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Exclusive clip: Facebook Watch’s “Risky Biz” from Conde Nast, MAK Pictures

Multi-platform studio and distributor Condé Nast Entertainemnt (CNE) and Los Angeles-based prodco MAK Pictures’ co-production Risky Biz is coming exclusively to Facebook Watch on Oct. 21. Risky Biz, inspired by a New ...
October 19, 2018

Multi-platform studio and distributor Condé Nast Entertainemnt (CNE) and Los Angeles-based prodco MAK Pictures’ co-production Risky Biz is coming exclusively to Facebook Watch on Oct. 21.

Risky Biz, inspired by a New Yorker article, follows Odds On Promotions, the creators behind outrageous competitions and challenges, devised with cash prizes in mind.

The eight-episode unscripted series offers a behind-the-scenes look at Odds On Promotions founder Mark Gilmartin and contest engineers Will Pemble and Joel Ifill as they plan games that are exciting and entertaining, while weighing the odds of success to ensure a contest that is neither too hard nor too easy to beat.

Challenges include punching your way out of a paper bag using novelty boxing gloves, climbing a slippery set of stairs angled at 60-degrees and covered in slime to open a treasure chest at the top, and picking a US$50,000 cash prize hidden in a stuffed toy while suspended 100-feet in the air as a human claw.

Recent projects from the CNE unscripted TV team include series Last Chance U and Fastest Car on Netflix, as well as Most Expensivest with 2 Chainz on Viceland. MAK’s recent productions include Car Masters: Rust To Riches for Netflix, Treasure Quest for Discovery and Lost Amazon: Project Z for Travel.

Condé Nast and MAK produce the series, with executive producers Joe LaBracio from CNE and Mark Kadin, Will Ehbrecht and Rob Hammersley from MAK.

“Facebook Watch looks for stories that are community-engaging and shareable, which makes the good-hearted, comedic and competitive nature of this series a perfect fit,” said LaBracio, EVP of alternative programming at CNE, in a statement. “With CNE’s unscripted television division producing over 100 hours of long-form content for networks and streaming services, we are excited to have the opportunity to produce for Facebook, which CNE’s digital division produces for all the time.”

“MAK Pictures focuses on discovering compelling characters and sharing their untold, unforgettable stories on various platforms,” added MAK founder Kadin. “We take audiences into new worlds, which is exactly what Risky Biz does with an energetic and interesting premise that Facebook Watch viewers will want to share with family and friends.”

Watch an exclusive clip below:

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Jillian Morgan is a staff writer at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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