Top indie unscripted TV producer Pilgrim Studios (SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters,” Fox Sports 1’s “The Ultimate Fighter”) announced today that it is launched a digital video platform, dubbed 1620 Media.
1620 Media will feature a wide range programming genres, both scripted and unscripted, including sketch comedy, documentary, sports, person-on-the-street and animation. It will also team with advertisers to produce branded entertainment content. Advertising partners at launch include Anheuser-Busch, Johnson & Johnson, MTV and UFC.
The platform will premiere with six series, and release seven additional shows throughout October and November, with lengths ranging from 15 seconds to five minutes per episode.
1620 Media content can be viewed at 1620media.com and on YouTube. Each series will have its own YouTube channel and presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and and other social platforms.
The six launch series are as follows:
A scripted satirical take on “Insider the Actors Studio” hosted by actor Barry Bostwick (“Scandal,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) examining the lives of film and television’s most ubiquitous yet anonymous players.
Actress/model/TV host Nikki Leigh ventures to “Hollywood & Vine” and other well-known, high-traffic intersections to ask strangers a range of questions, such as “What emoji would you be?” and “What secrets are the government hiding?”
A lineup of renowned improv comedians vent their problems to a feline therapist while its cleans itself, sleeps and generally ignores them.
Each week, children are asked a question about the world (e.g. asking boys “What if you were a girl for a day?” and vice versa), and their answers brought to life in animated drawings.
A collection of uplifting stories from the Pasadena Humane Society that includes segments about available pets, animals saved by their adoptive families, wildlife rescues, and volunteer profiles.
Three Los Angeles mixologists lead viewers through the wonderful world of bartending and drink making, complete with how-to instructions, competitions and an array of social interactions.
Headed by CEO Craig Piligian, Pilgrim Studios has produced such series as “Bring It!” and the spin-off “Step It Up!” for Lifetime; “Fast N’ Loud,” “Misfit Garage” and “Street Outlaws” for Discovery; “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” and “Raising Whitley” for OWN; “David Tutera’s CELEBrations” for WE tv; “Wicked Tuna” and” Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” for National Geographic Channel; “Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe” for CNN; “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” for TLC; and “Missing in Alaska” for History. Pilgrim also produces the new FYI talk show “Kocktails with Khloé,” hosted by Khloé Kardashian. In the scripted realm and the new ABC Family series “Recovery Roay.” Its original movies for Lifetime include “Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy,” “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” and the crime thriller “Stalkers.” The company is based in Los Angeles’ Valley Village neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley.