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NewFronts ’18: Will Smith jumps into live stunt for YouTube

Will Smith and Priyanka Chopra are among the celebrity names attached to YouTube Originals’ upcoming slate. The projects were announced last night (May 3) during the global video platform’s Brandcast presentation ...
May 4, 2018

Will Smith and Priyanka Chopra are among the celebrity names attached to YouTube Originals’ upcoming slate.

The projects were announced last night (May 3) during the global video platform’s Brandcast presentation during the NewFronts in New York City.

Smith will be part of a live streaming stunt, Will Smith: The Jump Off, produced by Westbrook Entertainment. The livestream, taking place on Smith’s 50th birthday in late September, will follow Smith as he prepares for, and undertakes, a bungee jump out of a helicopter flying over the Grand Canyon. YouTube says the project is designed to raise awareness for charity, but the charity has yet to be announced.

The stunt stems from a video challenge issued by YouTubers Yes Theory, which Smith accepted in March.

Chopra, meanwhile, will team with Sundog Pictures for Priyanka Chopra: If I Could Tell You Just One Thing. In the series, the actor will travel the world and meet with a range of successful and inspirational people — from actors and politicians to spiritual leaders and environmentalists.

Other projects debuting on YouTube in the months ahead include Jack Whitehall: Training Days, in which the comedian and actor trains with some of the world’s greatest soccer players, and exec produced by James Corden and Fulwell 73. That’s set to premiere on May 9.

Also, the previously announced eight-part docuseries Best Shot, exec produced by basketball legend LeBron James and his founding partner in Springhill Entertainment, Maverick Carter, is slated to debut on the NBA’s YouTube channel in the summer. The series follows the action at Newark Central High School as its basketball team, the Blue Devils, receives mentorship from former NBA player Jay Williams. It’s produced by SpringHill Entertainment and Boardwalk Pictures in association with Blue Ribbon Content.

YouTube will also be bringing back successful series from Kevin Hart (What the Fit, with Lionsgate and Laugh Out Loud Network) and the Slow Mo Guys (The Super Slow Show, with Rooster Teeth Productions) for second seasons. Musical artist Demi Lovato, star of the YouTube documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, will also return to the streamer via an as yet untitled project, produced by Philymack Productions and London Alley, in which she will “draw from personal experiences and passions to pay it forward to some of her biggest fans and closest friends.”

YouTube also announced via its Brandcast that it has renewed its livestreaming partnership with the Coachella music festival for three years.

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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