Disney Channel has ordered the comedy series “Bizaardvark,” which will introduce newcomers Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu as the lead characters Paige and Frankie, respectively. Production begins early 2016 for a summer premiere.
“Bizaardvark” creators Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman were participants in Disney Channel’s inaugural Storytellers program. Now in its second year, the program continues to foster creative ideas and develop the next generation of series creators and writers of programming for kids, tweens and families.
Paige and Frankie are quirky 13-year-old best friends who write funny songs and create music videos for their online channel, Bizaardvark. Now with 10,000 subscribers, the girls get to work from a creative studio space that they hope will take their videos to the next level. In this cool new environment – and with the help of family and friends –they’ll embark on a series of comedic adventures in their quest to become online stars.
Marc Warren (“Full House,” “Even Stevens,” “That’s So Raven,” “Cory in the House”), who supervised Disney Channel Storytellers, served as Executive Producer for the pilot. Eric Friedman (“Austin & Ally,” “Crash & Bernstein”) will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner. Stegina and Lehrman are co-executive producers.
Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 96 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney ABC Television Group.