thriller roots. The company has also produced HBO’s Sharp Objects, Showtime’s The Loudest Voice and The Good Lord Bird and FX’s docuseries A Wilderness of Error.
“The creative excellence amongst this group is exceptional starting with Anthony White and the incredible kids in the Detroit Youth Choir,” said Blumhouse TV president Jeremy Gold. “We at Blumhouse Television are thrilled to partner with these talented creators and artists, and excited to be a part of sharing this truly inspiring story.”
Sparks is repped by Paradigm, Literate and Jackoway Austen. The Detroit Youth Choir, White and Mosley are repped by Alternative Management and Marketing Group. Seitzman is repped by Paul Hastings LLP, and Maniac Productions is with WME. Campfire is repped by WME and Ramo Law.
A video of the choir’s song “Glory” is below.
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