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Lifetime UK commissions local version of “Dance Moms”

The 8 x 60-minute Dance Mums (w/t) will be produced by ITV Studios factual shingle Shiver, and will feature musical theatre star and dance instructor Jennifer Ellison.
May 14, 2014

Lifetime’s hit Dance Moms is headed across the pond for its first format adaptation.

The 8 x 60-minute Dance Mums (w/t) will be produced by ITV Studios UK factual shingle Shiver, and will feature musical theatre star and dance instructor Jennifer Ellison in the starring role.

The action and drama will take place in Ellison’s school, The Fame Academy, in Liverpool.

The adaptation of the Collins Avenue series, which is the top-rated unscripted series on Lifetime in the U.S., marks the fourth local commission for Lifetime in the UK since it launched in November of 2013, following The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, The Proposers, and the ob-doc, Frisky Business.

The UK version is currently in production and slated to air later in the year.

“With its mix of superbly talented kids, larger than life personalities and jaw-dropping conflict, Dance Moms is one of the most popular reality series on Lifetime,” said Heather Jones, VP of programming at A+E Networks UK. “We are committed to investing in original UK content and this new commission will give our viewers the perfect companion series to the show they already love.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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