Freeloader Friday: Phoria, Weekend Nachos & More

phoriaIf you’re expecting me to pull an April Fools’ Day prank on you today, rest assured — Freeloader Friday will be the much-needed stability in your life today, the unwavering friend that avoids the inevitable hoax. You can thank me later. On that note, let’s dive into this week’s new releases.

Coming in from the same city that has brought you The Kooks, Brighton-breed Phoria released “Evolve,” the new single from their upcoming album Volition. The British quintet describes itself as a “self-created sonic laboratory” where shapes, sounds, colors, and emotions mingle to create beautiful things. “Evolve” doesn’t diverge from this artistic path. The band is not afraid to play heavy on the layers, combining a fast-paced beat of claps and thumps, Trewin Howard’s ethereal and breathy voice, high-pitched synths and crisp guitars. It’s a proposition that pays off, giving the band a distinctive sound.


The Best, The Weird, The Most Unforgettable of SXSW 2016

2016-03-16-6531156746299620Earlier this month, The Orchard made the annual trip down to Austin, Texas for SXSW 2016. From live shows to educational panels and our Texas Two-Step happy hours, the trip was one for the books. Our Orchardites hit the ground running, and per our annual tradition, here are some our most memorable experiences this year.

SXSW 2017 can’t come soon enough.


Welcome, Jessica!

JessicaPayneIntroducing Jessica Payne, Senior Director, Digital Operations

Hi all, I’m Jessica Payne and I’ve joined the Digital Ops team as Senior Director, Digital Operations. Joining The Orchard saved me from zombies! I was previously at AMC Networks (AMC, BBC America, IFCtv, SundanceTV and WEtv) overseeing distribution of The Walking Dead and other programming to a variety of partners. I’m excited to take on music distribution as I’ve always been more of a music listener than a TV watcher (shhhh, don’t tell my former colleagues).


Catch a Laugh or Two with Indie TV Comedy “The Jamz” This April

The-Jamz-The-Orchard-NYTVF-New-York-Television-FestivalThe Orchard’s first New York TV Festival independent series The Jamz is finally ready for release and we promise not to keep you waiting much longer. The workplace comedy is set for an April 12 iTunes exclusive release date and will be available on additional digital platforms April 30.

The Jamz follows the crew of a fictitious Chicago radio station undergoing some major overhauls, as the host of the station’s morning show steps down. The show’s writers and creators Jim Kozyra and Chris Petlak play two overwhelmed and underprepared radio hosts faced with a shot at the top slot.


Lights, Camera, Action with YouTube Red Originals

yt red originalWhy limit yourself to just “Netflix and chill” when you can also chill with YouTube Red Originals, YouTube’s very own set of original movies and series, courtesy of their buzzed-about subscription service, YouTube Red.

On February 10th, the video platform premiered its first four original projects, all of which are diverse concepts featuring popular YouTube stars such as PewDiePie and Meg DeAngelis. The current originals consist of a sci-fi action comedy movie (Lazer Team), a documentary following the lows and highs of a YouTube star’s world tour (A Trip to Unicorn Island), a coming-of-age movie revolving around a dance camp (Dance Camp), and a reality series which takes scary video game scenarios and puts them in real-life situations (Scare PewDiePie). With more original programming being filmed as we speak, these projects are just the beginning of the YouTube Red Originals launch, which is exclusive to YouTube Red.