Smithsonian Channel to Commemorate Black History Month





Smithsonian Channel to Commemorate Black History Month with the Premiere of “One Thousand Years of Slavery – The Untold Story,” A Four-Part Docu-Series Narrated by Two-Time Emmy Award-Winning Actor Courtney B. Vance
The riveting docu-series exploring the legacy of slavery and how our shared history can create a better future, is set to premiere on Monday, February 7 at 8:00/7:00c.
[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) to commemorate Black History Month with the premiere of “One Thousand Years of Slavery – The Untold Story,” a four-part docu-series narrated by two-time Emmy(R) Award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance

Featuring sit-downs with notable Black actors, historical experts and community leaders including Dr. Bernice King, Debbie Allen, Valerie Jarrett, Lorraine Toussaint, Soledad O’Brien, CCH Pounder, Senator Cory Booker, Marc Morial and others

Premiering February 7, the limited series is executive produced by Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance’s Bassett Vance Productions

New York, NY – January 18, 2022 – MTV Entertainment Studios and Smithsonian Channel(TM) today announced that One Thousand Years of Slavery – The Untold Story, a riveting docu-series exploring the legacy of slavery and how our shared history can create a better future, is set to premiere on Monday, February 7 at 8pm ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel in the US and Canada to kick-off Black History Month programming. The series will also air in Latin America and Brazil this mid-year.

This four-part limited series uncovers the truth of a 1,000-year story of slavery around the world, as leading Black actors, celebrities and influencers such as Debbie Allen, Valerie Jarrett, Lorraine Toussaint, Soledad O’Brien, CCH Pounder, Senator Cory Booker, Marc Morial and Dulé Hill, among others, go on journeys to confront their personal connection to slavery and its legacy today. From Africa to the Caribbean, from New Orleans to Istanbul, this special series explores slavery’s lasting and personal impact on individuals and society in order to reframe history. Slated to debut every Monday in February, Courtney B. Vance lends his voice to narrate all four-episodes of the limited series.

“We are honored to anchor our Black History Month content with this innovative, impactful docu-series that unveils untold stories of resistance, power and human bondage on a global scale,” said Nina L. Diaz, President of Content and Chief Creative Officer, MTV Entertainment Group. “In order to move forward, we must look back. And, thanks to Courtney, Angela, our partners at Bassett Vance Productions and the extraordinary list of contributors, it is our hope to do just that.”

“The Smithsonian Channel and Smithsonian brand are known around the world as a trusted resource that makes history accessible for all,” said Courtney B. Vance. “We couldn’t think of a better outlet to tell this important and increasingly relevant history. We are incredibly proud to be part of this journey.”

“As an executive producer on ‘One Thousand Years of Slavery,’ Bassett Vance Productions wanted to tell the globally comprehensive history of slavery,” said Angela Bassett. “Finding the right partner and audience who share common beliefs and values was absolutely imperative as we navigate a topic that still haunts us decades later. ‘One Thousand Years of Slavery’ stretches the canvas beyond the 400 years we’ve traditionally learned about, and I’m thrilled to bring this storytelling to life with Smithsonian Channel.”

One Thousand Years of Slavery-The Untold Story, executive produced by Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance’s Bassett Vance Productions, is a follow-up to the U.K. version of the series titled 1000 Years A Slave. Both versions of the series tell the 1,000-year story of how slavery stained the past, shaped the present, and continues to re-write our future with sit-downs featuring Dr. Bernice King, David Harewood, Ray Fearon and others.

See the full list of contributors for One Thousand Years of Slavery below:

List of Contributors
Valerie Jarrett (Former Sr. Advisor to President Obama)
Debbie Allen (Grey’s Anatomy, Amistad)
Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is The New Black, The Equalizer)
Soledad O’Brien (CNN, CBS, HBO)
CCH Pounder (NCIS New Orleans)
Senator Cory Booker
Dr. Bernice King
Marc Morial (President of the National Urban League, former mayor of New Orleans)
David Harewood (Homeland)
Hugh Quarshie (Star Wars)
Ray Fearon (Fleabag)
Dulé Hill (Wonder Years, Psych)
Rachel Johnson (sister of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson)

“One Thousand Years of Slavery – The Untold Story’ examines the slave trade writ large providing viewers several perspectives on the global trade and resistance to it,” said James Blue, Head of Smithsonian Channel and SVP of MTV News and Docs. “I am proud that Smithsonian Channel is home to Bassett Vance’s debut production for the MTV Entertainment Group to which we greatly benefited from their insight, expertise and passion. This is just the beginning of our collaboration.”

