“Life’s Rewards”, First Streaming TV Series Filmed and Produced by a Destination, Premieres 10 May 2021, on Amazon Prime
Filmed and set entirely in St. Pete/Clearwater and produced by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission and VISIT FLORIDA, the new scripted series takes viewers along on a journey of redemption and destination adventure.
“Life’s Rewards”, launching on 10 May 2021 on Amazon’s Prime Video, is a groundbreaking new series from Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission and VISIT FLORIDA, showcasing the beauty of travel and the rewarding communities it builds.
“Following a uniquely challenging year for the travel industry, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is excited to embark on this new frontier of destination marketing by bringing forth compelling programming that inspires wanderlust,” said Steve Hayes, President and CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. “‘Life’s Rewards’ is an entertaining series that is both heart-warming and binge-worthy.”
The first original scripted series developed by destination marketing organizations for streaming services, the show follows the life of Dan Kinney, played by actor Sebastian Rocha as he adjusts to an unexpected shift in lifestyle and circumstance. A privileged son of a high-profile wealth manager, Dan had it easy, until he waged everything on a big gamble and lost.
After a business trip gone bad, Dan is forced to live off the only two assets he has left — his unquestionable charisma and a massive cache of hotel points. He is left stranded at The Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach, the No.1 Best U.S. Beach in 2021 by TripAdvisor, but he must pick up the pieces of his former life and build anew. Despite his overly ambitious narcissism, his clients, friends, and hotel employees recognize there is something worth redeeming at his core. Dependent entirely on others’ generosity and goodwill, Dan embarks on a hero’s journey with no shortage of drama and humour along the way, but abandoning his ego proves a lot harder than expected, as he discovers the true rewards of life are often achieved in unexpected ways.
The result of a years-long partnership with Odyssey, the Studio at Miles Partnership and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, the scripted dramedy is a brand-new genre of television marketing by a tourism organization. Its entertainment-first content aims to build destination engagement with viewers and spark a desire to travel.
Written by Tom Crehan and directed by Damian Fitzsimmons, Life’s Rewards will premiere for a limited audience at the Sunscreen Film Festival on May 1, 2021 before becoming publicly available on several streaming platforms.
The first season of “Life’s Rewards” will feature eight, 10-15-minute episodes accessible on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, GoUSA TV, and Places.Travel starting May 10, 2021.
The official trailer can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6gGiAOjLXk
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About Visit St. Pete/Clearwater:
World-class beaches and 24 dynamic communities packed with culture and adventure await in St. Pete/Clearwater, the jewel of Florida’s Gulf coast, only 90 miles west from Orlando. Situated on a sun-drenched peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Tampa Bay, the area has received more than 30 awards in the past decade for its pristine white-sand beaches, including two St. Pete/Clearwater beaches in the Top 10 on TripAdvisor’s 2021 Best Beaches in the U.S. – No. 1, St. Pete Beach and No. 9, Madeira Beach. Culture shines here too, from institutions like St. Pete’s Dalí Museum, housing the largest collection of the famed surrealist’s works outside Spain, to a burgeoning street art scene that’s drawing international acclaim. The vibe is alive in St. Pete/Clearwater. Start planning your next vacation at VisitStPeteClearwater.com. #LiveAmplified
About St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission:
The St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission serves Pinellas County, Florida, supporting and working to bring television commercials, shows, feature films, and digital media projects to the destination. Film St. Pete/Clearwater (Film SPC) supports local, signature film festivals, fosters industry development with a robust incentive program, free workshops, and maintains an online production guide and location database.
The film commission participates in direct marketing and trade missions at major film markets, festivals, and tradeshows in North America and internationally like Sundance, Cannes, Toronto and more. FilmSPC also has a local film development program. Film, television, digital media, music videos and more are eligible for funding incentives via the business development program. The goal of the program is to provide exclusive destination exposure for St. Pete/Clearwater as a destination with a growing reputation for filmmaking and television programming, great locations, and excellent crew and equipment resources.
About Visit Florida:
As the Sunshine State’s No. 1 industry, tourism was responsible for welcoming 131.4 million visitors in 2019. Based on the latest economic impact study, Florida visitors contributed $96.5 billion to Florida’s economy and supported 1.6 million Florida jobs in 2019. According to the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, for every $1 the state invests in VISIT FLORIDA, the official tourism marketing corporation for the State of Florida, $3.27 in tax revenue is generated. VISIT FLORIDA promotes tourism to Florida through sales, advertising, promotions, public relations and visitor services programs. As a public/private partnership, VISIT FLORIDA serves more than 13,000 tourism industry businesses, including major strategic alliance partnerships with Busch Gardens Tampa, Disney Destinations, Hilton, LEGOLAND Florida Resort, SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando, and Universal Orlando Resort. To learn more about VISIT FLORIDA, follow @FloridaTourism on Facebook and Twitter.