Wanda Sykes to Host “Ring Nation” Viral Video Series from MGM Television, Ring & Big Fish Entertainment
“Ring Nation” is a half-hour, studio-based series that gives audiences a daily dose of life’s unpredictable, heartwarming and hilarious viral videos shared by people from their video doorbells, smart home cameras and more.
[via press release from MGM Television]
WANDA SYKES TO HOST “RING NATION” VIRAL VIDEO SERIES FROM MGM TELEVISION, RING & BIG FISH ENTERTAINMENT
Ring Nation premieres in syndication on September 26, 2022, featuring a mix of eye-catching videos from the smart devices around our homes
Los Angeles, CA – August 11, 2022 – MGM Television and Ring announced today that Emmy-winning comedian and actress Wanda Sykes (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Crank Yankers, The Upshaws) has signed on to host Ring Nation, a new twist on the popular clip show genre, premiering in syndication on September 26, 2022. Ring Nation is a half-hour, studio-based series that gives audiences a daily dose of life’s unpredictable, heartwarming and hilarious viral videos shared by people from their video doorbells, smart home cameras and more. From neighbors saving neighbors and marriage proposals to military reunions and silly animals, Ring Nation showcases the most buzzworthy clips from coast to coast.
“Wanda Sykes is one of the biggest names in comedy and beloved by fans across the globe. We are thrilled she has signed on to host this fun new take on a tried-and-true format,” said Barry Poznick, president of alternative television & Orion TV at MGM. “From the incredible, to the hilarious and uplifting must-see viral moments from around the country every day, Ring Nation offers something for everyone watching at home.”
Featuring clips submitted by people across the U.S., Ring Nation is the next way Ring will highlight interesting moments from communities across the country. Ring Nation is a collaboration between MGM Television, MGM’s Big Fish Entertainment and Jamie Siminoff, the chief inventor and founder of smart-home security company Ring. He appeared on Shark Tank originally as a contestant, only to return years later as a recurring Guest Shark after selling his company to Amazon. Executive producers on the new series are Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, Jamie Siminoff, Karni Baghdikian, Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino, Bret Calvert and Jordana Starr.
“Bringing the new community together is core to our mission at Ring, and Ring Nation gives friends and family a fun new way to enjoy time with one another,” said Jamie Siminoff, founder and chief inventor at Ring, and executive producer of Ring Nation. “We’re so excited to have Wanda Sykes join Ring Nation to share people’s memorable moments with viewers.”
Wanda Sykes is an Emmy-winning, eleven-time nominated stand-up comic, writer, actress and producer. She can currently be seen in season 2 of the Netflix comedy The Upshaws which she created and stars in. In 2023, she will appear in the Hulu show History of the World Part 2 starring opposite Mel Brooks. In 2020 she was nominated for an Emmy for her role as ‘Moms Mabley’ in Amazon Studio’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and for her voice work as ‘Gladys Murphy’ in Crank Yankers, a role she originated in 2004. Wanda’s guest-starring role on ABC’s Black-ish also brought her two back-to-back Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” in 2017 and 2018. Her fifth and latest standup special, Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, is currently streaming on Netflix and was nominated for two 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards; “Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special” and “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.” She is repped by CAA and attorney Roger Pliakas.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco, and digital distributors. In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms, interactive ventures, and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
Since its founding in 2013, Ring has been on a mission to make neighborhoods safer, together for everyone. From the first-ever Video Doorbell, to the award-winning DIY Ring Alarm system, Ring’s smart home security product line, as well as the Neighbors app, offers users affordable whole-home and neighborhood security. At Ring, we are committed to making security accessible and convenient for everyone – while working hard to bring communities together. Ring is an Amazon company. For more information, visit www.ring.com. With Ring, you’re always home.
About Big Fish Entertainment
Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM Company, is a full-service production company that creates multi-platform, visually driven content that compels and entertains audiences with the “unexpected.” Founded in 2006 by President Dan Cesareo, Big Fish has since produced more than 1000 hours of award-winning and top-rated programming in the live, unscripted reality, lifestyle and documentary space. Series and credits include History’s Greatest Heists with Pierce Brosnan (History); Secrets of the Chippendales Murders, America’s Top Dog, Live Rescue and Animals Saved My Life (A&E); Ugliest House in America, Martha Knows Best and A White House Christmas (HGTV); Kitchen Crash, A White House Thanksgiving with First Lady Jill Biden, and the Emmy-nominated Amy Schumer Learns to Cook (Food); Regular Heroes (Amazon); the Black Ink Crew franchise; mental health special In Session Live With Dr. Jess and Girls Cruise (VH1); Hustle & Soul (WE tv); Chris Paul’s Chapter 3 (ESPN); Snap’s Driven and Swae Meets World; Tattoo Girls (TLC); How Far Is Tattoo Far? (MTV); Animal ER Live (Nat Geo WILD); and Truth Behind the Moon Landing (Science Channel), as well as the Gates Foundation’s Reality PD public schools project. For more information, visit bigfishusa.com.