YouTube vlogger set to feature in star-studded series

Leading independent producer Novel Entertainment today announced YouTube celebrity Oli White is on board to present CINEMANIACS (8 x 30’), a brand new factual entertainment magazine series commissioned by CBBC in the UK.

Aimed at 6 to 12-year-old film fans, CINEMANIACS is a fast moving, funny and inspiring show about films and film-making, exploring all facets of making and watching movies. Child-led, the show celebrates movie culture with a series of left-field reports and inventive strands such as Michael Sheen; Super Actor, where each week the award-winning actor is challenged by a young audience, and DIY Blockbuster, featuring, amongst others, acclaimed director Ron Howard and celebrated British actor Sir Ian McKellen. The series also features contributions from Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright, James Bond composer David Arnold, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid creator Jeff Kinney and the producers of How To Train Your Dragon.

Oli White is a 20-year-old British YouTuber creating weekly comedy and entertainment videos that appeal to a young transatlantic audience. He started making videos in August 2012 and his channel content varies from celebrity interviews, challenges and collaborations from the world of entertainment and comedy. Oli has collaborated with some of the biggest YouTubers globally, as well as with global brands, and also appears as a featured act at events like Vidicon, Digitour and Summer in the City.

Commenting on his participation in the show, Oli White says: “This is something I've always wanted to do.  I love the movies and I'm super excited about being involved in this project.”

Lucinda Whiteley, Executive Producer of CINEMANIACS and co-founder of Novel Entertainment comments: “Oli is a fantastic example of someone who has taken film production into his own hands – building a loyal following and a thriving career from his YouTube channel. We hope he will help to inspire and empower a new wave of young filmmaking enthusiasts to do the same through the CINEMANIACS series.”

An array of industry talent both from in front of and behind the camera share their own funny stories, inside information and advice on getting started and getting on; Secrets of Movie Making reveals how to achieve home-made Hollywood-style special effects, Rock Hard Quiz sees young contestants put to the test on their favourite films and Top Tips offers practical advice and encouragement for viewers to get involved and to share their own short films.

The series is focused on encouraging a knowledge, appreciation and love of film in a younger generation of film fans and film makers and the creativity, inventiveness and enthusiasm for the medium shines through from both the young participants, and the established talent, as they collaborate and interact.

Novel Entertainment is producing CINEMANIACS in association with the Series Producer and Director of the series Julian Kemp and associate Producer Michael Sheen. With thanks to film education charity Into Film. 

If you want to send in a video of your own to CINEMANIACS then head to the CBBC website or you can find out more at iWonder, and you'll find loads of clips and trailers on CBBC YouTube.

Posted on 4th Feb 2015