Disney reserves Northern Ireland for The Lodge

Shot in the town of Ballynahinch, Disney's music-themed series will air in 108 territories across EMEA later this year.
March 24, 2016

Upcoming Disney EMEA series The Lodge, based on the popular Disney Channel Israel original production North Star, has begun filming in Northern Ireland with Zodiak Kids Studios producing.

Originally commissioned in July 2015, the 10 x 22-minute series follows the story of 15-year-old Skye (Sophie Simnett), who returns with her father to her childhood holiday home in Northern Ireland following the death of her mother.

Shot in the town of Ballynahinch, the series features nine original songs and an international cast. It will air across Disney Channel’s 108 territories in Europe, the Middle East and Africa later this year.

Raymond Lau (Dani’s Castle) serves as the show’s producer.  Lee Walters (Wolfblood, 4 O’Clock Club) is head writer, Steven Andrew (Secret Life of Boys) is executive producing, and Matt Bloom (Hank Zipzer) and Dez McCarthy (Dani’s Castle) are on-board as directors.

The commission follows the success of Disney EMEA’s original scripted series The Evermoor Chronicles and Violetta, and comes on the heels of the appointment of Grainne Rowe to head Disney EMEA’s live-action development.

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