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New Series on Hulu: The High Road with Mario Batali

New Series on Hulu: The High Road with Mario Batali

The High Road with Mario Batali feature Mario and a guest as they explore hidden gems in New York City

In the first episode, Mario Batali challenges political correspondent George "Shuffle-opagus" Stephanopolous to a shuffleboard match.

Mario Batali’s new twelve-episode series, The High Road with Mario Batali, launches Thursday, June 12, on Hulu and Hulu Plus. Each episode, shot as a short black and white film, will feature the chef (and member of our very own Daily Meal Council) with a special guest as they explore New York City.

New episodes will be uploaded each Thursday, and guests will include Isabella Rossellini, Liv Tyler, Anthony Bourdain, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, and others.

In the first episode, Batali and political correspondent George Stephanopoulosmeet up for a shuffleboard match at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus, Brooklyn. George dons a pair of orange slippers for the game that bring to mind Mario’s own shoe of choice.

Batali, who has been honing his interview skills on the Batali Inquisition, reflects with George on watching the rise of social media, looking forward to the next professional chapter, and their deep affection for New York City.

“It fills me with the optimism that I felt when I started my very first business back in 1993,” says Batali of each time he sees the Manhattan skyline from LaGuardia airport. “I knew that this was the place for me. I think it still is.”

The episode ends with a return to the pair’s shuffleboard match, during which Batali finds that Stephanopoulosis a worthy shuffleboard opponent. “Deep inside you lurks a competitive shuffler. Shuffle-opagus, you.”

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.

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You can watch the Spanish-language version of Breaking Bad on Hulu Plus right now

Sure, via Netflix (in 4K, soon) or on Blu-ray is a good way to watch the entire Breaking Bad series, but what if we told you there was a way to experience the show all over again for the first time? There's a Latin American version of the show called Metástasis, and while the meth adventures of Walter Blanco are airing nightly in the US on Univision networks, it's also available on streaming via Hulu -- but there's a catch. On broadcast TV and internet, there's no option for English subtitles, so while native speakers and telenovela fans may breeze right through, if your last "Que?" was during a high-school elective you're out of luck. To find out what you're missing (Colombia instead of Albuquerque, schoolbus instead of RV), check out an English-subtitled trailer for Metástasis after the break.

Die-hards may want to keep an eye out for fansubs or give Rosetta Stone a shot, as this show is blowing through the entire series over the next three months -- just in time for the premiere of spinoff Better Call Saul. The new eps are up on Hulu Plus already, and start flowing to the free Hulu streaming on the 17th. If primarily-English shows are more your speed, Hulu Plus did just add the full first season of The Bridge, the premiere episode of The High Road with Mario Batali, and the full run of The Real Housewives arrives today.

In Honor of Mario Batali's New Show, Here Are 10 Photos of Him in Crocs

M ario Batali&rsquos new show may be shot in black and white, but that doesn&rsquot mean he&rsquos not still making the most of his signature orange Crocs.

The Hulu series, The High Road With Mario Batali, debuted today with an episode guest starring George Stephanopoulos, who Batali asks to don the &ldquofootwear of choice: orange slippers like mine.&rdquo

&ldquoI am not worthy!&rdquo says Stephanopoulos.

&ldquoOh yes you are,&rdquo replies Batali, who famous purchased 200 pairs of the comfy shoes last year and has his name on a special line of Crocs&rsquo black and orange &ldquoBistro&rdquo shoes. After Stephanopoulos slips on a pair, the chef admits, &ldquoAt this point, actually, George, I find you sexually attractive now!&rdquo

&ldquoThat&rsquos a little weird,&rdquo says the ABC anchor.

Sex symbols or clown shoes, don’t expect the foam clogs to disappear from Batali’s wardrobe anytime soon.

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We got a sneak peak of this Thursday&aposs upcoming episode of new web series The High Road with Mario Batali. Each week the superstar chef hangs out with a different celebrity friend aboard a New York City double-decker tour bus and visits an iconic NYC spot. This week he&aposs joined by his buddy Gabrielle Hamilton from NYC&aposs Prune and gets her personal tour of the best kept secrets inside Grand Central Terminal. If you&aposve read Hamilton&aposs pithy memoir Blood, Bones and Butter, you already know how raw and entertaining she can be when she lets her guard down. If not, here&aposs a preview of some of best quotes from the episode.

