Disney+ has ordered the unscripted series Choir, based on the inspirational story behind America’s Got Talent finalists the Detroit Youth Choir (DYC).
The six-episode docuseries centers on Anthony White, the artistic director of DYC, a teacher, mentor and father-figure in the heart of Detroit. For over two decades, he has impacted and empowered more than 1,000 kids through music. Produced by Blumhouse Television, Maniac Production and Campfire, Choir marks the first order for Blumhouse for a Disney+ original series. It will be directed by Rudy Valdez.
A Choir scripted series by the same production team is also in development at Disney Branded Television for Disney+. Anthony Sparks (Queen Sugar, The Blacklist) is attached to develop and create the scripted drama series and will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
Ayo Davis, executive VP of creative development and strategy for Disney Branded Content, said: “Disney Branded Television continues to seek out creative talent that is diverse, inclusive and representative of our multi-cultural landscape, and we are proud to team with Anthony White and the young voices of the Detroit Youth Choir to present this true-to-life story that is sure to inspire audiences of all ages. We guarantee you’ll be singing along with this joyful group as they learn lessons about music and life in general.”
Chris McCumber, Blumhouse Television president, said: “Choir is the exact right kind of feel-good, hopeful programming we need at this moment, and we’re thrilled to be establishing a relationship with Disney+, for the first time, on both a scripted and unscripted version of this particular project.”
Michael Seitzman, executive producer, said: “We’re excited to work on these shows with the extraordinary kids of the DYC and Disney+. On a personal note, it’s an added thrill to be able to do this with Ayo Davis, whom I’ve worked with and been friends with for many years.”
Campfire CEO and Executive Producer Ross Dinerstein said: “The DYC kids shocked the world with their astonishing performance on America’s Got Talent. Documenting what’s next for them, and for the gifted Anthony White, is an honor for all of us.”