WWE Studios today announced they will be producing a 13 episode web-series, titled "Camp WWE."
The series, according to a press release issued (see below), "covers the formative years of WWE stars, whose misbehavior prompts their parents to send them off to Camp WWE to be turned into model citizens by feared counselor Vince McMahon."
WWE will be teaming with animation powerhouse Film Roman to co-produce and finance the series, with Mike Benson, who worked on Entourage and the Bernie Mac Show, scripting the episodes.
Here's the official press release:
WWE(R) Studios and Film Roman Announce "CAMP WWE" Irreverent Animated Web Series
STAMFORD, Conn. & BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov 04, 2013 -- WWE Studios WWE -2.11% and Film Roman announced today that they have entered into a co-financing and co-production agreement to produce up to thirteen, three-minute webisodes of a new animated series entitled CAMP WWE. Mike Benson of ENTOURAGE and THE BERNIE MAC SHOW will script the series.
From WWE STUDIOS and FILM ROMAN, the animation studio behind THE SIMPSONS and KING OF THE HILL, comes an irreverent new, adult comedy series about what the biggest, most outrageous WWE Superstars(R) were like as kids. CAMP WWE follows these unruly tykes as they body slam their way through their formative years. Proving to be a nightmare for teachers and other kids, their exhausted parents pack-up their future WWE Superstars with their masks, chains, kneepads and security blankets and send them off to Camp WWE, to be transformed into model citizens by the most terrifying counselor who ever lived, Mr. McMahon.
"Film Roman has been involved with some of the most well-known and humorous animated series," said Michael Luisi, President WWE Studios. "They are the perfect partners for WWE Studios to capture our Superstars in a truly unique and fun way."
"CAMP WWE is a new and exciting project with a great creative team for Film Roman to be working on with WWE Studios and we are very bullish on its prospects for success. With a combination of their unique personalities, distinctive characteristics and huge built-in loyal fan base, WWE Superstars make for ideal animation subjects in CAMP WWE," said Dana Booton, General Manager for Film Roman. "We are very pleased to be working with WWE Studios and hope that it will begin a mutually beneficial, long-term business relationship."
Bradley Buchanan negotiated the deal on behalf of WWE Studios. Marc Barson and Yvette Thomassian negotiated the deal on behalf of Film Roman.
About WWE Studios
WWE Studios produces a diverse slate of feature films for theatrical and direct to home release through distribution partnerships with global entertainment companies. The WWE's film division led by President, Michael Luisi, is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA and continues to create content for audiences of all ages. Most recent films produced by the studio include The Call with Halle Berry and WWE Superstar David Otunga(R), Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and WWE Superstar Wade Barrett(R), The Marine 3: Homefront with WWE Superstar The Miz(R) in the third follow-up in the explosive Marine adventures,12 Rounds 2: Reloaded, the second installment in the action franchise, starring WWE Superstar Randy Orton(R), and No One Lives, which was co-produced with Pathe Films and released theatrically by Anchor Bay Films after debuting at Midnight Madness at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, starring Luke Evans and WWE Superstar Brodus Clay(TM). Upcoming films for WWE Studios include Christmas Bounty, an action comedy starring WWE Superstar The Miz and Francia Raisa, premiering on ABC Family November 26, 2013 and releasing on Blu-Ray/DVD on December 3, 2013 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment; Scooby Doo WrestleMania Mystery which pairs WWE Superstars with Scooby and the gang releasing direct to home March 25, 2014 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment; Leprechaun: Origins directed by Zach Lipovsky starring WWE Superstar Hornswoggle(R) will be distributed by Lionsgate in August 2014; See No Evil 2 starring WWE Superstar Kane(R) directed by the Soska Sisters will also be distributed by Lionsgate in October 2014; The Fall Guy starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson releasing in 2015, and The Flintstones another Warner Brothers Animation feature releasing in early 2015 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment which joins Fred, Barney and the whole Bedrock gang with stone age versions of WWE Superstars and Divas.
WWE, a publicly traded company WWE -2.11% , is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.
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About Film Roman
Film Roman (www.filmroman.com), an operating unit and wholly-owned subsidiary of Starz STRZA +0.37% STRZB 0.00% , is a leading animation studio in the United States producing animated TV/movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide. Based in Burbank, CA, Film Roman has a state-of-the art animation facility and some of the industry's leading animation talent. Film Roman's major clients include Fox Television, Gracie Films, Marvel Entertainment, DXD, Nick Jr., and The Hub. Film Roman's reputation and expertise as an innovative animation studio enables the company to work on a variety of projects and genres; with all budgets, across all media, and with uncompromising quality.
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Thanks to Richard Ginn.