YouTube Originals Reveals Premiere Date for New Docuseries "Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil"
RAW LOOK AT LOVATO'S RESILIENT JOURNEY LAUNCHES MARCH 23
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LOS ANGELES, CA, JANUARY 13, 2020 -- YouTube Originals today announced the first details for "Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil," a powerful four-part documentary event from Director Michael D. Ratner. The first two episodes of the docuseries will premiere for free Tuesday, March 23rd only on Demi Lovato's YouTube Channel, with new episodes to be released weekly on each of the next two Tuesdays.
"It's been two years since I came face-to-face with the darkest point in my life, and now I'm ready to share my story with the world. For the first time, you'll be able to see my chronicle of struggle and ongoing healing from my point of view. I'm grateful that I was able to take this journey to face my past head-on and finally share it with the world," said Demi Lovato.
"We are excited to continue sharing Demi's brave story," said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. "YouTube Originals is committed to telling real stories about the complexities of life and for Demi to use our global platform to open up about this chapter is something we are very proud of."
"Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil" is an honest look back at some of the most trying times in Lovato's life as she unearths her prior traumas and discovers the importance of her physical, emotional, and mental health. For the first time, Lovato will open up about every aspect that led to her nearly fatal overdose in 2018, and her awakenings in the aftermath as viewers are granted unprecedented access to the superstar's personal and musical journey over the past three years, including footage from when the initial production for this project began during Lovato's 2018 Tell Me You Love Me World Tour. The docuseries is a follow up to her wildly popular 2017 YouTube Originals documentary "Simply Complicated," which now has more than 35M views on YouTube.
"Demi's willingness to explore the darkest elements of her life is going to leave the audience with a complete understanding of everything she's been through and ultimately where she is going. Demi stands for empowerment, and this documentary is going to answer the many questions that have been out there - providing a real window into the life of one of the biggest stars in the world, who is simply a human being," says Director and Executive Producer Michael D. Ratner.
"Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil" is directed and executive produced by Michael D. Ratner, and produced by Ratner's OBB Pictures and SB Projects. Scott Ratner, Kfir Goldberg and Miranda Sherman also serve as executive producers for OBB Pictures. Scooter Braun, Allison Kaye and Scott Manson executive produce for SB Projects. Co-executive producers on the project are Andy Mininger and Arlen Konopaki for OBB Pictures, Jen McDaniels, Scott Marcus and James Shin for SB Projects, and Hannah Lux Davis. Marc Ambrose serves as producer.
Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Alex Piper, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals, and Cara Casey, Development Lead for YouTube Originals, will oversee the project for the global platform.
"Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil" continues YouTube's commitment to bringing timely content to fans around the world including recent hits such as "Justin Bieber: Next Chapter," a follow up to the record-breaking series, "Justin Bieber: Seasons"; "Hello 2021," a five-part global New Year's Eve celebration; "David Blaine Ascension," which redefined magic once again when the world needed an uplifting distraction; "This Is Paris," a documentary exploring the events that shaped the woman and iconic character she created; "Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women's Gymnastics," a documentary series that explores what it takes to be an Elite gymnast; Emmy-winning family series, "Create Together #WithMe," hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt; and two installments of "The Creator Games Presented by MrBeast," plus a slate of new content through the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund aimed to amplify Black voices amidst the ongoing racial justice movement: "Bear Witness, Take Action 2" hosted by Common and Keke Palmer; "Resist" from Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors; and "HBCU Homecoming 2020: Meet Me On The Yard" hosted by 2 Chainz and La La Anthony.
