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DWS Star Joins iPOP Alum Matt Cornett on High School Musical Series

Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars fame will join Matt Cornett on Disney +’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. He will join a talented cast that includes iPOP! Alumni Matt Cornett on the upcoming season. Hough will play Miss Jenn’s (Kate Reinders) ex-boyfriend, Zack, a charming but sneaky actor who returns to Salt Lake to teach drama at East High’s biggest rival, North High.

In the Disney + series, Matt Cornett stars as E.J. a confident athlete with ambitions of starring in the school musical. E.J. has a lot to live up to as senior class treasurer and co-captain of the water polo team.

The show was created and executive produced by Tim Federle. The Disney series serves as the first series adaption of the popular film, franchise. In the new series, for those that haven’t streamed the first season yet, the show follows a group of drama students and faculty members at East High. In the first season, viewers are introduced to the new characters and see the countdown from auditions to the opening night of the school’s production of High School Musical: The Musical. They have budding romances, faltering friendships, and harsh rivalries as they experience the transformative power that only high school theater can provide.

Matt Cornet has trailblazed in the industry with roles in Southland, Criminal Minds and The Middle. Cornett began his path to success after attending iPOP LA and has continued to excel in Hollywood. Cornett will also appear in the TV Drama School For Boys, which recently wrapped production.


About iPOP!

iPop promotes emerging talent to leading agents, managers, casting directors, and music industry professionals. Approaching its 16th year, the twice-annual iPOP! takes place in Los Angeles every winter and summer. Performers attend from over 30 different countries. At the event, they work with industry experts, and participate in competitions in front of the many agents and managers who are looking for the stars of tomorrow.

For media inquiries regarding iPOP! LA, please contact:

iPOP! Media Relations



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