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Comedy ‘Bizaardvark’ Hatches From Disney Channel Talent Program

Disney Channel has ordered the comedy series Bizaardvark from creators Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman, with production beginning in early 2016 and a summer premiere scheduled.

Stegina and Lehrman were participants in Disney Channel's inaugural Storytellers program, which develops the next generation of series creators and writers of programming for kids, tweens and families.

In the show, characters Paige and Frankie are quirky 13-year-old best friends who write funny songs and create music videos for their online channel, Bizaardvark.

Eric Friedman is executive producer and showrunner. Marc Warren, who supervised Disney Channel Storytellers, was executive producer for the pilot. Stegina and Lehrman are co-executive producers on the series.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.