50 Cent and Jamie Oliver pair up on Dream School
Sundance Channel has announced a new factual series, Dream School – a project produced by Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) and Jamie Oliver.
Based on a UK format created by Oliver, the series takes troubled teenagers who have a history of being hard to reach in conventional education and places them in a very different kind of school. Instead of ‘normal’ teachers, the faculty is made up of actors, artists, scientists, musicians, politicians and filmmakers.
The 6 x 60 series, which airs from the autumn in the US, aims to inspire the high school dropouts with mentoring by professionals at the top of their field. A co-production between Oliver’s Fresh One Productions and Jackson’s G-Unit Films and Television, the executive producers are Roy Ackerman, Andrew Jameson and Jonathan Grosskopf along with Oliver and Jackson.
Executive producer Jackson stated, "The importance of Dream School is monumental. Helping to inspire these students to reach their potential is personally gratifying."
Oliver added: “The series of Dream School we did in the UK was one of the things I’m most proud of. We literally changed the lives of many of the kids for the better: some of them went back to school and are now excelling; some of them found out that, despite being told in school that they would never achieve anything, they were actually very gifted at art or acting and went on to achieve great things. But Dream School is tough — both for the kids and for the teachers. It’s not going to be an easy ride because there are always big characters to deal with and often tensions run high.”