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Fuse Media unveils new programming slate

Multimedia brand Fuse Media has made several new additions to its portfolio of content. Catering to the wide-ranging tastes and attitudes of the fast-growing, Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience, these include nine new ...
March 9, 2017

Multimedia brand Fuse Media has made several new additions to its portfolio of content.

Catering to the wide-ranging tastes and attitudes of the fast-growing, Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience, these include nine new original series for its Fuse, FM and digital properties; the return of three original series, and three new series in development.

The company’s slate of programming is meant to appeal to “cultural adventurists” — young consumers who actively tap into culture for inspiration and exploration.

“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,” said Jason Miller, Fuse Media EVP of ad sales and integrated marketing, in a statement. “Providing multiple touch points — 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.”   

New unscripted programming premiering later this year on Fuse includes: The Hollywood Puppet Shit Show (working title; pictured) from executive producer Wilmer Valderrama and Entertainment One (eOne). The show features outrageous true stories told by celebrities and reenacted by lifelike marionettes; Picked Up, a dating show based on the recent trend of millennials finding love in the backseat of ride shares; and They Have A Dream (w/t) a series of documentaries that celebrate cultural heritage and identity while confronting issues and overcoming prejudice.

Among the documentaries under the They Have A Dream umbrella include: Show Me Democracy, which looks at advocacy and activism at seven St. Louis college students; Right Footed, which chronicles the obstacles Jessica Cox overcame having been born without arms; and Casts From The Storm, in which teenage refugees learn to cope with the horrors they experienced in their native countries.

A full list of Fuse Media’s new and extended programming slate, with descriptions provided by Fuse, is below:

NEW CONTENT

The Hollywood Puppet Shit Show (working title) (Fuse; 6 x 30; premieres July 11 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) – features true untold celebrity stories reenacted by marionette puppets. The show is executive produced by Wilmer Valderrama, WV Entertainment and eOne.

Picked Up (working title) (Fuse; 10 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.

Ask Fluffy (3 episodes; Digital) – Fuse and Gabriel Iglesias solicit questions via social media on a variety of topics.  Moderated by comedian and Fluffy cast member Alfred Robles, Iglesias will answer questions on the “most important” things in life – anything from his favorite wrestler, what to wear on a job interview or how to get revenge on your little brother – all in the humorous way that only Fluffy can deliver.  Produced by Fuse Media

Fluffy’s Hot Spots (6 episodes; Digital) – In each city he visits, Gabriel Iglesias takes us through the top places to visit.  Think of it as a “cheat sheet for tourists” – the restaurants, comedy clubs, tourist locations, scenic stops, snack joints, etc. that get the Fluffy stamp of approval. Produced by Fuse Media.

Fluffy At Home (3 episodes; Digital) – Everyone loves going behind the scenes, and fans want to know what Fluffy’s doing when he’s not on the road. This series allows fans to check out Gabriel Iglesias’ man cave filled with his loved VW buses, his personal barber shop and his extensive merchandising area. Produced by Fuse Media.

Fluffy Off The Menu (6 episodes; Digital) – Join Gabriel Iglesias and a few of his favorite chefs as they teach you how to make tasty dishes in a matter of minutes. Produced by Iglesias and co-produced with B-17 Entertainment and Arsonhouse Entertainment..

IN DEVELOPMENT

Smoothini (Fuse; Presentation) – Where magic, hip-hop culture and celebrity combine with mind-blowing results, “Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini” was a finalist on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent. He is an ex-Marine who originally got his start in New York City performing close-up illusions with a mix of adult humor in Spanish and Japanese. Produced by 7Beyond (MythBustersMonster Bug WarsFacing Evil).

FM Follows (FM) – From life on the road to photo shoots to making music in the studio, FM is giving fans intimate access behind-the-scenes with some of music’s hottest artists.  Produced by Fuse Media.

Stylin’ (FM) – This series keeps fans up-to-date with the latest fashion and beauty trends in music that can help them take their personal look to the next level. Produced by Fuse Media.

RETURNING SERIES

Fluffy’s Food Adventures (Fuse; 6 x 30; season three premieres July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) –It’s no carb left behind as stand-up sensation Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and his boys eat their way through New York, Nashville, New Orleans, D.C., Los Angeles and Atlanta, discovering local gems, unique activities and a few celebrities along the way. Fuse’s break-out original series (formerly Fluffy Breaks Even) is produced by Iglesias (EP) along with B-17 Entertainment and Arsonhouse Entertainment.

Big Feedia Bounces Back (Fuse; 8 x 60; season six premieres September 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) Big Freedia is back with a passion and drive like never before! Newly sober after battling legal troubles, the Queen Diva is determined to bounce back on track and take her career to the next level. In season six, Freedia is hungry to land her first major-label deal, reignite her live shows and give back to her community even more.  This groundbreaking season – with a new name (formerly Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce) – will again be produced by World of Wonder Productions (RuPaul’s Drag RaceIsland HuntersMillion Dollar ListingIsland Hunters).

Future — History — (Fuse/FM/Digital) – Following up on 2016 and 2017′s Future Black History, Fuse Media this year is celebrating emerging leaders in music, film, sports, TV and literature in this series of special cross-platform content.  This includes Future Women’s History (March),Future Asian/Pacific American History (May), Future LGBTQ History (June) and Future Hispanic History (mid-September to mid-October). Each month, Fuse.tv will spotlight up-and-coming talent that is making history with features and short-form video content running on all Fuse and FM platforms.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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