James Blue and Smithsonian Channel executive producer Tim Evans oversee this project for MTV Entertainment Studios and Smithsonian Channel. One Thousand Years of Slavery is produced by Uplands Television Ltd. for Smithsonian Channel and Channel 5. Bassett Vance Productions executive produced the limited series.

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MTV Entertainment Group reaches over 1.4 billion young people around the world across streaming, social and linear platforms in 180 countries and with more than 725 million social followers – making it one of the preeminent youth media companies in the world. Connecting with its audiences through nine iconic brands including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Pop, Logo, Smithsonian, Paramount Net and TV Land, MTV Entertainment Studios produces award-winning series, movies and documentary films.

Bassett Vance Productions

Bassett Vance Productions identifies and develops projects across all narrative platforms, telling culturally rich and diverse stories of discovery, inspiration, and triumph with a strong emphasis on BIPOC voices, both in front of and behind the camera.



Video: “Raising Dion” Season 2 – Official Trailer – Netflix





Video: “Raising Dion” Season 2 – Official Trailer – Netflix
Nicole continues to raise a son who has much to learn about his superpowers. But with Dion growing stronger, danger may be closer than they think.
[via press release from Netflix]
Raising Dion Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Raising Dion follows the story of Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) and her son Dion (Ja’Siah Young) after Dion starts to manifest several mysterious, superhero-like abilities. Two years after defeating the Crooked Man (Jason Ritter), Season Two follows Dion as he continues honing his powers with the support of his mom and Tevin (Rome Flynn), his Biona trainer who catches Nicole’s eye. After befriending new student Brayden (Griffin Robert Faulkner) – a fellow powered kid – a series of alarming events unfold, and Dion learns that danger is still looming. Navigating twists, turns, and surprise visitors, Dion and Nicole must prevail again — not just to save themselves, but the entire city of Atlanta.

Watch Raising Dion, only on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/raisingdion
ENERGY NEVER DIES, IT JUST TAKES A DIFFERENT FORM.

RAISING DION

Season 2 premieres February 1, 2022 on Netflix.

Quote from Executive Producers Michael B. Jordan and Liz Raposo of Outlier Society: “When we created Raising Dion Season 1, we knew we wanted it to be for everyone – adults, children, and adults who are still kids at heart. The audience response was beyond our wildest expectations and along with our cast, crew, and partners at Netflix and MACRO, we cannot wait to bring you Season 2.”

Quote from Showrunner & Executive Producer Carol Barbee: “Dion and his friends are growing up and so is our show. In Season 2, you’re going to get even more action, more mystery, more surprises, and yes, more powers. Nicole’s challenges escalate as she comes face to face with every parent’s worst nightmare. The stakes are higher than ever, and we’re so excited for fans to continue this journey with us.”

About RAISING DION Season 2:

Raising Dion follows the story of Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) and her son Dion (Ja’Siah Young) after Dion starts to manifest several mysterious, superhero-like abilities. Two years after defeating the Crooked Man (Jason Ritter), Season Two follows Dion as he continues honing his powers with the support of his mom and Tevin (Rome Flynn), his Biona trainer who catches Nicole’s eye. After befriending new student Brayden (Griffin Robert Faulkner) – a fellow powered kid – a series of alarming events unfold, and Dion learns that danger is still looming. Navigating twists, turns, and surprise visitors, Dion and Nicole must prevail again — not just to save themselves, but the entire city of Atlanta.

