In this first clip, Mary is at an audition for a bubble gum commercial when she’s paired up with a ‘BFF’ for the ad. When Mary and her new best bud are sent off into a corner to go learn about each other, Mary learns a valuable lesson. If it walks like Selena Gomez and it quacks like Selena Gomez, it’s probably a Selena Gomez impersonator — unless you’re being pranked!
Next up is 15 year old Luke, who is recruited by Mitchel Musso to fill in for his deadbeat ex-BFF for an interview. Apparently when it comes to faking it, Luke makes the cut. He doesn’t even mind just digging in and getting his hands dirty.
Also starring in the first episode is ailing Debby Ryan who requests fan Albany fill in for her at a fashion show. It turns out Albany’s so good at the job, she’s asked to fire Debby!
‘Prankstars’ premieres on July 15 at 8 pm on Disney Channel, with new episodes premiering each month with more Disney Channel favorites.
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Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez, Debby Ryan and Mitchel Musso surprise their biggest fans in the premiere episode of “PrankStars,” a hidden camera series where unsuspecting tweens and teens are set up by family members and come face to face with their favorite celebrities in unpredictable and humorous situations. Premiering Friday, July 15 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel, the reality series is hosted by Mitchel Musso (“Pair of Kings,” “Phineas and Ferb”), who directs the pranks live from a covert mobile command center. New episodes will premiere every month featuring a roster of new stars.
In the premiere episode featuring three pranks, 14-year-old Mary is put to the test when she is paired up with Selena Gomez, disguised as a typical teenager, to learn a jingle during an audition for a fake bubble gum commercial. The hilarity continues as Debby Ryan recruits her No. 1 fan, 14-year-old Albany, to model for her upcoming fashion show, but Albany’s loyalties are tested when she is asked to fire Debby. When Mitchel Musso’s real-life best friend does not show up for an interview at a restaurant, he recruits unsuspecting patron, 15-year-old Luke, to step in for the hardest role of his life.
“PrankStars” is executive-produced by Barry Poznick (“Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”), John Stevens (“Lingo”), Charles Steenveld (“Family Game Night”) and Rick de Oliveira (“All-Star Celebrity Treasure Hunt”). Musso co-wrote and performs the theme song. The reality series is a production of ZOO Productions. It carries a TV-G parental guideline.
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Teen superstar Selena Gomez lights up the screen in “Girl Meets World with Selena Gomez,” a new short-form series that provides viewers insights into Selena’s point of view about her life and career and the inspiration she receives from her family and fans. Filmed on location throughout Europe, the special shows Selena performing in concert and recording her second album. It will be presented in three parts on Friday, September 10 (between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
“A Year Without Rain” releases worldwide Tuesday, September 21 on Hollywood Records. The song “Round & Round” from the album is now Gold certified and the #1 song on Radio Disney. Gomez’s first album, “Kiss & Tell,” debuted in the Billboard Top 10 and is Gold certified. Its big hit, “Naturally,” is Platinum certified.
Gomez’s breakthrough series, Emmy Award-winning “Wizards of Waverly Place,” is currently in its fourth season on Disney Channel. In 2011 she will star in the highly anticipated sequel to the Emmy Award-winning “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie.”
“Girl Meets World with Selena Gomez” was executive-produced and directed by Mike Sarkissian and Tim Wheeler (Jonas Brothers “When You Look Me In The Eyes”). It is a production of Three Foot Giant.
‘A Year Without Rain’ by Selena Gomez & The Scene to Premiere on Disney Channel and Radio Disney Sept. 3
Disney Channel will present the world premiere of Selena Gomez & The Scene’s music video, “A Year Without Rain,” from their upcoming album of the same title, on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (10:15 p.m., ET/PT), following the premiere of “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” and a preview of the new animated comedy series “Fish Hooks.” The single will also debut on Radio Disney and will be available as a digital single and digital video that same day.
The song was written by Toby Gad (“Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”) and Linda Robbins, and the music video was directed by Chris Dooley, who directed Gomez’s other music videos “Falling Down” and “Naturally,” as well as videos for Scissor Sisters, Marié Digby and David Bowie.
The music video was shot on location in Lucerne Valley, California.
“A Year Without Rain” releases worldwide Tuesday, September 21 on Hollywood Records. The song “Round & Round” from the album is the No. 1 song on Radio Disney. Gomez’s first album, “Kiss & Tell,” debuted in the Billboard Top 10 and is now Gold certified. Its big hit, “Naturally,” is Platinum certified.
