Netflix Signs YouTube Star Miranda Sings For Scripted Series [VIDEO]

Netflix Signs YouTube Star Miranda Sings for New TV Series.

When it comes to cranking out original programming, Netflix seems to have made DJ Khaled‘s favorite phrase the company’s new mantra. But while the streaming service is working on delivering “another one” of its original programs, this one is a little different. Netflix has signed YouTube star Miranda Sings for a scripted series called Haters Back Off. The signing marks Netflix’s first original series with a social media star.

Created and portrayed by comedic actress Colleen Ballinger-Evans, Miranda Sings is a parody of arrogant and untalented singers who obsess over becoming famous (think American Idol auditions). Haters Back Off will follow Miranda’s off-kilter family life and journey powered by her unwavering and unwarranted belief that she was born to be a star. Friends writing and producing alums Perry Rein and GiGi McCreery will serve as co-showrunners on the Netflix original series. The duo will also executive-produce along with Ballinger-Evans and Chris Ballinger.

While the Netflix platform should garner Miranda plenty of new fans, the YouTube sensation is used to creating content for a large audience. Since her debut in 2008, Miranda Sings has amassed 5.7 million subscribers on YouTube and averages 1.5 million views per video. Miranda has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (check out Miranda’s episode if you haven’t already).

Ballinger-Evans made the official announcement about her Netflix series yesterday on her Miranda Sings YouTube channel. In the video she details why she signed on to help “a little website” like Netflix, and how the upcoming show is causing her to experience pregnancy-like symptoms.

There’s still no official premiere date for the initial eight-episode run of the series, but we can’t wait to see how the real fame that comes with a Netflix show goes to Miranda’s head when Haters Back Off arrives.

Netflix continues to expand its business in ways other than new original programs. The company recently launched its streaming service in 130 brand-new countries.

[Variety]

Photo Credit: YouTube

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A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and TheSource.com. He has written for XXL magazine, Complex.com and BET.com, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.