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Disney/Craig Sjodin*
(Info from Press Release)

Disney Branded Television has ordered "Primos," an original animated comedy series created and executive produced by Natasha Kline (director of "Big City Greens," "South Park"). The story, based on Kline's childhood experiences with her extended multicultural Mexican American family, introduces Tater, an eccentric 10-year-old girl with big dreams and, unbeknownst to her, a certain "it factor" that makes her exceptional. When her 12 cousins ("primos" in Spanish) move in for the summer, they help her discover just what it is.

Kline said, "'Primos' is set in childhood summers spent with my cousins under one roof, and the comedy that's borne from that wonderfully hectic setting. As a kid, I didn't see myself or my culture represented onscreen, so I'm excited to share my family dynamic through these new Disney characters and stories."
 
Meredith Roberts, senior vice president/general manager, Television Animation, Disney Branded Television, said, "It's been especially gratifying to see Natasha directing more than 30 episodes of our #1 series 'Big City Greens' while also creating her own new show that bears her authentic comedic voice and her family's culture and values. We're looking forward to delivering it to kids and families worldwide."
 
Produced by Disney Television Animation, each half-hour "Primos" episode is comprised of two 11-minute stories. Tater's aspirations and larger-than-life imagination are seen via entries in her super-secret diary, which turn her deepest thoughts into grandiose animation sequences.
 
Source: NMR, 3Q21 (July-Sept ’21), L+7, K6-11, #1 DC series ranked on hours watched.
 
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(Info from press release)

Series Key Art Now Available

Indulge in creativity when all episodes of the Disney+ original series “Foodtastic” are available to stream on Wednesday, December 15. Disney+ also revealed the series key art.

Hosted by the multitalented, Emmy® award-winning actress Keke Palmer, “Foodtastic” is an immersive global competition series in which highly skilled artists create extravagant scene work and larger-than-life sculptures made entirely out of food. From vegetables and butter to fruit and cheese, these everyday items are transformed into works of art. Each episode is rooted in iconic Disney IP and the food-based builds are an extension of that world. FLOUR SHOP founder Amirah Kassem and NYC's City Cakes founder chef Benny Rivera serve as food art experts on the series. "Foodtastic" is produced by Endemol Shine North America. In addition to Palmer, Josh Silberman, Sarah Happel Jackson and Endemol Shine North America’s Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman are executive producers. 
 
 
Episodes include the following:
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Introducing Micro-Girl
Food artists call on Ant-Man and The Wasp to help a lab tech save the day.
 
Star Wars: The Rebel Mechanic 
“Foodtastic” food artists help a Rebel mechanic defeat the Galactic Empire.
 
Toy Story: Toy Doctor to the Rescue
Food artists distract Andy before he learns his robot toy is broken.
 
Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Best Friend
Food artists and beloved characters keep Belle’s best friend entertained.
 
The Avengers: Sorceress by Day
Food artists must conjure the Avengers to save the city from an attack.
 
Cars: Back on the Track
Food artists give a mechanic a car to enter the Piston Cup.
 
The Lion King: Queen of the Jungle
Food artists help a Pride Lands tour guide tell Simba’s story.
 
Up: An Explorer’s Adventure
Food artists give an explorer helpful suggestions on where she should go.
 
Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph’s New Game
Food artists work to make a brand-new video game for an amazing gamer.
 
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Hunt for Barbossa
Food artists help a retired pirate free her matey, Captain Barbossa!
 
The Muppets: A Chicken Day Miracle
Food artists work to make Gonzo’s holiday, Chicken Day, the best day ever.


Disney branded television orders PRIMOS, an animated comedy series about an extended multicultural Mexican American Family

Disney/Craig Sjodin* (Info from Press Release) Disney Branded Television has ordered "Primos," an original animated comedy series...