MediAvataar's News Desk
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the world, drastically re-shaping our day-to-day existence. This situation has brought us solidarity, hardship and sadness, as well as a chance to see our own lives in a different light.
This is the genesis behind Homemade, an ambitious project dreamed up by Italian producer Lorenzo Mieli (The Apartment Pictures), and Chilean producers Juan de Dios Larraín and Pablo Larraín (Fabula).
The idea was straight-forward: Approach a group of talented filmmakers currently in quarantine, and create an anthology of short films about their experiences. In this way, Homemade feels like filmmaking in its purest form, with bedrooms and bathrooms as locations and phones as cameras. Part of the beauty of this project was in its simplicity. Looking at these stories, people around the world would see comparisons to their present lives on screen.
We wanted to show the differences and similarities of how isolation is experienced around the globe. This project organically brought together not only an incredible and diverse group of filmmakers from 11 different countries, but an impressive combination of up-and-coming trailblazers and established legends from the world of cinema.
What became clear as we first started watching the films is that this is a series that celebrates creativity, with no two stories being alike. These 17 films include group confessions, ominous house guests, surrealism, declarations of love, insomnia and the Queen of England and the Pope having a little flirt (see below). We even have a full-blown musical number. It’s remarkable that these ambitious and rich films were conceived and shot over the course of just several days.
These stories are even more poignant when our filmmakers turn the cameras on themselves and their families, documenting the struggles we are all facing, as we come to terms with living a completely reimagined and sometimes unrecognisable new normal. We are afforded an intimate window into their lives, and we are reminded that we are all facing the same challenges.
Working on this project was a true labour of love, and we could only bring it to Netflix in such a short period of time thanks to the commitment of all the teams involved. We cannot wait to share these stories with our members across the world.
It’s strange to work on a project that you hope in the near future will feel like it came from a different era. However, we see Homemade as a time capsule, capturing the full range of emotions we have all felt over the past few months. This global pandemic has affected everyone in completely individual ways, but the message from Homemade is clear: we are all united by our shared experience during this time.
A set of curated Online Experiences delivered by artists, influencers and brands which bring the joy of travel and human connection to your living room.
At Home With Airbnb gives fans a chance to connect with their favourite Indian celebrities, artists & learn a new skill
Features Online Experiences with celebrated experts such as Shivan and Narresh, Nam Wook, Sarvesh Shashi, Sandeep Sreedharan and many more
Airbnb India today announces the launch of – At Home With Airbnb, a unique set of online experiences that brings together India’s most popular celebrities, artists and influencers. Each experience has been curated keeping in mind the diverse and engaging ways in which guests can connect with people across cultures and hone their skills through the platform. The At Home With Airbnb experiences allow guests to visit the host’s personal spaces to learn their craft in small groups that allow for personal connections and conversations.
Building on Airbnb’s global concept of Online Experiences, At Home With Airbnb, will bring together people from across the globe over their shared passions and hobbies. Ranging from work out sessions with celebrity trainer Nam Wook for fitness enthusiasts, to Zero wastage cooking with Sandeep Sreedharan for food fanatics, and learning the art of fashion illustrations from popular designers, Shivan and Naresh, each experience offers the opportunity to learn something new and interesting.
“Airbnb’s Online Experiences are an extension of our Experiences platform to foster connections at a time when travelers are unable to do so in real life. We are excited to announce At Home with Airbnb, which offers intimate and engaging virtual experiences curated by well-known Indian personalities across fitness, food, fashion and home décor. At Home With Airbnb brings together our community in India and all over the world, allowing them to choose from a range of experiences and enjoy these from the comfort of their own homes.” Said Parin Mehta, Regional Director, Experiences APAC.
As a unique way to travel, learn and connect with new people, the platform brings together well-known names Sarvesh Shashi, Sanjana Chatlani, Pankaj Balachandran, and Devika Narain among others who will be hosts for these Online Experiences. Through At Home With Airbnb, guests can also learn unique and niche skills such as calligraphy, cocktail making and table designing from experts in their respective fields.
Globally acclaimed designers, Shivan and Narresh, will be hosting fashion illustration classes that will take guests through the process of sketching for fashion design, the colour palette and silhouettes – all helping guests visualize the piece of clothing on the fashion runway.
Shivan and Narresh celebrated Airbnb’s efforts saying “At Shivan & Narresh, we converge our love for fashion and travel when we experience the world with a local lens and translate it through our inspired collections. Partnering with Airbnb for its online experience helps us cement this belief and exhibit our expertise at a global platform to bring the world closer together, while it matures through a global health crisis. The fashion illustrations experience is to encourage originality and drive ingenuity for guests - straight from the mind to the paper - as they hone their art skills. It is to assist in co-creating a stronger and richer world by soothing its mental and emotional habitat.”
Sarvesh Shashi, titled the coolest yogi and the youngest CEO in the yoga and wellness world globally, will be combining his knowledge of ancient Indian martial arts, modern functional training and traditional yoga techniques, to create smooth flowing yoga sessions for guests.
Speaking on the collaboration, Sarvesh Shashi said “Our association with Airbnb fits seamlessly into what we stand for, and that’s building a community that’s social, engaged, active and a community that goes on to become the brand’s best advocate. We understand the value our customers hold for us and that’s one of the biggest advantages of this association. We’re excited to see the doors this partnership opens and the many more ways that we can work together.”
Using some of Ayurveda’s principles and Yin-Yang as a guiding philosophy, Chef Sandeep Sreedharan shall be taking his guests on a culinary journey of sustainable cooking. With over a decade of experience in his field, Sandeep has successfully built a reputation for introducing a new genre of modern coastal cuisine to India.