Batali encapsulates Hamilton&aposs life motto: "Don&apost be so precious you silly c***"

Hamilton on the double-decker bus tour: "You don&apost do anything small or indiscreet." Batali: "I make little blini that are small and discreet."

Hamilton on Grand Central Terminal: "I&aposve been arrested here."

Hamilton on the clean up of Times Square: "What can I say, I like a porn house here and there."

Hamilton on eating oysters in a secret "whispering-slurping corner" in Grand Central Terminal: "This is the dirtiest thing I&aposve ever done in public."

Hamilton on being nice: "I&aposm not having babies anymore so I don&apost need to be nice or make sure everyone is okay. I just need to get shit done and see what I can make and contribute while I&aposm still here."

Tune into Hulu this Thursday at midnight (EST) to catch the full episode.

Here’s What’s New On Hulu And Hulu Plus (Catatafish’s Riddle Will Soon Be Told)

As recently reported, Hulu has scooped up South Park for its subscription service Hulu Plus. But that’s not all that’s new with the service.

Hulu sent us the most recent list of new and upcoming content for Hulu and Hulu Plus. Here you go:

New on Hulu this week

“The Hotwives of Orlando” – SERIES PREMIERE – “Hotwives” takes us deep into the 97th most glamorous city in the world, Orlando, starring Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, Tymberlee Hill, Danielle Schneider and Andrea Savage. (Tuesday, July 15)

Summer of “South Park” – Hulu is now the exclusive home for all seasons of ‘South Park.’ All summer long, every episode of the series will be available and Hulu will be the exclusive streaming destination for season 18 when it launches on September 24th.

“Neighbours” – ALL NEW – Lauren gets the truth out of Bailey about his drinking and stealing, and tries to persuade Paige to return to work. Toadie and Sonya struggle to come to terms with Callum’s absence and Amber starts lying to Josh about her feelings for Daniel. Susan can’t believe her eyes when she sees Karl heading toward the hotel with Paula Abdul (guest starring as herself). One of the world’s most popular television programs, “Neighbours” has been a smash hit since it first aired in Australia in 1985. (Friday, July 18)

Special guest Liv Tyler on “The High Road with Mario Batali” (sponsored by Hyundai) Mario Batali takes viewers on a journey to some of New York City’s most fascinating gems with some of its most fascinating people. Available on Hulu and Hulu Plus. (Thursday, July 17)

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Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Miniseries “Luther” – Season 3 Premiere – On a moral crusade, with only his convictions for company, John Luther (Idris Elba) is a deeply troubled man, a philosophical cop possessed by the insoluble problem of evil and justice in a Godless world, who gets pulled to the very edge of temptation.

Summer Hulu Originals Premieres

August 4 – “The Awesomes” Season Two – From the comedic minds of Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker (“Late Night With Seth Meyers”) comes the return of “The Awesomes” with many of their funny friends in tow, including returning voices, Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, and newcomers, Amy Poehler, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph and Kate McKinnon.

August 7 – “Quick Draw” Season Two – Sheriff John Henry Hoyle (John Lehr), a Harvard graduate, brings the latest criminology and forensics techniques to the wild West town of Great Bend, Kansas, featuring Lehr, Bob Clendenin (“Cougar Town”), Allison Dunbar (“The Sopranos”) and executive produced by Keith Raskin (“Key & Peele,” “The League”).


Forget what your parents told you about playing with fire. Michael Chiarello will teach you how to understand, master, and - above all - enjoy a return to cooking's primal roots. This is a revelatory and inspiring book. -- Chef Michael White

Live Fire is a masterwork, celebrating one of our most primal urges. Michael, you're a genius. -- Tyler Florence

Live Fire shines a bright light. This cookbook shares more than just the delicious recipes that have been expertly cooked over fire, it shares a timeless message of connection - of gathering around the ones you love to cook for and eat with. It seems only yesterday that Michael appeared at the kitchen door of Felidia hungry to learn, and has blossomed by cooking the food of his Italian heritage with a California sensibility. For him, food and the preparation of it tells a story of connection with the ones we treasure the most, and whether around a fire, or around the family table (as I always say), it is this very message of togetherness that resonates in each recipe found within this book's pages. -- Lidia Bastianich

