Tech 360: Playboy’s First Series Shot in Virtual Reality
Playboy announced Friday the formation of Playboy Studios, the company’s in-house branded content studio, which will be headed up by Playboy magazine’s deputy editor and resident style expert, Hugh Garvey.
“Nothing has been more exciting than leading this content transformation at Playboy,” said Cory Jones, chief content officer, Playboy Enterprises.
“As a top 10 social media publisher, Playboy is one of the most digitally engaged media brands available to advertisers,” said Playboy’s chief digital officer, Phillip Morelock.
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Among the new scripted / unscripted series for the 2016-17 season are:
House of Waris: Waris Ahluwalia hosts a regular dinner party with interesting luminaries. The first episode features Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), comedian Horatio Sanz and filmmaker Liz Goldwyn.
The Life by Playboy: Get an inside look at the process of editing the lifestyle section of Playboy magazine.
Tech 360: Famed tech blogger, Jon Rettinger, of TechnoBuffalo, and model / pro-gamer, Amy Willerton, take audiences on a full-fledged tour of the most hallowed tech destinations. Tech 360 is Playboy’s first series shot in virtual reality.
Meccas: Playboy explores the world’s most sought after destinations. The pilot episode is shot in Cuba’s rum haunts.
Coaching Trees (Chef Edition): In this documentary series, Playboy delves into the interconnections between the most respected chefs. The first episode shows how lauded chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller has spawned a movement of perfectionist cooking from French cuisine to hamburgers and fried chicken.
Journalista: In the hosted documentary series Journalista, Playboy correspondent, 25-year-old Yoonj Kim takes audiences into the fascinating worlds of sex, drugs, and alternative lifestyles through experiential and immersive journalism.
Food & Spirits
What The Food?!: Preeminent molecular gastronomist Wylie Dufresne (WD50) and molecular mixologist Dave Arnold (Booker & Dax) star in this food series that’s more MythBusters than traditional food show. You can watch them deconstruct and reconstruct celebrities’ favorite food in each episode.
Dinner Date with Furious Pete: YouTube star Peter Czerwinski teaches guys how to cook impressive yet easy meals for their dates, and his female friends give him feedback on both his food and dating skills.
The Booze Room “All the News That’s Fit to Drink”: In this weekly comedy news show, comedian Josh Wolf (Chelsea Lately) and mixologist Alex Day (Death & Co.), discuss the news of the week. One part news, two parts comedy and one stiff drink.
Sprout: Follow protagonist Chris Cooper, an overweight, foul mouthed, cigarette smoking Hollywood-type, through a hilarious satirical view of Los Angeles culture. Expect lots of fun cameos from actors and social media stars.
Fronting: Infused with high caliber actors from popular films and TV shows and featuring Facebook and Vine star Jon Paul Piques, Fronting is a raucous comedy series about a group of misfits running a sports agency together.
Robots Are Hard: Set three years into the future, this scripted comedy series follows the brilliant engineers at an artificial intelligence (AI) robotics company. Their only problem is that their robots, who are all played by social media stars, have more personality than they can handle and there is no way to destroy them. Robots Are Hard is created by Aaron Shore (The Office) and Jonathon Magnum (Whose Line Is It Anyway?).
Strangeplay with Mr. Sark: Hosted by the Grand Poobah of gaming and YouTube sensation Mr. Sark, this series explores the world of gaming. Through hilarious skits, reenactments and game play commentary, viewers are taken on a journey of the latest in gaming with appearances by the biggest names in the industry.
Gamer Next Door: Brought to you by hardcore gamer and Playmate Pamela Horton, Gamer Next Door is what every gamer wants: a chance to catch up with influencers in the gaming community; a way to check out previews, learn limited edition details and dispel game rumors; and an opportunity to play some video games.
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