MTV's CATFISH: TROLLS to Premiere Today
MTV's "Catfish: Trolls" will premiere on Wednesday, July 18th at 10PM ET/PT. The three-week event will explore one of the most pervasive and consistent issues online: internet trolling. Using the "Catfish" brand of investigating the truth, host and executive producer Charlamagne Tha God, and his co-host, social media entrepreneur Raymond Braun, will confront the issue head-on and bring subjects face-to-face with their aggressors for the first time.
"Catfish: Trolls" comes at a time when online trolling is on the RISE and continues to be an issue confronting young people. Trolls dominate social feeds and drum up viral storms. Throughout the episodes, viewers will meet Cameron, who's long awaited confrontation with his aggressor becomes explosive; Ciera, who's life completely changed when someone stole her selfies and created an offensive meme that went viral; and Meike, who has been trolled by someone for six years. Tempers will flare as Charlamagne and Raymond bring these subjects together to provide an open forum and help them find closure.
"Catfish: Trolls" is executive produced by Tom Forman, David Metzler and Kendra Macleod for Critical Content; Andrew Jarecki, Marc Smerling, Ariel Schulman, and Henry Joost for Catfish Picture Company; and Nev Schulman, Max Joseph, Brandon Gross and Lenard "CThaGod" Mckelvey. Tiffany Williams and Benjamin Hurvitz are executive producers for MTV.
ABOUT CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD
Charlamagne Tha God is best known for being co-host of the nationally Syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program "The Breakfast Club." He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World; and co-host of the popular podcast "Brilliant Idiots." Born and raised in Moncks Corner in South Carolina, Charlamagne quickly rose to become one of today's most unique and compelling media personalities. His point of view and provocative celebrity interviews help drive the daily national conversation about issues related to hip-hop, race, society, and politics. He is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It and Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me (release date: Oct. 2018). He looks forward to hosting his new conversation series "The Gray Area" this fall on HBO.
ABOUT RAYMOND BRAUN
After graduating with a M.A. in Media Studies from Stanford University, Raymond Braun worked at Google for several years, where he spearheaded their award-winning LGBTQ marketing and partnerships strategy, and led social media campaigns and programs for YouTube. Recognized for reinventing YouTube's social strategy with bold, creative, and experimental ideas, Braun spearheaded more than four #1 organic trending topics globally and grew Youtube to become the most followed brand on social media. Raymond left Google in 2015 to start his own company, which provides social media strategy consulting for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, leading nonprofits, and advocacy organizations. Raymond has been recognized as the Financial Times #1 young global LGBT leader, a Forbes 30 Under 30 "All Star," and one of THE 100 most influential LGBT people in the world by OUT magazine. Based on his experience and thought leadership, he was one of a small group of social entrepreneurs invited by President Barack Obama to participate in the White House's inaugural "Digital Innovators Summit" to discuss how to LEVERAGE social media to encourage young people to engage in advocacy and politics.
ABOUT CRITICAL CONTENT
Critical Content is a leading global independent content studio. Launched in October of 2015, the company focuses on unscripted and scripted programming for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Critical Content currently has more than 60 projects in production for more than 30 different networks. Recent series include "Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?" (FOX), "The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey" (CBS, Netflix), HOME FREE (FOX), "Catfish" (MTV), "StartUp" (Crackle, Amazon), "Limitless" (CBS), "The Woodsmen" (History), "Pretty.Strong." (Oxygen), "Boonies" (Nat Geo), "The Great Food Truck Race" (Food Network), "Young and Hungry" (Freeform), "Tia Mowry at Home" (Cooking Channel) and "Car Matchmaker" (Esquire).
MTV is the leading youth media brand inspired by music, in nearly 180 countries and 450 million homes around the world, connecting with over 350 million fans across all social media platforms. A unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), MTV operations span cable and mobile networks, live events, and the new MTV Studios unit which produces original and reimagined content for SVOD and linear networks based on MTV's library of over 200+ youth titles and franchises.