Emergent Media and VISIT FLORIDA’s On-Going Culinary Series Sets Travelers’ Sights on the State’s Southwest Coast

Today, VISIT FLORIDA and Emergent Media announce the next chapter in the “Florida’s Table” journey with the debut of a fifth season of the custom original video series. “Florida’s Table” promotes the state’s dynamic culinary scene by showcasing a diverse handful of restaurants, and each episode features a local chef or restaurateur who is a reflection of the place they live and work. These individuals are well-versed in their particular culinary tradition, and their cultural origins are represented in the flavors they serve up.



The 5th season of “Florida’s Table” traces a route through an array of Southwest Florida’s culinary treasures. This edition of Emergent Media’s custom content series for VISIT FLORIDA showcases a diverse sampling of the region’s culinary finds. Preceding seasons of “Florida’s Table” cover the Southeast, Panhandle/Northwest, Northeast, and The Keys regions of the state. As they have throughout the series, the featured chefs and restaurants exemplify the characteristics shared by Florida’s world-class food destinations–chef-driven, fresh, local, and seasonal are all front and center here.

“Since the beginning, the goal of this series has been to help travelers discover yet another wonderful thing about Florida – the abundance of culinary offerings. Season after season and region by region, the storytelling and imagery have done a tremendously effective job of getting the word out and doing justice to the wonderful chefs and restaurants that continue to drive Florida’s food scene forward.”

—Dana Young, President and CEO, VISIT FLORIDA

The “Florida’s Table” series is notable for its chef-focused storytelling, and the Southwest edition brings that approach to new heights, featuring: Chef Vincenzo Betulia of Osteria Tulia in Naples, Chef Chas Taitgen of Dixie FIsh Co. in Fort Myers Beach, Chef Marc Alton of Fins in Venice, Chefs George Sayeh and Andrew Duncan at Baba on Central in St. Petersburg, and Chef Jeannie Pierola of Edison Food + Drink Lab in Tampa.

The presentation of a “signature dish” punctuates each video, and this season’s menu highlights Florida spiny lobster with housemade spaghetti, seafood shrimp boil, oysters rockefeller, half roasted chicken with zatar couscous, and Ramrod Key Spiny Lobster.

The social-first campaign runs mid-October through mid-November, 2023 and reaches the Paradise audience network via organic and paid distribution fueled by Paradise’s Instagram channel, with supplemental content distribution across the Paradise web page and Emergent Media’s YouTube channel.


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VISIT FLORIDA is the Sunshine State’s official tourism marketing corporation and travel planning resource for visitors across the globe. As Florida’s No. 1 industry, tourism was responsible for welcoming over 137.6 million visitors in 2022, the highest number of visitors in the state’s history. VISIT FLORIDA promotes tourism through sales, advertising, promotions,public relations and visitor services programs, and serves more than 13,000 travel industry partners throughout the state. To learn more about VISIT FLORIDA, follow @FloridaTourism on Facebook and Twitter, or go to visitflorida.org. For inspiration in the Sunshine State follow @VISITFLORIDA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit www.visitflorida.com. For media resources, visit www.visitfloridamedia.com.

About Emergent Media

Emergent is a modern digital media and content company. With an approach that is informed by data and insights, powered by tech and brought to life by our global community of creators, we are re-imagining how content and ideas can be most effectively shared in today’s digital ecosystem. Across our network of social-first brands and original series, and with the campaigns we create in partnership with today’s leading companies, Emergent connects a global community of Modern Explorers, sparking conversation and creating culture around the activities, spaces and places that define them. For more information, visit https://thisisemergent.com/.


Emergent Media and Universal Pictures Partner on Social Campaign Promoting New DreamWorks Animated Film

Emergent Media teamed up with DreamWorks to promote the studio’s new animated feature film, “Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken,” which opens in theaters on June 30th. The ability of Emergent and its Paradise Channel to deliver contextual alignment with inspiring mother-daughter content is key in building awareness and generating excitement leading into the film’s all-important opening over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Leveraging the Paradise travel community and tying in the film’s key themes of building confidence and female empowerment, Emergent created a special edition of our recurring Top 5 Travel Series called “5 Mother Daughter Trips That Build Confidence and Connection.”