Michael has really outdone himself with Live Fire. Talk about technique, he covers everything from making a whole lamb on an iron cross to grilling pasta and meatballs. It's unreal. -- Emeril Lagasse

There is nothing more soulful and satisfying than cooking over an open fire and Chiarello's LiveFire is the perfect guide. His style of cooking is a natural fit for open fire cooking. -- Marco Canora, Hearth Restaurant New York

Whether it's in a pizza oven or directly over a flame, wood-fire cooking brings an entirely new dimension to food. Live Fire takes summer meals to the next level. It'll have your neighbors coveting the delicious smell from down the road. -- Mario Batali

Mario Batali

Celebrity Chef speaker Mario Batali is perhaps one of the most renowned and valued chefs working in America today. He is a chef, restaurateur, award-winning author, and television personality. Working beside his business partner Joe Bastianich, the pair has produced a very successful restaurant and culinary empire in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Singapore. Studying the golden age of Spanish theater at Rutgers University, he went on to train at Le Cordon Bleu in London. Here, he immediately had a “lack of interest” and after a short time, withdrew from the program. Soon after, Mario had three years of intense culinary training at the Northern Italian village of Borgo Capanne under London’s legendary chef Marco Pierre White. After this apprenticeship, Mario was able to return to the U.S. with crucial skills and knowledge to open up his own Italian restaurants.

His first restaurant, Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, is an award-winning Greenwich Village dining establishment. Opening in June 1998, Mario used conventional Italian values with intelligent culinary adventure. From the opening of the restaurant, Babbo was honored as The Best New Restaurant of 1998 by The James Beard Foundation, and was given three stars by Ruth Reichl at The New York Times. Six year later, after a re-review by Frank Bruni, Babbo’s restaurant maintained the three-star status and its high quality status of New York City’s finest restaurants.

Mario Batali also is the chef and owner of Lupa Osteria Romana, which is a Roman-style trattoria which opened in 1999, and Esca, a southern Italian seafood trattoria which was opened in the Theater District in April 2000. In January 2003, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria opened in Washington Square Park. Casa Mono, a Spanish-style tavern featuring a selection of wine and traditional entrees and Bar Jamon, a tapas bar with Spanish cheeses, hams and small plate dishes were both opened in December 2003. In December of 2005, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali set out to open a modern Italian restaurant with a lavish yet relaxing setting. Del Posto opened up in New York City’s meatpacking district in December. Joining forces with Nancy Silverton, Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza were the first west coast ventures of Mario, which opened up in Los Angeles. Del Posto received a four-star review from the New York Times in 2010. The restaurants feature a mozzarella bar, where fresh mozzarella is made all day. In 2010 they opened up the first take-out location, Mozza2Go and Scuola di Pizza. Mario opened up his first overseas restaurants at the Marina Bay Sands Resort Casino in Singapore-Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza. Both restaurants are almost the exact replica of the restaurants in California, which offer local seafood and vegetables and a vibrant wine bar. Most recently, Mario and Joe Bastianich opened Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, in 2015 in the Seaport area of Boston.

The next business venture that Mario Batali and his business partner, Joe, undertook was to open B&B Ristorante in Las Vegas and Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino which were opened in 2007. In 2008, another restaurant opened next to the Venetian, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse in the Palazzo Hotel. In that same year, Mario and Joe opened the Terry Lodge in Port Chester, NY. The name of the restaurant, Terry Lodge, means a “meeting or dwelling place.” Terry Lodge also added a to-go menu which offers pizza, antipasti, salads and a dessert. This was also the first restaurant that Mario ventured out of New York City.

Eataly was opened next in a 50,000 square foot marketplace. Located in the heart of New York City, Eataly offers the food enthusiast a place to shop for gourmet foods, to taste and relish in the seasonal foods of Italy. The market offers meats and cheeses, fresh produce, fresh meats and seafood, handmade pasta, wine, beer, books, housewares and decadent desserts. Eataly also has baked goods and coffees, and just added five small new restaurants along with a rooftop alpine beer trattoria. Eataly now offers a delivery service for their groceries.

Mario Batali has many impressive accolades including, Man of the Year in the chef category by GQ Magazine in 1999. In 2002 the James Beard Foundation awarded him with the Best Chef: New York City, and in 2005 Outstanding Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. In 2001, Mario won the prestigious lifetime achievement award, the D’Artagnan Cervena Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America.

