The search for America's 'Next Great Family Band' begins this month on a new reality television show.
The series, 'Next Great Family Band', is a 30-minute weekly show produced by Meredith Video Studios. The show will premiere February 17 on COZI TV, a network developed by NBCUniversal. The new series features 15 family bands from across the country, each hoping to follow the footsteps of The Jackson 5, The Jonas Brothers, Hanson and iconic family band, The Osmonds.
"It is the family dynamic that makes 'Next Great Family Band' very unique," said Seth Feldman, the show's creator and producer from Meredith Video Studios. "In addition to seeing these bands rock out on stage, fans will get to know band members during family meals, homework sessions and carpool time."
Three music industry experts will critique and mentor the bands. The panel of experts includes Kimberley Locke, whose success on American Idol led her to a series of number one hits; industry vet and country music's most anticipated artist on the scene today, Phoenix Stone, who has had joint ventures labels with EMI and Columbia Records in addition to working with and producing some of the biggest names in music from The Backstreet Boys to Art Garfunkel; and drummer Samantha Maloney, who has played for bands such as Motley Cr�e and Hole.
Judges (L-R) Samantha Maloney, Phoenix Stone, Kimberley Locke and host JD Roberto
Kimberley Locke states, "Next Great Family Band is truly a family show that is offering a fresh take on the unscripted reality singing competition that has evolved over the past 10 years. Who doesn't love a family band? The family bands that you are going to meet will not only inspire you with their music but with their family stories."
Social media will play an impactful role in the show as viewers are encouraged to comment on their favorite bands on Facebook, Twitter and the show's website. Based off of viewer's comments, the industry experts will each choose a band to mentor the second half of the season. The three final bands will perform in a grand finale at the end of the season.
"We are excited to add 'Next Great Family Band' to the COZI TV lineup," said Meredith McGinn, Vice President of Multi-Station Local Programming for NBC owned television stations. "It is the perfect complement to our iconic TV series and hit movies. It's also the ultimate show for the entire family to sit-down and watch together."
'Next Great Family Band' is Meredith Video Studios' first foray into music-television. They have had tremendous success with The Better Show, a daily nationally syndicated television show and both scripted and un-scripted Branded Entertainment series.
"We're very excited to be partnering with NBC and COZI TV," said Kieran Clarke, Executive President and General Manager of Meredith Video Studios. "Great music, talent and family story-telling will undoubtedly connect with viewers across the country."
Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; www.meredith.com) is one of the nation's leading media and marketing companies. Meredith features multiple well-known national brands - including Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Allrecipes.com and EveryDay with Rachael Ray - and local television brands in fast-growing markets.
Don't get COZI TV through your cable television provider? Watch for episodes to be posted at www.NextGreatFamilyBand.com - Do you know a great family band? Stay tuned for audition information for our second season!
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