Burbank, Calif. – Tiny Riot!, FremantleMedia North America’s newly launched original digital content studio, established itself as a key content creator over the weekend with an exclusive engagement at New York Television Festival’s (NYTVF) Digital Day. On Friday evening, the studio hosted its first marquee event and premiered the latest episode of Soul Food, a new MUNCHIES series that explores the connected relationship between religion and food. Festival attendees screened Soul Food: Islam, which takes an in-depth look at the religious tenets surrounding Halal cuisine.
The event was hosted by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) CEO, Thom Beers, as well as Tiny Riot! chief Gayle Gilman. Featured in the episode and also in attendance at the event were New York’s local Madani Halal, leading provider of Halal meats, as well as the wildly popular The Halal Guys, whose food carts around New York City generate round-the-clock lines of people waiting to try their cuisine.
In addition to Soul Food: Islam, Beers provided festival goers with a sneak peek of his newest show for MUNCHIES, How-To: Make Pumpkin Pizza, in which he teaches viewers how to make one of his favorite seasonal dishes.
As part of their presence at NYTVF, Tiny Riot! also demonstrated a commitment to supporting independent content creators by providing a Festival Development Award. Tiny Riot!’s winning selection is titled O, The Ennui, a scripted comedy from creators Sutton Dewey and Mark Millner that follows two Brooklyn dudes as they tackle the finer points of snacking, roommate woes, and general listlessness in this existential bromance.
“The New York Television Festival has served as a terrific platform to officially introduce our original digital content studio Tiny Riot!,” said Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America. “I’ve been a longtime supporter of independent content creators, and it has been a great experience joining forces with NYTVF to foster creative talent in the digital space.”
“Soul Food: Islam exemplifies the unique content we’re creating in the food space and it was wonderful to see how well-received it was by the festival goers,” said Gayle Gilman, General Manager, Tiny Riot!. “There’s clearly a passion for digital content creation amongst new and emerging talent here and we’ve very much enjoyed presenting the Festival Development Award and supporting the NYTVF's Digital Day.”
Tiny Riot! and VICE Media launched the MUNCHIES joint food venture in April 2014. Through engaging original content, compelling editorial features, articles, how-to’s, recipes and events, MUNCHIES offers a signature perspective on the culinary world, from a youth driven perspective.
In addition to the partnership with VICE Media, Tiny Riot! also has content deals in place with StyleHaul, the #1 fashion and beauty channel on YouTube, and a recently announced multi-project original programming deal with BroadbandTV.
About Tiny Riot!
Tiny Riot! is FremantleMedia North America’s (FMNA) original digital content studio focused on developing and producing unique content for its own channels, including The Pet Collective, and through joint ventures and strategic partnerships such as the Munchies online food channel, a shared venture with VICE Media, and its content deals with StyleHaul and BroadbandTV. The studio also develops and produces digital content around FMNA’s TV properties including Family Feud and Celebrity Name Game, and provides ad sales, audience development and distribution strategies across all of its platforms.
About FremantleMedia North America
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 28 countries, creating over 8500 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 400 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Original Productions and 495 Productions, produce entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms. Their slate includes a diverse range of both critically-acclaimed and award-winning successes including American Idol (FOX), America’s Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let’s Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Married to Medicine (Bravo), Party DownSouth (CMT), Ice Road Truckers (HISTORY), Storage Wars (A&E), The Returned (A&E) and Celebrity Name Game (SYN), among others.
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