Sony Music Entertainment and Above Average Announce Original Digital Video Development Deal

Apr 1, 2016

NEW YORK, April 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Entertainment and Above Average, the premier online comedy destination and production company, today announced that they have entered into a deal to develop a new slate of original digital video programming together.

Under the first of its kind agreement, Sony Music will work with Above Average to develop new comedy-themed properties around its artists.  The new development agreement further builds upon an existing relationship between Sony Music and Above Average. The two companies previously partnered on the development of "Thank You and Sorry," the Streamy Award-nominated original docu-series starring RCA Records recording artist Jack Antonoff

"We're excited to be working with the incredible team at Above Average to create a new slate of programming with Sony Music artists," said Lee Stimmel, Head of Original Content for Sony Music.  "Our work together on 'Thank You and Sorry' demonstrates the range of possibilities artists have to broaden their connection with their fans in fresh and unexpected ways."

"From our work on our webseries 'Sound Advice,' to our collaboration with Sony Music on 'Thank You And Sorry,' we've long wanted to expand the amount of content we develop involving musical artists. With this deal with Sony Music and their phenomenal roster of artists, we're excited to create the new leading intersection of music and comedy," said Jennifer Danielson, President of Above Average.

About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Bazmark Records, Beach Street Records, Black Butter Records, BPG Music, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Descendant Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Essential Worship, Flying Buddha, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, Freesolo Entertainment, Kemosabe Records, Latium Entertainment, Legacy Recordings, Louder Than Life, Masterworks, Masterworks Broadway, OKeh, Polo Ground Music, Portrait, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Relentless Records, Reunion Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. 

About Above Average
Above Average is the premier online destination for original comedic videos and written content featuring the industry's top creators, celebrities, and rising talent. As the company behind popular web series and videos including "7 Minutes in Heaven," "Alec Baldwin's Love Ride," "Hudson Valley Ballers," "Sound Advice" with Vanessa Bayer, and "Everyone's Upstairs Neighbors," Above Average has one mission: to make high-quality content that makes you laugh. Above Average is a proud member of Broadway Video.

SOURCE Sony Music Entertainment

For further information: Above Average, Carl Baker, carl@aboveaverage.com; Sony Music Entertainment, Brian Garrity, brian.garrity@sonymusic.com


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