Disney’s rebranded, Disney XD, is hitting the ground running with a new production for the network. The Next X is a reality sports series that follows some promising young athletes who are mentored by some the world’s top athletes.
Production has begun on “Next X,” an exciting reality sports series developed by Disney XD in association with ESPN, featuring five of the world’s top professional action sports athletes mentoring promising young amateurs in their chosen sport, showing them how to crank up the action, hone their technical tricks and skills and to go “big time,” imagining, learning and growing to be the next action sports superstar. The eight-part short-form series will debut MONDAY, JUNE 8 (7:05 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD, DisneyXD.com and DisneyXD mobile platforms. The story will culminate in August with a 30-minute television and online special highlighting the amateur athletes’ VIP experience at X Games 15.
“Next X” is in production at Camp Woodward West, one of the top action sports training facilities in the country. A combination of traditional storytelling and action sports excitement, the series is produced by Evolution Media (Disney Channel’s “Bug Juice,” “Big Brother”). The executive producers are Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart and Kathleen French and the co-producers are Sue Seide and Alex Baskin.
The professional action sports athletes are Chris Cole (skateboard), Scotty Cranmer (BMX), Billy Marks (skateboard), Lincoln Ueda (skateboard) and Van Homan (BMX). They’ll lead the way for five up-and-coming action sports amateurs who already publicly compete on the amateur circuit and have the determination and talent to accomplish their goals of going pro. They are:
- 11-year-old Ian Bradley, a BMX amateur from New Hampshire who recently competed at the Toronto Jam
- 11-year-old Matty Cranmer, a BMX amateur from New Jersey who competes at the expert level
- 12-year-old Mitchie Brusco, a skateboarder from Washington. This year he completed at the Tampa Am contest
- 9-year-old Tom Schaar, an advanced skateboarder from California who recently skated at the California Am contest
- 11-year-old Micah Wu, an amateur skateboarder from Kentucky who competed in the King of the Groms skateboard contest last month in Minneapolis
“Next X” marks the second Disney XD project developed with ESPN. In February, Disney XD debuted “SportsCenter High 5,” a short form series geared towards boys 6-14 that celebrates the spirit of accomplishment — whether it’s a basketball player beating the buzzer with a 3-point shot or a snowboarding ace soaring above the half-pipe -– through a compelling, fast-paced presentation of each week’s five most triumphant, awe-inspiring moments in sports entertainment. A new installment of the series, hosted by Emmy Award-winning ESPN reporter Josh Elliott, airs each Monday (in the 7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT hour), followed by multiple presentations throughout the week, on Disney XD.
Disney XD is a basic cable channel and multi-platform brand showcasing a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for kids age 6-14, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure and humor. Disney XD branded content spans television, online, mobile and VOD platforms. The programming includes series, movies and short-form, as well as sports-themed series developed with ESPN. In the U.S., Disney XD is seen on a 24-hour, advertiser supported network that reaches over 72 million households via its basic cable affiliates.
(Press Release originally appears on Disney XD’s media site)
Wrapping it up
Extreme sports are a huge market and unfortunately reality shows are here to stay. The only good thing is it is a Disney reality show, so we can expect it to focus on the real part of reality as these kids get pointers in attaining their dreams from some of the greatest athletes around.