SERIES CREDITS:

· Release Date: February 1, 2022

· Showrunner/Executive Producer: Carol Barbee

· Executive Producers: Executive Producers: Michael B. Jordan, Kenny Goodman, Dennis Liu (EP/D), Michael Green, Darren Grant (EP/D), and MACRO’s Charles D. King, Poppy Hanks, Marta Fernández

· Based On: Based on the Comic Book by Dennis Liu

· Cast / Characters: Alisha Wainwright (Nicole Warren), Ja’Siah Young (Dion Warren), Jason Ritter (Pat Rollins), Jazmyn Simon (Kat Neese), Sammi Haney (Esperanza Jimenez), Griffin Robert Faulkner (Brayden Mills), Ali Ahn (Suzanne Wu), Gavin Munn (Jonathan King), Rome Flynn (Tevin Wakefield), Aubriana Davis (Janelle Carr), Tracey Bonner (Simone Carr), Josh Ventura (David Marsh)

· Format: Scripted Drama

· Filmed in: Atlanta, Georgia

RAISING DION on Social Media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raisingdion/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/raisingdion Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RaisingDion

www.netflix.com/raisingdion



Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt Return in New 10-Episode Season of HGTV’s Hit Series “100 Day Dream Home”





Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt Return in New 10-Episode Season of HGTV’s Hit Series “100 Day Dream Home” on Monday, Feb. 21, at 8 PM ET/PT
More than 23.9 million viewers watched the sophomore season of “100 Day Dream Home.”
[via press release from HGTV]
BRIAN AND MIKA KLEINSCHMIDT RETURN IN NEW 10-EPISODE SEASON OF HGTV’S HIT SERIES “100 DAY DREAM HOME” ON MONDAY, FEB. 21, AT 8 PM ET/PT

WHAT: 100 Day Dream Home

WHERE/WHEN: 100 Day Dream Home premieres Monday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV. The new season also will be available to stream on discovery+.

WHO: For people who need a brand-new house fast, husband-wife team Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt will build them a custom, move-in ready home in an astounding 100 days or less in a new 10-episode season of HGTV’s hit series 100 Day Dream Home. To make their clients’ new home dreams come true on the quick timeline, Brian and Mika will take them on inspiration tours of various properties to select their desired exteriors, interiors and finishes and then design and construct completely personalized homes in just 100 days.

More than 23.9 million viewers watched the sophomore season of 100 Day Dream Home and now Brian and Mika will kick-off a new season with a farmhouse build for a couple who wants to use their inheritance to create the perfect home for their family. Throughout the season, Brian and Mika also will deliver contemporary, coastal and ranch style homes built to withstand Florida’s climate and hurricane season. And, their surprises for clients include everything from a chicken coop and outdoor movie theater to a pantry with a hidden door.

The first two seasons of 100 Day Dream Home are available to stream now on discovery+. In addition, fans can stream season two of Rock the Block, also on discovery+, to watch Brian and Mika take on other renovation experts in the mega-hit competition series.

100 Day Dream Home is produced by NorthSouth Productions.

DIGITAL/SOCIAL: Fans are invited to stay connected with 100 Day Dream Home at HGTV.com/100DayDreamHome for exclusive show content and extras and to interact via social media using #100DayDreamHome and @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram. Fans also can connect with Brian and Mika on Instagram at @mrbreakinground and @mikamakesmoves. The new episodes will be available on HGTV GO the same day as the TV premieres – Mondays beginning Feb. 21.



LEAVING LUXURY FOR LOVE: A NEW SERIES ON DISCOVERY+ TESTS THE STRENGTH OF RELATIONSHIPS





LEAVING LUXURY FOR LOVE: A NEW SERIES ON DISCOVERY+ TESTS THE STRENGTH OF RELATIONSHIPS WHEN THEY DECIDE TO LIVE OFF THE GRID

From the Producers of the Cultural Phenomenon ‘90 DAY FIANCÉ’ Comes ‘LOVE OFF THE GRID,’ A Series That Follows Couples – One Partner Accustomed to Living with Modern Amenities and One Who Lives Off the Land – As They Test Their Love in the Wild

‘LOVE OFF THE GRID’ Premieres Sunday, January 30 on discovery+

(LOS ANGELES) – Four couples think they have found “the one,” with one problem: one partner lives completely off the grid – no running water, no electricity and no civilization in sight. LOVE OFF THE GRID, premiering Sunday, January 30 on discovery+, follows four people accustomed to modern amenities who give it all up for a chance at true love. For the first time, these couples will live together in total isolation to see if they can make it work in the wild. Will the great outdoors bring these relationships closer together? Or will their extreme differences in lifestyles bring the couples to their breaking points?

