TV4 Entertainment and Glory & Thieves Launch “Riffing With” Original Music Interview Series

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Guests include Annie Lennox, Travis Barker, Perry Farrell, Wayne Coyne, John Lydon, Brian Wilson, Incubus and more

TV4 Entertainment’s Television Four Studios and Glory & Thieves announce a co-production of their original interview series “Riffing With”, which launches today on TV4 Entertainment’s Music On Demand Television network.

Hosted by respected music journalist Steve Baltin, who has written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, MOJO, the LA Times, and countless other magazines and newspapers, “Riffing With” is an unscripted and uncensored, fly-on-the-wall conversation with influential and inspirational, multi-platinum artists, that feature timeless stories straight from the mouths of music’s legends.

“After years interviewing everyone from Bono and Eddie Van Halen to Skrillex and Katy Perry for both major publications and on my iHeartRadio and DASH Radio show, ‘Riffing With’ is the next natural step,” Baltin says.

The first four episodes of Season One are available today on Hulu and include superstar singer Annie Lennox, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, and ex-Sex Pistol and PiL leader John Lydon, with Blink-182’s Travis Barker, Brian Wilson, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian, Incubus, and others to follow.

Among the show's highlights:
Annie Lennox talks about how she continues to reinvent herself at 60 and how she get inspired by working with up-and-coming artists; Travis Barker discusses his new autobiography, Musink, and the plane crash that almost took his life; Perry Farrell talks about growing up in Los Angeles, a fascinating tale of art, music and curiosity; Wayne Coyne reveals how he went from working in a fast food restaurant to being in a band whose live performances feature dancing rabbits and confetti cannons; and John Lydon discusses his childhood ailments, the changes in the music business, and his regrets about bringing Sid Vicious into the Sex Pistols.

When asked why he was interested in being on the show, Perry Farrell said, “(I) always like to talk to Steve because he is a straight shooter who really knows his stuff.” System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian said “Steve is a master musical conversationalist who helps artists bring forth great ideas with the comfort of talking with a buddy.”

“Steve is simply one of the best journalists in the music business, and his access to the world’s most significant musicians is unmatched,” said Jon Cody, Founder and CEO of TV4 Entertainment. “Providing our audience with this level of access to the world’s most interesting characters is Television Four Studios’ mandate, and makes ‘Riffing With’ a perfect addition to our growing slate of original productions.”

“Riffing With” will be carried on Hulu with additional platforms, including Amazon Prime and Virgin Airlines’ in-flight entertainment programming coming online in the next few weeks.

Podcast One, the nation’s largest advertiser-supported podcast network, will deliver an on-demand, audio version of the show, plus podcast-exclusive content and episodes, to listeners and advertisers starting in December 2015. “Riffing With” will be released weekly on PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app, and iTunes.

PodcastOne Chairman and CEO Norm Pattiz said, “With a lineup of guests like this, and a focus on music – an audio medium – ‘Riffing With’ was made for podcasting. Our on-demand platform will make these in-depth stories more accessible to audiences whenever and wherever they want it, and we’re excited to provide bonus content and special episodes exclusive to the podcast series.”

As of today, the shows can be viewed on Hulu at:
Riffing With John Lydon http://www.hulu.com/watch/854893
Riffing With Wayne Coyne http://www.hulu.com/watch/854896
Riffing With Perry Farrell http://www.hulu.com/watch/854894
Riffing With Annie Lennox http://www.hulu.com/watch/854895

About TV4 Entertainment: TV4 Entertainment aggregates high-quality library and original video content into a portfolio of genre-specific broadband television channels, and super-distributes those channels to any Internet-connected device. TV4 Entertainment's mission is to program your passion with great storytelling on every screen, anywhere. Its Music On Demand Network has included music- oriented movies like Imagine John Lennon and Led Zeppelin’s Song Remains The Same, among others.

About Glory & Thieves: Glory & Thieves is an entertainment company based in Los Angeles that produces original content for digital formats, including streaming video and podcasts.

About PodcastOne
PodcastOne, the leader in advertiser-supported podcasts, was founded by Norm Pattiz, founder of radio-giant Westwood One. PodcastOne currently hosts approximately 200 of today’s most popular podcasts, including Adam Carolla, Shaquille O’Neal, Dee Snider, Eddie Trunk, Bret Easton Ellis, Dr. Drew, Penn Jillette, Steve Austin, Shawn and Larry King, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Heather McDonald, Ross Mathews, Dan Patrick, Ross Tucker, Rich Eisen, Chris Jericho, Jay Mohr, TheCHIVE, WNYC’s Radiolab and Freakonomics, Laura Ingraham, and a whole lot more, at http://www.PodcastOne.com.

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