Sacramento, Calif., July 11, 2018 -- McClatchy (NYSE American: MNI) announced the launch of a new ten-part documentary series for Facebook Watch later this year. "The War Within" will chronicle the lives of retired veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, who are helping their brothers and sisters in arms cope with the myriad effects of war. The series will follow America's next generation of leaders as they forge a path towards healing and positive change for veterans in local communities across the country. The show will be a part of the new dedicated section within Facebook Watch for news shows produced exclusively for Facebook by news publishers.
"We are pleased to partner with Facebook to help further develop the Watch platform into a thriving video ecosystem," said Andrew Pergam, Vice President of Video and New Ventures at McClatchy. "We're particularly excited to drive engagement from our communities around these stories that deserve to be told."
"We're excited to bring ‘The War Within' to Facebook Watch as we test new storytelling experiences on the platform," said Campbell Brown, Head of Global News Partnerships, Facebook. "This is the kind of series that brings people together, building deep connections and community on Facebook."
With more than half of its 30 local newsrooms located within one hour of a U.S. military base, McClatchy is uniquely positioned to tell the stories of war veterans in "The War Within." The series will follow retired veterans and their families through the ups and downs of running for elected office, leading veteran focused non-profits, and working within government programs to make an impact. The series will publish weekly on Facebook Watch starting around Veteran's Day in November, 2018. Each episode will run 8-12 minutes.
"These are local stories that will resonate with a national audience when told with the richness and context of our local perspective," said Jonathan Forsythe, Director of Editorial Video at McClatchy.
Since its premiere on Facebook Watch in August 2017, McClatchy's two-season, three-time Emmy award-winning documentary series with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Titletown, TX, has attracted more than 48 million views. In its first two seasons, the series chronicled the glory, pressure, and passion of big-time high school and college football in Texas.
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About Facebook Watch:
Facebook Watch is a place to discover and enjoy shows on Facebook. Home to a wide range of shows – from scripted comedy and drama, to competition and reality series, to individual creators and live sports – Facebook Watch is a video platform where episodic content, community and conversation come together. This is a personalized viewing experience, where you can discover new series based on what your friends are watching, and catch up on the shows you follow. Facebook Watch is available for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android, on desktop, laptop and on TV apps listed here: https://videoapp.fb.com/.
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