Paramount+ today announced a series order for a new young adult drama, SCHOOL SPIRITS (working title), based on the upcoming graphic novel by Nate & Megan Trinrud and Maria Nguyen. Produced by the Awesomeness Live-Action Studio, the eight-episode season is set to star Peyton List (“Cobra Kai,” “Bunk’d”), with Oliver Goldstick (“Pretty Little Liars,” “Bridgerton”) serving as showrunner and executive producer, along with Nate and Megan Trinrud, who wrote the pilot. Max Winkler (“Cruel Summer,” “Jungleland”) is directing the pilot. The series will premiere on Paramount+ on a date to be announced.
SCHOOL SPIRITS (WT) focuses on a teen stuck in the afterlife who decides to investigate her mysterious disappearance alongside a group of other students who are also stuck in limbo at their high school. The graphic novel is planned for publication in fall 2023 by Clarion Books/HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books.
The project joins Paramount+’s growing lineup of YA content, including the service’s hit iCARLY series revival, as well as the upcoming film HONOR SOCIETY starring Angourie Rice (“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Mare of Easttown”). Both projects were also produced by Paramount’s Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Live-Action Studios.
Production of SCHOOL SPIRITS (WT) is overseen by Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, executive vice presidents and co-heads of Nickelodeon and Awesomeness live-action series and film.
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Founded in 2012, Awesomeness is a media company focused on serving the global Gen Z audience through its digital publishing, film and television studio divisions. Awesomeness has become the destination for youth culture, cultivating a loyal audience with award-winning programming on the world’s biggest streaming services including Netflix (smash-hit film series “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” Emmy® winner “Trinkets”) and Hulu (Emmy winner “Zac & Mia”, Emmy nominee “Pen15”), along with the company’s immensely popular short-form programs on YouTube (“Next Influencer,” “Twin My Heart,” “Noah Beck Tries Things,” “My Dream Quinceañera”), that garner hundreds of millions of views. As a leading media brand, Awesomeness’ worldwide distribution footprint spans owned, social and premium SVOD platforms. Awesomeness is part of Paramount’s (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands and headquartered in Los Angeles, with additional offices in New York.