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Exclusive: Mailchimp Presents preps Vice, Arts & Sciences’ docuseries “Essentials”

Business entertainment platform Mailchimp Presents, a content division of email marketing company Mailchimp, is preparing to launch the self-shot docuseries Essentials from Vice Media and boutique studio Arts & Sciences. The five-part, first-person ...
July 13, 2020

Business entertainment platform Mailchimp Presents, a content division of email marketing company Mailchimp, is preparing to launch the self-shot docuseries Essentials from Vice Media and boutique studio Arts & Sciences.

The five-part, first-person series, which filmed between the end of March and July, will provide an in-depth look at the business owners and their employees who managed to step up to the plate during a global pandemic.

Featured in the series will be Anya, an OB/GYN with 15 years’ experience who has seen more women turning to her business during the COVID-19 crisis as families begin looking for support and advocacy while hospitals change their policies; Dempsey Hamilton, owner of Fairfax, Virginia’s Mobius Records, which has shifted to operating as a record shipping center with curbside pick-ups; urban farmer Erika Allen (pictured), who helps operate several community farms and gardens in Chicago; and Gladys Vega, a community organizer and non-profit worker in Boston, seeking to provide food and housing resources to those who need it most.

Also slated to appear in the documentary series are Kelliann Fisher​, a laundress at Spectrum Enterprises in Long Island; Kevin Patrick Bolger, a bike messenger in New York, who has seen a change in how his business operates since COVID-19; John Pope, an obituary writer in New Orleans; Robert Longmire, a Californian truck driver whose business practices have been overhauled; and Rohani Foulkes, a restaurant and grocery store owner in Detroit, who has transitioned her restaurant to be “more of a market,” where customers can pick up locally made goods.

Essentials launches Tuesday (July 14) at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Mailchimp Presents. Episode lengths for all five episodes will run 10 minutes or less.

Essentials is a production of Mailchimp Presents, VICE+ and Arts & Sciences.

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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