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Digital Celeb Logan Paul to Create, Star in Scripted Series for Blackpills (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety logo Variety 12/20/2016 Todd Spangler
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Logan Paul, the social-media influencer turned actor, has set a pact to create, produce and star in an original short-form scripted series for French digital-studio upstart Blackpills.

The series is slated to premiere sometime in 2017. Paul, who rose to fame on Twitter’s Vine, now has more than 30 million followers across multiple platforms and his videos generate north of 165 million monthly views. The 21-year-old co-stars with Peyton List in feature-length thriller “The Thinning” on YouTube Red and has landed other roles including in AwesomenessTV’s romantic-comedy series “Foursome” for YouTube Red and Freeform drama “Stitchers.”

The Logan Paul series will be produced for Blackpills by Paolo Moreno of Influencer Studios; Logan Paul and Jeff Levin of Maverick Media; and Guillaume Lacroix, Renaud Le Van Kim and Luc Besson (Together Studio). No plot details or casting info is available at this point.

Paris-based Blackpills was founded by Daniel Marhely, co-founder of streaming-music service Deezer, and Patrick Holzman, former Canal Plus executive who created Europe’s first VOD service. Xavier Niel, founder and majority shareholder of the French Internet service provider Free, also has been involved in Blackpills.

Blackpills is focused on creating scripted series for millennial audiences to watch on mobile devices. The studio has secured deals for shows from filmmaker Luc Besson; director-writer Zoe Cassavetes; and Denise Richards, Nikki Leigh and Charlotte McKinney, who are set to star in a grindhouse-style feminist series set in L.A.

Logan Paul is repped by Jack Whigham and Paul Cazers of CAA and Adam Kaller and Duncan Hedges of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.


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