MTV Ramps Up Telefilm Production

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Looking to ply proven series into telefilms, MTV is stepping up its original movie production for next year.
The telefilm transmogrification effort will extend to docuseries My Super Sweet 16 and Made.
Development has already begun on the latter, which, also in the vein of Clueless and Bring It On, features an A- list cheerleader who helps a D-list band nerd achieve her dream of making the squad. Bob Kusbit and Francis Lyons will serve as executive producers for Made, with Tony DiBari, Lisa Silfen, Chris Linn and Robin Palmer the MTV executives involved with the project.
Meanwhile, My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen is set at a sweet 16 party at a rollerdome that had been plagued by murders. The film, production of which has wrapped on location in Atlanta, centers on Madison Penrose gets everything she wants, including her wish to re-open the desolate rollerdome for her special party. But things get crazed when the killer returns to crash the soiree.
Set to air on the network in late October following its theatrical run, the film stars Juliana Guill (Friday The 13th), Lauren Mcknight (House of Fear), Chris Zylka (Cougartown) and Matt Angel (Raising The Bar).

For its part, Turn The Beat Around, set in the competitive L.A. dance scene, follows a struggling young dancer who convinces a club owner to open a disco that features disco hits remixed with modern music and dance. The movie features dance sequences by renowned dancer/choreographer Tre Armstrong (How You Move, So You Think You Can Dance Canada) that combine cutting edge hip hop dance moves with the sensual vibe of classic disco, as well as a performance by Warner Bros recording artist Jason Derulo.
With two films currently in production and several in development, MTVplans to one original movie per quarter, beginning in 2010.
"Our mission is to redefine the creative canvas of MTV with a diversity of content in a variety of formats," said MTV programming president Tony DiSanto in a statement. "Storytelling is in our DNA, and feature films for television are the next natural step of progression for us. We are thrilled to be in this game."

With two films currently in production and several in development, the network will launch one original movie per quarter beginning in 2010.

"Our mission is to redefine the creative canvas of MTV with a diversity of content in a variety of formats," said Tony DiSanto, President of MTV Programming. "Storytelling is in our DNA, and feature films for television are the next natural step of progression for us. We are thrilled to be in this game."

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