SOURCE: Horizon Media

January 15, 2015 11:56 ET

Big Belli, Scout Wellness, and Bungalow Horizon Collaborate on 40 Weeks, the First Unscripted Documentary About the Journey of Pregnancy

Scout Wellness and Bungalow Horizon to Develop New Media and Marketing Platform Focusing on New Mothers' First 1001 Days

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - January 15, 2015) - Big Belli, Scout Wellness and Bungalow Horizon announced today that they have collaborated to produce 40 Weeks, the first unscripted documentary film to offer an intimate look into the week-by-week journey of pregnant women across the country. Bungalow Horizon is the branded content division of Horizon Media, and Scout Wellness, also a division of Horizon Media, is the first dedicated health and wellness consulting unit empowering marketers to take action against global health and wellness challenges.

40 Weeks follows 13 pregnant mothers and their families throughout varied socio-economic situations to examine and address topics surrounding pregnancy and child birth such as sonograms, morning sickness, prenatal nutrition, screenings, safe remedies, fetal development, preparing for delivery, single parenting, same-sex parenting, health risks, pre-term labor, low birth weight, home safety, preparing to bring the baby home, and more.

Scout Wellness has been tapped to develop the marketing strategy around the feature-length documentary, including the development of a digital platform, the creation of events, and securing media, retail, and advertising partners in support of Big Belli's 40 Weeks. Bungalow Horizon is integrally involved in the production and distribution strategy of the 40 Weeks film across media platforms, live events and digital media.

"We're thrilled to be working with Big Belli, as 40 Weeks is the first documentary to follow the life changing journey of pregnancy," said Rich Abend, Managing Director of Scout Wellness. "From pre-natal through the first 1001 days of a mom or baby's life is the richest time to reach consumers and a time where all priorities and brand preferences start to change. Moms around the world spend an estimated $6.5 billion dollars preparing for a baby, and 73% will reconsider the brands they use. This documentary has the potential to change the way that the more than130 million moms in the United States live and consume products."

Bungalow Horizon Chief Executive Officer, Robert Friedman, an accomplished media and entertainment executive with more than 30 years' experience, is credited as a 40 Weeks executive producer. The film premieres across ten markets, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston and Dallas. Scout Wellness will lead the roll out of 1,000 screenings across the country in February, 2015.

"There are few places where expecting moms, their partners and those who care about them can find the kind of support system and virtual community that Big Belli captured in 40 Weeks," said Robert Friedman, Executive Producer of 40 Weeks and CEO of Bungalow Horizon. "We expect to follow these families as they enter year one and beyond, creating a new franchise that captures all the changes that come with starting a family."

"While the market is awash with media about birth and parenting, no documentary project has ever sought to fully explore the emotional journey of each of the forty weeks of pregnancy," said Director Christopher Henze. Big Belli Co-Founder, Dominique Debroux states, "This is the movie that millions of moms have been waiting for."

Big Belli is a baby-centric resource for expecting moms and new mothers that uniquely provides video content in the words of pregnant women and mothers. Big Belli has partnered with a number of trusted organizations such as the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), HealthyWomen.org, and the March of Dimes, to ensure that all healthcare information in the movie and website is accurate and current.

To schedule a screening in your area please visit https://gathr.us/films/40-weeks.

About Scout Wellness
Scout Wellness is the first dedicated health and wellness consulting unit empowering marketers to take action against global health and wellness challenges through solutions that lead to quantifiable results. Scout Sports and Entertainment adds the wellness entity to its existing sports, entertainment and experiential offering.

Scout Wellness provides marketers with experienced and innovative marketing while navigating the future of global health through best in class marketing and media practices. The unit will help consumers start, maintain, track and augment their health and wellness journey. It also offers unparalleled integration with Horizon Media's broader offering.

About Bungalow Media + Entertainment, LLC
Founded in 2013, Bungalow Media + Entertainment, LLC is an integrated media & entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes scripted, unscripted and branded entertainment across all media platforms, including television, film, live events and digital. Bungalow is managed by Robert Friedman, an accomplished media and entertainment executive with more than 30 years' experience having held senior roles at radical. Media, New Line Cinema, and MTV. Joint venture and strategic partners include Horizon Media, Inc., the largest independent media buying company and Cisneros Group, a global leader in Latin media & entertainment, reaching over 550 million viewers in more than 100 countries. The company also represents a number of properties including The New York Times, 60 Minutes and New York Magazine as well as managing a talent roster of Writers, Producers and Directors, among them Vince Gilligan and Bob Nelson of Breaking Bad and Nebraska fame respectively, through its Bungalow | Storied Media division. For more information, please visit www.bungalowentertainment.com.

About Horizon Media
Horizon Media, Inc. is the largest and fastest growing privately held media services agency in the world. The company was founded in 1989, is headquartered in New York and has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago. Horizon Media was chosen as 2011 Independent Media Agency of the Year by Mediapost, 2010 U.S. Media Agency of the Year by Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek as well as by Ad Age and as one of the world's ten most innovative marketing and advertising companies by Fast Company in 2011. In 2012, Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder, was honored by Advertising Age as Industry Executive of the Year. Most recently, in 2014, Bill Koenigsberg was named 4As Chair of the Board and is the first person from a media agency to hold this prestigious position in the 100 year history of the 4As, the marketing industry's leading trade association.

The company's mission is "To create the most meaningful brand connections within the lives of people everywhere." By delivering on this mission through a holistic approach to brand marketing, Horizon Media has become one of the largest and fastest-growing media agencies in the industry, with estimated billings of over $4.7 billion and over 1000 employees.

The company is also a founding member of Columbus Media International, a multi-national partnership of independent media agencies. For more information, please visit horizonmedia.com.

40 Weeks Movie Trailer
https://vimeo.com/110288958

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