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The Voice and Phillips Hue team up to control your lighting

The Voice and Phillips Hue team up to control your lighting
“The Voice of Germany” teamed up with Philips Hue in order to enhance the viewers’ watching experience by turning their homes into a dynamic light show consistent with the stage show

In this year’s season of “The Voice of Germany” on ProSieben and Sat.1, which premiered on October 20th, Philips is one of the major sponsors. They provided their Philips Hue lightbulb technology to enhance the watching experience for viewers. The newly updated “The Voice of Germany” app now has an integrated feature that allows the lighting of the bulbs to change color in accordance to the events on the show. […]

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The Walking Dead – The live game on Facebook

The Walking Dead - The live game on Facebook
For the new season of “The Walking Dead” FOX and RTL II (pay TV channel FOX premiered season 7 on October 24; RTL II starts airing the sixth season on November 5, 2016), the channels teamed up for the first ever interactive live game on Facebook. On November 2nd and 4th, fans of the series are called upon to visit the channel’s Facebook pages to witness two YouTube stars being attacked by zombies. By using the Facebook reaction buttons, viewers could influence the happenings in real time and help the YouTubers escape. In addition, they had the chance to win 5,000€. […]

funk by ARD and ZDF – Funking things up

funk by ARD and ZDF - Funking things up
Two years in the making, the web TV service and digital content network funk by German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF finally launched on October 1. The project’s working title had simply been ‘Junges Angebot’ (Young Offer) until only a couple of days before the launch.

Aimed at 14- to 29-year-olds, the digital-only network steps away from traditional TV towards online and social media platforms. Two of the pubcasters’ digital TV channels – EinsPlus and ZDFkultur – were shut down on September 30 to make way for funk, whose creators insisted from the very beginning that their youth ‘channel’ will in fact have nothing to do with linear TV. funk is more of a multiplatform network than a TV channel. […]

Un Tour Vers le Futur – A tour to the future with CANAL+

Un Tour Vers le Futur - A tour to the future with CANAL+
From October 8th through October 11th, France’s Canal+ “teleported” its viewers to the year 2050 by launching ‘Un Tour Vers le Futur’ (A Tour to the Future), a four-day themed programming event highlighting futuristic movies, series, and specially created original productions and interactive features depicting what the future might look like. Brands such as Seat and food-delivery service Deliveroo also hopped on board and helped shape the experiences. […]

Humans: Channel 4 launches elaborate multi-platform campaign

Humans: Channel 4 launches elaborate multi-platform campaign for season twoChannel 4 promotes ‘Humans’ with elaborate multi-platform marketing stunt.

To get fans excited for the October season two premiere of the science fiction drama “Humans”, Channel 4 launched an elaborate marketing campaign that issued a product safety recall for malfunctioning ‘Synths’, the series’ life-like humanoids. The promotional campaign was run both offline and online and refers to a plot line of season one, in which several Synths revolt against their human owners. […]

Stranger Things, Dexter & #VMASongOfSummer: Today’s best digital activations

Stranger Things, Dexter & #VMASongOfSummer: Today’s best digital activations
Who’s pushing the boat out in terms of innovative digital activations? Find out in our latest round-up

Stranger Things: Stranger GIF (Netflix, International)

“Stranger Things”, Netflix’s new supernatural horror series about a boy who mysteriously disappeared, was released on July 15, 2016. In the series, the mother of the boy paints a type of ‘speak and spell’ or Ouija board on her living-room wall and uses christmas lights to communicate with her missing son. Netflix picked up this element and launched a GIF-creation tool that allows fans to send encrypted messages, ‘Stranger GIFs’, to their friends. […]

Narcos: Live hunt for Pablo Escobar on Twitch and Facebook by Netflix

Narcos: Live hunt for Pablo Escobar on Twitch and Facebook by Netflix
The second season of the critically acclaimed series “Narcos” was released on September 2nd, 2016, and revolves around the legendary hunt for the Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Netflix Germany invited four popular gamers to hunt down “Narcos'” Escobar themselves by competing in a number of challenges, both physically and mentally challenging. The whole event was titled ‘Jagd auf Escobar’ (Hunt for Escobar) and was streamed live on Twitch and Facebook at 6pm on September 25th, 2016. […]

Empire: Fox launches digital aftershow with Lincoln Motor on Facebook

Empire: Fox launches digital aftershow with Lincoln Motor on Facebook
For the third season of its musical drama Empire, which premiered on September 21st, Fox introduced The Lincoln Empire After-Show.

Every week after a new episode airs, fans will be encouraged to head to Facebook Live for the new official after-show, which is hosted by Comedian Amanda Seales and sponsored by the Lincoln Motor Company (hence the name of the show). Lincoln has been the official sponsor of the hit series since its second season. […]

VAST MEDIA’s Virtual Reality Round-Up – compiled by MESA

Here’s a run-down of recent virtual reality-related entertainment items via Berlin-based research and consulting company VAST MEDIA. For the Sept. 18 broadcast of the 68th Emmy Awards, Facebook worked with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to host a 360-degree video of Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue, featured across several Facebook pages. Viewable on desktops, smartphones and the Samsung Gear VR headset, the goal was to reach those not watching the awards broadcast. […]

Cocaine Campaigns and more – How Netflix (re)introduced Narcos

On September 2nd, Netflix releases the second season of “Narcos”. Based on real-life events, the drama follows the rise and reign of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the Medellín drug cartel. To shorten fans’ waiting time for season 2, Netflix recently launched the Tumblr-based site ‘Narcopedia’, an interactive experience that takes viewers through the history of cocaine and provides in-depth information on the war on drugs. The whole experience draws parallels between the actual events and how they are portrayed in the series.

Narcopedia: A website takes viewers through the history of cocaine and the war on drugs portrayed in the series
A website takes viewers through the history of cocaine and the war on drugs portrayed in the series

With this comprehensive digital encyclopedia, which basically recaps the first season (it does not include the events depicted in season 2 yet), Netflix continues its overarching strategy to build awareness for “Narcos” by bringing the historical, true side of the show to life in the digital space. […]