Cobra Kai

Tribeca TV

World Premiere

USA | 56 MINUTES

COBRA KAI

Action, Comedy, Drama
Epic adversaries return to the dojo in Cobra Kai, an all-new series that reunites the adversaries from the iconic film franchise The Karate Kid. Thirty years after the All-Valley Karate Tournament of 1984, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. This reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel LaRusso, who has struggled to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The two men address their past demons and present frustrations the only way they know how: through karate.

After the screening: A conversation with writers, directors, and executive producers Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz, and Josh Heald and series stars and executive producers Ralph Macchio and William Zabka.

CAST & CREDITS

Director
Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Josh Heald, Steve Pink, Jennifer Celotta
Network
YouTubeRed
Producer
Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett
Screenwriter
Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Cinematographer
Cameron Duncan
Executive Producer
Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Susan Ekins, Will Smith, James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka
Cast
Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Mary Mouser, Xolo Mariduena, Tanner Buchanan, Courtney Henggeler

PANELISTS

Josh Heald

Josh Heald

Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg have been close friends since they were teenagers and are more than thrilled about their very first collaboration together: Cobra Kai, YouTube Red’s upcoming Karate Kid spinoff series that picks up decades after the original film ends. Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg are the creators and showrunners of the series. They wrote the series and directed the majority of the first season. Josh Heald is best known for creating and writing the cult classic, Hot Tub Time Machine and the sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Ralph  Macchio

Ralph Macchio

Ralph Macchio plays the recurring role of Officer Haddix in HBO’s The Deuce, and will soon be returning to the iconic film role of Daniel LaRusso in the upcoming YouTube Red series Cobra Kai, based on characters from The Karate Kid films, premiering this spring. Macchio will also guest-star in a multi-episode arc on the CBS hit comedy Kevin Can Wait starring Kevin James and Leah Remini. Macchio will play Alviti, the President of a company buying a property in Long Island with the intention of turning it into a parking lot.

Jon  Hurwitz

Jon Hurwitz

Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg have been close friends since they were teenagers and are more than thrilled about their very first collaboration together: Cobra Kai, YouTube Red’s upcoming Karate Kid spinoff series that picks up decades after the original film ends. Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg are the creators and showrunners of the series. They wrote the series and directed the majority of the first season. Josh Heald is best known for creating and writing the cult classic, Hot Tub Time Machine and the sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Hayden  Schlossberg

Hayden Schlossberg

Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg have been close friends since they were teenagers and are more than thrilled about their very first collaboration together: Cobra Kai, YouTube Red’s upcoming Karate Kid spinoff series that picks up decades after the original film ends. Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg are the creators and showrunners of the series. They wrote the series and directed the majority of the first season. Josh Heald is best known for creating and writing the cult classic, Hot Tub Time Machine and the sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Breanne L. Heldman

Breanne L. Heldman

Before joining EW in 2016, Breanne spent more than three years as a Deputy Editor at Yahoo Entertainment, which followed stints as a Senior Editor at MTV Networks and a Senior Writer for E! News. Breanne kicked off her career as a features reporter for the New York Daily News, where she proved she would do anything for a great story, from trying stand-up comedy and wrestling WWE's Triple H to auditioning for American Idol and riding on the back of a motorcycle with Robbie Knievel. Breanne attended Boston University and currently resides in NYC.

William  Zabka

William Zabka

William (Billy) Zabka’s breakout acting role came in his first movie, 1984’s The Karate Kid. During the 1930s, Zabka appeared in the comedy films Just One Of The Guys, European Vacation and Back To School and co-starred on the CBS dramatic television series The Equalizer for four seasons. Since then, he’s appeared in dozens of films and television shows and has become an accomplished filmmaker and director. Zabka is currently reprising his role as Johnny Lawrence in a Karate Kid revival series for YouTube Red titled, Cobra Kai. He also serves as a co-executive producer of the series.


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