EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Bertrand is headed to Disney XD‘s primetime. The channel aimed at boys 6-11 has picked up one of the two pilots starring the 13-year-old actor that it ordered in August. Disney XD has greenlighted Kirby Buckets, a single-camera animation/live-action hybrid from Horizon Productions about a kid who dreams of being the biggest animator in the world. Bertrand stars as the title character, who sees his drawings take shape as he and his best friends, Fish (Mekai Curtis) and Eli (Cade Sutton), go on outrageous adventures. Olivia Stuck and Tiffany Espensen co-star in the project, directed by Walt Becker (Wild Hogs).”We know that our Disney XD audience has a strong affinity for animated programming, so we are looking forward to presenting a live-action series told through the eyes of a boy that shares that same passion,” said Adam Bonnett, EVP, Original Programming, Disney Channel.
Disney XD first developed and piloted Kirby Buckets in 2012 with writers Gabe Snyder & Mike Alber, who are still on board, and EP David Bowers. Beavis and Butt-head alum Kris Brown is the new executive producer. Production on the series will start in the spring for a fall premiere. It is very rare for a network to shoot two pilots with the same actor simultaneously. That is a special treatment given by Disney brass only to talent they strongly believe would be their next breakout star. Disney XD sibling Disney Channel used the tactic for Selena Gomez nine years ago.
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