Jenna Dewan Tatum will serve as a host and mentor on the upcoming NBC competition series “World of Dance” from executive producer Jennifer Lopez, TheWrap has learned.
Initially discovered by a dance agent, Tatum began her career touring alongside some of the music industry’s most top entertainers, including Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot and Ricky Martin.
In addition to a thriving acting and dancing career, Tatum recently launched her own production company, Purple Cup. She previously joined forces with close friends and husband Channing Tatum to start their first production company, 33andOut Productions, which has produced the films “22 Jump Street,” “10 Years” and the documentary “Earth Made of Glass” that follows Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu.
Tatum joins the judges team led by Derek Hough, NE-YO and Lopez. The upcoming 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions will give dancers a shot at a $1 million grand prize.
Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in a range of dance categories, including hip-hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.
“‘World of Dance’ is a show by dancers for dancers,” said Lopez. “Jenna is the perfect addition to join NE-YO, Derek and me in our ‘World of Dance’ family. We are thrilled to have her.”
Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will executive produce for Nuyorican Productions. Also executive producing are Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas. The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.
Tatum is represented by UTA and Management 360.