GRB Studios Inks Sales for Untold Stories of the E.R. & More

GRB Studios has secured multiple deals for its top-performing factual-entertainment programs, with two new territories picking up the GRB-produced Untold Stories of the E.R., which is now in 127 countries.

A large volume deal for LatAm with Pluto TV includes the real-life medical drama series Untold Stories of the E.R.; nature programs Full Force NatureAnatomy of DisasterAnimals Are People TooExtreme Contact and Storm Warning; action programs Fugitivos de la LeyHigh Seas Rescue and Now See This; and Impact TV, a half-hour variety program featuring peculiar stories from around the world.

In Germany, ProSieben renewed three seasons of true-crime series Wicked Attraction and licensed the sixth season for the first time, while Discovery Germany acquired Untold Stories of the E.R., marking the first time the program is airing in the country.

AETN acquired season nine of the true-crime investigative series On the Case for the U.K., while OSN in the Middle East acquired six hours of Top Travel and MNET took three docuseries for Africa: For Peete’s SakeMind Your Business and The Book of John Grey.

Hud Woodle, executive VP of international sales and operations at GRB Studios, said: “GRB Studios has been answering the global call for premium factual content during these trying times of COVID-19. We are thrilled to partner with Pluto LatAm, offering over 225 hours of Spanish-language programming in a variety of genres. And our own GRB-produced series, Untold Stories of the E.R. just premiered in its 127th country. From GRB’s catalog of over 4,000 hours of audience-favorite programming, we offer something intriguing and entertaining for everyone, everywhere.”

https://worldscreen.com/tvreal/grb-studios-inks-sales-for-untold-stories-of-the-e-r-more/

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Discovery, Pluto TV pick up GRB factual

Discovery, German broadcaster ProSieben and ViacomCBS’s AVoD platform Pluto TV have all acquired a number of factual titles from US-based producer and distributor GRB Studios.

In Germany, ProSieben renewed three seasons of true romantic crime series Wicked Attraction and licensed season six, while Discovery Germany acquired Untold Stories of the ER, marking the first time the medical docudrama will air in the country.

A+E Networks UK has picked up season nine of true crime investigation series On the Case, while Middle Eastern channel OSN has bagged six hours of Top Travel, showcasing luxurious international travel.

African pay TV operator MNet has acquired three docuseries, For Peete’s Sake, Mind Your Business and The Book of John Grey.

Meanwhile, Pluto TV has taken more than 225 hours of Spanish-language content.

Its new shows include Full Force Nature, Anatomy of Disaster, Animals Are People Too, Extreme Contact and Storm Warning; action programmes Fugitivos de la Ley, High Seas Rescue and Now See This; Untold Stories of the ER; and half-hour variety show Impact TV, featuring peculiar stories from around the world.

 

https://www.c21media.net/discovery-pluto-tv-pick-up-grb-factual/

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GRB Studios takes premium factual entertainment to global audiences

The LATAM arm of the leading AVOD provider  has acquired a variety of Spanish-language shows. Nature programmes include; Full Force Nature; Anatomy of Disaster, Animals Are People Too,Extreme Contact, and Storm Warning. Action programs include: Fugitivos de la Ley; High Seas Rescue and Now See This; real medical drama series Untold Stories of the ER as well as Impact Tv a half hour variety program, featuring peculiar stories from around the world.

Deals were also recently completed in Germany, with ProSieben and Discovery, as well as with broadcaster OSN in the Middle East. ProSieben renewed three seasons of true romantic crime series, Wicked Attraction, and licensed S6 for the first time while Discovery Germany acquired Untold Stories of the E.R, marking the first time the program airs in the country. AETN UK took new titles while a deal was finalised with MNET in Africa. Two territories bought the GRB-produced, real-life medical drama series Untold Stories of the ER marking 127 countries that the hit programme has been broadcast in.

Commenting on the deals, Hud Woodle, executive vice president, international sales and operations of GRB Studios said that the company has been answering the global call for premium factual content during the trying times of Covid-19. “We are thrilled to partner with Pluto LATAM, offering over 225 hours of Spanish-language programming in a variety of genres,” he said.

“And our own GRB-produced series, Untold Stories of the ER just premiered in its 127th country. From GRB’s catalogue of over 4,000 hours of audience-favourite programming, we offer something intriguing and entertaining for everyone, everywhere.”

https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2020080458852/grb-studios-takes-premium-factual-entertainment-to-global-audiences.html#axzz6UBGimJrF

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GRB aims to offer audiences Fear & Hope

US reality and documentary producer and distributor GRB Studios is working on a series exploring pandemics and similar crises through the ages.

GRB’s CEO Gary R Benz told C21 the idea of the series is to examine how the world has dealt with these events in the past and the potential positives that have emerged from them.

Titled Fear & Hope, the show is in response to audiences’ need for optimism and a desire for positive, inspirational programming, according to Benz.

“There has been an uptick in people wanting positive types of programming and those that are inspiring. We’re developing one called Fear & Hope right now, which I’m working on with a well-known history professor,” Benz said.

“Looking through the ages, how did we deal with plagues and pandemics and things like that? And what did those things give birth to, such as after the Renaissance and after the Black Death? There actually can be some positive things that come out of these horrific situations.

“It’s interesting to see that there is a little bit of an evolution toward some more positive shows. So often in unscripted or reality it’s about high drama – people have teed up so many personalities and put them into a house to help those situations boil over and create great drama and television.

“I don’t think those are a thing of the past at all, but I think people are looking at how to do bigger, broader and more positive programming that can help people escape some of the horrific news they’re having to deal with on a daily basis.”

https://www.c21media.net/grb-aims-to-offer-audiences-fear-hope/

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Covid-19 diaries: Caroline Torrance, Guy Bisson and Gary R Benz

Banijay Rights head of scripted Caroline Torrance discusses how the distributor is fending off the pandemic with a slate of dramas from less-affected territories; Ampere Analysis research director Guy Bisson details the US$160bn hit the firm predicts to media and entertainment; and GRB Studios CEO Gary R Benz talks restarting production and an uptick in distribution renewals.

https://www.c21media.net/c21podcasts/covid-19-diaries-caroline-torrance-guy-bisson-and-gary-r-benz/

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GRB Studios announces the acquisition of two unscripted series

Content studio and global distribution company GRB Studios has acquired two captivating, original unscripted series for international distribution. The two shows, originally produced by general entertainment television network INSP, and distributed by Imagicomm Entertainment, are adventure seriesTurquoise Fever; and the lifestyle show featuring artisans from across the country, Handcrafted America. The announcement was made by Hud Woodle, Executive Vice President, International Distribution of GRB Studios.

 

Woodle stated: “GRB Studios is thrilled to add Turquoise Fever and Handcrafted America – two great family-friendly series — to our growing portfolio, which already holds over 4,000 hours of diverse programming.  Turquoise Fever follows a dynamic family through the trials and tribulations of turquoise mining while Handcrafted America sheds light on the talented work of craftsmen. Audiences around the world are sure to appreciate these fun and entertaining family-friendly shows.”

 

Jonathan Collins, VP of Digital Media Distribution for Imagicomm Entertainment, had this to say: “We are pleased that through GRB Studios, more viewers around the world will have the opportunity to enjoy these fan-favorite series. Turquoise Fever offers high-adrenaline excitement, and Handcrafted America is educational and informative, and shines a spotlight on some of the most talented artisans across the U.S. There is truly something for everyone in both of these series.”

About the shows:

Turquoise Fever:

  • 1 season: 7 ep x :60

Just north of Las Vegas a real fortune awaits. The unforgiving Great Basin Desert may not seem like an ideal place to strike it rich, but buried beneath the barren landscape is a treasure worth millions. The challenge is knowing how to find it. For three generations the Otteson family has been unearthing some of the most sought-after turquoise in the world. Turquoise Fever follows the clan as they battle inhospitable conditions and intense dangers from their base of operations in Tonopah, Nevada. From detonating explosives on treacherous slopes to the pressure of meeting the demands of international buyers, every day is a wild adventure and there is always a thin line between failure and success.

 Handcrafted America:

  • S1-13 ep x:30; 1 ep x :60 [year of production 2016]
  • S2-13 ep x :30 [year of production 2017]
  • S3-13 ep x :30; 2 ep x :60 [year of production 2018]

 

Host Jill Wagner (Wipeout, Teen Wolf) travels the country meeting talented artisans who create products the old-fashioned way —with their own two hands. In each episode, viewers go behind the scenes, getting to know gifted craftsmen who, with humor and candor, share their process. From leatherworkers to luthiers, bladesmiths to bootmakers, viewers connect with the artisans, learning about their lives, their heritage, and the motivation for their work.

 

 

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Check Out GRB Studios’ Latest Production – It’s A Dog’s Life

GRB Studios is excited to announce our latest series, It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer, streaming on Disney+ beginning May 15th! The iconic voice of Goofy and Pluto for more than 30 years, Disney Legend Bill Farmer steps out from behind the microphone to meet his own favorite characters — dogs! Join Bill as he crosses the country meeting dogs doing all kinds of incredible jobs that make our lives better. This series is produced by Dog Tale Productions and GRB Studios, and executive producers Bill Farmer, Jennifer Farmer, Steve Duval, Gary R. Benz and Phil Kruener.

It’s been a great pleasure working on this show and we hope you’ll check it out! It’s entertaining for kids and adults of all ages!

https://disneyplusoriginals.disney.com/show/its-a-dogs-life-with-bill-farmer

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GRB STUDIOS TO GLOBALLY DISTRIBUTE “HANDCRAFTED AMERICA” AND TURQUOISE FEVER”

Content studio and global distribution company, GRB Studios has acquired two original unscripted series for international distribution; adventure series “Turquoise Fever” and lifestyle show “Handcrafted America.” The two shows were originally produced by the general entertainment television network, INSP and distributed by Imagicomm Entertainment.

The announcement was made by Hud Woodle, Executive Vice President, International Distribution of GRB Studios. “GRB Studios is thrilled to add ‘Turquoise Fever’ and Handcrafted America, two great family-friendly series, to our growing portfolio, which already holds over 4,000 hours of diverse programming,”  Woodle said“Turquoise Fever’follows a dynamic family through the trials and tribulations of turquoise mining while Handcrafted America sheds light on the talented work of craftsmen. Audiences around the world are sure to appreciate these fun and entertaining family-friendly shows.”

“Turquoise Fever” consists of 7 60-minute episodes that take place just north of Las Vegas. For three generations, the Otteson family has been unearthing some of the most sought-after turquoises in the world. “Turquoise Fever” follows the group as they battle inhospitable conditions and intense dangers from their base of operations in Tonopah, Nevada. From detonating explosives on treacherous slopes to the pressure of meeting the demands of international buyers, the show captures wild adventure and a message that there is a thin line between failure and success.

Host Jill Wagner from “Wipeout” and “Teen Wolf”  travels the country meeting talented artisans who create products the old-fashioned way, with their own two hands. In each episode, viewers go behind the scenes, getting to know gifted craftsmen who humourously share their process. From leatherworkers to luthiers, bladesmiths to bootmakers. The show is intended for viewers to connect with the artisans, learning about their lives, their heritage, and the motivation for their work. “We are pleased that through GRB Studios, more viewers around the world will have the opportunity to enjoy these fan-favorite series.” Jonathan Collins, VP of Digital Media Distribution for Imagicomm Entertainment said. “‘Turquoise Fever’ offers high-adrenaline excitement, and ‘Handcrafted America’ is educational and informative, and shines a spotlight on some of the most talented artisans across the U.S. There is truly something for everyone in both of these series.”

