Youtube: Will Smith to stare on set with Alicia Keys

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YouTube has announced it new slate of original series today that includes some huge stars at the top of the lineup.

Will Smith will star in a six-part reality series about fitness and “returning his body into the best shape of his life,” and a four-part series will go behind the scenes with Alicia Keys as she records a new album.

Picture of Will Smith showing off his best shape

The new lineup of originals also includes a third season of Liza Koshy’s Liza on Demand; a new special focused on Asian American chefs, celebrities, activists, and creators that counts LeBron James and Michelle Kwan as executive producers; and a new special called Barbershop Medicine that explores the intersection of race and socioeconomic status that came out of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund that was announced last year.

YouTube ‎chief business officer Robert Kyncl.“If you’re a creative person, you want to work with the place that has the greatest reach — that’s the ultimate satisfaction, greater than money,” Kyncl said in an interview.

The creator economy, he said, is “here to stay — and it’s not just YouTube, the whole world has kind of validated it. It’s reshaping Hollywood and other industries around the world.”The Will Smith project (working title: “Best Shape of My Life”) is slated to premiere in 2022.

The six-part fitness series from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Media will follow the actor as he challenges himself to improve every aspect of his fitness with the help of guests including pro athletes, scientists and experts — and top YouTube creators.

The series will be directed and showrun by filmmaker Dexton Deboree. It’s Will Smith’s second project with YouTube Originals: In 2018, In his first, he bungee-jumped from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon on his 50th birthday to raise money for charity.Alicia Keys’ “Noted” (working title) is slated to premiere this summer.

It will follow the singer-songwriter as she celebrate the 20th anniversary of her seminal album “Songs in A Minor” and heads into the studio to record her eighth record. Produced in partnership with Westbrook Media, in the four-part docuseries Keys “will bring the past 20 years to surface” with performances and behind-the-scenes footage, per YouTube.

Source: The verge.com

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