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Comedy Central Launches Hollywood-Junket Spoof Digital Series

Eight-part 'Junketeers' produced by Josh Horowitz and Ben Lyons, in partnership with Lexus' L-Studio and Kids at Play

Comedy Central is lampooning the world of celebrity journalism in a new digital series, “Junketeers,” produced with Lexus’ L-Studio branded-content arm and production firm Kids at Play.

The eight-episode series was created and produced by Josh Horowitz, a longtime MTV News correspondent, and Ben Lyons, a former correspondent at E! and Extra. “Junketeers” stars Brian Unger, Barak Hardley, Austin Lyon, Phil Augusta Jackson and Amanda Lund as self-absorbed Hollywood reporters struggling to extract quotes from movie stars.

Each 5-minute episode of “Junketeers” centers on the five journos hitting the junket circuit, with the series featuring cameos by Josh Duhamel, Kristen Bell, Gillian Jacobs, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eli Roth, Emily Ratajkowski, Tom Felton and Matt Bomer.

All episodes of the series are launching Thursday on Comedy Central’s YouTube Channel and the Viacom-owned cabler’s social platforms including Snapchat Discover, Facebook and Twitter, as well as L-Studio’s website. The series is funded by L-Studio, Lexus’s digital content unit designed to “engage audiences outside of the traditional automotive encounter.”

“This is a love letter to our profession, if a love letter was filled with backstabbing, profanity, violence, and generally poor decision making and value systems,” said Horowitz.

Added Lyons: “Josh and I have collectively spent over 20 years working as on-air hosts in the world of entertainment ‘news,’ and a combined 1 million hours waiting in fancy hotels around the world for celebrities to show up to be interviewed. We are beyond thrilled for the opportunity to shine a light on the underbelly of Hollywood, better known as the ‘press junket.’”

Kids at Play’s Jason Berger and Amy Laslett serve as executive producers alongside Josh Horowitz and Ben Lyons as well as Lisa Eisenpresser of FullCourtPress. Horowitz and Amanda Lund wrote the series, and Kimmy Gatewood directed.

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