Austin & Ally is an American television sitcom that first aired on the Disney Channel on December 2, 2011, in the United States. The series was created by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, the writers and producers of the Disney Channel sitcoms Sonny with a Chance and Jonas. Production for the pilot episode began in mid-February 2011. On May 25, 2011, the Disney Channel announced that Austin & Ally had been picked up for a December 4, 2011, release date. The first promo was released on October 14, 2011, during the Disney Channel's Make Your Mark: The Ultimate Dance-Off event. A series preview followed the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie, Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! The show has been renewed for a second season, and has resumed production as of the summer of 2012.