Disney's Shake It Up

Kenton Duty: Follow Your Dreams School Tour

Kenton Duty and Jonathan George Entertainment has teamed up to visit schools across the Dallas/ Fort Worth area to promote kids following your dreams and shooting for your goals. 



-Sunnyvale Middle School

-Sunnyvale High School

-Mesquite High School

-Dubiski Career High School

-Booker T. Washington

-Steadham Elementary

-Warren Middle School

-Schimelpfenig Middle School 


Hollywood Launch DFW Has Arrived!

Jonathan George opens Hollywood Launch DFW adding a new location to the Hollywood Launch Franchise. Jonathan and his team auditioned triple threat talent on September 14-15th at the School of Rock in Dallas. The first day of class on September 22nd was a huge success! It is going to be a great session. Thank you to Wayne Brady and Kenton Duty for giving their time and experience.

Meet the Hollywood Launch Team and Mentors:
(from left to right)
Keith Green - Dance
Amanda Earhart - Vocal Tech
Kelci Paige - Vocals/Performance/Image
Kenton Duty - Disney's Shake It Up Mentor
Amy Vanderoef - Dallas Morning News Mentor
Jonathan George - Owner/Creative Director HL DFW
Deborah Kay - Promotions Director HL DFW
Jodi Harnist - Program Director HL DFW (not pictured)
Amanda Austin - Acting/ Improv (not pictured)
Melissa Ruggles - Social Media/ Marketing (not pictured)

Become A Fan!
Facebook: HLDFW
Twitter: @HLDFW
You Tube: HLDFW

LA Premiere Talent at Universal City Walk ft. IM5 and Bella Thorne!

Come out to a LIVE concert at Universal City Walk Hollywood on August 31st at 7pm. There will be performances by IM5, special guest Bella Thorne from Disney's Shake It Up!, VanJess, Wellington and All Day Everyday!

Admission is FREE! 

Wayne Brady & Kenton Duty Scholarship Auditions - Hollywood Launch DFW


Contact:  Monica Busby Quantum Leap Entertainment
424-209-9QLE(753) (O) 
323-381-0000 (C)

Contact:  Mariesha Richard, MBA Quantum Leap Entertainment 424-209-9QLE(753) (O)
626-622-7268 (C)


 Dallas’ Own Kenton Duty and Emmy Winner Wayne Brady Team Up with Hollywood Launch to Search for the Next Triple Threat Super Stars of DFW

Dallas, TX (August 7, 2012) – Bring on your Voice, Dance, and Acting Skills!

Dallas’ own Kenton Duty, star of Disney’s Shake It Up, and 4-time Emmy Award-winning TV Personality, Comedian, Grammy-nominated Singer, and Actor, Wayne Brady have teamed up with Hollywood Launch and are excited to announce a major Scholarship Audition seeking the next Triple Threat Super Stars!

Duty is returning to his hometown with hopes to give other aspiring artists a chance to train and make it to the top. He began auditioning for roles in Los Angeles after he was discovered at a workshop in Dallas by Hollywood talent agent Cindy Osbrink. Duty first gained popular notoriety in the role of young "Jacob" on the hit TV series, "Lost". In 2010, Duty landed a starring role on the Disney Channel original series, "Shake It Up!" as the flamboyant dancer/fashion designer antagonist, "Gunther Hessenheffer". Duty states, “I am excited to afford someone the chance to train with the best and to help them reach their dreams. The entertainment industry is looking for triple threats so you have to do it all!”

Brady has already given out close to $20,000 in scholarships to the Hollywood Launch program in Los Angeles and is now branching out to Dallas. He says, “As a performer, I wish I would have had Hollywood Launch. It is an amazing program!” His daughter is a current member of the program in LA and trains privately under Hollywood Launch’s creative director Jonathan George.

The president and owner of Hollywood Launch DFW, Jonathan George, says “Dallas has the best undiscovered talent in the country and I am so excited to be able to come home and help them launch their careers.” He went to school in Sunnyvale K-8th grade and then graduated in ’91 from Poteet High School in Mesquite. He moved to LA in 2000. After winning the title of Grand Champion on Ed McMahon’s “Next Big Star” in 2001, he began developing young stars like Victoria Justice (Nick’s Victorious), Stefanie Scott (Nick’s A.N.T. Farm), Caitlyn Taylor Love (Disney’s I’m In The Band) and is now working with industry moguls Simon Fuller, Perez Hilton and Jamie King on their newest boy band project, IM5. George is also the creator and executive producer of the Youth Rock Awards, which celebrates the hottest young stars under the age of 25 in film, TV, music and dance.

Hollywood Launch has partnered with School of Rock in Dallas. HL develops and brands aspiring talent into competitive triple threat artists. The program and it’s staff have been responsible for developing top young stars like Ross Lynch (Disney’s Austin & Ally), Cymphonique (Nick’s How to Rock),  Big Time RushTaylor Lautner  (Twilight), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), Zack Montana (Disney’s NBT),  R5 (Hollywood Records), Aaron Landon (Disney’s Crash and Bernstein) among so many others.  Many stars’ children are part of the program including those of Wayne Brady, Brian McKnight, DeBarge and Master P. George states, “It’s a breeding ground for amazing talent and success!”

The winners will be announced at 5pm on September 16th with a Hollywood style Red Carpet Event to follow starting at 6pm. 

AUDITION! Ages 8 - 21 Saturday, September 15, 2012 Call backs Sunday, September 16, 2012 You must register to audition and to receive information. 682.888.7043 Jodi@hollywoodlaunch.net “We give these kids, at every level, the tools and the training to individually excel in all their talents as well as open doors for exposure to the entertainment industry’s top professionals,” says Jonathan George, Creative Director of Hollywood Launch.    For more information, please visit: DFW.HollywoodLaunch.net www.JonathanGeorge.biz FOLLOW Hollywood Launch on Twitter! Kenton Duty, Wayne Brady and Jonathan George are available for interviews, please contact Monica Busby or Mariesha Richard at Quantum Leap Ent.  Monica@qle-pr.com or Mariesha@qle-pr.com or call 424-209-9QLE (753) About Hollywood Launch

Hollywood Launch develops and brands young aspiring singers into competitive triple threat talent. This elite program is a great opportunity for artists to not only develop their skills but to make proper connections as it gives exposure to the entertainment industry’s top professionals including music and film producers, managers, agents, song writers, directors, casting directors, publishing, A&R executives and so much more.

Hollywood Launch concentrates on the many different aspects:

  • Vocal Technique All Styles
  • Vocal Styling and Performance
  • Dancing, Choreography & Staging
  • Acting- Scene Study, Improv & Voice Overs
  • Performance Training
  • Audition Techniques
  • Imaging
  • Songwriting, Recording
  • Media Training
  • Music Business
  • Packaging & Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Acting Showcases
  • Live Artist Showcases
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