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The World is Ending: Time to Rise Up (series)

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STATUS: In Development

SYNOPSIS:

Feature documentary WeRiseUP is set to be turned into a long-form TV series. The film brings together social, political, and business leaders including the Dalai Lama, Secretary-Deputy of the United Nations Amina MohammedBlake Mycoskie, CEO of TOMS Shoes, MobyJohn Mackey, Founder of Whole Foods, NBA star Dwight Howard and Richard Branson. The film questions cultural narratives of success, and looks at the world’s most pressing challenges.

The World is Ending: Time to Rise Up will show organizations and communities in action, working to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and pairs them with a team of experts, resources, and connections. The teams will look to solve local crises, while aiming to scale solutions globally. The series will also provide resources to viewers who want to get involved or implement the ideas in their own community.

CAST & CREW:

Producers: Kate Maloney,  Steven Cantor (Tent City USA)Jamie Schutz, & Jessica Cozzetta of Stick Figure EntertainmentZak Kilberg & Iz Web for Social Construct Films,  Michael Shaun Conaway & Alex Melnyk of Storyworks 

News:

 

Deadline article by Peter White: ‘WeRiseUP’ Documentary Featuring Moby & The Dalai Lama To Be Turned Into Long-Form TV Series — November 14, 2019


Stevie (Series)

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STATUS: In Development

SYNOPSIS:

Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me, the memoir written by Judy Garland’s manager and female power agent Stevie Phillips, is being adapted into a ‘Mad Men’-style television series. The series will follow the story of Phillips’ rise from secretary to tour manager to agent to producer in a pre-MeToo era.

Having started as a secretary, working for MCA’s Freddie Fields and David Begelman, under the glare of Lew Wasserman, she moved with the pair to Creative Management Associates, where she became Judy Garland’s “shadow”. Phillips went on to manage Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli as well as Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, George Roy Hill, Bob Fosse, Cat Stevens, and David Bowie. Sue Mengers, who worked with Stevie at CMA, will also be featured.

A true inspiration who paved the way for women in the entertainment industry, Stevie is an unapologetic, strategic force of nature who in her own words ‘learned to play her cards close to her chest and never fold.’

CAST & CREW:

Director: Scott Winant (Good Girls RevoltCalifornication, Emmy-winner for Thirtysomething)
Writer:  Andra Gordon
Producers: Andra Gordon and Sarena Khan for Athena Pictures, Zak Kilberg and Iz Web for Social Construct Films, Jon Levin for Fourward, Joseph Cohen for American Entertainment Investors, and Stevie Phillips.

News:

DEADLINE: Judy Garland’s Manager & Female Power Agent Stevie Phillips’ Memoir To Be Adapted Into ‘Mad Men’-Style Television Series – November 13th, 2019

Vanity Fair: Finally, a Mad Men–Style Show About Judy Garland’s Hollywood – November 13th, 2019…


The Friendship Game

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STATUS: In Development

SYNOPSIS:

In a small town, three high school outcasts and a pre-teen internet voyeur unlock a mysterious cosmic force via a seemingly harmless yard sale trinket, revealing the terrible fate of their missing friend, and sending them spiraling down a cataclysmic collapsing of realities.

CAST & CREW:

Starring: Bella Thorne
Director:
Scooter Corkle
Writer:
  Damien Ober
Producers: Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films (Producer of “Rememory” and “The Witch”), and Executive Producer Zak Kilberg of Social Construct Films (Producer of “Would You Rather” and “Buena Vista Social Club Adios”)
Casting Director: Erica Silverman Bream
Sales: CAA and 13 Films

News:

VARIETY: Bella Thorne Starring in Sci-Fi Horror Movie ‘Friendship Game’May 9th, 2019
THE WRAP: Bella Thorne to Star in Sci-Fi Horror ‘The Friendship Game’ for 13 Films – May 9th, 2019
SCREEN DAILY: Bella Thorne to star in horror ‘The Friendship Game’ (exclusive)  – May 9th, 2019


Say Her Name

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From Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media

STATUS: In Development

SYNOPSIS:

Based on the critically acclaimed memoir by Francisco Goldman. In this autobiographical love story, Goldman married young writer Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda in 2005. A month before their second anniversary, she passed away after a body surfing accident. Goldman was blamed by her family and himself and wanted to die but wrote “Say Her Name” as a novel chronicling his love and loss.

CAST & CREW:

Director: Leena Yadav
Writer: Scott B. Smith (script), Francisco Goldman (book)
Producers: William HorbergRussell SmithMichael Cleaver, and Zak Kilberg.

NEWS:

Francisco Goldman’s Love Story ‘Say Her Name’ Set Up as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

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Untitled 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Project

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STATUS: In Development

SYNOPSIS:

Inspired by Corinda Marsh’s historical novel “Holocaust in the Homeland: Black Wall Street’s Last Days.”

The book’s account, seen through the eyes of a fictional reporter, focuses on the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Okla., which was called “Black Wall Street” because of its economic success. The riot completely razed Greenwood, destroying the lives of its 10,000 residents.

The riot was mostly ignored until 1996, when the state legislature authorized the Oklahoma Commission to Investigate the Tulsa Race Riot.

CAST & CREW:

Director: Tim Story (“Fantastic Four,” the “Ride Along” franchise, the two “Think Like a Man” movies, “Barbershop.” Also directing and executive producing Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “White Famous,” based on Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences.)
Writer:  Christopher Kubasik
Producers: Zak Kilberg of Social Construct, Blue Ridge Media Capital, Tim Story and Doug Griffin of the Story Company, Christine Holder and Mark Holder of Zero Gravity.

NEWS

Read the project announcement on Deadline Hollywood or Variety.com – May 17, 2017

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