Manorlogz was launched earlier this summer as the UK’s answer to Def Poetry Jam – an HBO television series produced by hip-hop music entrepreneur Russell Simmons.
The series presents performances by established spoken word poets, as well as up-and-coming poets, the latter of whom feature in an online poetry slam voted for by the public at www.manorlogz.com
Bernard Kordieh, executive producer of Manorlogz, said: “We consider ourselves fortunate to have two committed television partners who are able to reach both new and established audiences throughout the UK. This agreement was successful in both establishing a long-term partnership and adding a new dimension to our multiplatform coverage.”
The actor & comedian Lateef Lovejoy will anchor 4front’s Manorlogz coverage starting from December 7 and continuing with the semi-final broadcast on December 14 with the grand final climax on December 21. The lineup of acts performing at the launch feature Indigo Williams, Polar Bear & Floetic Lara – one of this year’s competition judges alongside former Daily Mirror journalist Jessie Grace Mellor and Tshaka Campbell – a household name on the spoken word circuit.
A spokesman for 4front TV said: “Manorlogz is a unique and entertaining series which will help define the direction of online TV and through Extreme Spoken Word will change the way audiences in the UK watch poetry on television”.
The free-to-air satellite coverage will be available to all Sky Digital subscribers on channel 203.
Tickets are available to attend the TV recordings of the semi-finals and the final on Saturday December 4 in Bethnal Green. More details can be found at http://manorlogzlive.doattend.com
Notes: 4front TV will launch its new online TV channel http://www.4fronttv.com on December 7 with a simulcast of Manorlogz in addition to the UK short film drama ‘Stick With Me’.