Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has an uplifting new reality series coming to Sundance Channel this fall titled, Dream School.
Created by Jamie Oliver, who is executive producing along with Jackson under G-Unit Films and Television, the six-part, hour long show will focus on troubled teens who are inspired to turn their lives around.
Homeless, privileged, neglected or bullied; the kids on this show all have one thing in common – they are dropouts.
High school dropouts are four times as likely to be unemployed as those who have completed four years of college, they are more likely to apply for public assistance and they comprise a disproportionate percentage of the nation’s prison and death row inmates.
82% of prisoners in America are high school dropouts. In “Dream School,” classes are taught by professionals from the top of their fields – and the faculty includes professional musicians, politicians, filmmakers, scientists, actors and artists.
Sundance Channel President, Sarah Barnett said, “Dream School will be at times devastating, at times deeply uplifting, and entirely full of the genuine conflict and struggle that goes along with true transformation. Viewers will see that play out, not just from the teenagers in the show but also from the celebrities and educators who have signed on for this tough yet potentially life-changing project.”
Jackson added, “The importance of ‘Dream School’ is monumental. Helping to inspire these students to reach their potential is personally gratifying.”
The rapper/entrepreneur has two other television projects in the works: Power, an hour-long drama series for the Starz network, which will center on a New York nightclub owner “who skirts the line between legitimacy and criminality;” and an animated comedy series based on Jackson’s childhood for Fox, which will be produced by Imagine TV (Brian Grazer, Ron Howard).