A localized Caribbean version of the hottest interview series on the web, with over 1 billion views, will be produced by TEMPO Networks in the Caribbean, featuring top A-List Caribbean talent & celebrities.
TEMPO Networks, the Caribbean’s leading television network and lifestyle media brand and Complex Networks, a global lifestyle brand and entertainment company, and one of the most influential voices in popular culture today announced its partnership to launch ‘Hot Ones: Caribbean’.
TEMPO Networks and Complex Networks are partnering to bring the heat of the Caribbean to “Hot Ones”, the hit celebrity interview show with hot questions and even hotter wings. Similar to the original series, “Hot Ones: Caribbean” will feature and challenge A-list Caribbean celebrities each episode to eat increasingly hot wings, as well as other local cuisine, while answering burning questions about their lives and careers.
The Caribbean is a natural place for the expansion of “Hot Ones”, as the Caribbean is famous world-wide for its super spicy and tasty cuisine and more importantly some of the hottest peppers on the planet, including the Moruga Scorpion Pepper and the Scorpion “Butch T” pepper, both originating in Trinidad & Tobago. “Since its inception in 2005, TEMPO has been on the cutting edge of Caribbean entertainment and the region’s go-to platform for what’s hot, so it is natural that TEMPO joins with Complex Networks to bring Hot Ones to the Caribbean,” said Frederick A. Morton, Jr., Founder, Chairman & CEO, TEMPO Networks. “This year, TEMPO turned 15 and we are thrilled to celebrate this milestone, partnering with global brand leader, Complex Networks, to localize and launch its hit series, providing world-wide exposure to the region’s talent, travel and tourism and cuisine markets.” While featuring A-list Caribbean talent and celebrities world-wide, the show will be fittingly produced in Trinidad & Tobago, the home of the scorpion Pepper.
Rooted in contemporary pop culture with a library of over 200 episodes in its 14 season, a passionate fan base of over 9 million regular viewers, a successful line of its own hot sauces, and accolades from top-tier personalities around the globe, “Hot Ones” is the hottest interview show on the web — featuring A-list celebrities, such as Kevin Hart, Kevin Durant, DJ Khaled, Gabrielle Union, Action Bronson, Rachael Ray, Bryan Cranston, Russell Brand, Keke Palmer, Seth Rogen, and Trevor Noah.
“‘Hot Ones’ is one of the most internationally recognizable interview series today and we are so excited to continue to transcend boarders and bring a local version to the Caribbean with the team at TEMPO,” said Nick Wang, SVP, Head of Distribution at Complex Networks.
FilmTT, the Trinidad & Tobago state agency established in 2006 to facilitate the growth and development of the film and audio-visual sector in Trinidad & Tobago, will be providing critical support to TEMPO to facilitate the local production needs. “We are happy and honored to welcome ‘Hot Ones: Caribbean’ to our shores and look forward to working with the team to showcase our world-renowned peppers and by extension country to the world through this great initiative with TEMPO Networks and US based Complex Networks,” said Leslie-Ann Wills-Caton – General Manger, FilmTT
The show is scheduled to begin production in March 2021 and launched in April/May, 2021. The Host and inaugural talent line-up, along with other partners and sponsors, will be announced in subsequent releases.
About Tempo Networks:
Founded in 2005, TEMPO Networks is the Caribbean’s leading television, media & entertainment lifestyle brand capturing Caribbean life & culture worldwide. With its flagship 24/7 linear TV station broadcasting throughout the Caribbean and the USA on cable to over 4M viewers, TEMPO produces popular Caribbean life-style content, featuring travel, tourism, music, cuisine, pop-culture and diaspora life. TEMPO is presently developing its streaming platform, currently available on Apple, Android, Amazon Fire, etc., with an exciting and ground-breaking slate of original and exclusively curated programming and content for the very significant and varied worldwide demographic who love and enjoy all things Caribbean.
About First We Feast:
Founded in 2012, First We Feast views food as an illuminating lens into pop culture, music, travel and more through its innovative slate of food-driven video franchises. Part of Complex Networks, First We Feast’s YouTube channel is home to flagship series—Hot Ones, The Burger Show, Feast Mansion, Tacos Con Todo, Gochi Gang, and Coneheads—with a community of 9.8 million highly-engaged subscribers and over 1.8 billion views to date. Through the success of Hot Ones, the brand has created an eight-figure commerce business featuring hot sauces sold on Heatonist and Amazon, Truth or Dab The Game, a footwear and apparel collection with Reebok, a TV show on truTV, “Hot Ones: The Game Show,” and much more First We Feast won Best Overall YouTube Presence in the 2020 Shorty Awards, and “Food Skills: Mozzarella Kings of New York” won the 2019 James Beard Award for Online Video, on Location. “Hot Ones” won the 2018 Shorty Award for Best Web Series, the 2020 and 2019 Webby Award for Food & Drink, and host Sean Evans won the 2018 and 2019 Webby Award for Best Web Personality/Host. First We Feast received the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Food Blog.
About Complex Networks:
Complex Networks champions the people, brands and new trends you need to know now, will obsess over next, and we build consumer universes around them. We’re what a modern entertainment company looks like and what others have followed since 2002. From pop culture and style (Complex), food entertainment (First We Feast), music discovery (Pigeons and Planes), sneaker news (Sole Collector) to our festival of cultural convergence (ComplexCon) — if you want to be part of what’s next and build valuable relationships with the audiences who live in it, come to Complex Networks.
About Trinidad & Tobago Film Company Limited (FilmTT):
The Trinidad & Tobago Film Company Limited is a national agency established in 2006 to facilitate the development of the film industry in Trinidad and Tobago. As a subsidiary of the Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT), FilmTT provides logistical support and film commission services such as location scouting and research and acts as a liaison with industry partners, the community, production houses and Government agencies. For more information, please visit www.filmtt.co.tt