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Starbucks Launches Original Web Series Upstanders

Inspiration is the Focus; 10-Episodes Ordered

Starbucks has unveiled its first original web content series, which is called “Upstanders” and aims to inspire Americans with stories of compassion, citizenship and civility. The series features podcasts, written words, and video, and will be distributed via the Starbucks mobile app, online, and through the company’s in-store digital network.

There are 10 episodes in the series, which was written and produced by Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz along with Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Starbuck’s executive producer and a former senior editor of “The Washington Post.”

Beyond the video episodes, which can be viewed on, there are also written essays and audio versions of each story that will launch through a weekly podcast.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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