 

GRB Studios is thrilled to add Turquoise Fever and Handcrafted America, two great family-friendly series, to our growing portfolio, which already holds over 4,000 hours of diverse programming. ‘Turquoise Fever’ follows a dynamic family through the trials and tribulations of turquoise mining while ‘Handcrafted America’ sheds light on the talented work of craftsmen. Audiences around the world are sure to appreciate these fun and entertaining family-friendly shows.”Hud WoodleExecutive Vice President, International Distribution of GRB Studios.

https://senalnews.com/en/content/grb-studios-to-globally-distribute-handcrafted-america-and-turquoise-fever

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GRB Studios catches Turquoise Fever

US-based producer and distributor GRB Studios has picked up adventure series Turquoise Fever and lifestyle show Handcrafted America from distributor Imagicomm Entertainment.

Turquoise Fever (7×60’) follows the Otteson family of Tonopah, Nevada, as they mine for turquoise in the unforgiving Great Basin Desert. They brave blistering heat, explosions and treacherous slopes in their quest to unearth the elusive blue stone.

Handcrafted America sees host Jill Wagner travel the US as she seeks out talented artisans who handmake products. In each episode, Wagner meets three gifted craftsmen and looks at how their products are created.

Three seasons of the show are available, totalling 39×30’, as well as 3×60’ specials.

Both series are produced and aired by US general entertainment cablenet INSP.

https://www.c21media.net/grb-studios-catches-turquoise-fever/

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GRB Studios lanza en Virtual Screenings dos series de INSP

GRB Studios, uno de los proveedores de contenido factual más importante del mundo, adquirió dos series originales no guionadas de INSP que comenzará a distribuir internacionalmente en Virtual Screenings.

Los dos programas, producidos originalmente por la cadena de televisión de entretenimiento general INSP, y distribuidos por Imagicomm Entertainment, son las series aventuras Turquoise Fever; y el programa de lifestyle con artesanos de todo el país, Handcrafted America.

Hud Woodle, EVP, Distribución Internacional de GRB Studios, comentó: ‘Son dos excelentes series para toda la familia, que se añaden a nuestro creciente catálogo que ya cuenta con más de 4,000 horas de programación. Turquoise Fever (7x’60) sigue a una familia dinámica a través de las pruebas y tribulaciones de la minería de turquesa, mientras que Handcrafted America arroja luz sobre el talentoso trabajo de los artesanos. El público de todo el mundo seguramente apreciará estos espectáculos divertidos y entretenidos para toda la familia’.

Jonathan Collins, VP de distribución de medios digitales de Imagicomm Entertainment, añadió: ‘Estamos encantados de que a través de GRB Studios espectadores de todo el mundo tengan la oportunidad de disfrutar de estas series favoritas de los fanáticos. Turquoise Fever ofrece emoción de alta adrenalina, y Handcrafted America es educativo e informativo, y destaca a algunos de los artesanos más talentosos de los Estados Unidos. Hay realmente algo para todos en ambas series’.

Justo al norte de Las Vegas, te espera una verdadera fortuna. El implacable Desierto de la Gran Cuenca puede no parecer un lugar ideal para hacerse rico, pero enterrado bajo el paisaje árido hay un tesoro que vale millones. El desafío es saber cómo encontrarlo. Durante tres generaciones, la familia Otteson ha descubierto algunos de los turquesas más buscados del mundo. La fiebre turquesa sigue al clan mientras luchan en condiciones inhóspitas y peligros intensos desde su base de operaciones en Tonopah, Nevada. Desde la explosión de explosivos en pendientes traicioneras hasta la presión de satisfacer las demandas de los compradores internacionales, cada día es una aventura salvaje y siempre hay una delgada línea entre el fracaso y el éxito.

Producidas entre 2016 y 2018, Handcrafted America está disponible en 3 temporadas de 13 episodios cada una y 3 episodios de una hora. La presentadora Jill Wagner (Wipeout, Teen Wolf) viaja por el país conociendo artesanos talentosos que crean productos a la antigua usanza, con sus propias manos. En cada episodio, los espectadores van detrás de escena y conocen a artesanos talentosos que, con humor y sinceridad, comparten su proceso. Desde trabajadores del cuero hasta luthiers, desde herreros hasta fabricantes de botas, los televidentes se conectan con los artesanos, aprenden sobre sus vidas, su herencia y la motivación para su trabajo.

https://www.prensario.net/28555-GRB-Studios-lanza-en-Virtual-Screenings-dos-series-de-INSP.note.aspx

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GRB Studios Adds to Slate

GRB Studios has acquired two new titles for its catalog, the reality adventure series Turquoise Fever and the lifestyle show Handcrafted America.

