Facebook Watch Announces the Return of Acclaimed “Red Table Talk”





Facebook Watch Announces the Return of Acclaimed “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris on March 31
The season premieres Wednesday, March 31 at 9am PT / 12pm ET with new episodes streaming weekly.
[via press release from Facebook]
FACEBOOK WATCH ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF ACCLAIMED “RED TABLE TALK” WITH JADA PINKETT SMITH, WILLOW SMITH, AND ADRIENNE BANFIELD-NORRIS ON MARCH 31

· Facebook Watch announces the return of the award-winning hit series “Red Table Talk” with hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith, and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, who bring their multigenerational perspectives to the show to create a safe space for healing through provocative conversations on culture-defining topics. The series premieres Wednesday, March 31 at 9am PT / 12pm ET with new episodes streaming weekly.

· Last year, the headline-making show became the #1 Facebook Watch Original series. From releasing the first interview with Olivia Jade where she discussed the USC college admissions scandal, to the infamous episode where Jada brought herself to the table, “Red Table Talk” has dominated the pop culture conversation. As “Red Table Talk” grew in popularity, so did the franchise last year with the expansion of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans” featuring music icon and Grammy winner Gloria Estefan, her daughter Emily Estefan and her niece Lili Estefan.

· “Red Table Talk keeps raising the bar with honest, powerful, and revealing conversations around topics viewers care about most,” said Mina Lefevre, Head of Development & Programming for Facebook Watch. “The Red Table Talk community is growing every day on Facebook Watch, and we’re looking forward to bringing fans more groundbreaking episodes this year with Jada, Willow, Gammy and our partners at Westbrook Studios.”

· “As a producer, it is a thrill to witness three generations take on topics that are groundbreaking, important and healing in a way that we have never quite seen before,” said “Red Table Talk” Executive Producer Ellen Rakieten. “In partnership with Facebook Watch, we have created a new lane for a new kind of conversation. We are grateful to the millions who have built our loyal and passionate ‘Red Table Talk’ community and are excited about our new episodes that are sure to have everyone sharing, liking and commenting.

· Episode topics to come will include conversations around sexuality, narcissism, and hidden epidemics within the global pandemic, from abuse to conspiracy theories.

· With over 10.4M followers on the “Red Table Talk” Facebook Page, the groundbreaking series has built a loyal community in the “Red Table Talk” Facebook Group with more than 623K engaged members who join the conversation week after week to connect with one another and share their own stories.

· “Red Table Talk” is a three-time Daytime Emmy-nominated series and has won three NAACP Image awards. Jada Pinkett Smith was also honored with the Trailblazer Award at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Additionally, the series has been nominated for Critics Choice Awards, Critics Choice Real TV Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.

· “Red Table Talk” is produced by Westbrook Studios with Jada Pinkett Smith, Ellen Rakieten, Miguel Melendez and Jack Mori serving as executive producers.

About Facebook Watch

Facebook Watch is the global destination where content, community and conversation come together on Facebook. Home to a wide range of video from Facebook Watch Originals like the award-winning Red Table Talk, to gaming, sports, music, news and live content from creators and publishers, Facebook Watch is a personalized viewing experience where you can easily discover videos based on your interests. Facebook Watch is available for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android, on desktop, laptop, all Portal devices and on TV apps listed HERE.

About Westbrook Studios

Westbrook Studios is a subsidiary of Westbrook Inc., the media company launched in 2019 by founders Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Miguel Melendez and Ko Yada, focused on empowering artists to tell stories that connect the world. Led by Co-Presidents, Jon Mone (Film) and Terence Carter (Television), and Helga Eike (RTT Productions), Westbrook Studios is home to the Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Emmy(R) nominated Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk” and is rapidly expanding its footprint in entertainment, serving as the studio home to all new premium TV and motion picture projects. On the film side, upcoming Westbrook Studios projects include the remake of the 1980s classic PLANE, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES starring Will Smith and Kevin Hart, EMANCIPATION which sold to Apple in the largest film festival acquisition deal in film history, and the highly anticipated KING RICHARD based on the life of Richard Williams, father to tennis greats Serena and Venus. On the TV side, Westbrook Studios recently launched Amend: The Fight for America, a powerful, six-part, Netflix docuseries which uses a groundbreaking multimedia narrative format to explore the Fourteenth Amendment through the lens of American history, posing the question, what does “united states” really mean? The studio also recently announced an unprecedented two-season order from Peacock for Bel-Air, the dramatic reboot of Will Smith’s iconic ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ based on Morgan Cooper’s 2019 viral short film.



Facebook Watch Premiering Black History Month Special “Forward: The Future of Black Music”





Facebook Watch Premiering Black History Month Special “Forward: The Future of Black Music” Featuring Chance the Rapper, Erykah Badu, John Legend, Yara Shahidi on February 16
The four-episode, short-form special celebrating Black Excellence will drop every Tuesday and Friday on the Facebook Watch page starting February 16.
[via press release from Facebook]
FACEBOOK WATCH PREMIERING BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL “FORWARD: THE FUTURE OF BLACK MUSIC” FEATURING CHANCE THE RAPPER, ERYKAH BADU, JOHN LEGEND, YARA SHAHIDI ON FEBRUARY 16

· In celebration of Black History Month, Facebook Watch is announcing its new special “Forward: The Future of Black Music,” produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, featuring Chance the Rapper, Erykah Badu, John Legend, Yara Shahidi, and more, premiering Tuesday, February 16 at 9am PT / 12pm ET on Facebook Watch and also available on Messenger’s Watch Together.

· The four-episode, short-form special celebrating Black Excellence will drop every Tuesday and Friday on the Facebook Watch page starting February 16.

