Fuse has ordered new programming for premiere in 2017. The network announced the development of Picked Up and They Have a Dream. Release dates for both series have not yet been set.
Check out the press statement released by Fuse below to find out more about both shows.
Heading into a series of ad agency upfront meetings in New York this week, Fuse Media has made several new additions to its multiplatform portfolio of content covering the wide-ranging tastes and attitudes of the fast-growing, Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience. This includes today’s announcement of nine new original series for its Fuse, FM and digital properties; the return of three original series including the digital expansion of FLUFFY’S FOOD ADVENTURES starring Gabriel Iglesias as well as three new series in development.
Fuse Media has started the year strong, with year-over-year audience increases. Fuse was the fastest-growing cable network in prime time for the first 2 months of 2017 vs. the comparable months a year ago, delivering 55% growth in prime time and 38% growth in total day among its core Adults 18-34 demographic.* Meanwhile, Fuse.tv posted a record 40 million page views in January 2017, its highest in history, with unique visitors (+15%), visits (+42%), video views (+21%) and page views (+185%) all rising from the prior month.**
To build on this success, the company has greenlit a slate of programming appealing to “Cultural Adventurists” – young consumers who actively tap into culture for inspiration and exploration.
New programming premiering later this year on Fuse includes: THE HOLLYWOOD PUPPET SH!T SHOW (working title) from executive producer Wilmer Valderrama and Entertainment One (eOne), featuring outrageous true stories told by celebrities and reenacted by lifelike marionettes; PICKED UP, a social experiment dating show based on the recent trend of millennials finding love in the backseat of ride shares; and THEY HAVE A DREAM (working title), a series of documentaries that celebrate cultural heritage and identity while confronting issues and overcoming prejudice.
New programming for FM includes: hip hop/sneaker fashion series SOLE SEARCHING and THE “X” EFFECT, looking at the impact of iconic musical artists.
New programming for the company’s digital platforms include exclusive digital content starring Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias tied to the season three premiere of his Fuse series. ASK FLUFFY, FLUFFY’S HOT SPOTS and FLUFFY AT HOME join FLUFFY OFF THE MENU as exclusive digital content.
Fuse has ordered a pilot for hip hop magician series, SMOOTHINI. Other programs in development for Fuse and FM are music beauty/fashion series, STYLIN’ and behind-the-scenes music series FM FOLLOWS.
Finally, returning series this year include the FUTURE – HISTORY multiplatform content series for Fuse and FM celebrating emerging female, African American, Asian/Pacific American, Hispanic American and LGBTQ leaders across entertainment. It joins new seasons of Fuse originals; FLUFFY’S FOOD ADVENTURES and BIG FREEDIA BOUNCES BACK, which are returning later this year (see below for premiere dates and full program descriptions).
“We are committed to creating new, original content across all screens and providing value for our partners and consumers,” said Fuse Media President and CEO Michael Schwimmer. “With this slate, along with new digital and social media offerings, we are delivering on this promise while making an investment in content that will build on the early growth we have seen this year.”
“Our line-up of original content appeals to our core young multicultural audience who value entertainment that is engaging, authentic and relatable, while providing our advertising partners with the opportunity to reach these young consumers across platforms,” added Fuse Media EVP, Ad Sales and Integrated Marketing Jason Miller. “Providing multiple touchpoints – from TV, digital and social media to branded content tied to live events, festivals and concerts – is just a part of what we are bringing to our partners during the upfront season, and year-round.”
PICKED UP (working title) (Fuse; 10 episodes x 30; premieres TBD) – As young single adults rack up dating nightmare stories from online hookups and dating apps, the search for new ways to meet potential mates is constantly evolving. One recent trend is dating people they meet in the back seat of a ride share. In this new setting for a social experiment dating series, a single contestant rides in a hidden camera ride share where his/her driver picks up three unsuspecting potential love matches. At the end of the night, the single contestant chooses which of three pool “dates” they would like to see again. Produced by Fuse Media.
THEY HAVE A DREAM (working title) (Fuse; premieres TBD) – a series of documentaries making their U.S. TV premieres. Highlighting young, idealistic and diverse subjects who are celebrating their cultural heritage and identity, confronting issues and overcoming prejudice, THEY HAVE A DREAM (w/t) documents their journeys as they tap into their creative and entrepreneurial spirit to fight for inclusion, fairness, and to share their incredible stories.
Among the documentaries under the THEY HAVE A DREAM umbrella will be:
SHOW ME DEMOCRACY – a look at advocacy and activism as seven St. Louis college students take different approaches to demanding change.
RIGHT FOOTED – born without arms, Jessica Cox learned to type with her toes, drive a car and fly a plane with her feet. RIGHT FOOTED chronicles Jessica’s amazing transformation from speaker and mentor into an international disability rights activist.
CAST FROM THE STORM – teenage refugees learn to cope with the horrors they experienced in their native countries through an innovative community speaking and performance program.
SOLE SEARCHING (FM) – This series explores hip-hop culture and fashion, checking out what celebrities are wearing on their feet and when the hottest kicks are being released. Produced by Fuse Media.
THE “X” EFFECT (FM) – It takes mad skills to make music, but it takes a legend to influence an entire genre. This new series explores the immense impact of an artist’s influence on music and popular culture through exclusive interviews and videos clips. Produced by Fuse Media.”
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