BEHIND THE SCENES

Here's How Comedy Series 'Like and Subscribe,' Starring Dillon Francis, Ended Up on Funny Or Die

By
Alex
|
November 13, 2018

"Only in Hollywood" is one of those cliches you don't fully understand until you're actually working in Hollywood and one of your projects gets "Only in Hollywood"-ed.

That's what happened to "Like and Subscribe," our new comedy series that's now streaming on Funny Or Die and Amazon Prime. The show is a satire about digital influencers and the Hollywood types who have helped them find internet fame. Dillon Francis stars as Skyy Goldwynne, a big Hollywood producer who gathers a motley crew of social stars to live in a house under the watchful eyes of cameras — the show's and their own.

Since the show is a behind-the-scenes look at one corner of the industry, we thought it only appropriate to let you in on the "Only in Hollywood" drama that surrounded the launch of the series.

"Like and Subscribe" was originally pitched and sold to go90, Verizon's OTT streaming service and mobile app. We thought it would be a great home for the show, and our go90 executives were great partners throughout the production process. They even gave our team the thumbs up when we dreamed up a viral stunt to help promote the show.

We commissioned an exclusive wall mural on L.A.'s Melrose Avenue… and then erected a tent around it, hired a security guard to stand out front, and put up a sign that read, "For verified influencers and people with over 20,000 followers only." A line quickly formed… and anyone who didn't meet the follower threshold were indeed turned away.

The stunt made headlines and everyone was thrilled. Then, less than 48 hours before our premiere at a cool Downtown L.A. venue and launch on go90... the entire service shut down. That was it. Go90 was dead. Long live go90!

And so the team went searching for a new home. And today we're thrilled to announce that "Like and Subscribe" has landed on Funny Or Die and Amazon Prime, and is available to stream now. We're really proud of the show and think you'll love it.

By the way, some credit where it's due: The show was created by Jack Wagner, who wrote it alongside Brandon Dermer, Parker Seaman, and Evan Scott. The DADS directed all seven episodes. Five All produced alongside TMWRK and Rotten Science, with Douglas Banker serving as Executive Producer with Francis, Wagner, Dermer, Kevin Kusatsu, Alysia Russo, and Ivana KIrkbride. Matthew Vaughan served as Co-Executive Producer.

Alongside Francis, the cast includes Courtney Pauroso, Jacob Womack, Madeline Whitby, Lou Wilson, Brandon Wardell, Jack Wagner, Bree Essrig, Cory Walls, and John Milhiser.

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