(New York, NY – September 7, 2017) – America’s most popular 17-year-old digital phenomenon, Hayes Grier, will return to the screen with back-to-back season two and three renewals of his unscripted comedy series, “Top Grier” starting early 2018. The series focuses on the day-to-day antics of Grier’s tight-knit family and crew of friends in America’s Heartland and will be distributed on Complex Networks’ Rated Red digital channel, available via go90™. Season two following Grier and friends was filmed this summer along the Gulf Coast.
Exclusive “Top Grier” merchandise including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, fidget spinners as well as select items designed by Hayes are available for purchase starting today at RatedRed.com. Episodes from season two of the series were filmed in areas hit by Hurricane Harvey. In response to the devastation and in support of the communities affected, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.
Grier comments, “Working on this show has been such a journey. I get to work with my brother, my friends, family and even my dog! And this season, I’m so proud that we filmed along the Gulf Coast. It was an incredible experience and the community really embraced us. My heart is broken seeing the devastation from the hurricane.”
“Top Grier,” co-created by Grier and INE’s Eric Day, delivers an intimate self-shot style, typical of the charismatic teen, mixed with beautiful action sports and landscape footage. The go90 original series depicts real youth culture in America today that resonates strongly with audiences.
Day comments, “Hats off to Complex Networks and go90 for trusting us to make our show. When Hayes and I told them what we wanted to do, they didn’t question us. Not once. We were able to trust our instincts and make a show that fans would know was made for them and for the way they watch.”
“Top Grier” is a terrific blend of cinematic and social media moments that work with Hayes’ digitally savvy fans,” said Justin Killion, general manager of programming for Complex Networks. “Eric and team have done a great job delivering fast-paced storytelling with depth that engages with younger audiences.”
“Top Grier” is executive produced by Eric Day and Mark Koops for INE Entertainment; Jason Newman and Kendall Rhodes for Untitled; and Justin Killion and Melanie Moreau for Complex Networks. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) packaged the project and represents both INE and Grier.
Mark Koops and Eric Day have been at the cutting edge of creating innovative content for more than 15 years and their INE Entertainment is now a powerhouse in the digital space having generated hundreds of hours of short-form content. Their digital portfolio includes producing the groundbreaking real-time social media series Summerbreak, the original digital docuseries Top Grier starring Hayes Grier, HISTORY’s Emmy-nominatedcomedy The Crossroads of History, as well as three seasons of the Emmy-nominated Making a Scene with James Franco. They have also created over 1,000 hours of TV programming — developing, creating and show running some of non-scripted TV’s biggest hits, including The Biggest Loser (NBC), Masterchef (Fox), Something Borrowed Something New (TLC) and two-time Emmy-nominated children’s program Recipe Rehab (CBS).
Complex Networks, formed from the acquisition of Complex Media Inc. through a joint venture by Verizon and Hearst, is a global lifestyle brand and media company and one of the most influential voices in popular culture today. Complex Networks generates over 810 million video views a month across its digital channels – Complex, Collider, First We Feast, Rated Red, Pigeons and Planes, Sole Collector and more – and is a top 10 publisher in the U.S. for social engagement on channels like Facebook and YouTube.
Complex Networks develops and distributes original programming for its channels and through output deals with premium distributors including go90. The company cultivates content that spans across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food, reaching the coveted 18-24-year-old male audience. In 2016, the company successfully hosted its first ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, attracting top brands and over 35,000 attendees to the two-day cultural festival.
go90 is a premium mobile entertainment destination for the best in live sports and original content. go90 is part of Verizon's global media portfolio of video content and platforms, which includes OATH brands - AOL, HuffPost, Yahoo View, Yahoo Sports - and COMPLEX Networks and more. go90 features 1,400 hours of originals from sought-after creators and talent and 25,000 hours of live sports and TV. go90 content can be viewed free from the app on iOS, Android or at go90.com.
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