New TV present from MGM referred to as ‘Ring Nation’ makes use of surveillance video footage from Ring cameras – GeekWire

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[Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA]

Comic Wanda Sykes’ newest enterprise is popping video out of your sensible house community right into a TV present.

The primetime Emmy winner and star of Netflix’s “The Upshaws” will host a present referred to as “Ring Nation.” Produced by Huge Fish Leisure and Amazon-owned MGM and Ring, it is going to use footage from folks’s doorbell and sensible house cameras throughout the nation.

Positive, this appears to be a creepy twist on hidden-camera reveals like “You’ve Been Framed!” or “Punk’d” which have captivated audiences for many years — nevertheless it’s additionally a case of company synergy.

Amazon forked over $1 billion to purchase Ring in 2018 and paid practically $8.5 billion this March to buy MGM, which owns Huge Fish Leisure. So Amazon is combining all of them, hoping the digital camera know-how accountable for some viral moments on-line (folks stopping package deal thefts, marriage proposals, navy reunions, or pranks caught on digital camera) can translate right into a TV present.

Engadget just lately referred to as the upcoming present “what occurs when ‘America’s Funniest House Movies’ meets ‘Black Mirror,’” which is a reasonably apt description.

“Ring Nation” will probably be government produced by Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff. He’ll seemingly proceed to maintain a decent rein on the corporate’s portrayal within the present, particularly given latest backlash over Ring’s relationship with regulation enforcement and its tendency to share customers’ footage with cops with out acquiring courtroom orders.

Ring defended this apply and instructed dot.LA in June that “the regulation authorizes firms like Ring to supply info to authorities entities if the corporate believes that an emergency involving hazard of demise or severe bodily harm to any individual, resembling a kidnapping or an tried homicide, requires disclosure at once… Ring faithfully applies that authorized normal.”

Ring didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about Siminoff’s first Hollywood credit score — or the way it will deal with acquiring the doorbell footage from customers, together with presumably compensating folks for utilizing their digital camera footage. Deadline first reported the information, noting the present will “characteristic viral movies shared by folks from their video doorbells and sensible house cameras.”

Along with Siminoff, government producers of “Ring Nation” embody Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, Karni Baghdikian, Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino, Bret Calvert and Jordana Starr.

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