Nickelodeon is continuing to expand the network’s content pipeline with the announcement of its new adventure-filled docu-series I Wanna Be (Working Title), hosted by the Carolina Panthers two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Cam Newton and Executive Produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves (Project Greenlight, Top Chef).
I Wanna Be will follow Newton as he takes real kids on the ride of their lives to help make their dreams come true. The 20-episode series is slated to air in 2016 and will shoot during the NFL off seasons.
“Time in the spotlight has made me realize the importance of creating positive messages to inspire the next generation. I’m very passionate about mentoring young people, and this show will be the perfect opportunity to help talented kids get the chance to pursue their dreams. And to be able to do it all on Nickelodeon – a network I grew up watching – is extremely exciting,” said Newton.
In each episode Newton will step into the lives of two different kids and take them on a journey that will push them closer to fulfilling their dreams. From decorating award-winning cakes, to landing a spot on a Broadway stage, kids will be mentored by experts and supported by Newton as he cheers them on, and participates in the action, every step of the way.
Born May 11, 1989 in College Park, GA, Cam Newton began playing football at a young age. He dominated backyard games with his older brother and friends. After an impressive junior year at Westlake High School, Newton was heavily recruited by colleges throughout the U.S., ranking #2 on the 2007 Rivals.com prospect list. Newton won the 2010 Heisman and led Auburn to the 2011 BCS National Championship. Newton was selected by the Carolina Panthers as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He broke several NFL records during his rookie season and garnered honors such as the Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award and AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Honors. After an historic rookie season with 4,051 passing yards, Newton continued his success reaching 3,869 passing yards in his sophomore year He broke Peyton Manning’s record for most passing yards in a player’s first two seasons and was selected to the Pro Bowl in the 2011 and 2013 seasons. Newton is the only player in the modern era to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship, and become the first overall pick in the NFL draft all in the same one-year span.