Nickelodeon Greenlights ‘Cupcakery of Doom’, Disney/ABC Directing Program Names 2014-2016 Participants
Nickelodeon greenlights Trevor Reece’s “Cupcakery of Doom,” while Disney/ABC Television group selects 10 directors and two alternate directors to participate in their 2014-2016 Disney/ABC Directing Program. Read on to learn more about this scoop.
According to Deadline, after 100 pitches in over three days for its first ever open call for animated projects during the recently held San Diego Comic-Con, Nickelodeon sanctions Reece’s “Cupcakery of Doom.” This is Reece’s very first presentation approved by Nick’s animation team. “Cupcakery” follows the story of two friends, a mouse and a bear, bent on world domination. But in order to fund their Doomsday weapon, the buddies open up a cupcakery to raise money, only to find themselves enjoying owning a cupcake store.
Cupcakery will be developed into an animated short for Nick’s global Animated Shorts Program, potentially to air in the network or developed into an animated TV series.
Meanwhile, Disney/ABC Television group selects 10 directors and two alternate directors to participate in their 2014-2016 Disney/ABC Directing Program. The 10 directors participating in the said program were chosen from over 1,000 hopefuls.
Creative Talent Development & Inclusion’s program was initially launched in 2001, securing over 15 directing assignments on DATG series . The 2012-2014 program directors included actor Regina King of “Scandal,” ABC; former key grip Rob Greenlea of “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC; music video director Nzingha Stewart of “The Fosters” and “Pretty Little Liars,” ABC Family; comedy writer Maxine Lapiduss of “Jessie,” Disney Channel; and actor Kimberly McCullough “Shake It Up!,” Disney Channel.
The 2014-2016 participants will include The Huffington Post comedy writer and journalist Tessa Blake; “Tales From a Ghetto Klown” documentary director Benjamin; “Let’s Stay Together” and “Eve” comedy director Angela Barnes Gomes; “Harvey Fierstein – A Night of Scenes” theater director Eli Gonda; “My So Called Life” and “The Mentalist” actor Devon Gummersall; “Pretty Little Liars” script supervisor Paula Hunziker ; former News Corporation China producer Xuan Jiang, feature director Amin Matalqa; co-chair of the DGA’s Latino Steering Committee David Rodriguez; and litePOST post-production house co-owner Kevin Sweeney.
The two alternate directors to join them are “Glee” editor Ishai Setton and DGA award-winning filmmaker John Paul Su of “The Refuse.”
And that’s it for “Cupcakery of Doom” and Disney/ABC’s 2014-2016 Directing Program. For more updates on upcoming movies and TV shows, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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