Dancing With The Stars professional dancers Julianne and Derek Hough have partnered with Starz to develop Blackpool, an original series set in the world of international competitive ballroom dancing. The siblings will executive produce and serve as head choreographers for the series, drawing on years of experience as competitors and world dance champions. The series revolves around the prestigious annual ballroom competition in Blackpool, England and will explore the dancer’s obsession with perfection and the darker side of the glamorous world of ballroom dance. “The world of ballroom dance has captivated millions of people around the world, and there are no more recognizable superstars in this arena than Julianne and Derek,” says Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. “Their experiences growing up in this highly competitive world are riveting and also shocking.”
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Julianne Hough, repped by CAA and Azoff, Geary, Paul, Smith Management, was a two-time professional champion on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars before segueing to acting and singing. She will be seen next in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut Paradise. Derek Hough, repped by UTA and The Collective, is the only three-time champion in franchise history of Dancing with the Stars. He recently took a season off from the ABC reality series to film his first feature-starring role in Cobu 3D: New York Nights.