Today FilmTelevisionAuditions.com is reporting that It's a Laugh Productions and Horizon Productions are getting ready to begin production on a new comedy sitcom for Disney XD called "Kirby Buckets". The Casting Society of America Artios Award nominated casting team of Sally Stiner and Barbie Block, who have cast such Disney Channel hit shows as "Jonas" and "Good Luck Charlie", are casting young teen actors and adults for series regulars, co-stars, and smaller day player roles. The extras will be hired throughout shooting on the pilot episode, with there likely being a need for many over-18 to play high school age.
In October, 2012 Disney shot a series pilot titled "Kirby Gates" starring Jake Short in the role of Kirby. That series was not picked up, however Disney now has re-written the teleplay and made this a possible starring vehicle for Nickelodeon veteran 13-year-old actor Jacob Bertrand, who is being eyed by Disney Channel/Disney XD as the next major star for the network. Disney also has Bertrand starring in a second pilot titled "Neckpee Island". The hope is for one of these two series pilots to be the starring vehicle for this talented young star. Bertrand is repped by Emily Urbani of Osbrink Talent.
Walt Becker will direct the pilot episode of "Kirby Buckets" from a teleplay written by Mike Alber and Gabe Snyder, who are also supervising producers and showrunners. Kristofor Brown will executive produce. It's a Laugh Productions, which is a an owned subsidiary of the Disney-ABC Television Group, is the main production company behind "Kirby Buckets". The company has produced such Disney Channel shows as "Hannah Montana," "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," "Jonas," "Jessie," "Shake It Up!", "Good Luck Charlie," and "Dog with a Blog," among many others. Don Mink and Amy Rabins founded It's a Laugh Productions in 2004.
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