The Peña family, known for their short film “Nerd Wars!” and the P-Dog’s World web series, is busy filming their next web series that introduces the next generation of stars through one-on-one interviews. The show, Teens Wanna Know, is currently in production in the Los Angeles area. The main purpose is to get young actors, musicians and others involved in the entertainment industry to connect with their fans and gain exposure through a Q & A, while also sending positive messages to young people.
“Influencing our youth (and future leaders) in a positive way, and helping to create a better planet, has always being a dream of ours. This series is intended to showcase bright, young talent while providing positive role models to kids and teens, highlighting the good works they are doing as opposed to the scandals and gossip so prevalent on other shows and websites,” said Director Willie Peña.
Each three-to-five minute episode features a short interview conducted by one of the Peña kids – Michael, Nathaniel and Keira – plus a random question asked by a fan, submitted through teen fan site Teen Stars Online.
According to Executive Producer (and mom) Diana Peña, while several up-and-cosming Hollywood actors have been lined up to be interviewed, they are always seeking more young talent to showcase. The show also seeks to highlight veteran, older actors that have an impact on the teen demographic as well. As an example, actor and talk show host Joel McHale was contacted but was unavailable to participate at this time; she hopes in the future actors of his caliber are able to use the show to get a positive message across and impact the many kids who look up to them. One of the first episodes will feature an interview with young actor Christian Traeumer, from “The Child,” based on a book by best-selling German author Sebastian Fitzek. “He was great! He had plenty of interesting answers for his fans about his experiences as a young actor, and I had a bunch of fun interviewing him!” said Michael, who also edits each episode.
The family is looking forward to a very successful show. It will be hosted on YouTube and featured on Teens Stars Online- the show’s main sponsor – although the family expects more brands to get involved as the series ramps up production and viewership.
Young performers’ agents, managers and parents are encouraged to submit their talented kids for consideration to be featured on a future episode as a way to get more exposure while sending a positive message to their peers. Former child actors and other adults that work in youth entertainment are also encouraged to contact the Peña family at [email protected] to discuss an appearance. As Diana says, “The kids and teens are listening; we are just not sending them the right message – hopefully this show plays a small but impactful role in reversing the negative imagery in show business today.” It is a pleasure to know that there are efforts being made in this direction.