Brat, the Gen Z-focused digital studio and network, said Friday it has renewed and set release dates for five original series and ordered two new series, one featuring Anna Cathcart from To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before and Odd Squad and another starring up-and-coming pro boxer Ryan “Kingry” Garcia.
The Brat network has more than 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube, with 15 million unique viewers, says the company, which focuses on using social media stars to build teen-based programming for platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Nearly 3 billion minutes of content were consumed in the past year, Brat says.
The new series: Zoe Valentine, toplined by Cathcart, who played Kitty in Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is now getting a sequel, and Olympia on PBS’ Odd Squad. It will premiere January 16. Also, On the Ropes, the Garcia-fronted series set in the world of underground boxing. The eight-episode series debuts February 25. Garcia, who is 16-0 as a pro, has 1.4 million Instagram followers and is on the December 15 Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding undercard at Madison Square Garden.
Among the series being renewed are Chicken Girls, starring Annie LeBlanc, returning for a fourth season on March 12, and Total Eclipse, starring Dance Moms regular Mackenzie Ziegler, back for Season 3 on March 14. Also back for second seasons will be the Nancy Drew-like mystery series A Girl Named Jo starring Addison Riecke (premiere date: January 8); Dirt, with Kalani Hilliker and Lilia Buckingham (January 11); and Boss Cheer starring Tessa Brooks and Sofie Dossi (January 1).
“Year one was about introducing this generation to Brat, our family of talent, and slate of shows,” said Brat co-founder Rob Fishman. “Over the next year, we’ll be doubling down on our existing hits, and releasing a new wave of must-see TV for our audience.”
Brat raised $30 million in a July funding round and recently expanded to a new, 10,000-square-foot studio in Hollywood.