Portal A’s ‘White Collar Brawlers’ Moves from Web to Esquire TV

/ Nov 18, 2013

WCB

Finally, a chance to punch your annoying coworker in the face without legal ramifications. Such is the premise of the latest Esquire Network reality series “White Collar Brawlers.” In the show, at odds officemates are given the chance to squash their beef during a televised boxing match.

The series’ maiden episode puts office workers Andrew Devine and Ryan Sainscott in the ring to settle a dispute over a $13,000 debt, which developed when the two New York-based financial planners lived together. The desk jockeys will have six weeks of boxing training before their big bout.

While the show is being developed for TV, “White Collar Brawlers” originally got its start online. Created by creative studio Portal A, the first season of “White Collar Brawlers” received over 2.5 million video views online. Marketed as a cross-platform series, the online series also sold tickets to the live boxing events, which received over 1,500 attendees during their run.

The online series won a number of awards, including the International Academy of Web Television’s Best Documentary Award; so it’s not totally surprising that Esquire went ahead and picked it up for TV.

The Esquire version is taking a slightly different format than that of the digital version’s 4-7 minute episodes. “White Collar Brawlers” on TV will be one hour long and dive further into the fighters’ six-week training.

The series is produced by Authentic Entertainment. Portal A’s founders Zach Blume, Kai Hasson, and Nate Houghteling will be listed as co-executive producers, although the studio does not own the TV property.

Episode one of “White Collar Brawlers” will debut on the Equire Network starting this Tuesday at 10 p.m.

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