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Disney+ orders ballet docuseries “On Pointe” from Imagine Docs, DCTV

The Walt Disney Company’s much-anticipated streaming service Disney+ has commissioned a six-part cinéma vérité docuseries that will offer exclusive access to all facets of the School of American Ballet. Produced by ...
September 13, 2019

The Walt Disney Company’s much-anticipated streaming service Disney+ has commissioned a six-part cinéma vérité docuseries that will offer exclusive access to all facets of the School of American Ballet.

Produced by Imagine Documentaries and DCTV, On Pointe (pictured) will provide a year-long portrait of the protégés at the School of American Ballet (SAB) at New York’s Lincoln Center as they begin their journeys to become professional dancers. Cameras will follow each young star through their audition process, training schedules and as they prepare for New York City Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker on the Lincoln Center stage.

On Pointe will extend beyond the ballet facility’s walls and provides a fly-on-the-wall look into each athlete’s personal life as they navigate their challenges of home and their education.

Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein serve as executive producers alongside DCTV’s Matthew O’Neill. O’Neill additionally serves as showrunner. Larissa Bills produces and directs.

On Pointe joins Disney+’s growing slate of original non-fiction content which currently includes launch titles The World According to Jeff Goldblum from National Geographic and Nutopia; Encore!, executive produced by Kristen Bell; and the Leslie Iwerks docuseries The Imagineering Story.

Disney+ will launch in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands on Nov. 12, followed a week later with roll outs in Australia and New Zealand on Nov. 19.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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