EXCLUSIVE: Disney Branded Television has given the green light to a series Hailey is on it!, an original animated comedy-adventure, longtime writing and production partners Devin Bunje and Nick Stanton (Disney XD’s A player’s guide to pretty much everything, Prince of Peoria) and Disney Television Animation. Auli’i Cravalho (Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana) voices the main character, Hailey; with Manny Jacinto (Hulu’s Nine perfect strangers, the right place) as Scott, Hailey’s best friend; and Gary Anthony Williams (The Boondocks) like Beta, an artificially intelligent operating system of the future. The series is slated to debut in 2023.
Created and produced by Bunje and Stanton, Hailey is on it! follows Hailey Banks (Cravalho), a risk-averse but resourceful teenager on a mission to complete every item on her long list of difficult (and sometimes impractical) tasks in order to save the world. Hailey will be pushed outside of her comfort zone to discover the greatness inside as she systematically overcomes her fears, whether she wins a sand-building competition, wrestles with a badger, eats a raw onion, or faces off against her fears. ever growing and complicated feelings towards his best friend, Scott (Jacinto).
“Nick and Devin started their writing careers at TVA almost 15 years ago and have now come full circle by returning to their roots at TVA to launch their first animated series,” said Meredith Roberts, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Television Animation, Disney Branded Television. “The series’ fast-paced comedy, heart-pounding stories and tales of two best friends, who just happen to be caught up in extraordinary circumstances, made it a perfect choice for Disney.”
In addition to Stanton and Bunje, Howy Parkins (Disney Junior’s The Lion Guard) is co-executive producer and supervising director, Wade Wisinski (The owl house) is producer, Karen Graci (Tuca & Bertie) is editor-in-chief and Lee Ann Dufour (The breadwinner) is artistic director.
Cravalho is replaced by Gersh and Stagecoach Entertainment. Jacinto is replaced by Alchemy Entertainment, CAA, Principals Talent and McKuin Frankel Whitehead. Williams is replaced by APA and El Centro Management.