YouTube’s new subscription service YouTube Red takes the wrapping off today, going live with its already announced first three original films (A Trip To Unicorn Island, Dance Camp and the already successful Rooster Teeth pic Lazer Team) and original series (Scare PewDiePie). It marked the occasion by announcing its next two projects to be released this year: a documentary from Oscar winner Barbara Kopple about YouTube creator and transgender woman Gigi Gorgeous and an original series set in high school from AwesomenessTV. It also unveiled four more original series in development including from the likes of CollegeHumor and Alpine Labs. Here are YouTube’s descriptions from this morning’s blog post:
Untitled Gigi Gorgeous Project
YouTube creator Gigi Gorgeous and two-time Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple have partnered with SELECTNEXT and Sander Moses to create this feature-length documentary that explores the intimate journey of a transgender woman from her childhood to life as a successful media personality. Together, they will ask the question, “What does it mean to be transgender in the uncensored new media world?”
An original series from AwesomenessTV, stars Jenn McAllister (JennxPenn) as Andie, an undateable sophomore — thanks to her older brother Alec (Logan Paul), who makes sure no guy comes near her. Andie must rely on the unbreakable bond she has with her three best friends, as they navigate the hormone-induced journey, known as high school.
YouTube’s most sensational pranksters, Jesse and Jeana of PrankvsPrank and BFvsGF, take their mischief to the next level and put their expertise to work as they mentor celebrity guests, teaching them how to pull-off their most ambitious and complicated pranks yet with the help of some of YouTube’s biggest stars.
Fight Of The Living Dead
In an unprecedented social experiment reality show from Alpine Labs, Fight of the Living Dead takes popular YouTube talent and traps them in a frighteningly realistic zombie apocalypse. They must use their instincts and gaming skills to survive as they battle the elements for the ultimate prize of survival.
Untitled 360 Game Theory
YouTube educator and pop culture expert MatPat from The Game Theorists invites the audience to come along for the ride in an innovative new series and 360 VR experience. In each episode Matt explores the real-life science behind popular video games by throwing gamers into the high-stakes scenarios they play through every day, from water jetpacks to bomb disposal.
Written by and starring the cast of CollegeHumor, along with special guests, this new anthology series will take a dark and comedic look at the absurdity of Internet culture.