Utah’s Latest Series is Out Now
Here’s What You Need to Know About the Latest Made-in-Utah series, Youth & Consequences.
Ogden, Utah, made its web debut this week with the premiere of the anticipated YouTube Red original series, Youth & Consequences. From the producer of Grey’s Anatomy and starring YouTuber Anna Akana, the eight-episode teen drama filmed in Utah in 2017.
Having been approved for a state film incentive, the production is estimated to have spent over $6.3 million in Utah and created more than 150 local jobs. Filming locations included Historic 25th Street, Union Station and Beus Pond Park, with the focal set being Ogden High School – a location that is no stranger to the film industry, having also featured in 1987’s Three O’Clock High and 1999’s Drive Me Crazy.
Blair Singer, executive producer, said, “People here in Utah, and in Ogden specifically, have been extraordinary to us. You go outside and see the mountains of Utah and you see that sky that never ends. The idea of putting our characters in front of something so expansive seemed like it had a lot of possibilities.”
In October 2017, Ogden’s City Council and Mayor honored Youth & Consequences for its contribution to the community, proudly recognizing the production’s cast and crew, as well as the Utah Film Commission and Visit Ogden, for providing immense support and leaving an invaluable impact on the city and beyond.
Likened to 2004’s iconic Mean Girls, which developed a cult following, the web series follows a power struggle within the school system, with Akana playing Farrah Cutney, a popular high schooler vying for power. Youth & Consequences also stars Marcie Cross (Desperate Housewives), Cary Elwes (Princess Bride), Sean Grandillo (The Real O’Neals) and Kara Royster (Pretty Little Liars). Utah actor, Austin Grant, who appeared in the locally filmed Wind River, 6 Below and the upcoming series Yellowstone, was also cast in the series.
Virginia Pearce, Utah Film Commission director, commented: “We were thrilled that Youth & Consequences chose Ogden as the backdrop for its series. Neither YouTube Red nor Mark Gordon Company had ever filmed in Utah, and we worked hard to show them the benefits of shooting in the state. External productions like this provide local talent and businesses new opportunities for growth, which in turn expands economic impact and allows us to showcase Utah’s locations and talent to the world.”
Debra Vago is a publicist, writer and film enthusiast. She resides in Salt Lake City, having relocated from London, England.
Contact Debra for any Utah Film Commission press and media inquires at firstname.lastname@example.org.