Sundance Channel Greenlights 50 Cent, Jamie Oliver-Produced Series, 'Dream School'
Sundance Channel has greenlit "Dream School," a new non-fiction series from executive producers Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, network president Sarah Barnett announced on Thursday.
Set to premiere this fall, the six-part hour-long series follows troubled teenagers -- all high school dropouts -- attending a learning institution where classes are taught by top industry professionals in a number of fields, including music, filmmaking, science, acting, art, and politics.
The format is adapted from Oliver's U.K. program of the same name, which he created under his Fresh One production company. Fresh One will produce the American version with Jackson's G-Unit Films and Television.
"The importance of 'Dream School 'is monumental," Jackson said in a statement. "Helping to inspire these students to reach their potential is personally gratifying."
Oliver noted the original version of the series successfully transformed the lives of the U.K. teens who were involved, and hopes to do the same for the American participants, but says it won't be easy.
"'Dream School' is tough – both for the kids and for the teachers," Oliver explained. "It's not going to be an easy ride because there are always big characters to deal with and often tensions run high."
Jonathan Grosskopf will executive produce the series for Sundance Channel, along with G-Unit's Andrew Jameson and original executive producer, Roy Ackerman.
"'Dream School' will be at times devastating, at times deeply uplifting, and entirely full of the genuine conflict and struggle that goes along with true transformation," Barnett said. "Viewers will see that play out, not just from the teenagers in the show but also from the celebrities and educators who have signed on for this tough yet potentially life-changing project."