‘Studio C’ original cast announces next venture — online digital network

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The original cast of “Studio C” announced a new venture, JK! Studios, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. From left to right, Stacey Harkey, Whitney Call, James Perry, Jason Gray, Stephen Meek, Jeremy Warner, Mallory Everton, Natalie Madsen, Adam Berg and Jason Gray. (Photo by Justin Hackworth)

The original cast of “Studio C” may be leaving the BYUtv show they helped start, but their announcement Wednesday morning promised they aren’t leaving laugher behind.

On Wednesday morning, the group of 10 friends announced they are launching an “exclusively digital, family-friendly comedy network” — JK! Studios — in January.

“Since we’re all best friends, we do everything together, so we left the show we love to create the online hub for family-friendly comedy,” Whitney Call said in the YouTube video announcing the venture.

In January, they plan on releasing five different shows. Those shows will range from sketches like they performed on “Studio C” to reality shows to podcasts and even movies.

“We’re not just making one show. We’re making many shows,” Stacey Harkey said.

To which Call explained, “Because you asked for it.”

And the group won’t be the only ones creating these online shows — they will team up with other creators.

“We’ll be working with a whole bunch of other creators who share our mission to create a bigger home for clean comedy because this is bigger than us or just one show,” James Perry said.

With the change, the original “Studio C” cast says their newfound independence will allow them to interact more with fans. Part of that interaction will be include exclusive perks for their Patreon contributors. Some of those perks include live video chats with the cast, early access to videos, exclusive merchandise and, at the highest level, an opportunity to be an extra on a show.

Between now and January, JK! Studios will be releasing behind-the-scenes footage, trailers and sketches to tease the upcoming programs.

“Our dream has always been to work together on something that we love and we love making people laugh and bringing them together,” Stephen Meek said.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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