Music, comedy and travel series premieres today on The STATION by MAKER Block on Sling TV
(San Francisco, California) – The Gregory Brothers, YouTube’s favorite musical comedy group best known for their hugely popular “Songify the News” series, are taking fans on a musical journey around the globe in their all-new series Song Voyage. Created by award-winning digital content studio Portal A, in collaboration with The Gregory Brothers and distributed by Maker Studios, the series is a subversive comedy following the Brooklyn-based family band as they travel to far-off locales to collaborate with offbeat musicians at every stop.
Today, all six episodes of the series premiered exclusively on The STATION by MAKER block on Sling TV, allowing fans to watch the entire journey at once. Beginning Wednesday, December 14, new episodes will become available every other week on both The Gregory Brothers YouTube and Facebook channels and The STATION by MAKER YouTube and Facebook channels.
“From branded content to original shows, we pride ourselves in creating premium content for the digital age,” said Nate Houghteling, co-founder and executive producer at Portal A. “Song Voyage is the type of show that could only have been conceived online. It blurs the line between travel, comedy, and music in a way that makes it truly one-of-a-kind.”
Each episode of Song Voyage follows The Gregory Brothers to a new country – from Australia to Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam – the band learns about the culture by collaborating with local musicians who know it best. From training in the art of Mongolian throat singing, to undergoing a K-Pop makeover in South Korea, the band throws themselves headfirst into their new surroundings, facing unexpected obstacles and hilarious culture clash at every turn. At the end of every episode, the band debuts the fruit of their collaboration – a never-before-seen music video set to an original track. Additionally, original songs from the series will be also available for download on iTunes. Andrew added, “In Song Voyage, we were able to travel outside of our comfort zone, literally, which is America. By collaborating with six amazing musicians in six different countries, we were able to come up with some songs about things that have probably never had songs written about them, like ninjas turning into chickens.”
Song Voyage is the latest step in Portal A’s emergence as an original content studio that creates shows for a new generation of viewers. Its first success came with White Collar Brawler, an original show around amateur boxing that debuted on the web before making the leap to Esquire’s TV channel, and running on television for multiple seasons. The company is currently in development on over a dozen projects with a range of premium distributors.
“Last month we re-launched our comedy brand The STATION by MAKER, which has a channel on Sling TV and multiple social channels, and Song Voyage is a great addition to the brand’s offering,” said Kendra Johnson, head of distribution and strategic partnerships at Maker Studios. “We’ve had a long relationship with The Gregory Brothers, and love that we continue to work with them and Portal A on cool new projects.”
About Portal A
Portal A is an award-winning content studio that creates brand and original video entertainment built for the digital age. Independently owned and operated with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Portal A partners with top global brands such as YouTube, Lenovo, Twitter, Google, Universal Pictures, Macy’s, and NBCUniversal and develops original, owned IP for distribution on digital and TV platforms. Portal A’s work has been seen close to one billion times and has been recognized by nearly every major industry award. Learn more at www.portal-a.com.
About Maker Studios
Maker Studios is a global digital media brand and the original creator network. Founded in 2009 as a collaborative content engine, Maker Studios continues to innovate with global creators by producing award-winning, original series on the gaming entertainment channel POLARIS by MAKER and comedy channel The STATION by MAKER. Maker Studios is also home to PewDiePie’s REVELMODE, a media brand focused on original content, charity and games. Beyond social platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, original series and creator content can be viewed across more than 20 distribution platforms worldwide including ABCd on the ABC app, CanalPlay, Comcast’s Watchable, Fullscreen, Globe Telecom, Netflix, 9Now, Spotify, TalkTalk, TVB, go90, YouTube Red, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and more, as well as linear television including Disney Channel, HISTORY and truTV. Maker Studios is rooted in creator relationships and offers original programming, distribution, enterprise, and brand partnership opportunities to its global network – pairing advertisers looking to reach millennial audiences with the world’s biggest digital names across multiple genres. Maker Studios, a division of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, is headquartered in Culver City, California, with operations in 12 markets across the globe under The Walt Disney Company umbrella. For more information visit www.makerstudios.com.