Megyn Kelly-Produced Campaign Series 'Embeds' Gets January Premiere on Verizon's Go90
Created by Snapchat head of news Peter Hamby and Sarah Palin biographer Scott Conroy, 'Embeds' follows five college grads reporting from the presidential campaign trail.
Verizon's go90 is getting political with the Jan. 18 premiere of Embeds, a scripted comedy series about the presidential campaign trail.
The half-hour show hails from Seriously.TV, a comedy platform joint venture of Verizon and Hearst under their Complex Networks banner, but it also has a creative team with some real campaign experience. The show was created by Scott Conroy, author of Sarah Palin biography Sarah From Alaska, and Snapchat head of news Pete Hamby. They met on the 2008 campaign trail covering Mitt Romney and Palin as embeds for different news outlets. Embeds is inspired by their experiences.
"While Embeds takes a tongue-in-cheek view of the trail, it's serious business ensuring that American citizens are informed and engaged in the political process," said Conroy. "The show turns a much needed spotlight on the crucial role that young, embedded reporters play on the campaign trail."
Added Hamby: "It's true that the trail is intense and the pressure to get a scoop is enormous, and so we have the utmost respect for our colleagues who jump into the fray every four years."
Go90, the ad-supported streaming video platform that Verizon launched last year, has ordered six episodes of Embeds, which features Max Ehrich, Kelsey Asbille, Taylor Zakhar, Andre Jamal Kinney and Chloe Brooks as recent college graduates covering a fictional presidential primary campaign. YouTube star Alexis G. Zall and Carrie-Lynn Neales also star.
"We love the direction Scott and Peter took with this series using their experience and well-informed wit," said go90's chief content officer, Ivana Kirkbride. "Complex Networks continues to deliver unique perspectives that we are quickly becoming known for and we feel the timing of Embeds on go90 couldn't be better."
Michael de Luca is executive producing via his De Luca Productions banner alongside Lucy Kitada, who oversaw production on set. Bryan Haas, who developed the idea with Conroy and Hamby, also executive produces and oversaw production. Other executive producers include Kevin Mann, Brendan Bragg and Jordana Mollick for Haven Entertainment, and Justin Killion and Cory Stern for Complex Networks' Seriously.TV. Danny Jelinek directed all six episodes. Todd Waldman serves as showrunner and executive producer.
Embeds will be available on go90's Seriously.TV channel, a comedy outlet that was reorganized under the Complex Networks banner in September.