All media is distributed across paid social including TikTok, and Instagram, driving views of the custom short form videos Emergent created by pairing the film’s trailer assets with clips of real world adventure experiences.

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Emergent Media, Toyota and SiriusXM Launch Season Three of “Sounds of the Road” Premiering Online and in the SiriusXM App May 25th.

Filmed in Atlanta, GA, The New Episodes Feature Exclusive Live Performances From Emerging Recording Artists Larkin Poe, Hero the Band and Amythyst Kiah.

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“Sounds of the Road: Atlanta” presented by Toyota and SiriusXM, takes viewers for a ride with musical acts Larkin Poe, Hero The Band, and Amythyst Kiah. Each of the artists share insight into their journey as artists, discuss life on the road and share intimate live performances captured in iconic venues around Atlanta, GA, one of the country’s most energetic and important music scenes.

The new episodes, which premiere online and in the SiriusXM App on May 25, continue the momentum built with the series’ first two seasons, which were shot in Los Angeles and Nashville, respectively. The campaign showcases the 2022 Tacoma SR5 Special Trail Edition, the 2023 Sequoia Platinum, and the all-new 2023 Prius Limited AWD while boosting Toyota brand awareness and affinity. SiriusXM is tastefully integrated throughout the content and present in each vehicle, serving to drive tune-in for the Memorial Day Weekend Free Listening period and build awareness of SiriusXM channel offerings.

This season’s lineup features a selection of guitar-driven acts representing a wide spectrum of influences and styles. Rebecca & Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe are grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist sisters playing their own brand of scorching rock and roll. Hero The Band is a multifaceted band composed of four biological brothers with a unique musical vision that blurs lines and genres. Amythyst Kiah, also a Grammy-nominee singer-songwriter, complements her powerful vocals with a blend of eclectic influences ranging from old time music, alternative rock, folk, country, and blues.

Set in the city’s various neighborhoods and the roads that connect them, these stories weave together three main aspects of the artist’s musical journey: artistic inspiration, life on the road, and the power of playing to a live audience. Performances in such legendary venues as midtown’s Smith’s Olde Bar, Ponce-Highland’s Drunken Unicorn, and Decatur’s Eddie’s Attic drive the pace and the storytelling of each episode.

The campaign is being distributed on Emergent’s Paradise channel as well as through paid social media targeting a qualified and engaged audience. The full collection of video episodes is hosted on Toyota’s owned website and YouTube channel as well as the SiriusXM App. The campaign runs May 25 – June 11, 2023.

Emergent Media Adds Veteran Editorial and Creative Talent to its Executive Team

Emergent Media, a rapidly growing digital publisher and e-commerce enterprise, has announced the hiring of Holly E. Thomas as Director, Editorial and Jeff Honea as Creative Producer. These key hires signal the next phase of the firm’s expansion as it continues to execute more and bigger branded content deals and invest in developing original editorial series for Emergent’s audiences.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this growth stage of our business and bringing on these key leadership roles,” says Emergent Media’s Chief Business Officer, Jen Klawin. “Holly’s deep editorial background leading content strategy across multi-media and platforms coupled with Jeff’s experience leading content and production studios are exactly the leadership we were seeking to accelerate our growth and the work we do for brands.”

Thomas oversees Emergent’s community teams while also leading content strategy and development across the Paradise, SHLTR, Golden State, Surfers, Cabinfeed, California Love, and Driftward editorial properties. Honea, whose responsibilities include creative strategy, content production, and creator program development, heads up Emergent’s in-house studio alongside Creative Producer, Hannah Lee and Creative Director, Bryce Lowe-White.

Thomas’ addition to the Emergent team brings considerable expertise gained over two decades, including 10 years in print and digital journalism and another 10 in content marketing, custom publishing, social strategy, and brand-building as a senior content leader on agency and in-house teams. “I’m a true believer in content and the power it has to bring a community together,” Thomas says. “I’m thrilled to join the team at Emergent in creating truly innovative, inspiring content that serves our audience and connects them to places and things they love.”

Honea, who previously served as studio head and creative director at CBS EcoMedia, contributes a fitting combination of experience, talent, and leadership. “To be part of a brilliant team forging new territory in sectors that align with my interests and values is an ideal opportunity,” says Honea. “It is gratifying to play a role in achieving Emergent’s mission.”