· Cameras will follow the artists into their most sacred spaces to have unfiltered conversations between an icon and an emerging artist that will revolve around their influences and visions for the future.

· “Forward: The Future of Black Music” will feature Yara Shahidi ft. Neelam (Feb. 16), John Legend ft. D Smoke (Feb. 19), Erykah Badu ft. Tobe Nwigwe (Feb. 23), and Chance the Rapper ft. his brother Taylor Bennett (Feb. 26).

· Influenced by the classic TV series “Iconoclasts,” viewers will be a fly on the wall for a musical experience with a legend and their successor. The show will culminate with an incredible musical performance by the artist on the rise, further proving why they are the future.

· Black History Month at Facebook: This Black History Month, Facebook is celebrating the Black community as people make their voices heard, raise awareness and inspire action across the Facebook app, Instagram and Messenger. We are also sharing an update on the commitments we made in June, including $200 million to support Black-owned businesses and organizations as part of a broader $1.1 billion investment in Black and diverse suppliers and communities in the US. As part of this, Facebook dedicated $25 million in support of Black content creators. Black creators and community leaders are making their mark on the world and using our apps to share their stories – from pushing culture forward on Instagram to turning Facebook movements into lasting legacies. This investment in content creators turned into We The Culture. Created by a passionate team of Black employees at Facebook, We The Culture elevates Black creators to share their vision with the world, spark community, and empower them to build successful, entertaining and sustainable networks across our apps.

“FORWARD: THE FUTURE OF BLACK MUSIC” ASSETS

· Tune-in: “Forward: The Future of Black Music” premieres February 16 at 9am PT / 12pm ET on Facebook Watch, and you can also watch with your friends on Messenger’s Watch Together.

· Production Credits: “Forward: The Future of Black Music” is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon and Tiffany Mills serve as executive producers.

· Show Logo: HERE

· Official Hashtags: #FutureofBlackMusic, #BlackHistoryMonth

About Facebook Watch

Facebook Watch is the global destination where content, community and conversation come together on Facebook. Home to a wide range of video from Facebook Watch Originals like the award-winning Red Table Talk, to gaming, sports, music, news and live content from creators and publishers, Facebook Watch is a personalized viewing experience where you can easily discover videos based on your interests. Facebook Watch is available for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android, on desktop, laptop, all Portal devices and on TV apps listed HERE.

About Jesse Collins Entertainment

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries – The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series – American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series – Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows – BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials – John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Farewell, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows – Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow. Jesse Collins, founder & CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards and executive produced The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show in February 2021. He will next executive produce The 93rd Annual Academy Awards in April 2021. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.



Reality Stars of The Ruch Life Announce New Podcast Series





Female NASCAR Driver Angela Ruch and Husband Mike Ruch Launch The Ruch Life Podcast
Reality Stars of The Ruch Life Announce New Podcast Series

Charlotte, NC, March 31, 2020 – Female NASCAR driver Angela Ruch and husband Mike Ruch, stars of the new hit reality series, The Ruch Life, have just announced the launch of their new podcast series. The Ruch Life Podcast will release new episodes every Monday and Thursday covering trending topics in pop culture and the news, the NASCAR industry, sports, entertainment, fashion, motherhood, parenting, and more, starting on Thursday, April 2nd.

Earlier this year, Angela and Mike launched The Ruch Life reality series on FacebookWatch which gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at Angela’s comeback to NASCAR, along with the everyday struggles of transitioning into parenthood and the ultimate success of adopting two newborn babies.

The new podcast will offer fans an even deeper look into the lives of Angela and Mike while interviewing guests from across all industries including notable athletes, pop culture and reality stars, musicians, influencers, as well as close family and friends.

“We’re excited to take on this next venture and connect with fans even more through The Ruch Life Podcast,” said Angela Ruch. “We are beyond grateful for all of the support and love we’ve received for our show, and we wanted to give our fans an opportunity to spend more time with us while keeping it funny, entertaining, and real.”

A new episode will be live every Monday and Thursday, and listeners can stream the episodes on Facebook Watch, YouTube, IGTV, Spotify and Apple Music. Fans can keep up with the episode schedule on The Ruch Life’s Instgram, Angela Ruch’s Instagram, and The Ruch Life Facebook.

About Angela Ruch
As the third generation of Copes to enter the world of racing, Angela and her twin sister, Amber, received a go-kart while they were only nine years old, thus beginning their career in racecar driving. Being the niece of former Daytona 500 Champion, Derrike Cope, Angela always had a desire to race, and entered her first NASCAR race in 2010.

Since then, she continued to compete and received a number of accomplishments, including: First to Lead Laps by a Female Driver in the Truck Series at Daytona, Second-Best Finish By Female Driver in the Truck Series, Tied Danica Patrick for Second-Best Finish by Female Driver at Daytona All-Time and more. Angela is currently one of three female NASCAR drivers in the world right now, and the only mother in the industry.

All while making her return to NASCAR, Angela started a new journey in her life as a mother. With her husband, Mike Ruch, founder and CEO of Industrial Timber, the couple adopted two babies, which was showcased on her new reality show, “The Ruch Life.” The Ruch Life, debuted on Facebook Watch in 2020, focuses on Angela’s return to the racetrack, as well as her plans to adopt and start a family. To date, the show has received over 7 million views, averaging over 835K views per episodes in the United States.

In addition to her career with NASCAR, and new journey as a mother, Angela is a partner and advocate for Give a Child A Voice. Founded by Angela’s nephew, Eric Erdman, Give a Child A Voice is a non-profit organization with a mission to put an end to bullying, child abuse, and life-threatening childhood illnesses.