ABC Owned Television Stations, the No. 1 trusted market leader in local news, released the trailer to “NFTs: Enter the Metaverse” today, May 19. The one-hour documentary will premiere on Saturday, May 21, across its eight owned-stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham, Fresno (complete listings below), its 24/7 streaming channels and on ABC News Live.
The one-hour documentary captures the viewer instantly with an interview and behind the scenes with famed digital artist Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann, who shook the world when his NFT work sold for an unprecedented $69.4 million at the historic Christie’s Auction House. The sale marked the beginning of an unstoppable NFT wave, where everyone from digital artists to mainstream celebrities began creating, selling and collecting NFTs via cryptocurrency on Blockchain.
“NFTs: Enter the Metaverse” gives an in-depth look at the gold-rush hysteria and growing popularity surrounding NFTs (non-fungible tokens). The documentary features celebrity interviews with Paris Hilton, billionaire and shark of ABC’s “Shark Tank” Mark Cuban, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, international DJ Steve Aoki, and ABC News Chief Business Technology and Economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis. While viewers will hear rags-to-riches digital artists’ stories, industry insiders weigh in on history-making technology paving the way for the Metaverse and illuminate on the social and economic factors that led to the rise of NFTs as well as the implications of NFT technology on the future.
Viewers will also meet up-and-coming artists, like 17-year-old Diana Sinclair, who are changing the face of NFTs and paving the way for more representation of women and people of color.
ABC Owned Television Stations continue to prioritize producing high-impact content, outside the daily news cycle, that captures our audiences’ interest to air across linear and for streaming on its connected TV apps and 24/7 streaming channels. Chris Casey is executive producer of “NFTs: Enter the Metaverse”
“NFTs: Enter the Metaverse” is available to stream on ABC News Live May 21 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.
“NFTs: Enter the Metaverse” will air May 21, across all ABC-owned stations ABC7/WABC-TV New York (1:00 p.m. EDT), ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles (10:00 p.m. PDT), ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago (4:00 p.m. CDT), 6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia (1:00 p.m. EDT), ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco (9:00 p.m. PDT), ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston (4:00 p.m. CDT), ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham (1:00 p.m. EDT) and ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno (10:00 p.m.). Localish Networks – D2 (8:00 p.m. EDT) on May 23 and ABC’s Localish Network – LNF (8:00 p.m. EDT) on May 30. It will also stream on the 24/7 Localish Networks D2 & LNF (8:00 p.m. EDT) on May 23.
Disney Media Entertainment & Distribution’s eight owned ABC stations are multiplatform leaders in local news and information. Collectively No. 1 across all U.S. television, reaching 23% of households and more than 34 million Total Viewers and 62 million digital visitors a month, the eight stations are comprised of WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV Fresno.
The stations also deliver locally sourced storytelling to more than 17 million viewers across America through its multiplatform lifestyle network, Localish. In 2020, the stations received five Broadcast & Cable awards, including in the 2020 Best in Local TV Awards category as Station Group of the Year for its innovative and next-generation news reporting, and in the major market category for 2020: Best News Coverage, Best Digital Multiplatform or Website, Best Investigative Reporting Station Group and Best Public Affairs Programming, illustrating the group’s strength and ever-increasing growth and reach in the multiplatform space.
Watch the new trailer here: