Disney Adds Pop-Group Show


Disney Channel is adding another live-action, music-based series for preschoolers based on a New Orleans pop-music group called Imagination Movers.

The group, naturally, has already been signed to Walt Disney Records, which will release an album called Juicebox Heroes this fall, culled from three earlier records.

Shooting on Imagination Movers the series will begin in October in New Orleans, but the channel has already been airing the group's music videos since last fall. Disney said the show will emphasize problem-solving skills.

Imagination Movers is Rich Collins, a former journalist and father of four young children; Scott Durbin, a former teacher and father of two young children; Dave Poche, an architect and father of two young children; and Scott "Smitty" Smith, a New Orleans firefighter who was a member of the Hurricane Katrina search-and-rescue team. Three of them lost their homes, a production office, instruments and props to Katrina.

David Agnew, executive vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Records' parent company, Disney Music Group, said in a release: "Whether on a concert stage, a music video or a CD, the Imagination Movers' creativity and unique musical vision is entertaining both to kids and their parents. Their blend of energetic rock and hip-hop is playful and great to dance to. Walt Disney Records is proud to be the Movers' partner in records, music publishing, concert tours and merchandise."