LOS ANGELES & PARK CITY, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fullscreen, a global youth media company that develops online creators and programs multi-platform entertainment experiences, today announced its debut slate of original productions and the formation of Fullscreen Films. Under this banner, Fullscreen will develop and produce original feature-length films starring influential digital talent for distribution across all screens.
The Fullscreen Films slate includes “Lazer Team,” from pioneering creative studio Rooster Teeth; “#O2LForever,” a feature-length documentary following the final months of the now legendary vlogging supergroup Our 2nd Life (O2L); and “The Outfield,” a coming-of-age drama starring wildly popular social media personalities Nash Grier and Cameron Dallas.
"Fullscreen has always been deeply committed to empowering online creators. It's in our DNA," said George Strompolos, Founder and CEO of Fullscreen. "Fullscreen Films takes our mission to the next level as we look to create several ambitious feature films with many of today's brightest creative voices. This is what audiences have told us they want and Fullscreen is prepared to deliver."
“Fullscreen is committed to giving creators the opportunity to express themselves and tell stories that matter to them and their audiences,” said Fullscreen Chief Content Officer Michael Goldfine. “Often, those stories are most authentically told as full-length movies, whether they capture a significant moment in pop culture, like O2L, or reach the hearts of passionate fandoms like ‘Lazer Team’ and ‘The Outfield.’ I couldn’t be more excited to kick off our original content pursuits with movies, though there’s much more exciting stuff to come.”
Fullscreen Films' debut slate includes the following features:
“The Outfield,” which goes into production this week, follows a trio of varsity baseball players as they enter their senior year of high school and navigate difficult choices on and off the field. Nash Grier makes his acting debut as Jack Sanders, one of Illinois’ best center-fielders, starring alongside Cameron Dallas as Frankie Payton, Jack’s longtime best friend. Michael Goldfine, chief content officer for Fullscreen and producer of “Camp Takota,” is directing “The Outfield” with Eli Gonda, based upon a story by Goldfine. Grier and Dallas are represented by WME, which packaged the project.
In Rooster Teeth’s “Lazer Team,” four small-town losers stumble across an alien crash site. Suddenly, they’re bound together by an incredible battle suit that forces them to save humanity against an omnipotent enemy. They may not be strong, smart or talented, but they’re Lazer Team. Rooster Teeth’s first feature film, currently in post-production, set a record as the highest-funded Indiegogo campaign in the platform’s history. “Lazer Team” was directed by Matt Hullum and written by Burnie Burns, Chris Demarais and Joshua Flanagan.
“#O2LForever” is the final account of the now-defunct vlogging supergroup Our 2nd Life (O2L), who quickly became teen idols, akin to “A Hard Days Night” Beatlemania, with their mix of video diaries, skits and music on YouTube. During the group’s 2014 North American tour assembled by DigiTour Media, Connor Franta, Kian Lawley, Jc Caylen, Ricky Dillon, Trevor Moran and Sam Pottorff embarked upon a landmark trip, documented by Michael Goldfine, that exposes the trials of friendship, brotherhood and what it means to be “Internet famous” both online and in real life. Though they may not produce content as a group anymore, this film encapsulates the power of authentic connections and O2L’s lasting legacy among millions of fans worldwide. Fullscreen executive produced the film in association with DigiTour Media.
Fullscreen is a global youth media company that develops online creators and programs multi-platform entertainment experiences. 500 million subscribers generate more than 5 billion video views across Fullscreen’s global network each month. Fullscreen’s network includes 60,000 creators, including The Fine Bros., filmmaker Devin SuperTramp, Lohanthony, Andrea Russett and Grace Helbig.