Lifetime premieres Pitch Slapped, its new a cappella team series, Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:00pm ET/PT. The eight one-hour long episodes will explore the competitive atmosphere of high school a cappella. Season one of Pitch Slapped features two rival New Jersey high schools, who are assigned professional coaches and face off weekly.
Pitch Perfect‘s Deke Sharon works with Cherry Hill, NJ’s “Stay Tuned.” A cappella star Diana Preisler (of the group, Blue Jupiter) coaches Allendale, NJ’s “The Voices.” Continue on for all the series details.
Here’s the press release:
GET READY TO BE PITCH SLAPPED WITH LIFETIME’S NEW A CAPPELLA DOCUSERIES PREMIERING JANUARY 5
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 9, 2015) — Lifetime’s puts singing in the spotlight with new docu-series Pitch Slapped (#PitchSlapped) premiering January 5, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT. The eight hour-long episodes reveal what it’s really like in the intensely competitive world of high school a cappella. The pressure is on when two cross-town rival teams from New Jersey are given the chance to work with the world’s best coaches and face off in weekly competitions, crescendoing in a champion sing off. Vocal powerhouse Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect) will stop at nothing to get his team, Stay Tuned from Cherry Hill, to come out of their shells and get them in-tune while a cappella rock-star and performance coach Diana Preisler (Blue Jupiter) guides The Voices from Allendale, to harmonize their way to a win.
Sharon is contemporary a cappella’s most prolific arranger and currently producing The Sing-Off worldwide. He also served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for the highly successful feature films Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. Sharon is the founder, director and arranger for the pioneering a cappella group House Jacks and has shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, and performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton.
Preisler’s background as a singer, voice-over actress and performance coach has garnered her a reputation as one of the most respected a cappella coaches in the industry. Preisler has toured the world as the manager, artistic director and lead female singer of successful a cappella group, and international vocal sensation Blue Jupiter, and has been featured on Nickelodeon, the Huffington Post and Oprah. She can often be found sitting on panels for prestigious a cappella competitions around the country. She’s graced the theatrical stage on multiple national Broadway tours, such as Fiddler on the Roof and A Christmas Carol.
Pitch Slapped is produced by All3Media America and Studio Lambert Associates along with InsomniaTV, who conceptualized the project. The series is executive produced by Stephen Lambert, (Undercover Boss), Greg Goldman (True Tori) and Glenn Schubert in conjunction with Lifetime’s Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Colleen Conway Grogan.
ABOUT STUDIO LAMBERT ASSOICATES / ALL3MEDIA AMERICA
Studio Lambert Associates is the London and Los Angeles-based production studio launched by Stephen Lambert in 2008. It is part of the All3Media group of companies and it develops and produces non-scripted programming for the UK and US markets. In the US, the company produces all of its shows in partnership with All3Media America.
All3Media America is the Los Angeles-based production studio for All3Media, a global production and distribution group of companies headquartered in the UK. Established in December 2012, All3Media America develops and produces a wide range of original scripted and non-scripted programming specifically for the US market as well as serving as the domestic production base for the group’s international formats and the group companies’ US development. All3Media America companies include Bentley, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Maverick, MME, North One, Objective, South Pacific Pictures and Studio Lambert Associates. The company currently has series in production or development with a large number of broadcast and cable networks, including the Emmy award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS. All3Media America’s formats and finished programs are distributed internationally by All3Media International. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.
InsomniaTV is a New York City based Content Creation and Production Company started by Glenn Schubert in 2008. Launched as a marketing and promo agency, InsomniaTV has recently pivoted into a full-fledged development and production company.
Along with its in-house production and post-production capabilities, Insomnia has a creative team that curates talent and concepts to be produced as original unscripted short and long form content for the international marketplace.
InsomniaTV is where creativity never sleeps.
Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. As a result of the network’s aggressive programming strategy that has doubled the hours of its original programming, in 2014 the network reached its strongest ranking among the key Women 18-49 demo in six years and its youngest median age in 18 years. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
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