Turquoise Fever follows the Otteson family, who have been unearthing some of the most sought-after turquoise in the world, as they battle inhospitable conditions and intense dangers from their base of operations in Tonopah, Nevada. From detonating explosives on treacherous slopes to the pressure of meeting the demands of international buyers, every day is a wild adventure and there is always a thin line between failure and success.

Handcrafted America features host Jill Wagner (WipeoutTeen Wolf), who travels the country meeting talented artisans who create products the old-fashioned way—with their own two hands. In each episode, viewers go behind the scenes, getting to know gifted craftsmen who, with humor and candor, share their process.

The two shows were originally produced by the general entertainment television network INSP and distributed by Imagicomm Entertainment.

Hud Woodle, executive VP of international distribution of GRB Studios, said: “GRB Studios is thrilled to add Turquoise Fever and Handcrafted America—two great family-friendly series—to our growing portfolio, which already holds over 4,000 hours of diverse programming.  Turquoise Fever follows a dynamic family through the trials and tribulations of turquoise mining while Handcrafted America sheds light on the talented work of craftsmen. Audiences around the world are sure to appreciate these fun and entertaining family-friendly shows.”

Jonathan Collins, VP of digital media distribution for Imagicomm Entertainment, commented: “We are pleased that through GRB Studios, more viewers around the world will have the opportunity to enjoy these fan-favorite series. Turquoise Fever offers high-adrenaline excitement, and Handcrafted America is educational and informative, and shines a spotlight on some of the most talented artisans across the U.S. There is truly something for everyone in both of these series.”

https://worldscreen.com/tvreal/grb-studios-adds-to-slate/

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How’d They Do That?

The latest evolutions in the diverse pop-science genre, where everything from engineering shows to motoring series are in demand.

The simple flush of a toilet belies the almost unimaginable complexities of cities’ sewer systems. The beep of a microwave oven signals the end of a journey that required incredible innovations in food science. The click of a TV remote ignites a chain reaction so you can flip on your favorite shows.

Audiences are gripped by the narrative being woven on top of the visuals that make them feel privy to private worlds. “The high production value is attractive, but viewers stay for the storytelling,” says Hud Woodle, executive VP of international sales and operations at GRB Studios. “It always goes back to the storytelling.”

ENGINEERING DEMAND
The engineering and technology genres are seeing an upswing in nearly every market around the world. Orange Smarty, for one, has seen a great performance from Inside Jaguar: A Supercar is Reborn, an engineering documentary that follows a team of automotive artisans as they hand build the Jaguar XKSS from scratch. In the same vein is GRB’s Tech Toys 360, one of the company’s most popular pop-science programs. The series gives viewers “the story behind the coolest gear, from personal flying machines to supercars, and interviews with inventors and exclusive tours of the factories that produce these gadgets,” Woodle says.

GRB’s Man at Arms: Art of War explores engineering from a different angle. “This fun show highlights weapons from famous movies or TV shows, like Conan the Barbarian or Game of Thrones, and then talented artists re-create the weapons,” says Woodle.

PLEASED TO PRESENT
Producers always keep in mind their potential market when chewing over the perennial question of how to present a pop-science topic to audiences. Sometimes, series need to be anchored with a host and given a little bit of a human touch. But for distributors, it can be a tough sell if a series has a person fronting it because it narrows the potential market. Hosts mean personality, but locality as well. So how do you strike the right balance between the two? “There’s really no formula to it, it just depends on meeting the audience demands,” says GRB’s Woodle. “As many options as we can have with versioning a show, the better a show can perform.”

https://worldscreen.com/tvreal/howd-they-do-that/

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GRB to shop Comedy Dynamics content

US-based producer and distributor GRB Studios has partnered with Comedy Dynamics to distribute more than 500 hours of the indie prodco’s content.

Comedy Dynamics’ catalogue includes award-winning stand-up content from comedians including Kevin Hart, Jim Gaffigan, Tiffany Haddish, Craig Ferguson, Russell Peters and Sam Kinison.

The comedy prodco is also behind the reboot of Mad About You featuring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, Netflix show Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History and The CW’s Discontinued, which will now be distributed internationally by GRB alongside Comedy Dynamics’ other content.

Gary R Benz, CEO of GRB Studios, said: “With more than 500 hours of premium content, the Comedy Dynamics catalogue is the largest independent comedy library and GRB Studios is thrilled to be representing it.

“We expect our buyers around the globe to be just as excited as we are about this new offering that will thoroughly entertain their viewers – just at a time when the world really needs to laugh.”

 

https://www.c21media.net/grb-to-shop-comedy-dynamics-content/

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GRB Studios & Comedy Dynamics Enter Distribution Pact

GRB Studios has partnered with Comedy Dynamics to distribute over 500 hours of content featuring top-tier comedic talent.

Comedy Dynamics, a Nacelle company that was founded in 2008 by Brian Volk-Weiss, is behind the reboot of Mad About You, Netflix’s Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History and The Toys That Made Us, The CW’s Discontinued, Animal Planet’s Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson, Hulu’s Coming To The Stage and There’s… Johnny!, History’s Join or Die with Craig Ferguson, and MTV2’s Wild ’N On Tour and Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape.

Volk-Weiss said: “Our commitment to getting top-tier comedy content into the hands of everyone has taken a big step forward with this deal and we look forward to working with our great partner, GRB Studios.”

https://worldscreen.com/grb-studios-comedy-dynamics-enter-distribution-pact/

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GRB Studios and Comedy Dynamics get partnered to distribute over 500-hours of content

GRB Studios has announced that partner deal with Comedy Dynamics to distribute over 500 hours of content featuring top tier talent from Comedy Dynamics (a Nacelle Company) for international distribution.

The announcement was made it by Gary R. Benz, CEO of GRB Studios, meanwhile Senior Vice President of Development, Pamela Welch, and Anna Roberts of Comedy Dynamics helped broker the deal. GRB’s Executive Vice President of International Sales and Operations, Hud Woodle, will oversee global distribution.

Benz commented: ‘With over 500 hours of premium content, the Comedy Dynamics catalog is the largest independent comedy library and GRB Studios is thrilled to be representing it. We expect our buyers around the globe to be just as excited as we are about this new offering that will thoroughly entertain their viewers – just at a time when the world really needs to laugh!’.

Brian Volk-Weiss, founder of Comedy Dynamics, said, ‘Our commitment to getting top tier comedy content into the hands of everyone has taken a big step forward with this deal and we look forward to working with our great partner, GRB Studios’.

Founded in 2008 by Brian Volk-Weiss, Comedy Dynamics is one of the largest independent comedy production company responsible for the reboot of Mad About You featuring Paul Reiser and Helen HuntNetflix’s Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History and The Toys That Made Us; The CW’s Discontinued; Animal Planet’s Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson; Hulu’s Coming To The Stage and There’s… Johnny! (scripted comedy); History’s Join or Die with Craig FergusonMTV2’s Wild ’N On Tour; and Jim Gaffigan: Noble ApeComedy Dynamics works with a wide range of established and emerging comedic talent including Ali Wong, Jim GaffiganTiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, and Pete Davidson, among others. The company was nominated for an NAACP Spirit Award in 2019 for Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History. To date, their comedy albums have garnered four Grammy awards and seventeen Grammy nominations. They were the producer for all five nominees in the Comedy Album category for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, an unprecedented nomination sweep in this category.

https://www.prensario.net/28292-GRB-Studios-and-Comedy-Dynamics-get-partnered-to-distribute-over-500-hours-of-content.note.aspx

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