The lead, female cast member in Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix original series “The Get Down” will be Herizen Guardiola. In the role of “Mylene Cruz,” Guardiola makes her acting debut playing a disco-loving 18-year-old from a very religious family. Guardiola, who’s also a singer/songwriter, will showcase that talent in the music-driven series. She joins cast members Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, and Tremaine Brown, Jr. “The Get Down,” which focuses on hip-hop and breakdancing in 1970s New York City, will debut all 13 episodes of its first season on Netflix in 2016. It comes from Sony Pictures Television.
Maker Studios is crossing over to another Disney-owned network, ABC Family, with a documentary series “I Am Maker.” The show will look at how Maker acquires new online talent and will thus resemble other reality competition series on TV, like “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” with which it will share producers, World of Wonder. There’s still no specified release date for “I Am Maker” on ABC Family.
Lifestyle video site My Country Nation has added some original programming, including a series featuring YouTube creators The Nive Nulls. Called “Starter House,” the series features the vlogging family as they perform various DIY projects around their home. Other new content on the website includes “We Spark Change,” produced by My Country Nationa and Kraft and featuring country musicians Sarah Evans and Lee Brice; another season of “46 Hours,” which features country musician Thomas Rhett as he travels to New York; and more prank videos starring Tom Mabe in “Maybe in the USA.” The country destination hosts series like “Superfan Nation,” Camping with Kids,” and more.
Snapchat is no longer selling its Brand Stories, as first reported by Recode, so as to makeover the ad experience on the social video platform. Snapchat’s already gone through a few different ad products (and a few ad execs, as COO Emily White and head of sales Mike Randall both left the company this year). Ads are currently still available on Snapchat in both the Discover and Our Story sections, the latter welcoming sponsorships. The now defunct Brand Stories launched back in October with a trailer for Univeral Studios’ film “Ouija.”