Charlie, Joseph, Spence and Angela left civilization years ago and have built a new life in unforgiving landscapes – mountains and deserts. Living off the land, they hunt, trap, fish and forage for their food. If they need something, they make it, and if something breaks, they fix it. The only thing missing from their lives is a partner. However, they love their remote locations so much that they refuse to break away from their off-the-grid lifestyles.

Jen, Myesha, Lyndsay and Josh enjoy the modern luxuries of living in a city, like going to the spa, having drinks with friends and getting pedicures as well as everyday necessities like indoor plumbing and air conditioning, but they are willing to leave their lives behind for a chance at love with their off the grid partner. Each day will be a challenge, but they have their loved one to show them how to survive in the wilderness.

After breaking up over 20 years ago, will Jen now be ready to embrace Charlie’s unique lifestyle? How will Myesha learn to raise goats with Joseph on their secluded farm while also welcoming another woman into their relationship? Is Lyndsay able to give up her social life to live with Spence? In addition to almost having a 30 year age gap between them, will Josh (27) be able to survive the 120-degree desert heat while living at Angela’s (56) secluded house with no air conditioning?

Each couple will have to learn to adapt as they attempt to build a life together. This isn’t just partners vs. the elements – this is about testing the limits of nature and their relationship. They must hunt for food, gather resources and maintain the homestead. But to what extremes will these couples go to make it work for love?

Follow the conversation on social media with #LoveOffTheGrid, and follow discovery+ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.

LOVE OFF THE GRID is produced by Sharp Entertainment. For Sharp Entertainment, Executive Producers are Matt Sharp, Dan Adler and Doug Fitch. For Discovery, Executive Producers are Keith Hoffman and Erin Wanner, Supervising Producer is Sarah Russell and Production Coordinator is Marissa Donovan.

About discovery+
discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.

About Discovery
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.



FINALE EPISODE OF SUNDANCE NOW’S GRIPPING THRILLER CLOSE TO ME





FINALE EPISODE OF SUNDANCE NOW’S GRIPPING THRILLER CLOSE TO ME STARRING CONNIE NIELSEN AND CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON DEBUTS THURSDAY, JANUARY 20

“This brisk mystery keeps viewers guessing.” – TV Guide

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Sundance Now is excited to unveil a sneak peek clip from the finale episode of Close to Me, premiering on Thursday, January 20 on Sundance Now and AMC+. Based on Amanda Reynolds’ magnetic and unsettling novel of the same name, Close to Me follows Jo Harding (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman 1984, The Following, The Good Wife) a woman who seems to have it all, until a fall erases an entire year from her memory. As she struggles to piece events together, Jo discovers that her life wasn’t quite as perfect as she imagined and that someone will do all they can to keep a terrible secret from her.

Close to Me also stars BAFTA-Nominated Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, The Leftovers), is written by Angela Pell (Snow Cake, Gifted), directed by Michael Samuels (The Windermere Children, The Missing, Any Human Heart) and is produced by All3Media.

Episode 6 – Airing Thursday, January 20 on Sundance Now and AMC+

Jo goes ‘AWOL’ with her father, until a buried childhood trauma resurfaces and forces her back home to confront Rob. Jo sets the family up for a big revelation and finally learns the appalling truth about what happened the night of her accident.



Netflix Commits to “Bad Crimes,” New Animated Comedy from Nicole Silverberg





Netflix Commits to “Bad Crimes,” New Animated Comedy from Nicole Silverberg, Produced by Greg Daniels and Mike Judge, Starring Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus
The adult animation dark comedy procedural follows two FBI agents who travel across the country to solve grisly crimes while juggling their friendship, career ambitions, and as many men as possible.
[via press release from Netflix]
NETFLIX COMMITS TO “BAD CRIMES,” NEW ANIMATED COMEDY FROM NICOLE SILVERBERG, PRODUCED BY GREG DANIELS AND MIKE JUDGE, STARRING NICOLE BYER AND LAUREN LAPKUS

Daniels and Judge Producing through their New Bandera Entertainment Company

· Netflix today ordered a 10 episode season of Bad Crimes, an adult animation dark comedy procedural. Bad Crimes stars Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus as “Kara” and “Jennie,” two FBI agents who travel across the country to solve grisly crimes while juggling their friendship, career ambitions, and as many men as possible.

