Matthew A. Cherry & Chaz Bottoms Developing Animated Musical Series ‘Battu’ For Cartoon Network Studios

Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry is teaming up with director/writer Chaz Bottoms to adapt Bottoms’ animated short Battu: An Animated Musical into a series for Cartoon Network Studios.

Battu follows teenagers Otis and Jada – two gifted dancers in Chicago whose free-spirit and individuality often leave them as outsiders in the rigid world of mainstream dance. Together they find a home at a struggling hiplet, a style of dance combining hip-hop and ballet, studio and a family among the studio’s troupe of dancers and instructors.

Battu will be produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Sam Register, Matthew A. Cherry, Chaz Bottoms and Monica A. Young will serve as executive producers.

Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios said, “Battu is unlike anything we have ever tried at the studio. This ambitious project brings together and celebrates two of our greatest storytelling mediums—animation and music. Matthew and Chaz are our perfect dance partners as we strive to tell authentic stories that both empower and entertain.”

Cherry added: “Chaz is one of the most exciting young voices in animation and we are thrilled to be working with Sam Register, Nicole Rivera and the rest of the Cartoon Network Studios team to develop Battu.”

Bottoms said, “I grew up on a healthy diet of Cartoon Network shows and to be working with them on Battu is a dream come true. This project is my love letter to the city of Chicago, animation, and musicals.”

Cherry is represented by ICM Partners, Blue Key Management, and The Law Offices of R. Vaughn Gill. Bottoms is represented by Monica A. Young at Blue Key Management, Ava Greenfield of ICM Partners and Attorney Gregg Gellman of Morris Yorn.

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