About Demi Lovato:
Demi Lovato is a globally known, multi-platinum singer with one of the biggest social media followings of 108+ million. Her 2008 debut album, Don't Forget, was followed with sold-out world tours and five hit records, including 2017's Tell Me You Love Me, featuring the viral hit "Sorry Not Sorry". Other hit singles include "Cool for the Summer" and "Heart Attack", among others. In 2020 she made her return to the stage with the debut of "Anyone" at the GRAMMY Awards and appeared at Super Bowl LIV where she performed the National Anthem, followed by the recent release of her singles the empowering "I Love Me," "I'm Ready" with Sam Smith where the two declare that they are ready to be loved, and the politically charged "Commander in Chief." Alongside her music, Demi has also maintained an acting career, and recently appeared in the final season of NBC's "Will & Grace" and the recent Netflix feature film "Eurovision" opposite Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan. Lovato has been honored with numerous awards, including an MTV Video Music Award, five People's Choice Awards, an ALMA Award, a Latin American Music Award, a GLAAD Vanguard Award for LGBTQ activism, and most recently a VMA nomination for "I Love Me" in the "Video for Good" category. She has received two GRAMMY Award nominations, four Billboard Music Award nominations and three Brit Award nominations. Lovato is a passionate global advocate for mental health, named by Global Citizen as the organization's official ambassador in 2017. She was also honored by the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, with the Artistic Award for Courage, and is a New York Times Best-Selling author.
About YouTube Originals:
YouTube Originals are award-winning, creative and engaging scripted and unscripted series and films across music, personalities, and learning for fans all over the world. Spotlighting both YouTube creators alongside Hollywood's biggest stars, YouTube Originals provide an experience that only YouTube can offer. By tapping into the platform's growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content mixed with pioneering live-streamed specials, there is truly something for everybody. Fans experience YouTube Original content through ad-supported YouTube as well as YouTube Premium, a subscription service that offers access to YouTube Original series and movies, a streaming music platform, and an uninterrupted, ad-free experience across all of YouTube. YouTube Originals are available in nearly 80 countries worldwide.
About OBB Media:
Founded in 2016 by entrepreneur and filmmaker Michael D. Ratner, OBB Media is the parent company to OBB Pictures, OBB Sound, OBB Branded, and OBB Cares. The multimedia production company specializes in TV, digital, film, podcasts, branded content, and social good, and has amassed nearly 2 billion views. Ratner, alongside co-founder Scott Ratner and a team of talented storytellers, create scripted and unscripted projects for a variety of distributors. The company has become well known for TV and film such as Justin Bieber: Seasons which broke the global record for the most viewed YouTube original series premiere with 32.5 million views in the first week alone, the follow up special documentary event Justin Bieber: Next Chapter, Netflix's Historical Roasts, Kevin Hart's Cold As Balls, and an ESPN 30 for 30: "Gonzo @ the Derby". OBB Sound produces podcasts including Audible's The Pursuit of Healthiness with Blake Griffin, which is currently in its second season, Pretty Big Deal with Ashley Graham, currently in its third season, and Spotify's Country Shine with Graham Bunn, and Too Long; Didn't Watch in partnership with Rolling Stone and Google Assistant, to name a few. OBB Branded has created campaigns for brands including Pepsi, Red Bull, Old Spice, Airbnb, and Lexus, amongst others. Finally, OBB Cares is the company's charitable initiative seeking to use its unique resources to impact positive change in the surrounding community. The Emmy award winning full-service production company has its offices, post-production facilities, and state of the art podcast studios headquartered in West Hollywood, California. For more information, please visit the company's official site: http://
About SB Projects:
Founded by Scooter Braun, SB Projects is a diversified entertainment and media company with ventures at the intersection of music, film, technology, brands, culture, and social good. In addition to managing a roster of some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, J Balvin, Idina Menzel, Demi Lovato, Ashley Graham and Tori Kelly, SB Projects has grown their film and television division to include a robust slate of projects including the FX Network's most watched comedy series "Dave," YouTube's record breaking docuseries "Justin Bieber: Seasons," CBS' "Scorpion," "The Giver," and "Never Say Never," which remains one of the highest grossing music documentaries in domestic box-office history. The company also has several projects in active development including "Anna K" for HBOMax, an untitled K-Pop film for 20th Century Studios, "A Taste of Power" and "The Undesirables" for Amazon Studios among many others. In addition, SB Projects recently signed a multi-year, first-look television deal with Amazon Studios to develop scripted and unscripted projects. Through his media and entertainment holding company Ithaca Holdings LLC., Braun also co-founded Mythos Studios with Marvel Studios' Founding Chairman David Maisel.
January 13, 2021 3:39pm ET by Pressparty