Disney Channel has ordered a fourth season of its Emmy Award-winning sitcom “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and is in development on the sequel to “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” cable TV’s second-highest rated scripted telecast of all time in Total Viewers (13.5 million), Kids 6-11 and Tweens. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. Production on the fourth season is scheduled to begin in August with show runners Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio (“Married…with Children,” “Greetings from Tucson”) executive-producing. Todd J. Greenwald (“Hannah Montana,” “Saved By the Bell: The New Class”) is the series creator and also an executive producer.
The script for the Disney Channel Original Movie sequel will be written by Dan Berendsen (Disney’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” and the upcoming “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam”).
In making the announcement, Marsh said, “The Emmy win this past year confirmed what we already believed — this is a cast of superstar comedic talent, backed by an inspired team of writers and producers.”
The series stars Selena Gomez (whose debut album, “Kiss & Tell,” from Hollywood Records, debuted in the Billboard Top 10 and has since become gold-certified), David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise. In Season Four, Disney Channel UK star Gregg Sulkin (“As the Bell Rings” and Disney Channel’s upcoming movie, “Avalon High”) reprises his recurring guest role.
“Wizards of Waverly Place” debuted in 2007 and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program in 2009. A proven fan favorite, the sitcom has been lauded for its portrayal of Latinos and has won Alma, Imagen and NAACP Image Award nominations.
Set in New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, the series follows the Russo family — siblings Alex, Max and older brother Justin, each a wizard in training, and competing with each other to determine who among them will get to keep their powers forever. They live with their Italian-American father, Jerry (who was once a wizard), and their Mexican-American mother, Theresa, a mortal (who prefers that magic not be used in the house). Alex’s best friend, Harper Finkle, is the only friend who knows the Russo kids have magical powers.
New episodes of “Wizards of Waverly Place” air Fridays (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. A production of It’s a Laugh Productions for Disney Channel, the series carries a TV-G parental guideline.
Kmart is pleased to team up with actress, singer and icon Selena Gomez. Kmart and Gomez, along with her master licensee Adjmi Cynosure Holdings, will launch “Dream Out Loud” by Selena Gomez, a fashion collection geared to juniors. The collection of value-priced fashions inspired by Gomez’s signature style will be available at Kmart stores and Kmart.com at the end of July, 2010. The collection will include junior sportswear, handbags, belts, scarves, hats, hair accessories, socks/hosiery, and–arriving in October–footwear.
“Selena Gomez is a positive role model for teens and her fans all over the world look to her for style inspiration,” said John Goodman, executive vice president, SHC Apparel and Home Fashions. “We are delighted to offer our customers the opportunity to emulate her style with affordable apparel and footwear options.”
Selena Gomez has become one of the most sought-after young stars today. She graces television screens every week on her Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place” and will next be seen on the big screen in the FOX feature film “Ramona and Beezus.” Gomez has comfortably segued into the music industry with the release of her first CD, “Kiss & Tell” for Hollywood Records, which just went gold.
In addition to acting and singing, she has started her own production company, July Moon Productions. Giving back has always been something very important to Selena and last year she was named as the youngest UNICEF Ambassador in the United States. In April, Gomez will begin production on another feature film for FOX entitled “Monte Carlo” opposite Nicole Kidman, and she is in the early stages of working on her sophomore CD.
“I am proud to be able to join forces with Kmart to release my own fashion collection!” said Selena Gomez. “This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and I feel privileged to be able to give the consumer great product at a great value.”
The “Dream Out Loud” collection demonstrates how easy, affordable and fun it is to express your personality through feminine fashion. The collection of affordable mix-and-match fashions will be available just in time for back-to-school shopping.
A new segment of Disney Channel’s “Express Yourself” short form series, one coinciding with kids, families and educators’ discussions surrounding the Haiti earthquake, will premiere TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 on Disney Channel and Disney XD channels around the world, on Disney.com (including Disney Channel.com and DisneyXD.com) and on You Tube.
The 60-second interstitial, featuring the message, “Join the world as we shine a light on Haiti,” has themes of connection, empowerment, compassion, outreach and being a part of a global community. It features popular Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), Emily Osment, Jason Earles (both of “Hannah Montana”), Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song and Doc Shaw (all of “The Suite Life on Deck”) encouraging kids to explore and communicate their feelings and to get inspired to make a difference.
Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said the new interstitial is all about empowering kids. “Our hope is that we can encourage kids all over the world to share their feelings in positive ways — and simultaneously be heartened by the world’s response to those who need help.”
Established in January 2001, “Express Yourself” is designed to effectively reach Disney Channel’s audience of kids age 6-14 with a wide array of messages relevant to their demographic. The series does not reference details about specific tragedies, but includes messages that address feelings of fear and anxiety caused by world events and is instructive on how kids can deal with those feelings.
BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 7 — Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records has reason to celebrate this week, as they hold 3 titles in the top 15 of Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart with debuts by multi-platinum selling Breaking Benjamin (Dear Agony) at # 4, Selena Gomez & The Scene (Kiss & Tell) at # 9 and the multi-platinum selling Miley Cyrus (The Time of Our Lives) at # 11. This is the third time in 2 years for Hollywood Records to hold 3 titles in the top 15.
Breaking Benjamin’s Dear Agony is the follow up to their back to back platinum albums Phobia and We Are Not Alone. Selling 134,489 copies in its first week Dear Agony also held the # 1 selling album slot on iTunes where it debuted upon release September 29, 2009. In addition, Breaking Benjamin’s smash hit single, “I Will Not Bow” is a top 5 hit at Rock Radio, top 10 at Alternative, and has sold over 150,000 singles to date.
Selena Gomez is the star of Disney Channel’s hugely popular show “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and Kiss & Tell marks her musical debut with her band The Scene with a top ten album, selling over 65,800 units. Selena Gomez & The Scene made their national television debut on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” results show on September 29. Selena caused a “scene” of her own with her first in-store signing this weekend at the Disney Store in South Coast Plaza with almost 5,000 fans in attendance.
Miley Cyrus continues to dominate the radio, singles and album charts with her Wal-Mart exclusive EP The Time of Our Lives. Miley recently launched her sold out headline tour September 14, and performed her smash hit single, “Party In The USA” on VH-1′s Divas.
Hollywood Records accomplished another milestone this week with multiple # 1 chart positions on iTunes. Miley Cyrus held the # 1 spots on iTunes’ Single and Video charts with “Party In The USA” while Breaking Benjamin held the # 1 album spot with Dear Agony.
Radio Disney marks the highly anticipated Hollywood Records release of “Kiss and Tell,” the debut album from Selena Gomez & the Scene, with three weeks of special programming and promotions designed to connect listeners directly to one of their favorite artists. On the album release date, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, Radio Disney will announce the name of one lucky listener who will win the “Ultimate Rock Star Flyaway” sweepstakes prize — a chance to travel via private jet to Los Angeles where the winner and seven guests will go via limousine to an exclusive concert by Selena Gomez & the Scene.
Beginning MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, Radio Disney, the authority on the music kids love and parents trust, will play one song from “Kiss & Tell” per day, leading up to the entire album’s Planet Premiere on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT). The album will be replayed on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT) and can be streamed and listened to online at RadioDisney.com from SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (following the on-air broadcast) through SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3. The week kicks off with the title track “Kiss and Tell,” followed by “Naturally,” “Crush,” “I Promise You,” and “More.” The album’s first single, “Falling Down,” premiered in August and has been in the top five most requested songs since its Radio Disney Planet Premiere.
The week of September 28, Radio Disney listeners can call in for a chance to win autographed CD’s of “Kiss and Tell,” and one of five iPod Touches autographed by Selena Gomez & the Scene. Finally, on Friday, October 2 (6:00 p.m., ET/3:00 p.m., PT), Selena Gomez & the Scene sit down with Ernie D for a Radio Disney Take Over, where they talk about the new album and take calls from fans. The Hollywood Records artist and her band also co-host the Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown with Jake on Sat., Oct. 3 & Sun., Oct. 4.
Still flying from winning their Creative Arts Emmy the day before, the cast of Disney Channel’s Wizard of Waverly Place held a panel on Sunday in which thousands of fans were treated also to a brief runway fashion show showing off a clothing line inspired by the show, the premiere of the third season (which airs October 9) and a performance by Disney recording artist Honor Society. Hosted by Radio Disney’s Ernie D, the only cast member unable to appear was David DeLuise who had broken his clavicle at the awards ceremony.