Facebook Watch Bowing New Reality Series Starring Female NASCAR Driver Angela Ruch

Facebook Watch, social media giant’s ad-supported streaming video platform, is launching a reality series featuring Nascar driver Angela Ruch and her unconventional family. Premiering Feb. 4, “The Ruch Life” is an eight-part, unfiltered docuseries featuring Ruch, and her sometimes outrageous and often hilarious husband, Mike.

The series chronicles the day-to-day lives of the Ruch household as they go through highs and lows, triumphs and challenges. From extravagant vacations to family feuding and the adversities and abundance of the adoption process, chaos ensues as Angela’s agent and manager pull her in the opposite direction from her husband, while housekeeper, “Berta,” has her hands full trying to keep up, the series ties in a number of cast members that make up the wild life with the Ruchs.

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“Although unique and eccentric in their own way, ‘The Ruchs’ are that family who have that one member everyone can relate to,” O Lee Solomon III, co-executive producer, said in a statement. “This series is a fun, fresh way for us to add to the diverse lineup of Facebook Watch.”

Executive Producer Jason Sciavicco (creator and showrunner for MTV’s “Two-a-Days,” Esquire’s “Friday Night Tykes,” Showtime’s “A Season With” and Facbook’s “Inside the Madness”) has been a longtime advocate for the show.

“I met the Ruchs years ago and was immediately struck by how wild yet loveable they were,” he said. “Since that day, I knew I had to make this show happen and am thrilled for audiences to meet the family I fell for years ago.”

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“The Ruch Life” schedule on Facebook Watch:

Episode 1 Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 8am EST
Episode 2 Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8am EST
Episode 3 Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8am EST
Episode 4 Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 8am EST
Episode 5 Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8am EST
Episode 6 Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 8am EST
Episode 7 Thursday, Feb. 20 at 8am EST
Episode 8 Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8am EST

Lionsgate Mounts ‘John Wick Road Trip’ to Promote Home Debut of Latest Installment in the Series

Lionsgate will launch a “John Wick Road Trip” Aug. 31 through Sept. 18 displaying the vehicle’s used by the on-the-run hitman in the series, including the Ford Mustang from the first two movies and a Zero DSR motorcycle from John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.

The tour also features a traveling museum of series memorabilia.

The exhibit will travel across the Midwest and East Coast to visit select Best Buy Stores, NASCAR events, and the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL game. Fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with the Mustang, escape an army of assassins with a “John Wick” motorcycle green screen and check out real props from the films. They’ll also get a chance to win “John Wick” swag.

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The third chapter in the movie series is available now on digital and arrives on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD, and on demand Sept. 10.

Tour stops include:

  • NASCAR Darlington Raceway Series, 8/31 – 9/1, Darlington, S.C.
  • Best Buy, 9/3, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Best Buy, 9/4, Buford, Ga
  • NASCAR Indianapolis Motor Speedway Series, 9/6 – 9/8, Indianapolis
  • Best Buy, 9/10, Minneapolis
  • Best Buy, 9/12, Burbank, Ill.
  • Best Buy, 9/13, Downers Grove, Ill.
  • NFL: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings, 9/15, Green Bay, Wis.
  • Best Buy, 9/17, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
  • Best Buy, 9/18, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Nickelodeon ‘Paw Patrol’ DVD Released as Walmart Exclusive

Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue, a feature-length episode of the Nickelodeon series, will be released Sept. 2 exclusively at Walmart on DVD along with other series merchandise.

The DVD will be bundled with a digital copy of the 44-minute episode at $14.96.

The preschool series “PAW Patrol” is produced by Spin Master Entertainment. Ready, Race, Rescue follows the 2018 direct-to-video release Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups. In the new adventure, the pups take to the track for the Adventure Bay 500 and need to speed into action when legendary race car driver, The Whoosh, can’t compete.

The Ready, Race, Rescue product assortment will include toys, apparel, accessories, footwear, home, and health and beauty items. Walmart and Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products are also partnering on events in 800 stores nationwide the weekend of Sept. 7.

VNCP is also planning race-themed marketing initiatives to celebrate the exclusive collection, starting with a NASCAR sponsorship with partner Spin Master Entertainment. A Ready, Race, Rescue-themed Kids Zone, “Paw Patrol” costumed character appearances and activations will be featured at NASCAR’s event in Richmond, Va., Sept. 21. In the lead up to the event, seven influencers across the country will “Race Across America” and post from various states before “arriving” in Richmond.

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In its sixth season, “Paw Patrol” follows a pack of rescue pups — Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky, Zuma, Everest and Tracker — who are led by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder. The series features a curriculum that focuses on citizenship, social skills and problem-solving. Nickelodeon recently renewed the series for a seventh season of 26 half-hour episodes.

NASCAR Partners With Amazon for Cloud-Based Archival Video

NASCAR June 4 announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), that will help the 70-year-old stock car racing organization archive its racing video footage online in the cloud.

Video footage includes historical moments, photo-finishes, classic passes, wrecks and championship-clinching races.

“NASCAR is utilizing the breadth and depth of our cloud services to enhance the way people experience the sport and deliver even more impactful content to fans,” Mike Clayville, VP, worldwide commercial sales at AWS, said in a statement.

The archived footage will be featured on NASCAR.com and titled, “This Moment in NASCAR History powered by AWS.”

Each week, AWS and NASCAR.com will stream a historical moment from the upcoming track’s past for fans.

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“This Moment in NASCAR History” debuts this week and will feature Ernie Irvan’s 1997 comeback win at Michigan International Speedway.

“This relationship underscores our commitment to accelerate innovation and the adoption of cutting-edge technology across our sport,” said Jon Tuck, chief revenue officer at NASCAR.

The auto racing organization will leverage “Amazon Rekognition” — an AWS service that adds image and video analysis to applications — to automatically tag specific video frames with metadata, such as driver, car, race, lap, time, and sponsors so the industry can easily search those tags to surface the most iconic moments from past races.

By using AWS, NASCAR expects to save thousands of hours of manual search time each year, and will be able to easily surface flashbacks like Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s 1987 “Pass in the Grass” or Denny Hamlin’s 2016 Daytona 500 photo finish, and quickly deliver these to fans via video clips on NASCAR.com and social media channels.

“Speed and efficiency are key in racing and business which is why we chose AWS — the cloud with unmatched performance, the most comprehensive set of services, and the fastest pace of innovation — to accelerate our migration to the cloud,” said Craig Neeb, EVP of innovation and development, NASCAR.