[11/24/20 - 09:49 AM] YouTube Originals Announces Holiday Extravaganza "The Great Gift Exchange" Premiering December 1 Hosted by Alton DuLaney, "The Great Gift Exchange" mirrors a Secret Santa format where 12 YouTube creators participate in a giving chain benefiting a charity of their choosing, then paying that kindness forward to the next creator in the chain.
[via press release from YouTube]
YOUTUBE ORIGINALS ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA "THE GREAT GIFT EXCHANGE" PREMIERING DECEMBER 1
PROJECT HOSTED BY YOUTUBE "WRAP-RESENTATIVE" ALTON DULANEY FEATURES TOP CREATORS MATPAT, KURT HUGO SCHNEIDER, SHALOM BLAC, ROSANNA PANSINO, ALEX WASSABI, ASAPSCIENCE, KRISTOPHER LONDON, MOLLY BURKE AND MORE
12-EPISODE SERIES AIMS TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO GIVE, COLLABORATE AND CELEBRATE GENEROSITY AS PART OF THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT "GIVINGTUESDAY"
LOS ANGELES, CA, NOVEMBER 24, 2020 -- YouTube Originals kicks off the holiday season with "The Great Gift Exchange," a 12-part series highlighting the art of giving. Hosted by the World's Most Famous Gift Wrap Artist, Alton DuLaney, "The Great Gift Exchange" mirrors a Secret Santa format where 12 YouTube creators participate in a giving chain benefiting a charity of their choosing, then paying that kindness forward to the next creator in the chain. All episodes of the bingeable holiday series will release for free on December 1 on each featured creator's personal YouTube channels in celebration of GivingTuesday, honoring the power of kindness, compassion and giving back to those in need in an effort to spread cheer across the globe after this difficult year.
YouTube will also be putting the "present" in the "presentation," with host Alton DuLaney educating viewers on the art of gift wrapping, including tips and tricks for how to creatively prep for their own holiday wrapping needs, assuring that each and every donation is wrapped in a wildly creative manner bespoke to each creator's unique brand. Reaching over 78 million people through these creators' combined subscribers, "The Great Gift Exchange" aims to inspire people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity.
Following is a list of the YouTube creators involved in the holiday extravaganza, including their charity of choice:
· Alton DuLaney - Toys for Tots
· AsapSCIENCE - Rainbow Railroad
· Molly Burke - Mira Foundation
· Shalom Blac - St. Jude
· Rosanna Pansino - Feeding America
· Physics Girl - The Malala Fund
· Alex Wassabi - Make-A-Wish Foundation
· Kristopher London - The Bail Project
· Ambers Closet - Lunch on Me
· Jennelle Eliana - Covenant House
· Smosh Games - Okra Project
· MatPat - No Kid Hungry
· Kurt Hugo Schneider - Bat Conservation
Alton DuLaney is known as a creative authority on modern living, providing tips for all life's occasions. In 2008, he received national recognition when he was crowned the Scotch brand's "Most Gifted Wrapper" where he was challenged to wrap several odd-shaped gifts, including (as the finale) a baby grand piano. DuLaney's creative work paired with his fun, quirky personality have earned him appearances on the Rachael Ray Show and other national and local broadcast shows tied to the holidays.
B17 Entertainment is producing the series with Rhett Bachner, Brien Meagher and Colin Hargraves serving as executive producers.
Nadine Zylstra, Head of Family Entertainment and Learning for YouTube Originals along with Laurel Stier, Dena Qashqai, and Zoe Di Stefano on the Learning Development team oversee "The Great Gift Exchange" for the global platform.
"The Great Gift Exchange" is part of a growing slate of learning projects including "BookTube" the critically acclaimed book club series featuring in-depth conversations with best-selling authors including Melinda Gates, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, James Patterson, and more; Emmy-winning "Create Together #WithMe" a Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosted series featuring the creations of everyday people collaborating to make art on HITRECORD and YouTube while being at home; "The Age of A.I." hosted by Robert Downey Jr.; "Glad You Asked" which seeks to answer some of life's most interesting questions, from 'Why do we cry?' to 'Will we survive Mars?'; as well as Emmy-winning "Could You Survive the Movies?" which explores the magic and science behind classic movies like "Back to the Future," "Jumanji," and "Die Hard."
About YouTube Originals:
YouTube Originals are award-winning, creative and engaging scripted and unscripted series and films across music, personalities and learning for fans all over the world. Spotlighting both YouTube creators alongside Hollywood's biggest stars, YouTube Originals provide an experience that only YouTube can offer. By tapping into the platform's growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content mixed with pioneering live-streamed specials, there is truly something for everybody. Fans experience YouTube Original content through ad-supported YouTube as well as YouTube Premium, a subscription service that offers access to YouTube Original series and movies, a streaming music platform, and an uninterrupted, ad-free experience across all of YouTube. YouTube Originals are available in nearly 80 countries worldwide.
About B17 Entertainment:
B17 Entertainment, an Industrial Media company, was founded in 2013 by principals and TV veterans Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher as a full-service production company producing breakthrough content in a variety of genres including comedy, kids, reality and game, and focuses on multi-platform programming with millennial appeal. Based in Los Angeles, the company is a key supplier of live, formatted and interactive programing for HBO Max, Facebook Watch, YouTube Originals, SyFy and Netflix to name a few. B17 Entertainment's recent productions include "Graduation 2020" with Oprah Winfrey, "The Great Debate" with Baron Vaughn, "Thanks A Million" with Jennifer Lopez; "Post Malone's Celebrity Pong League", "Chasing the Cure" with Ann Curry, "Here For It with Avani Gregg" and "Craftopia" with LauraDIY. Other past credits include a trio of series for Disney including "Ultimate Sleepover" and "Ruby's Gems" featuring Ruby Rose Turner; "Confetti US" and "Confetti Mexico;" "Make Up or Break Up" and "Help Us Get Married!" for Facebook Watch; "Nail the Look;" "Fright Club;" "WWE Show" and "Fashion 5 Ways" for Snap; "Broke Ass Gameshow" for MTV; "Last Night's Late Night" and "The Daily Chill" for Quibi and "Fluffy's Food Adventures" featuring Gabriel Iglesias for FUSE.
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