Warner Bros. Digital Networks unveiled Stage 13 Friday, an original digital content brand showcasing new voices through scripted and unscripted short-form series. Stage 13 has produced 11 new series that will roll out via YouTube, Facebook and Stage13.com. Below is a sampling of the first crop, set to debut in October:
Lipstick Empire, an unscripted series following make-up moguls Lora Arellan and Dana Bomar—co-founders and CEOs of cult brand Melt Cosmetics.
Marching Orders, chronicles the Marching Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University, considered the country’s best. This unscripted series follows the incoming class trying to keep the band’s legacy alive, with band director Donovan “The Devil” Wells living up to his nickname to make sure they do.
Futuristic, Reverie, Sean Brown and Trinidad James—four of hip hop’s most exciting, yet unsigned, emerging artists—are the subject of Independent. Stage 13 shadows the foursome as they chase the musical dream without the ties of a major record label.
The Incredible Life of Darrell follows Darrell, an awkward wallflower who would rather build jetpacks and play hacky sack than transition to adulthood. The series—which won Best Web Series at the Miami Short Film Festival— is created, written and directed by Darrell Lake.
I Love Bekka & Lucy delves into the complications that arise between two quirky best friends when one becomes engaged to her slacker boyfriend. Rachael Holder created, wrote and directed the series, which stars Jessica Kennedy (Black Sails), Tanisha Long (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Alexis Denisof (How I Met Your Mother) and Chris Smith (Paranormal Activity 3).
In addition, two Stage 13 series will appear on Verizon’s go90 platform: The critically acclaimed Two Sentence Horror Stories, debuting in October, and Stage 13's original horror-comedy series Snatchers. Launched in June, Snatchers quickly became a fan favorite. In case you missed it, the series is available for binge watching now.
“Stage 13 provided us with an opportunity to connect with the multicultural audience through content that reflects culture and the new voices today. As a studio, identifying and nurturing new creative content has always been important to us,” said Craig Hunegs, president, business and strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and president, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. “Stage 13 provides us the opportunity to reach young audiences who are seeking new forms of entertainment on the platforms they use most.”
Check out the sizzle reel above for a quick preview of Stage 13’s autumn offerings.