Speaking about the collaboration, Sandeep Sreedharan of Mahe said “As a chef I have always believed in delivering distinct flavours and textures keeping things simple and honest. My collaboration with At Home With Airbnb gives me an opportunity to share my expertise with a larger audience that is looking for quick tips to create gourmet experience at home by approaching one ingredient at a time. I look forward to exploring the concepts of zero wastage and minimalistic cooking to produce some stunning yet simple dishes without compromising on taste or health.”
Expands Library Catalog with Ray Donovan,
The Affair, Charmed, Undercover Boss, The Game,
Everybody Hates Chris and Real Husbands of Hollywood
Paramount Movies to Stream on Peacock Include The Godfather Trilogy,
American Beauty, Catch Me If You Can,
Old School and Seabiscuit
Content will also continue to be available on ViacomCBS platforms
Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, today announced an agreement to license popular Paramount movies and TV shows from the ViacomCBS library.
Hit series including Ray Donovan, The Affair, Charmed*, Undercover Boss, The Game, Everybody Hates Chris and Real Husbands of Hollywood will be available to stream on Peacock with the launch of the service on July 15 and will continue to be available on ViacomCBS platforms. In addition, premium films from Paramount’s library will stream on Peacock in limited exclusivity windows throughout 2021, 2022, and 2023 including: The Godfather trilogy, Catch Me If You Can, The Talented Mr. Ripley, American Beauty, Patriot Games, Last Holiday, Fatal Attraction, The Firm, An Officer and a Gentleman, among others.
“We are truly excited to bring some of the most popular movies and series from across the ViacomCBS family of brands to Peacock,” said Frances Manfredi, President, Content Acquisition and Strategy, Peacock. “We continue to expand the Peacock catalog with premium programming from NBCUniversal and beyond; partnering with companies like ViacomCBS to ensure that all of our viewers can choose from the best entertainment options available in the market today.”
In July, Peacock will launch across mobile, web and connected TV platforms with a free tier featuring more than 7,500 hours of movies, shows, and timely live and on-demand programming across news, sports, reality and late night. Peacock Premium will also be available for $4.99 per month and features more than 15,000 hours of content. Viewers may also upgrade Peacock Premium to ad-free for an additional $5.00 per month.
“This agreement with Peacock demonstrates the incredible and enduring value of ViacomCBS content,” said Dan Cohen, President, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. “The partnership we are announcing today is consistent with our strategy to maximize the value of our content by selectively licensing our library product to third parties while prioritizing franchise IP for our own platforms.”
ViacomCBS movies and shows will join a massive catalog of premium programming which includes Peacock originals like Brave New World, The Capture, Intelligence and Lost Speedways; sports documentary In Deep with Ryan Lochte; and the entire full-length film Psych 2: Lassie Come Home. Additionally, Peacock will feature current season programming from NBC and Telemundo; hundreds of blockbuster and beloved movies including the Fast & Furious franchise, E.T., Lost in Translation and Shrek; iconic shows such as comedies Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Monk, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, Frasier, George Lopez, and Cheers; dramas like Law & Order: SVU, Downton Abbey, Yellowstone, Friday Night Lights, House, Battlestar Galactica, Psych, Parenthood, Heroes, and kids series including Curious George, Where’s Waldo? and Cleopatra in Space.
Peacock customers will also enjoy daily programming highlights from TODAY, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, Noticias Telemundo, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, E! News and Access Hollywood, and dozens of streaming channels including clip-based channels like the best Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers comedy sketches, the best sketches from the SNL Vault, plus news channels from NBC News Now and Sky News, and genre channels like True Crime, Reality Check-In and 80s Mix Tape.
Tubi , a division of FOX Entertainment, announced it has entered an exclusive ad sales partnership with premium Australian media company Foxtel Group.
As part of this collaboration, Foxtel Media will serve as the sole ad sales representative in Australia for Tubi through 2022.
Tubi adds a key free-to-the-viewer ad-supported component to Foxtel Media’s offering, which is currently comprised of live sports, premium lifestyle and entertainment content, and news. In an advertising world that is increasingly powered by data targeting capabilities, Foxtel Media now sits ideally placed as both a free and subscription-based advertising partner.
“Our collaboration with Foxtel Media delivers an optimally localized relationship and trusted team for advertisers in Australia,” said Farhad Massoudi, CEO, Tubi. “We’re excited to be partnering with a premium brand as an organic complement to their current offering.”
“Tubi is a video streaming powerhouse, and the global leader in ad-supported video-on-demand, exceeding 200 million hours of view time in April alone representing a 150% increase year-over-year,” said Mark Frain, CEO, Foxtel Media. “The tech behind Tubi’s offering has enabled the business to rapidly build audiences across Australia and Mexico. We are thrilled to be a part of Tubi’s journey in Australia, and to have the opportunity to connect brands and advertisers to Tubi’s outstanding proposition in this market.”
Tubi is available in Australia on Telstra, Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and soon on Hisense TVs globally. Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web at http://www.tubi.tv/.
Foxtel Media will start officially representing Tubi in Australia from 1 July 2020.
Boxing returns on DAZN this summer with three U.S. cards in five weeks from Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Boxing USA.
• On Friday, July 24, Golden Boy presents 2019 consensus “Prospect of the Year” Vergil Ortiz Jr. against Samuel Vargas in their previously scheduled welterweight attraction from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
• On Saturday, Aug. 15, Julio Cesar Martinez will defend his WBC World Flyweight title against McWilliams Arroyo as Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA returns in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
• On Friday, Aug. 28, former three-division world champion Jorge Linares is back in action against top-ranked Javier Fortuna in a clash of lightweights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and presented by Golden Boy.
All three events will be broadcast live and exclusively on DAZN in nine countries; Austria, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.
Undercard information and additional event details will be announced shortly.