Sundance Channel has greenlit a new original reality series exec produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, titled Dream School.
Jackson, who will also appear on the show, will executive produce under his G-Unit Films and Television production banner.
Created by Jamie Oliver, who will also executive produce, the series, according to the press release, will be a 6-part, hour long program, focusing on troubled teens who are inspired to turn their lives around.
Homeless, privileged, neglected or bullied; the kids on this show all have one thing in common – they are dropouts. High school dropouts are four times as likely to be unemployed as those who have completed four years of college, they are more likely to apply for public assistance and they comprise a disproportionate percentage of the nation’s prison and death row inmates. 82% of prisoners in America are high school dropouts. In “Dream School,” classes are taught by professionals from the top of their fields – and 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.“
Executive Producer 50 Cent added, “The importance of ‘Dream School’ is monumental. Helping to inspire these students to reach their potential is personally gratifying.“
The series is slated to premiere in fall 2013.
Dream School is i of 3 TV attachments on Fiddy’s slate. The other two are: an hour-long drama series for the Starz network titled Power, which will center on a New York nightclub owner “who skirts the line between legitimacy and criminality;” and an animated comedy series based on Jackson’s childhood, for the Fox network, to be produced by Imagine TV (Brian Grazer, Ron Howard).