YouTube Red has ordered the Lifeline TV show from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s production company, Seven Bucks Productions. The eight-episode action thriller features a life insurance company which sends its agents forward 33 days in time to prevent its clients from dying. deaths. YouTube says, “The company’s best man, Charlie Hooks, has never missed a save – until one case changes his life forever.”
Lifeline is written by Ben Freiburger and Grant Wheeler. Johnson, Dany Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, and Hiram Garcia executive produce for Seven Bucks Productions. Dan Weinstein, Gary Binkow, and Amee Dolleman executive produce for Studio71. Corridor Digital’s Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer have been tapped to direct.
Get the details from this YouTube press release.
YOUTUBE RED ORDERS SCI-FI THRILLER SERIES FROM SEVEN BUCKS PRODUCTIONS AND STUDIO71
Corridor Digital to Direct
Los Angeles, CA – October 17, 2016 – YouTube today announced it has ordered a new series from Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, and Studio71, the digital entertainment company and multichannel network of ProSiebenSat.1. The eight-episode sci-fi action thriller will be directed by Corridor Digital’s Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer, two of the Internet’s most ambitious science fiction and action filmmakers. The series will debut on YouTube Red in 2017.
Set in the not-too-distant future, the half hour series, tentatively named Lifeline, is about a little known life insurance company that sends its agents forward 33 days in time to prevent the accidental deaths of its clients. The company’s best man, Charlie Hooks, has never missed a save – until one case changes his life forever.
“This series makes good on our commitment to tap into the biggest and brightest emerging creators on YouTube,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “He is a global super star, and while you may not think of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as a big YouTube star, he has certainly become one in a few short months. We are thrilled to have him driving this very ambitious series forward.”
“We’re taking our YouTube partnership to the next level with Lifeline,” said Johnson. “YouTube has given me the opportunity to connect with my fans on a very direct level, and now we’re teaming up with the most innovative creators in the game to bring our special brand of action adventure to the audience.”
“This series shows that anyone can be extraordinary and a superhero in their own right, which is why we’re thrilled about this project,” said Dany Garcia, co-founder of Seven Bucks Productions. “This project will disrupt the action genre on YouTube in a huge way.”
“This series is the perfect collaboration between Seven Bucks Productions and Dwayne Johnson, a global super star synonymous with action, and Corridor Digital, who pushes the action envelope as far as it can go online,” said Dan Weinstein, President, Studio71. “Studio71 is privileged to work with both Johnson and Corridor Digital and we look forward to what their combined efforts will deliver for the audience.”
Lifeline was written by Ben Freiburger and Grant Wheeler. Executive Producers are Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Hiram Garcia for Seven Bucks Productions and Dan Weinstein, Gary Binkow and Amee Dolleman for Studio71.
YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives you an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming. Members also get exclusive access to new Original series and movies from top YouTube creators. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, with plans for additional international expansion in the coming year.
About Seven Bucks Productions
Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies, and digital networks. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling, and passion.
Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate including tent-pole movies such as Paramount’s Baywatch, New Line’s Shazam, Universal’s The Janson Directive and Dreamworks’ Alpha Squad Seven. The company also produces original television programming including HBO’s “Ballers,” Spike TV’s “Rock the Troops” and HBO Documentary Films “Rock and a Hard Place.”
Studio71 is the multichannel network of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group with 5 billion views a month. It is headquartered in Berlin and Los Angeles, with offices in New York, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Toronto, London, and Vienna. In German-speaking countries, Studio71 is the leading multichannel network that concentrates the broadcasting group’s range of Web-only content and its distribution through in-house platforms like MyVideo, and through third-party platforms. In the U.S. Studio71 develops, produces, and distributes original entertainment programming and manages one of the leading multichannel networks with over 1,200 channels. Germany’s leading moving-image marketer is responsible for ad marketing with SevenOne Media.
Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.
What do you think? How do you like the sound of the Lifeline TV series? Would you subscribe to YouTube Red, to watch it?