· Bad Crimes is executive produced by legendary creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge, under their new production company, Bandera Entertainment.

· Creator / Executive Producer: Nicole Silverberg.

· Executive Producers: Mike Judge, Greg Daniels and Dustin Davis for Bandera Entertainment; Erica Hayes, Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus.

· Mike Moon, Netflix Head of Adult Animation: “This is a dream project! Greg and Mike are the visionaries behind some of the smartest and funniest comedies of all time, including one of the most-beloved animated shows ever. Combined with the brilliant mind of Nicole Silverberg and the immense voice talents of Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus, we know Bad Crimes will be set up for great success.”

· Nicole Silverberg, creator and executive producer: “Making Bad Crimes with Greg and Mike and Bandera, who are the whole reason I dreamed of one day getting to write TV, has been such a surreal and incredible experience. We all feel that working with Netflix – which not only permits, but encourages my grossest, most violent comedy fantasies – is a dream come true. Plus, I am partnering with Erica Hayes and a genius team of writers who are building this show into something unique and special.”

· Erica Hayes, executive producer: “What really drew me to this project in the beginning was the fact that it was female-created and female-led, with a creator who was very passionate about diversity, inclusion, and worker’s rights. These are values that are very in line with my own, so I was thrilled at the prospect of partnering with someone with a similar mindset. Then after reading Nicole’s script, I was so impressed with not only how hilarious it was, but that the female leads were allowed to be morally gray and flawed in ways that we have rarely seen in adult animation. Nicole was really interested in hiring a partner who could help build the visual side of the show from top to bottom, which was incredibly appealing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

· Format: Adult Animation; 10 episodes

· Nicole Silverberg Bio: Silverberg is an Emmy-nominated and WGA Award-winning TV writer originally from Tucson, AZ. She was a supervising writer at Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, where she won a GLAAD Award, and was a longtime editor at Reductress, the online satirical women’s magazine. Nicole was named one of Brooklyn Magazine’s 50 Funniest People in Brooklyn.

· Erica Hayes Bio: Hayes has been a professional artist in the animation industry for nine years. She started as a storyboard revisionist on Season 1 of Rick and Morty and rose the ranks to director in Season 4. She also worked in various capacities on series such as Fairfax, BoJack Horseman, Big Mouth and Solar Opposites. Erica holds a B.F.A. in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

· About Bandera Entertainment: Greg Daniels & Mike Judge’s partnership first began on the long-running, critically-acclaimed animated show KING OF THE HILL. Following that success, they spent the next years working on projects independently, but their shared sensibilities and love of animation led to the foundation of Bandera Entertainment, where the goal is to curate a relevant, diverse slate of animated programming. Their aim is to expand the animation genre into as many modern types of story-telling as live action, guided by an excitement for artists and writers and ideas.

· About Netflix: Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 214 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, feature films and mobile games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.



Video: “The Fallout” – Official Trailer – HBO Max





Video: “The Fallout” – Official Trailer – HBO Max
A raw and honest coming-of-age story for this generation, Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler star in Megan Park’s directorial debut.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
The Fallout | Official Trailer | HBO Max

The Fallout is a compelling exploration of the inexplicable resiliency of life and the hope that emerges out of loss. A raw and honest coming-of-age story for this generation, Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler star in Megan Park’s directorial debut.

The Fallout is streaming January 27 on HBO Max.



HBO Max Announces Call For Entries For 6th Annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition





HBO Max Announces Call For Entries For 6th Annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition

For This Year’s Competition, HBO Max Is Seeking Emerging Storytellers Whose Works Respond To The Theme Of The “Power of Love”

HBO Max, a leader in innovative and iconic entertainment known for serving award-winning programming, announced today the call for submissions for its annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries (APAV) short film competition. Submissions will open on January 18, 2022 at 9:00AM PST.