About Emergent Media

Emergent Media is a lifestyle network for the “Modern Explorer.” We tell the stories that reverberate with globally minded humans seeking to live inspired lives motivated by self-discovery and fueled by authentic experiences. From travel, food, and adventure, to interior design, music, and culture, there’s always something new to explore!

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Emergent Media and Visit Florida Entice Traveling Foodies with the Panhandle’s Array of Flavorful Delights

From white-sand beaches to woodsy farmland, “Florida’s Table” is all about fantastic food – and the people who create it.

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The latest season of “Florida’s Table” explores Northwest Florida’s culinary landscape, proving once again that Florida’s food scene boasts some of the most talented regional chefs, mixologists, and farmers in the country.

This edition of Emergent Media’s custom content series for VISIT FLORIDA showcases a diverse sampling of the Panhandle’s eating and drinking establishments – serving up everything from fresh-caught Gulf seafood to farm-at-table salads. Chris Stevens of Five Sisters Blues Cafe in Pensacola, John Engle of Roux 30A in Grayton Beach, Jim Shirley of Farm & Fire in Santa Rosa Beach, Jim Shirah at Dewey Destin’s Harborside in Destin, and Jesse and Tyler Rice of Backwoods Crossing in Tallahassee invite viewers to “come have a seat at my Florida table.”

Continuing the successful storytelling approach that launched “Florida’s Table” in August, 2022, the video series focuses on the chefs’ and restaurateurs’ personal stories, delving into how their respective culinary offerings are direct expressions of their life experiences and passions. Each episode culminates with the presentation of the restaurant’s “signature dish” – almond-crusted lionfish, radicchio salad, fried catfish, paella, and a multi-course chef’s tasting meal all get get their moment to shine.

The social-first campaign runs mid-February through late March, 2023 and reaches the Paradise audience network via organic and paid distribution fueled by Paradise’s Instagram channel, with supplemental content distribution on TikTok, the Paradise web page and Emergent Media’s YouTube channel.

For Florida Visitors, It’s all about Enjoying Things “One Fun Day” at a Time.

Emergent Media creates an itinerary-driven video series for Visit Florida’s winter season push

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“One Fun Day,” the new 9-part video series by Emergent Media, supports Visit Florida’s winter season communication strategy by celebrating a broad cross section of the countless ways Florida visitors can get out and have fun any time of year. Whether it’s ziplining with the kids, exploring an art museum and enjoying sunset drinks with friends, or paddling through mangroves with a partner and dining on a white sand beach, it’s all here!

In order to feature a broad range of activity, lodging, shopping, and dining opportunities, the Emergent Media team worked its way clear across the central portion of the state, featuring a variety of daily itineraries to be found in Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Melbourne, Kissimmee, Dunedin, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lido Key, and Bradenton. Fun/sun-themed branding and motion graphics compliment the videos’ bright, colorful imagery and lively visual style. Beautiful still photography sets round out Emergent’s deliverables for Visit Florida’s use in promotional materials.

“One Fun Day” videos are featured on Visit Florida’s YouTube page.

Emergent Media’s “Sounds of the Road” Rolls into Music City with SiriusXM and Toyota

Second installment of Emergent Media’s custom content series shines a spotlight on the Nashville music scene.

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“Sounds of the Road: Nashville” invites viewers to ride along with musical artists Madison Cunningham, Devon Gilfillian, and The Lone Bellow as they discuss life on the road and finding inspiration in one of the country’s most vibrant music communities.

Building on the success of the 2021 campaign, Emergent Media’s custom content drives tune-in for SiriusXM’s Q4 2022 Holiday Free Listening period and boosts awareness and brand affinity for Toyota.

Featured artists continue to represent the variety of SiriusXM Channel offerings: Gilfillian has created a distinctive sound combining soul, R&B, and rock influences, Cunningham is a West coast folk-rock singer- songwriter, and The Lone Bellow is a country-rock trio celebrated for their soaring harmonies, complex lyrics and exquisite musicianship.

The series also integrates three of Toyota’s 2023 models: Tundra Limited TRD PRO CrewMax, Corolla Cross HV XLE, and RAV4 Prime XSE. The vehicles are featured prominently as each artist drives to their music venue and then performs for fans and aficionados.

