The half-hour talk series from PPI Releasing is cleared in over 75% of the U.S. for 2015-16 and is hosted by rapper Shad.
PPI Releasing-distributed freshman syndicated weekly Q introduces 32-year-old rapper Shad as its permanent host in a freshly updated format beginning this week.
The half-hour talk series is cleared in over 75% of the U.S. for 2015-16, including WABC New York, KDOC Los Angeles, WBBM Chicago, KYW Philadelphia and WFAA Dallas.
“Shad is an original thinker, with a broad range of talents and an electric presence on screen,” said Ritch Colbert, principal PPI Releasing.
Featured guests on the series have included Robert Downey Jr, Billy Crystal, Drake, John Malkovich, Zach Galifianakis, Louis Gossett, Jr., Martin Short, Morgan Freeman, Barbra Streisand, Hugh Jackman, Spike Lee, Kevin Smith, Judd Apatow, Javier Bardem, Lena Dunham, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Williams, Jodi Foster, Viggo Mortensen, Quincy Jones, Tom Petty, Hozier, The New Pornographers and Lorde.
The new Q will launch in U.S. syndication this week with a special episode shot in front of a live studio audience at the Glen Gould Theatre in Toronto.
Shad has grown a loyal following since the release of his first album in 2005, When This is Over. He has performed on BET and won Canada’s Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2011.
“My mission in music has always been to make a unique and positive contribution to culture and to people’s lives. This is an exciting opportunity to pursue that same mission in a new way, alongside a brilliant, passionate team,” Shad said.