Celebrity Chef speaker Mario Batali has authored seven books: Simple Italian Food, Mario Batali Holiday Food The Babbo Cookbook and Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style Mario BataliItalian Grilling and Spain…A Culinary Road Trip. Spain…A Culinary Road Trip was co-authored by Gwyneth Paltrow and a companion cookbook to the PBS prime time series, Spain…On the Road Again. Mario’s eighth cookbook, Molto Gusto, hit shelves in the spring of 2010 and the cookbook is based on the distinguished dishes of Otto Enoteca Pizzeria. To bring the favorite Italian dishes to your kitchen, Mario incorporated over 100 recipes in Molto Gusto, which includes antipasti, pizza, pasta and gelato.

Celebrity Chef speaker Mario Batali is a TV regular on The Food Network, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, MARTHA, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Daily Show with Jon Steward and Charlie Rose. Ciao America, Molto Mario and Iron Chef America are the three shows that Mario hosted on The Food Network. On PBS, Mario accompanied co-stars Mark Bittman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Claudia Bassols for a series that aired in 2008 called Spain…On the Road Again. The series followed the cast as they traveled and ate their way through Spain.

On a mission to help feed, protect and educate children, Mario founded the Mario Batali Foundation. To learn more on this organization, visit Mario also gives his time to About the Kids, for the Kids and the Food Bank of New York City. He is available for product endorsements, personal appearances, and product promotion.

APPEARANCES: The Food Network, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, MARTHA, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Daily Show with Jon Steward and Charlie Rose, PBS, Emeril Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, Martha, SNL, Today Show

BOOKS: Simple Italian Food, Mario Batali Holiday Food The Babbo Cookbook and Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style Mario BataliItalian Grilling and Spain…A Culinary Road Trip, Molto Gusto

TO WORK WITH MARIO BATALI: Celebrity Speaker Mario Batali can be hired for endorsements and events in roles such as public speaker, autograph signings, SMT’S, and public relation campaigns.

Spain rising

Ask chef Jose Andres to describe the flavor of Spain, and he erupts in an impromptu ode to his homeland:

“Spanish food will taste like the beautiful smell of the seaside when the water is heating the rocks and you have this perfume of sea salt. Spain will taste like that,” says the restaurateur and host of PBS’s “Made in Spain.”

But he’s just getting started.

“I could even argue that Spain would smell, not like heavy smoke, but the smell and taste of the forest with the humidity and a touch of smoke in the air,” Andres muses as he shops the Penn Quarter farmers market in Washington, D.C., for his restaurant, Minibar.

“And, I would say it smells of history, like beautiful old cookbooks.”

Despite its integral role in the early history of the New World (remember the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria? ), Spain, for many Americans, might as well be an undiscovered country.

Andres aims to change that. He currently shares the PBS schedule with Mario Batali, best-known for his Italian-themed restaurants, books and television shows. Batali’s “Spain . . . On the Road Again,” pairs him with Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow, New York Times writer Mark Bittman and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols as they gallivant around the Iberian Peninsula, drinking, eating and looking beautiful (the women, anyway).

Although they both celebrate the foods of the Iberian Peninsula, the shows differ in tone.

The Batali-Paltrow show feels a little like hanging out with the popular kids in high school, except the bus is a Mercedes Benz and the cafeteria is a Galician vineyard.

Lest the viewer think this is a beautifully filmed exercise in vanity, both Batali and Paltrow lived in Spain as teenagers and their return road trip is a homecoming of sorts. Their delight, along with Bittman’s role as resident gruñon (grouch) and Bassols’ gusto tempers the feeling that the viewer has intruded on an exclusive vacation.

It’s tempting to set up a rivalry between the two shows, but neither host will bite. In fact, Batali celebrated his birthday at Andres’ six-seat Minibar recently. “Jose has the passion and the ability to translate to the home cook in his show,” says Batali by cellphone from an airport (on his way to play golf with Tiger Woods &mdash seriously). “Both of them are going to succeed.”

Andres the Spaniard agrees, but makes it clear that he got there first.

“My show started airing in February,” says Andres, who spent nearly three years shooting his show, which is in its second season now. “We were in different seasons waiting for saffron to open, waiting for the tuna to come or for the harvest of olive oil. Probably for a cooking show we were very ambitious.”

Ambition and a sincere desire to share his native cuisine has propelled Andres’ career since he crossed the Atlantic 19 years ago to work in New York after a stint with the famed innovator Ferran Adriu at elBulli in northeastern Spain.

With a successful television career in Spain, five restaurants in Washington, D.C., and The Bazaar in the new SLS Hotel opening in Beverly Hills this month, Andres still has a sense of mission about his work.

“My wife said, ‘You can go to Spain and be a TV boy or go to America and use TV to spread your message.’ It’s the ultimate way to tell the story of my country through cooking, and not only in the kitchen. It’s about how powerful Spanish gastronomy is, town by town, product by product. What I wanted to do was to plant the seeds and make people want to know more.”

Both shows aim to pique viewers’ interest in traveling to Spain, as they are sponsored in part by the Spanish tourism office. And they’re sure to stimulate interest in exploring Spanish flavors here at home.

Something about the landscape inspires the poet in Batali too.

“Things that grow together go together,” he says as he grills rosemary- and lavender- seasoned lamb chops over grapevine clippings at Valdubon Vineyard in one episode. “Everything about this whole dinner is from 250 yards from here. That is poetry on the planet.”

Batali, best-known for his Italian repertoire, says Spanish food shares the region’s cultural and geographic roots. “It’s similar in its Mediterranean-ness to Italian, Greek and southern French food. They just rely on rice more than pasta. Spanish food has a smokier flavor. Olives and olive oil. Almost more of the soil, that’s what distinguishes it from Italy.”

Kristen Browning-Blas: 303-954-1440 or [email protected]

Local Spanish tastes

For the closest Denver comes to Spain, try The Ninth Door, a tiny LoDo restaurant that knows the meaning of tapas .

Chef Kevin Marquet imports many of his ingredients straight from Spain, including the olives, almonds, chorizo, goat and sheep cheeses, and serrano ham. “The serrano is similar to prosciutto &mdash it’s salt-cured for a year,” says the chef. “I put it in quite a few of my dishes. And we use a lot of pimenton , or paprika. We have a smoked one and a spicy one.”

When partners William Kennedy, Dan Woodward and Pat Henry opened the restaurant about three years ago, they asked David Huertas, chef at El Meson in Santa Fe, for advice. “He said everybody’s doing fusion, so you should stay traditional. People might not get it at first, but they will,” says Kennedy.

Chef Marquet gets it, and says Denver diners do, too. “Spanish food has very simple flavors, you don’t want to mess with it too much.”

The Ninth Door, 1808 Blake St., 303-292-2229

Tapas and more

Rioja , 1431 Larimer St., 303-820-2282. This Mediterranean restaurant features Spanish flavors such as orange-garlic marinated olives, sheep’s milk cheeses and sangría.

Baca , Inverness Hotel, 200 Inverness West Drive, Englewood, 303-397-7222. Spanish-inspired Colorado cuisine: chorizo potatoes, tomato-rubbed toast with serrano ham, and Catalan flatbread with morcilla sausage and smoked pepper sauce.

Solera , 5410 E. Colfax Ave., 303-388-8429. Warm neighborhood restaurant with wine tastings (often Spanish wines) 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Appetizers include Spanish cured meats, Manchego cheese with membrillo and marcona almonds. Also: paella with mussels, clams, chorizo and saffron rice.

The Mediterranean , 1002 Walnut St., Boulder,303-444-5335. Extensive hot and cold tapas, paella and steamed mussels in a pan-Mediterranean menu. Kristen Browning-Blas

Spain on the small screen

“Made in Spain” and “Spain … On The Road Again” air on KRMA Channel 6 and KBDI Channel 12.

“Made in Spain: Surf and Turf”

Jose Andres turns Spain’s sparkling wine, cava, into a light dressing for oysters and a refreshing mimosa cocktail. Also: mushroom hunting in the Catalan mountains, pork sausage with wild mushrooms, fishing for shrimp, and Catalan seafood.

“Made in Spain: Earth, Wind and Fire”

Basque cheese, red and white wines, and baby squid with caramelized onions.

“Spain … On The Road Again: From the Sublime to the Surreal”

REM’s Michael Stipe joins the trip. Barcelona’s La Boqueria market. A 3-star Michelin kitchen. Historic Jewish Quarter in Girona. Dalí museum. Cooking Catalunya’s seafood at culinary hot spot Roses.

“Spain … On The Road Again: A Sultan’s View of Andalucía”

Moorish history at the Alhambra, the legendary hilltop palace in Granada, the Andalucían coast and Cordoba.

“Made in Spain: Seas of Delicacies”

“Spain … On the Road Again: Rockstar Surprise in Catalunya”

Spain Cookbooks

“Spain: A Culinary Road Trip,” by Mario Batali with Gwyneth Paltrow. Recipes and postcards from the TV series.

“Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen,” by Jose Andres with Richard Wolffe. Recipes and helpful tips from the series.

“A Day at elBulli,” by Ferran Adriu. 528 pages dedicated to photos of one day at the “best restaurant in the world.”

“Cooking from the Heart of Spain: Food of La Mancha,” by Janet Mendel. In in-depth look at the Moorish and Sephardic roots of Manchegan food.

“The New Spanish Table: 300 recipes of spain in all its glory,” by Anya von Bremzen. Tapas bars of Madrid to Mediterranean paella shacks.

“Spain and the World Table,” by the Culinary Institute of America. From the 2006 conference on Spanish cuisine.

“The Basque Table: Passionate Home Cooking from Spain’s Most Celebrated Cuisine,” by Teresa Barrenechea. Foods from the Pyrenees.

� Recipes,” by Simone and Ines Ortega. Spain’s “Joy of Cooking.”

New Series on Hulu: The High Road with Mario Batali - Recipes

Reyna Mastrosimone is an executive producer in the media, entertainment, culinary, and lifestyle industries, whose award-winning career has spanned over the past three decades. Ms. Mastrosimone is adept in all phases of production from concept through execution. As digital platforms have become the media viewing destinations of choice, she has devoted herself to the production of wholly original content for digital distribution and established herself as an expert in the entertainment and lifestyle space.

Ms. Mastrosimone’s career has always been on the forefront of new media from her early days with MTV in domestic and international marketing and event production. As the paradigm shifted and cable exploded as the new media, Ms. Mastrosimone was on the cutting edge working with some of the most creative minds in the industry.

With her intuitive sense for changes in culture and viewer habits, Ms. Mastrosimone was also a pioneer in the launch of the innovative internet-based entertainment networking site that connected industry professionals with aspiring talent. Sensing another impending shift at the turn of the millennium, Ms. Mastrosimone recognized that China was poised for a cultural breakthrough. She was tapped to act as Head of Talent for Emma Entertainment to promote the groundbreaking first-ever mainland performances by Whitney Houston, the Backstreet Boys, and the Rolling Stones in Beijing and Shanghai.

Using her wealth of relationships with talent and decision-makers in the media, in 2005 Ms. Mastrosimone founded Jane Street Productions as a full service multimedia entertainment company. Her early roster of clients included ESPN, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love”, NFL/Monday Night Football,, and Radio City Music Hall, among other high profile names.

Over the years, Ms. Mastrosimone has emerged at the forefront of the production of food, music, art & culture, thought festivals, and other experiential events. She has developed, produced and/or acted as a consultant for the NyamJam Festival in partnership with Chris Blackwell in Jamaica, IMG’s “Tastemaker Collective”, the Summit Series, Vice’s “Munchies”, and the Brilliant Minds Global Leadership Summit.

Her more recent efforts have focused on the production of original content for digital distribution where she has been successful in securing key partnerships with major digital platforms. Most recently, Ms. Mastrosimone was the production partner of celebrity chef Mario Batali. Together they produced content for celebrity chefs and other food and lifestyle programming. Not only did Ms. Mastrosimone develop all the creative concepts for those media projects, but she also secured the financing, sponsorship and brand integrations, and distribution partners to produce award-winning content for Vice, Hulu, Dailymotion, Microsoft, amongst others.

Along with her passion for media, Ms. Mastrosimone is equally zealous about her commitment to charitable initiatives and has advised Peter Gabriel’s Witness organization, (RED).org and executive produced a coffee table book for Petra Nemcova’s Happy Heart Fund.

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