The Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment division recently announced that it has launched the pilot for the reality series “Mutual Aid Brigade,” which is set to begin production in April.
Co-hosted by Debra Messing and author, speaker and activist Shelly Tygielski, the entertainment company points out that this series puts a new spin on the television genre of “uplifting reality”, allowing viewers not only to participate in charitable activities in each episode, but also access the encouraging results of their efforts and contributions.
Our goal is to bring real and lasting change to the lives of people who are hurting and in need. At the same time, demonstrating to our audience how any group of local community members/outsiders with a unifying purpose has the power to change lives if they just show up to each other.
The new reality show is based on the renowned daily work of the Pandemic of Love charity, an organization that has contributed over $100 million in direct donations.
The volunteer-run community of care offers assistance connecting people who need help with those who seek to be part of the solution and have the resources to transform lives.
The series is backed by executive producers Shelly Tygielski and Gillian Hormel, as well as Michael Winter for Chicken Soup for the Soul Studios, Laura deNey and Mustafa Bhagat for Flicker Filmworks, Mark Schulman and Molly Madden of 3 Arts Entertainment, Phase 2. Sandy Media’s Grushow, as well as Debra Messing and showrunner Dorothy Toran.
“Pandemic of Love has proven that many people with a little can create a huge impact. I’m thrilled that our show can bring the self-help model into the collective consciousness of our society. So many families in this country are struggling , and I hope the Mutual Aid Brigade will be able to remind people that an act of kindness, no matter how small, can have an impact and change lives. Ultimately, this is a show that will inspire viewers to roll up their sleeves and take action within their own communities,” said Tygielski, founder of Pandemic of Love.
It is one of the largest ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) companies in the United States, with 3 flagship streaming services: Redbox, Crackle and Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Its most recognized division, Redbox Free Live TV, is an ad-supported free streaming television service (FAST) with more than 150 channels, as well as a video-on-demand (TVOD) transaction service and network of approximately 34,000 kiosks. in the United States for DVD rental.
To provide original and exclusive content to its viewers, the company creates, acquires and distributes feature films and television series through its subsidiaries Screen Media and Chicken Soup for Soul TV Group.
“We are so honored that Shelly, Gillian and Debra have come to help us tell their stories. Each episode will embody the ethos and power of storytelling that has made Chicken Soup for the Soul such a beloved brand around the world,” said Michael Winter, senior vice president of production for Chicken Soup for the Soul Studios.