Web-Based Entertainment Platform Debuts with Six Original Series 1620 Media to Produce a Range of Scripted, Unscripted and Branded Content
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – (October 15, 2015) – Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios, the largest independent producer of unscripted television programming, continues to expand its scope, launching digital platform and initiative 1620 Media. Piligian, CEO of Pilgrim Studios, made today’s announcement.
Debuting with six new original series – including a comedy featuring acclaimed actor Barry Bostwick (Scandal, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) – 1620 Media will house content across a range of programming styles and genres, both scripted and unscripted, including sketch comedy, documentary, person-on-the-street, and animation. Additionally, the studio will produce branded entertainment content that allows advertisers to engage their audiences in compelling, humorous and inventive new ways.
Following its six debut series, 1620 Media will release seven additional original shows throughout October and November, with the company continuing to develop and introduce new content on an ongoing basis. Series episodes vary in length from 15 seconds to five minutes. As well, the new company is in development on a number of other series with notable talent from the sports, comedy and design worlds.
Said Piligian, “Pilgrim is always looking for new ways to produce and showcase quality content. With 1620 Media, we’re exploring a lot of new territory and working with a wide range of talent to create sharp, entertaining short-form programming.”
1620 Media content can be viewed at 1620media.com and on YouTube. Each series will have its own YouTube channel and presence via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more.
1620 MEDIA ORIGINAL SERIES:
Award-winning actor Barry Bostwick takes a satirical look at the industry’s forgotten stars: the “extras.” Tipping a hat to James Lipton and Inside the Actors Studio, this comedic scripted series brings the “background” into focus, examining the lives of those who make their careers as film and television’s most ubiquitous yet anonymous players.
Actress, model and television host Nikki Leigh ventures to “Hollywood & Vine” and other well-known, highly trafficked intersections to ask strangers a range of questions – whether funny, serious, personal or probing. With inquiries like “What emoji would you be?” and “What secrets are the government hiding?” everyday people confide in Nikki their real thoughts about life and the world around them.
In this weekly comedy, the cat is the therapist, listening to “patients” – all renowned improv comedians – who vent their problems and offload their issues while the cat cleans himself (or herself), sleeps, ignores them and generally, well, acts like a cat.
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). As the kids respond, their answers are depicted through colorful and unpredictable animated drawings.
This collection of uplifting stories from the Pasadena Humane Society 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.
About 1620 Media
1620 Media serves at the digital arm of Pilgrim Studios. The web-based entertainment platform produces an array of scripted, unscripted and branded content across a range of programming styles and genres, including sketch comedy, documentary, person-on-the-street, animation and more. Current 1620 Media series include: Inside the Extras Studio, with award-winning actor Barry Bostwick; The Real Cat Therapist of Beverly Hills; The Intersection; Explained in Children’s Drawings; Pawprints; and Mixologists. 1620 Media content can be viewed at 1620media.com and on YouTube. Each series has its own YouTube channel and presence via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more.
About Pilgrim Studios
Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television, including hit series Bring It! and spin-off Step It Up! for Lifetime; Fast N’ Loud, Misfit Garage, and Street Outlaws for Discovery; Ghost Hunters for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; 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 new FYI talk show series Kocktails with Khloé, hosted by Khloé Kardashian. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim is currently in production on the new series Recovery Road for ABC Family. The company’s original movies for Lifetime include Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy; Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers.