The latest additions to the “Freeform Summit” were announced today by Freefrom. Freeform is Disney’s young adult television network. This is a first-time event for the network, featuring a series of panel discussions addressing activism, social change, representation in television and various other important issues defining modern youth culture today.
Joining the lineup is the highly anticipated television series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” in the panel “From Comics to Screen – Creating ‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.’” Summit attendees will screen an extended, never-before-seen, first look clip from the premiere episode of the series.
The network also announced live musical performances by Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records artists, and stars of breakout hit “grown-ish,” Chloe x Halle, Gold-certified RCA rapper and record producer Kid Ink, and a DJ set by DJ Gabriel Diggs to close out the event.
It used to be that you would read a comic book and transport yourself to a place that you fantasized being a part of. Today’s television viewing has created long-lasting opportunities for those fantasies to become real, with fan-favorite comic book properties that we grew up with becoming mainstream, appointment entertainment.
Stories that we know and love are now brought to our many screens, but how do you ensure that the monumental characters are accurately portrayed? How do you take those characters that were created over 20 years ago and translate their intimate journeys for today’s viewer, when those characters were created in a different social landscape? And are those journeys necessarily so different now than they were then?
Join the producing team behind “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and series stars for a discussion about creating “Cloak” aka “Tandy Bowen” and “Dagger” aka “Tyrone Johnson” – a pair of young adults navigating a world of complexity, separating from parents, creating relationships and forming their own identities. While many of these challenges sound familiar, our young heroes have newly discovered superpowers that only make their journeys more complicated…
“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is a coming-of-age series based on the beloved comic characters and is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios.
The “Freeform Summit,” taking place on Thursday, January 18th at NeueHouse Hollywood, includes talent, executives, showrunners and directors across multiple series spotlighting the brand new 2018 programming lineup including, but not limited to, “grown-ish,” “Siren” and “Alone Together,” as well as fan-favorite shows including “The Bold Type,” “The Fosters” and more.
The summit will also feature key influencers, tastemakers and pop culture titans who are embracing and effecting cultural change through storytelling, mentorship and engagement. The format of the summit is guided by Freeform’s identity, which continues to set itself apart from other content platforms by delivering stories that celebrate the power, possibility and inclusivity of youth culture – stories that are bold, sophisticated, inspirational, culturally significant and most importantly, on the pulse of young adult life.
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