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History

DREAMPLAY is an award-winning strategic and creative media company, consisting of their own storytelling network, a professional creative agency and film production team. DREAMPLAY was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Newark and Los Angeles.

DreamPlay TV Mission Statement

DREAMPLAY TV is a multi-channel, visual storytelling network featuring original series, films, and locally-inspired stories with global appeal.

DREAMPLAY TV | Newark, the inaugural edition of the visual storytelling network, features the people, culture and places of this historic, ascendant city. Initial channels include stories linked to arts, music, food, travel, local craftsmanship, education, human profiles and more.

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Founders

Igor Alves

Co-Founder, Managing Producer

Igor Alves is the Co-Founder and CEO of DreamPlay Media. Alves is an entrepreneur, media and film producer, and strategist. Alves has produced five award-winning short films and an upcoming feature documentary. Alves served as NY/NJ Media and Partnership Specialist for the 2010 Census, and he previously worked as Director of Operations + Marketing at 24horas Newspaper, and at the multicultural ad agency, Status Marketing. He has 15 years of non-profit leadership experience, including with the American Red Cross and NJ SEEDS. Alves received a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a Masters of Science in Global Affairs and Economics from Rutgers University-Newark. Igor was born in Brazil and grew up in Newark, NJ - where he is an evangelist for the city, and a champion of social entrepreneurs, artists and dreamers everywhere.

Yuri Alves

Filmmaker-in-Residence

Yuri Alves is Co-Founder and Creative Director at DreamPlay Media. Alves is a multiple award-winning filmmaker who has written and directed films, primetime television programs and commercial projects in the U.S. and Europe. Yuri has completed more than a dozen films. His most renowned short films include, "Broken Clouds", “Exit Road”, “Echoes of Fado”, “Grind”, and “On the Cusp”. Alves’s films have earned more than 15 festival awards, including the ECU European Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, IndieFest, and more. Alves directed two critically acclaimed, primetime television series in Portugal: “Tempo Final” and "Filha da Lei". Alves was born in Brazil and grew up in Newark, NJ, where he has set many of his films. Yuri received a Bachelor's degree in Media Arts from New Jersey City University.

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BRAVISSIMA

Intimate artist profiles plus music and dance performances that celebrate talent and creativity of all stripes.

Rooftop Sessions

Local music bands and musicians of all genres performing special secret live shows on rooftops in Newark, NJ. Initial performances and exclusive interviews with these superb New Jersey-based acts: Randy Haze Trio, Minor King, The Velvet Trio feat. Janetza Miranda, and Daria Jones.

Artist at Work

Local music bands and musicians of all genres performing special secret live shows on rooftops in Newark, NJ. Initial performances and exclusive interviews with these superb New Jersey-based acts: Randy Haze Trio, Minor King, The Velvet Trio feat. Janetza Miranda, and Daria Jones.

Move Like This

Dance-inspired films, stories and performances that prove how you can say so much without speaking a thing. Initial episodes include Tap With Me, featuring Maurice Chestnut and Ryan Douglas.

One Take Poetry

The best spoken word poets performing original works... captured in a single take - no cuts, no breaks, no wannabes. Initial episodes feature Blue Floozy by Mia X and Get it Right by Jesslyn Blue.

CRAFTWELL

City-inspired artistry, craftsmanship and culture of those advancing locally made and locally treasured.

Masters of

Get to know the people and businesses proving that made in America means made with skill.

Upgraded

Meet the visionaries who are bringing big city dreams to life - one corner at a time.

DELICIOSO

Flavors, places, aromas, iconic sights and insider hangouts, always presented with style.

Meet Me In

Explore and fall in love with these neighborhoods one street, store, restaurant, and hangout at a time.

Top Eats

More than recipes in a studio: discover the best local dishes prepared by real chefs and real residents.

Mixed Up

Sit back and chillax with these celebrated drinks and concoctions.

UPWARD

Extraordinary people who dare to dream big, and push beyond expectations.

Jersey Greats

Individuals who live true greatness, and achieve extraordinary results through unwavering dedication to their passion.

Veterans in Motion

Real life, intimate narratives of service men and women building their lives as citizens returned from war.

EXTRAS

Featuring behind the scenes trailers, promos, sneak peeks, interviews, outtakes and more exclusive content.

ORIGINALS

Our city-inspired selection of narrative films, documentaries, hybrid films and more. These are bold stories that grab you by the soul.

Broken Clouds

Human evolution… just one long, drawn out suicide?

Exit Road

Freedom from self is hard.

Echoes of Fado

This music is more than magical. It’s destiny.

On the Cusp

His hands built a skate park. His spirit built a community.

GRIND

You have to find something deep in your heart that will make you change.

About DreamPlay Media

DreamPlay Media is an award-winning strategic and creative media company, based in Newark, NJ, and Los Angeles, CA. Our hand-selected team share a commitment to excellence. And we cultivate and train a flexible, scalable and trusted network of creatives and professionals.