Shefik Launches Exclusive Videos at Rizzle and Skyrockets to Over 1.5 Million Views
Photo Credit: Vincent Iiyambo
NEW YORK — Media personality and technology maven Shefik (https://shefik.info) served as an official judge at Rizzle (formerly named Rumbl) (https://rizzle.tv), for the platform's first video contest in journalism and storytelling. Aptly titled "360Kickoff" (https://rizzle.tv/contests/360kickoff/), the contest bootstrapped the area of news and storytelling on Rizzle and drew amazing channels across news, sports, conspiracy theories, global warming, Twitter highlights, and more. Approximately $5,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the top 3 winners of the contest.
Following a series of subsequent contests, Shefik later returned as an official judge for Rizzle's next exciting contest titled "360Encore" (https://rizzle.tv/contests/360encore/). The contest was a follow-up that took citizen journalism to the next level. Upping the ante for the highly anticipated contest, the prize bounty was increased to $10,000 in cash prizes — the highest ever offered by Rizzle thus far.
Rizzle is a 60-second video platform where you can create, distribute, and monetize your videos. With 100% original content, Rizzle is a unique play. Rizzle channels range from food and recipes, gaming, tech, dating tips, sports, movie reviews, skits, and more. Through the 360 contest efforts, Rizzle is dedicated to bringing visibility to a huge number of talented creators bringing opinions, facts, and journalistic storytelling.
Inspired by the ease of use and the energy of user engagement at Rizzle, Shefik has shifted gears from his judging duties to also become a content provider for the platform. His Rizzle account at @shefik (https://rizzle.tv/u/shefik) has officially launched with much fanfare worldwide, and the videos posted in the account's various channels have already amassed over 1.5 million views.
The initial video content includes exclusive behind-the-scenes and rare candid footage of Shefik's adventurous journey and attendance of high-profile events, such as Brand A at New York Fashion Week, BroadwayCon, and World Wildlife Day at the United Nations. New videos will be posted regularly, as Shefik explores the roads ahead wide-eyed.
The initial video content features a surprising number of notable guests, such as Tony Award nominee Rob McClure, who is currently portraying the dual role of Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in the Broadway musical "Mrs. Doubtfire", which is based on the 1993 film of the same name. Also featured is 3-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee William Goldstein, who is celebrating the success and critical-acclaim of his new album "Muses" (https://open.spotify.com/album/6HNqd8s0hkyPdUkOd9vQrg?si=f-SvU-PZRMitCPxrH0674Q). In many of the on-screen adventures, Shefik is accompanied by the venerable production crew from his terrestrial radio show and video series "Shefik presents Invocation", consisting of Baroness Olga Papkovitch, Sean K. Fitzpatrick, Vincent Iiyambo, and Neddy Smith.
"Shefik is a media personality, experienced speaker, and producer, whose background is a perfect fit to Rizzle's mission of advancing all walks of citizen journalism," says Vidya Narayanan, Co-Founder and CEO at Rizzle.
Shefik is a Professional Member at the New York Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NY Emmys), as well as a National Associate Member at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Primetime Emmy Awards). The organizations are dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. They recognize excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award.
Shefik is celebrating over 20 years in the professional workforce. He began his career as an entertainment publicist, working with companies such as Motown Music Publishing, Island Black Music (Island Records), and Double XXposure, as well as high-profile recording artists, such as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee The Isley Brothers, 5-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick, and Tony Award winner and 4-time Grammy Award nominee Melba Moore.
Shefik later expanded his skillset to technology, where he worked as Technical Producer at TIME magazine. Afterwards, he worked as Web Developer and Engineer at Condé Nast Digital (Vanity Fair, GQ, Wired), Vimeo, Columbia Law School (Columbia University), Publicis Modem (LG, Sanofi Pasteur), HUGE, and Penton Media, among others. Additionally, he has held senior-level positions at many celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal (CNBC, Syfy, Chiller), Newsweek, MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. Shefik currently serves as a Technical Lead at NBC Sports, where he is leading the development for critical web-based business applications for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
It is apparent that Shefik is on the cutting edge of multimedia, as he also serves as Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show and internationally syndicated video series, "Shefik presents Invocation" (https://invocation.co). He uses this media platform to amplify the voices and acknowledge the thought patterns of people across a variety of ages, ethnicities, occupations, creeds, and belief systems. The radio show is oftentimes aligned with Shefik's various philanthropic endeavors and alliances with non-profit organizations. As of this writing, "Shefik presents Invocation" has won over 40 industry awards (for audio, video, and website), many of which were awarded at the highest level. The radio show is currently broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States.
Through various distribution agreements, Shefik also produces accompanying video content (similarly titled "Shefik presents Invocation"), which can be viewed internationally on Amazon, in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, as well as via other notable outlets worldwide. The video content can also be viewed throughout the United States via a variety of outlets, inclusive of storefronts, medical offices, car dealerships, restaurants, salons, urgent care centers, pharmacies, malls, sports arenas, and more. Particularly, Shefik's video content can be viewed at heavily trafficked locations, such as the 10,000 seat Webster Bank Arena (Bridgeport, CT), the casino Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT), as well as select locations of Dunkin' Donuts.
As an award-winning videographer and producer, Shefik's work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME magazine, TEDx, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), Broadway World, and a major news station in New York City. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail, Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, China Press, and RESPECT.
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