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Facebook Watch orders talk format from Leftfield, SB Pictures

ITV America-owned Leftfield Pictures has partnered with Scooter Braun’s SB Projects to develop and produce a talk format for Facebook’s Watch platform. Hosted by New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur ...
April 27, 2018

ITV America-owned Leftfield Pictures has partnered with Scooter Braun’s SB Projects to develop and produce a talk format for Facebook’s Watch platform.

Hosted by New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur Lewis Howes (pictured), Breakthrough with Lewis Howes will integrate human-interest pieces with expert interviews and a participating studio audience made up of individuals dealing with the day’s topic. The format, which premieres on Facebook Watch later this year, will cover a range of topics falling under various themes, including happiness, forgiveness, financial success and social equality.

Howes will connect everyday people struggling with these issues to various experts before presenting a call to action with strategies, practices and tips to help guests and viewers overcome their challenges.

As part of the weekly format, Howes will also host a live episode on Wednesdays to address viewer feedback and answer questions from the Facebook community about the week’s topic.

Leftfield’s Shawn Witt, Gretchen Palek, Jordana Hochman and Rob Dauber executive produce the format alongside SB Projects’ Scooter Braun and Scott Manson. Lewis Howes will also serve as executive producer.

Howes, in a statement, said he is hoping to “share inspiring content that connects the world and uplifts humanity by breaking through daily challenges that hold us back from living our greatest lives.”

“Lewis has an incredible talent for connecting with people and inspiring them to share their struggles and triumphs,” added Braun. “He is the perfect person to helm this transformative and inspiring show. We are excited to put something positive like this out into the world.”

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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