New Original Production for Disney Channel Australia
Disney Channel Australia has commissioned a new original comedy series As the Bell Rings, which will premiere in Australia and New Zealand later this year.
Disney Channel has commissioned FremantleMedia to produce the pilot of the show, which provides a slightly voyeuristic look at Australian kids during recess. As the Bell Rings chronicles the adventures that befall a close group of students aged 11-14 during recess, all conveyed through rapid-fire dialogue. During recess, the characters meet and deal with problems that range from math tests to school beauty queen contests and secret diaries, among others.
FremantleMedia has appointed Mulliners Casting Consultants to handle the casting process.
Michael Cairns, the MD of Walt Disney Television International (Australia/New Zealand), noted: “Disney Channel is committed to producing locally produced shows that feature Australian kids, all while reflecting our core values of optimism, imagination and self-expression. Who knows, the next Disney Channel global stars could be right here in Australia.”