Thrillist Unveils First-Ever Content Slate

Publisher Greenlights Four New Shows

Re-Ups Hit Freshman Series “Really Dough?”
Company Release
December 10, 2018

NEW YORK, NY (December 10, 2018) – Thrillist, the most trusted resource in food, drink, travel and entertainment, unveiled today its first-ever content slate, which includes four new shows debuting this winter including Instachef, Gatekeepers, Somm To Go, and The List Show. Thrillist has also re-upped its hit show Really Dough? to return for a sophomore season. Recurring series Eat Seeker and Late Checkout will continue to air weekly and twice-weekly, respectively. 

“Thrillist continues to prioritize developing quality video programming so that we can offer our audience more touchpoints of what they’ve known to trust and expect from us in food, drink, travel and entertainment content,” said Thrillist President Ocean MacAdams. “Our new slate marks the next step in our brand’s evolution to becoming a truly multi-platform distributed media company. We couldn’t be more excited to bring fresh new talent and series -- as well as re-up one of our top performing series of 2018 -- to fans across platforms.”

Below are Thrillist’s first-ever slate show descriptions and where you can watch each series:

Instachef - Six mid-form episodes; premieres on 12/5/18
(IGTV, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter)
There’s a network of chefs in America who are delivering food to people strictly through Instagram. Folks cook food in their house, post what they’re making on Instagram, and sell it to customers who come by. And these people aren’t trend-seeking foodies taking vanity glamour shots on Instagram, but former line cooks, restaurant workers, and home chefs taking success into their own hands to make a better life for themselves and their family. This is a hustle that’s about making a delicious food product and finding hungry customers in a new innovative way. Their food reflects the culture and community that developed these driven self starters. Each episode is hosted by chef Cliff Skighwalker and features a celebrity guest, who include Big Sean, Machine Gun Kelly and Leslie Grace among others.

Gatekeepers - Eight mid-form episodes; premieres on 12/7/18
(YouTube, Facebook Watch, Prime Video, Twitter)
In every city there’s someone who’s connected, who knows where to go on a slow Monday night and can get a table anywhere they want on a Friday. In every city there’s a Gatekeeper - they’re a real local who can take you to the places you can’t find on the internet, and know the city’s food scene better than anyone else. In this new Thrillist travel show, we’re sending our host Justin Lizama across the U.S. to meet up with these Gatekeepers and experience first hand everything you should make sure to do/eat/drink, one city at a time. 

Somm To Go - Eight mid-form episodes; premieres Q1 of 2019
(YouTube, Facebook Watch, Prime Video, Twitter)
Everyone wants to get into wine, but a lot of the time you just don't know what to pair it with. The first step to drinking wine on the regular is to stop thinking about it as just something to fancy up some elaborate meal. In this new show, entertainer and fast food aficionado, Daym Drops, is challenging our sommelier and champagne expert, Ariel Arce, to pair the perfect wine to the fast food of his choosing.

The List Show (working title) - 21 short-form episodes; premieres Q1 of 2019 
(YouTube, Facebook Watch, Twitter)
Comedian Mekki Leeper just appeared as a New Face at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and was named one of Vulture’s “comics to watch” for 2018 — and now he's bringing his sardonic sense of humor and unique visual style to Thrillist. Each episode of The List Show (working title) reinterprets an existing Thrillist editorial list in a hilarious and inventive new animated format. Mekki will rank everything from urban legends to pop tarts to frozen pizza — and everything in between. 

Really Dough?, Season 2 - eight episodes, premieres 2019
(Prime Video, IGTV, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter)
Really Dough? debuted in summer 2018 with renowned pizza enthusiast Scott Wiener challenging the idea that pizza can be anything. Wiener traveled throughout the New York City area spotlighting crazy frankenstein pizzas and making a case for whether these new customizations can, in fact, still be considered a pizza. Wiener was joined by pizza purist Mark Iacono, the man behind Brooklyn’s famous Lucali, who declared each slice, “PIZZA!” or asked with disbelief, “Really, dough???”
Season 1’s six episodes, featuring everything from crazy gold-dusted pies to ramen pizza, were devoured by Thrillist’s YouTube and Prime Video audiences. Really Dough? was the first Thrillist series to debut on Prime Video, through the Prime Video Direct self-publishing service and thanks to its success, received placement on the celebrity and lifestyle carousel. 
Hot off this success, Scott and Mark are returning for a second season -- expanding their search for crazy pizza in and around the NYC metro area. Scott will travel throughout the East Coast, finding the weirdest, most creative, and, of course, delicious pizzas. After trying each pie with its creator, he’ll travel back to Mark for the judgement: is the pizza really a pizza? 


Eat Seeker - one episode per week
(YouTube, Facebook Watch, Prime Video, Twitter)
A series that gets to the meat of a restaurant’s story with each episode focusing on a single chef/owner. Through a behind-the-counter look at the cooking process and an interview about ingredients, community, and a few star menu items, Thrillist presents the innovative restaurants across the country that you need to know. 
Fans across YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have tuned-in weekly to help Eat Seeker reach more than 35M video views (and counting).

Late Checkout - two episodes per week
(Facebook Watch, Instagram, Twitter)
In this Thrillist series, we are showing our audience some of the most amazing, mind blowing homes all over the world that they can rent and stay in for a weekend. From castles to treehouses, these homes are so cool they’ll have our audience requesting a… Late Check Out. 
To date, Late Checkout has amassed nearly 100M video views and averages nearly 7M video views per episode.  

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