Starz Digital Debuts New YouTube Comedy Channel
Starz Digital Media is launching a new entertainment and comedy YouTube channel called Union Pool. The channel will look to offer a variety of animated and live-action comedy programming, and is launching with three new web series:
“Tvoovies”: A Reddit-inspired animated series that mashes up popular films and TV shows. Created by LA-based producers Cosmic Toast Studios in partnership with Starz Digital, the first season will feature parody videos like “Jurassic Parks & Rec,” “Mad X-Men,” and “Indiana Jones and the Abbey of Downton.”
“Hollywood Acting Studio”: Created by Kevin Best, this live-action series follows the unorthodox teaching methods of a failed Hollywood actor and the students taking his class at a local community college. The series stars comedian Drew Droege and features show co-producer Daniel Vincent, who also starred in the Interactive Emmy-winning “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.” J. Teddy Garces (“The Guild”) and Myra Turley (“Mad Men”) round out the main cast.
“Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon”: Executive produced by Nickelodeon and DC Comics alumni Manny Galan and Pat Giles of Pat-Man Studios, the animated series follows the adventures of a bunch of seafaring puppets in search of the “best and worst cartoons ever made.” This show, which is inspired by classic Saturday morning cartoons, won the Audience Award at the 2012 New York Television Festival.
New episodes of these three shows, as well as any other to premiere on Union Pool in the future, will be published on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Starz Digital Media’s most popular online property is “How It Should Have Ended,” a long-running animated franchise that parodies popular films, especially recent summer blockbusters from the likes of Warner Bros., Marvel, Disney, and Sony Pictures. HISHE’s YouTube channel to date has amassed nearly 2.7 million subscribers.Tags: Animated Series, comedy, HISHE, How It Should Have Ended, Lizzie Bennet Diaries, New York Television Festival, Nickelodeon, Starz Digital Media, The Guild, youtube