Each episode of this terrifying and hilarious prank show takes two complete strangers who each think they’re starting their first day at a new job. It’s business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares. Prank Encounters launches later this year.
There will be eight episodes in the series. Executive producing Prank Encounters are Matarazzo, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, and Kevin Healey for Propagate, as well as Rob Hyde (Terrence Howard’s Fright Club, Troy). Anthony Gonzalez (Dance Moms, Undercover Boss) is set to direct.
Known for his memorable portrayal of Dustin on the fan-favorite Stranger Things, Gaten Matarazzo has solidified his place as a breakthrough actor of his generation. Recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 30 stars under the age of 30, Matarazzo began his professional career in the original Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Benji. He also appeared as part of the Godspell cast of 2013 and then drew rave reviews as Gavroche in the 2014 revival of Les Misérables. Recently announced, Matarazzo will return to theater and lead the star studded cast in Hollywood Bowl’s summer production of Into the Woods this July.
When he is not filming, the 16-year old devotes his time to raising awareness about cleidocranial dysplasia – a condition that aﬀects the development of bones and teeth. With the help of a Utah-based doctor, Matarazzo launched CCD Smiles, a Foundation built to help families pay their children’s dental bills. He recently visited Capitol Hill to speak in favor of a new piece of legislation called the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA). This bipartisan legislation will provide insurance coverage to individuals born with congenital abnormalities or birth defects.