Sundance Channel has given the green light for the production of a new original non-fiction series Dream School, which is slated to premiere in fall 2013. Award-winning musician and entrepreneur Curtis Jackson will executive produce under his company, G-Unit Films and Television, and appear in the show. Jamie Oliver, creator of the series format, will also executive produce under his company, Fresh One Productions.
The six-part hour long series aims to give guidance and counsel to high school dropouts in a school where its educators are esteemed leaders from their respective fields. The faculty includes professional musicians, politicians, filmmakers, scientists, actors and artists.
Sundance Channel President, Sarah Barnett, stated, “Dream School will be at times devastating, at times deeply uplifting, and entirely full of the genuine conflict and struggle that goes along with true transformation. Viewers will see that play out, not just from the teenagers in the show but also from the celebrities and educators who have signed on for this tough yet potentially life-changing project.”
Jamie Oliver, who has experience with the Dream School project through his role in its UK series, says: “The series of Dream School we did in the UK was one of the things I’m most proud of. We literally changed the lives of many of the kids for the better: some of them went back to school and are now excelling; some of them found out that, despite being told in school that they would never achieve anything, they were actually very gifted at art or acting and went on to achieve great things. But Dream School is tough — both for the kids and for the teachers. It’s not going to be an easy ride because there are always big characters to deal with and often tensions run high.