The content is to be promoted on Emergent’s Paradise channel,throughout its sister organic channels and via targeted, paid social media to reach a qualified and engaged audience. The story and its assets all live on Paradise, and the full collection of video episodes is hosted on Toyota YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. The campaign runs November 23 – December 5, 2022.



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Take a Seat at Florida’s Table with New “Foodie” Campaign from VISIT FLORIDA and Emergent Media

“We are thrilled to let people know about the incredible culinary scene that we have in Florida,” said Staci Mellman, Chief Marketing Officer, VISIT FLORIDA. “And who better to tell that story than the restaurateurs themselves? The team at Emergent Media really understands authentic storytelling for lifestyle travel content. Florida’s Table is our first culinary-focused program with Emergent Media and we love this content. Travelers already love Florida’s beautiful beaches, iconic theme parks, and hidden outdoor gems, with the launch of this effort they will discover yet another wonderful thing about Florida.”

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Emergent Media and Baja Vida Bring Premium Baja-Inspired Beef Jerky and Snacks to Paradise

Michelin-star chef Brandon Rodgers of One World Ventures, shares his secret ingredients for the Baja Vida jerky line

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One World Brief’s Baja Vida has engaged with Emergent Media and its premier channel, Paradise, to deliver custom, adventure-lifestyle content to the modern explorer. With this campaign, Baja Vida is tapping into Emergent’s marquee channel, Paradise, using targeted paid media to boost traffic, awareness, and intent to purchase while showcasing Baja Vida’s brand pillars: Dare To Be Bold with a love for Exploration, Adventure and Flavor.

Creatively, the campaign incorporates content showcasing Michelin-star chef Brandon Rogers. Through a set of Instagram posts and an online article, Rodgers shares his inspirations for creating Baja Vida’s lineup of bold, flavorful, healthy, low-sugar, low-sodium, premium Baja-inspired beef jerky and snacks: “The street taco flavor of jerky and meat stick was inspired by the street fairs and tacos in Baja and all over Mexico. The main ingredient is an authentic annatto seed that is found there on the trees and it’s such a fragrant spice with a red-pink color. That flavor just screams ‘Baja inspired.’”

The campaign, running through April 15, 2022, utilizes a variety of video and social assets, employing alternating copy and targeting a premium audience of adventure-seeking snackers.

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Casio G-SHOCK Goes “Out of Office” with Emergent Media

Docuseries celebrates individuals boldly combining passion with profession

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Casio G-SHOCK and Emergent Media have partnered to create story-driven content featuring individuals who represent the toughness and ruggedness of the G-SHOCK brand.

Through Golden State’s established docuseries Out of Office – profiles of people who have designed their lifestyles and livelihoods around the outdoors – Emergent Media created two custom episodes featuring Becky Mendoza and Jeff Hull, two individuals who embody both the strength of G-SHOCK for a curious, active and adventurous community that understands and appreciates the value of time. G-SHOCK watches are featured prominently yet organically in the show’s cinematic footage.

“Casio is excited about the content and working with Emergent Media to create custom episodes of Out of Office to position G-SHOCK as the go-to watch for performance-minded explorers and creators”

The G-SHOCK-branded content exists as approximately 4-minute long video episodes, plus social cutdowns and written articles. In addition to distribution on Casio’s owned social media channels, the content is featured on goldenstate.is and organically within the Golden State and Surfers social channels.

About Becky Mendoza
As the owner of Action Sports Law Group, Becky Mendoza provides athletes and companies with quality legal services that help them more effortlessly pursue their passions. As a cofounder of the women-led Changing Tides Foundation, she strives to help solve global challenges, advocate for our planet, and create change throughout the world. In this special episode of Out of Office, celebrating International Women’s Day, we learn more about Becky and a journey that mixes passion, profession and purpose.

About Jeff Hull
California-based boat builder Jeff Hull cut his teeth as a snowboard and surfboard builder; boats were never meant to replace this work. Instead, he saw it as a new avenue to create and connect. “Once I was introduced to fiberglass, resins, epoxies…it just opened this world to things you could build.” In this next episode of Out of Office, we spend a day with Jeff, from the shop to the sea, and explore his passion for all things water-related.