New Disney Channel Series To Star Demi Lovato

The Disney Channel has cast the 15-year-old singer-actress, Demi Lovato, as the star of its new comedy series Welcome to Mollywood.

"Our success is completely driven by the talent we partner with in front of and behind the camera," said Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide. "The entire Mollywood creative team is the best in the business when it comes to creating break-out kid and family comedy. And Demi Lovato actress, singer and songwriter is without a doubt the next big talent to emerge from Disney Channel."

Welcome to Mollywood, the sitcom's working title, centers on Molly, 15 (Lovato), a Midwestern girl who wins a nationwide search to move to Los Angeles and join the cast of the most popular teen sketch comedy show on TV. The series will feature a show-within-a-show, with fully produced comedy sketches.

Lovato first gained fame in the short form comedy series As the Bell Rings on the Disney Channel. She next stars in two Disney Channel Original Movies: Camp Rock with the Jonas Brothers, premiering June 20, and the upcoming Princess Protection Program with pal Selena Gomez. Lovato also landed a solo recording contract with Disney's Hollywood Records and will perform this summer on the Jonas Brothers Burning Up concert tour.

Tiffany Thornton, Tawni Hart, Brandon Mychal Smith, Doug Brochu and Allisyn Ashley Arm will co-star. Production will begin in September for a 2008-'09 season premiere.

It is being produced by the same production company as Hannah Montana, It's a Laugh Production along with Varsity Pictures.

Auditions and casting notices for Welcome To Mollywood can be found on the following Disney Channel Auditions Blog:

Disney Channel Auditions