QUIBI, GUNPOWDER & SKY AND COMPLEX ANNOUNCE A DAILY HIP-HOP MUSIC & CULTURE NEWS SHOW
New Show To Give Hip-Hop Fans An Insider Look At Music, Artists, Industry News, and Culture Before It Drops As Part of Quibi's Daily Essentials
Los Angeles, CA -- October 23, 2019 -- Today, Quibi, Gunpowder & Sky and Complex announced that they have teamed up to create a daily news show that curates insider knowledge of the hip-hop music industry and culture.
Launching in April 2020, the daily episodes will give a fresh take on hip-hop culture not just as a music genre, but as a driver of art, style, fashion, and attitude. Monday through Friday, viewers will learn about the latest in hip-hop news and culture, whether it be the most recent track from an underground artist or an incredible pair of exclusive sneakers.
As a daily destination for music fans, the show will feature news making interviews, explore the latest trends and take viewers inside the studios of their favorite artists.
"Launching a go-to music and hip-hop culture destination for the streaming generation courtesy of Quibi is a dream come true for this music loving crusty man who was around for the birth of 'Yo! MTV Raps,'" said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky. "And doing it with Complex, the home of hip-hop culture, in a handful of minutes each day will not only make it a must-see, but loud and fun as hell."
Justin Killion, EVP of Development, Production & Distribution for Complex Networks added, "We're excited to partner with Quibi and Gunpowder & Sky on this newest venture as they are creatives who understand the diversity of storytelling. Hip-hop is in the fabric of Complex's DNA so we look forward to seeing our audience on this fresh, new platform."
The news show will be produced by Gunpowder & Sky and Complex for Quibi's Daily Essentials programming. Daily Essentials are a unique content offering from Quibi - in addition to its scripted "Lighthouse" and unscripted "Alternative" shows. Curated daily into minutes-long bites of news, entertainment and inspiration, Quibi's Daily Essentials will quickly give viewers everything they need to know.
Quibi is a mobile-first media technology platform bringing together the best of Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Quibi is the first entertainment platform built for easy, on-the-go mobile viewing, allowing today's leading studios and creative talent to tell original stories in an entirely new way. For more information visit www.quibi.com. Follow Quibi on Facebook @QuibiUS and on Twitter @Quibi.
About Gunpowder & Sky
Gunpowder & Sky is a fast growing independent global entertainment company, creating premium content unrestricted by format, as well as genre-specific destinations for the streaming generation.
Since its inception in 2016, Gunpowder & Sky has released more than 30 feature films and series, as well as hundreds of short films theatrically, on TVOD as well as in partnership with leading platforms such as HBO, Netflix, MTV, Hulu, Sky, Showtime, DirecTV, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, and soon Quibi and HBO Max.
With in-house development, production, marketing and distribution capabilities, the company operates as a full 360-studio and oversees a library of more than 1500 titles. Notable films and series include The Little Hours, Cam, Hearts Beat Loud, Lords of Chaos, Her Smell, Tragedy Girls, Summer of 84, Villains, Hounds of Love, "50 States of Fright" and "Drawn and Recorded".
With an audience of more than 50M monthly unique visitors, Gunpowder & Sky's current streaming networks include DUST, a sci-fi brand that presents thought-provoking visions of the future; ALTER, a new horror brand that explores the human condition through warped perspectives; and CUT, an unscripted comedy brand that is home to "Truth or Drink" and "Grandmas Smoking Weed". DUST, ALTER and CUT are presently distributed on HBO, Vizio TV, Comcast FLEX, Roku, YouTube, Facebook, AT&T, DirecTV, Sinclair, Samsung TV Plus and Instagram.
Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York and London, Gunpowder & Sky was founded by Van Toffler and Floris Bauer, in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T.
About Complex Networks
Complex Networks, formed from the acquisition of Complex Media Inc. through a joint venture by Verizon and Hearst, is a global lifestyle brand and media company and one of the most influential voices in popular culture today. Complex Networks' digital channels, which include Complex, ComplexCon, First We Feast, Pigeons & Planes, Sole Collector and more, is a Top 10 publisher in the U.S. for social engagement on channels like Facebook and YouTube. A diversified and profitable media business with premium distribution partners such as Netflix, Hulu, Pluto TV, Roku, and iFlix, Complex Networks' original content exemplifies convergence culture, exploring topics that span across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food.
Complex Networks develops and distributes original programming for its channels and through output deals with premium distributors. The company cultivates content that spans across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food, reaching the coveted 18-24-year-old male audience. In 2016, the company launched ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, to bring the "Internet to life." The annual event attracts over 200 culture-shifting brands and over 60,000 digitally savvy attendees to the two-day cultural festival.