A second season of video series The Distillery — produced by Patrick Jager of Core Innovation Group and T Ferguson of Backstory in partnership with Realscreen — is on the way, with new episodes slated to launch this summer.
A conversation by and for the larger creative communities, the second season comes on the success of the first six episodes which aired via Realscreen.com and thedistillery.live in the fall of 2020 and featured 18 guests across the creative landscape, including David Collins of Scout Productions; the University of Colorado’s dean of the College of Arts & Media, Laurence Kaptain; global chief content officer at Mediabrands, Brendan Gaul; licensing expert Kelly Hill and actress and activist Christina Ochoa. A full list of guests and episode links can be found on thedistillery.live.
The second season will feature eight episodes with 24 experts all having a diverse understanding of the business of creativity and the creativity of business. Episode one (“Back to Normal?”) is currently in production and will feature unique voices addressing what it means to get back to “normal” post-pandemic, including discussions around mental health, office environment, shifts in hiring and opportunity, and how to stay creative amidst these changes. Later topics include diversity in storytelling, the future of creativity, rising stars, esports and new areas of creative growth, and the outsized role of tech in creative evolution.
Season two premieres on Tuesday, June 15th.
Realscreen and the producers are currently looking for input regarding ideas for guests and topics as well as having people participate in polls tied to the episodes. If you have ideas on guests that represent unique aspects of the broader creative community, or you have a strong topic in mind, please email email@example.com. To participate in polls, log onto TheDistillery.live.
“For us, it’s important that The Distillery showcase the breadth of effort, creativity and talent that goes into the business of storytelling and season two promises to not shy away from discussing the ongoing challenges that face our industry and the necessary work that still needs to be done,” said Ferguson in a statement.
“What excites T and I about this series is the breadth of voices outside what we traditionally hear in our ‘TV’ portion of media,” added Jager. “We can all suffer from being in our bubbles so to have outlets to bring the larger creative communities together is unique and fun to do.”
Check out the trailer for the upcoming season of The Distillery here.