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BY GEOFF WEISS
In a nine-minute-long sketch last month, Nash Grier announced he was relaunching his YouTube channel. “After a lot of soul-searching,” he said in the clip, which alluded to a new creative direction and more polished approach, “I want to tell stories that exploit the truth — that use the highest quality cinematic filmmaking … I want comedy, I want action, I want thrill, I want drama, fantasy, romance — I want a damn silent film. I want it all.”
Now, it looks like the tides are turning. The 18-year-old influencer is set to collaborate with 25-year-old filmmaker Jonah Feingold to create a five-episode scripted series on his channel, debuting in June. Titled Confessions Of A Teenage Cupid, Grier will play a high school student who acquires magical powers on prom night in the vein of cupid — the mythological god of desire. The comedy series will reportedly explore modern dating tropes and notions surrounding first love.
Each of the five-minute episodes will feature guest appearances by Grier’s social influencer friends from YouTube and Vine.
Feingold, a USC grad and alum of Buzzfeed’s Producer Fellowship Program, has created work for CNN’s Great Big Story, Elite Daily, and Refinery29. He is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Grier, who is repped by UTA and Legacy Talent and Entertainment, recently joined the Awesomeness Films feature You Get Me — a thriller about two women competing for the same man. He is also set to headline DigiTour’s first tour in Central and South America, The Wave, which kicks off on May 11.