Formerly known as the HBO APA Visionaries Short Film Competition (established in 2016), the program provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their unique and diverse perspectives of the Asian and Pacific Islander community. Now in its sixth year, APAV serves to showcase cinematic storytellers of AAPI descent, awarding the top three winners with cash prizes and the opportunity to have their projects premiere on HBO Max following their theatrical screening at the 2022 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

“Going into the sixth annual APA Visionaries Short Film Competition I’m proud to see the impact and growth the competition has had on the industry,” said Jackie Gagne, Senior Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, HBO Max and HBO. “At a time when the most personal stories are also the most universal, the diversity of our storytellers is more important than ever. Our competition is designed to celebrate emerging creative APA filmmakers and the unique experiences and unsung talents that exist within the Asian Pacific American community.”

For this year’s competition, HBO Max is seeking emerging storytellers whose works respond to this year’s theme of the “Power of Love.” Films should center and portray ways in which Asian Pacific Americans perceive and show love in their relationships, friendships, or families. Poppy Liu, who is featured in Max Original Series “Hacks,” serves as the ambassador and spokesperson for the 2022 HBO Max Visionaries program. Previous ambassadors have included Jamie Chung (“Lovecraft Country”), Shannon Lee (Executive Producer of Cinemax’s “Warrior”), Sujata Day (“Insecure”), Leonardo Nam (“Westworld”) and Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”).

“I’m so honored to be an ambassador for the 2022 HBO Max APA Visionaries Short Film Competition,” said Poppy Liu. “I think some of the most exciting work in our community is happening at the indie level and this is an incredible opportunity to bring visibility to those stories that have yet to make their way to the mainstream: stories that exist at the intersections of our identities, stories that expand the narrow understanding of the AAPI experience, stories that celebrate the abundance and range of talent within our community. I’m so excited to see the work that emerges from this competition and discover some of my new favorite filmmakers.”

For complete rules and guidelines, visit www.hbomaxvisionaries.com. All submissions are due by March 1st at 11:59PM PST. Follow the conversation on social media using #hbomaxvisionaries.

Submission criteria for HBO Max Visionaries includes:
Running time: 10-15 minutes, inclusive of credits
Films must have been directed by a person of Asian or Pacific Islander descent
Director and Co-director(s) must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C.
Films must be in the English language or contain English subtitles (common foreign words/phrases are acceptable without subtitles)
Film must not be publicly available online through May 31, 2022
Films must have commenced principal photography on or after January 1, 2021
Films must not have had any previous exhibition on broadcast or cable (by means of any method or medium) or online.
Films must be an original live action narrative (no documentaries or animation).
Employees of HBO and other WarnerMedia entity and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate

Judges for the competition include HBO Max executives and representatives from leading Asian American media organizations including the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and Visual Communications.



Video: “Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky” – Season 2 Trailer





Video: “Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky” – Season 2 Trailer
Prepare to take flight with your favorite flyers in all-new episodes soaring to Peacock on February 3.
[via press release from Peacock]
DRAGONS RESCUE RIDERS: HEROES OF THE SKY | Season 2 Trailer

Prepare to take flight with your favorite flyers in all-new episodes of Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky! Soaring to Peacock on February 3rd!

Join the fun on Peacock jr where you can find an lovable characters, world-class animation, nursery rhymes, and curious monkeys.



BACK ON THE RECORD WITH BOB COSTAS Season Premiere Guest Lineup





BACK ON THE RECORD WITH BOB COSTAS Season Premiere Guest Lineup

BACK ON THE RECORD WITH BOB COSTAS returns for its second season with an all-new episode FRIDAY, JANUARY 21 (11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ET/PT). The series is hosted by 29-time Emmy® winner Bob Costas, the only broadcaster to receive Emmys® in the news, sports and entertainment categories. The series is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

The brand new episode will feature interviews with decorated Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and broadcasting legend, Al Michaels. Former NFL cornerback and television/radio personality Domonique Foxworth and author/columnist Howard Bryant will join contributor Bomani Jones for the in-studio roundtable discussion.

BACK ON THE RECORD WITH BOB COSTAS is executive produced by Jonathan Crystal, Ross Greenburg, Howard Bryant and Bruce Cornblatt. Scott Carter is Consulting Producer.