Broadcaster Magazine

Family Channel and Radical Sheep Begin Production of Season 5 of Tween Drama

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  • DHX Television’s Family Channel and Radical Sheep Productions, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, announced today that principal photography has begun on the fifth season of the award-winning global tween series, The Next Step. The fan-favourite series, which follows the lives of an elite group of dancers that train at the Next Step studio, has become a worldwide phenomenon, sparking three Canadian tours, international tours through Europe, the UK and Australia, a feature film, and spin-off series. Production on the 20-episode order begins this summer in Toronto, with the fifth season slated to premiere on Family Channel in 2024.

    “We’re elated that after four seasons this Canadian original series continues to draw in viewers globally with its serialized storylines, relatable characters, and of course, tremendous dancing,” said Michael Goldsmith, Vice President, Original Production, DHX Television. “This is the first time in network history that we’ve commissioned a fifth season of an original production and I think it speaks volumes to the affinity of the brand and the connection that our young stars have made with fans worldwide. We’re so proud of this show and look forward to working with Radical Sheep to deliver more episodes, dance and drama internationally from this homegrown hit.”

    Season five opens a new chapter for The Next Step dance studio. The studio is expanding and attracting a lot of fresh faces and the dancers are looking to step up their game. The dance world is a tight family, but competition will put old friendships and new relationships to the test, as the dancers try to strike a balance between individual talent and dedicated teamwork. This season asks the question: How far would you go to make it to the top?


    The Next Step is produced by Radical Sheep Productions, a division of Boat Rocker Studios in association with Family Channel and is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Lost & Found Music Studios, Wingin’ It); Michelle Melanson Cuperus (The Bagel and Becky Show, Fangbone!); Rachael Schaefer (The Next Step, Wingin’ It); Karen McClellan (The Other Kingdom, Being Erica); and Frank van Keeken (Lost & Found Music Studios, Wingin’ It). The Next Step was created by Frank van Keeken. The Next Step is also produced with the participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and CBBC. BBC Worldwide handles the international rights to the series.