The newest addition to the Showtime Documentary Films slate, OPERATION ODESSA will make its world premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The documentary will premiere on SHOWTIME on Saturday, March 31 at 9 PM ET/PT on-air, on demand and over the internet. From the director and producers of The Seven Five, OPERATION ODESSA is a true crime documentary about a Russian mobster, a Miami playboy and a Cuban spy who sold a Soviet submarine to a Colombian drug cartel for $35 million. An early ’90s gangster epic that hopscotches from Brooklyn to Miami and Cali to Moscow, the film tells the true story of three friends who set out to hustle the Russian mob, the Cali cartel and the DEA for the score of a lifetime. What really happened to the sub, the money and the three amigos has remained a shadowy underworld myth until now.
OPERATION ODESSA is directed by Tiller Russell and produced by Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman for The Intellectual Property Corporation along with Sheldon Yellen of Belfor Entertainment.
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Sony Pictures has tapped “I, Tonya” director Craig Gillespie to helm the police corruption drama “The Seven Five.”
The producers on “The Seven Five” are Eli Holzman, John Lesher, and Annapurna Pictures. Lauren Abrahams is overseeing for the studio.
“The Seven Five” project has been in development at Sony since 2014. It’s based on the 2014 documentary that was produced by Holzman and directed by Tiller Russell about police corruption in New York City’s 75th Precinct during the 1980s when the precinct was one of the most violent in the nation.
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“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” won the the award for non-fiction television. Remini won the award as a producer along with Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Myles Reiff, Adam Saltzberg, Erin Gamble, Lisa Rosen, Grainne Byrne, Taylor Levin, Alex Weresow and Rachelle Mendez. “Leah Remini” topped “30 for 30,” “60 Minutes, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and “Spielberg.” Read more via Variety - PGA - Realscreen
The Producers Guild on Friday revealed its nominations for motion pictures and TV series. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath has been nominated for The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television for Season 1 and Season 2. See the complete list of nominees via The Hollywood Reporter
NBC News New York celebrated the app and its origins with founder Daniel Holzman, calling Project Foodie “The Future of the Cookbook.” Watch the segment via NBC New York
Michael Stevens‘ return to YouTube Red will consist of dramatic science experiments. The man behind the Vsauce YouTube channel has shared a trailer for the second season of Mind Field, which will premiere on YouTube’s $9.99-per-month subscription platform on December 6. Click here to read full article
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Showtime’s documentary series Active Shooter stands in opposition to the entertainment industry’s avoidance of an increasingly urgent subject.
A little under six weeks ago, a new eight-part docuseries debuted on Showtime. Titled Active Shooter: America Under Fire, the show—executive produced by Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman—explores the subject of mass shootings in the U.S., with each episode dedicated to a different tragedy. The goal, Saidman told me, wasn’t to advocate for any particular policy changes, but rather to “spark a healthier, more productive national conversation” about something he describes as “an epidemic.” Rather than focus on the perpetrators, Active Shooter gives space to the survivors, the family members, and the first responders who’ve endured mass shootings to speak about what it’s like.
Two days after the first episode aired, a gunman in a hotel room in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured more than 500, in the worst disaster of its kind in American history. Two days after the sixth episode aired, a gunman in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killed 26 people, including a 5-year-old, and wounded 20. “As producers of nonfiction content,” Saidman said, “we try to make programs that get people thinking about topics that are in the news.” It’s hard, in other words, for documentaries to be too timely. But in this case, he wondered if Active Shooter actually was. Holzman, his partner, described the confluence of news and subject as “a terrible confirmation of our thesis that there’s an urgent need to make some changes. Because it’s getting worse.”
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As a veteran nonfiction storyteller, Saidman sees it as his job to reflect what's happening in society, but even he knows "Active Shooter" is difficult to watch."We're asking people to process these incredibly gripping but painful stories while new ones are unfolding in front of our eyes and on the front pages of newspapers," he said. "That's really difficult in some ways, but we think that's what makes this series all that more important for people to see."
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, Showtime pulled a repeat of "Active Shooter" from its schedule. Saidman said producers supported the move, but remain committed to starting a conversation.
Inaction, he said, is "obviously not working."
"The idea that we've accepted these incidents as a normal part of American life is regrettable, but, more importantly, it's tragic," he said.
This week's installment, about the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, is scheduled to air as planned, according to Showtime.
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Chef Daniel Holzman of New York’s The Meatball Shop, along with his Emmy-winning brother Eli, has launched a new food app that gives you the chance to become a master chef.
Project Foodie is an interactive video app with more than 100 videos featuring step-by-step instructions on how to create a masterful meal. The app currently includes video recipes hosted by Daniel that can produce around 30 full meals, but there are plans to add more recipes from chefs across the country in the coming months. The idea for the app sprouted from older brother Eli’s lack of cooking know-how and a little video Daniel recorded, walking Eli through the steps of making salmon.
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The Santa Monica Daily Press and The Santa Monica Observer both wrote articles about the IPC/Showtime series episode, which features the first responders and survivors of the 2013 Santa Monica College Shooting. airs Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7 pm. Read more via The Santa Monica Daily Press — The Santa Monica Observer
What happens when two brothers grow up to become a television producer and a chef? They team up to create a new interactive video app that purports to teach anyone to become a master chef.
Eli Holzman, the Emmy-winning producer behind Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and his younger brother Daniel Holzman, the founder of New York's The Meatball Shop, have launched cooking app Foodie Project with over 100 step-by-step videos.
The venture — which was developed by Eli’s production company, The Intellectual Property Corp. — was born out of the elder brother’s lack of cooking prowess despite Daniel's years of classical training at such restaurants as Le Bernardin and Aqua. "I'm great at doing dishes," Eli says with a laugh. The Holzmans first struck on the idea after Eli asked Daniel to record a video teaching him how to make salmon.
Project Foodie (a play on Eli's first big hit, Project Runway) launched Wednesday for iOS devices. It contains around 100 video recipes hosted by Daniel that, combined, can create about 30 full meals, including Pop’s Chicken Parmesan, The Meatball Dinner and Chicken Adobo. The app is free to download but full access to all the recipes requires a $3-per-month subscription. More recipes from chefs around the country will be added in the coming months.
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Showtime’s docu-series Active Shooter has been a good way to put a bad thing into perspective. The eight-part series, which finishes Friday at 9 p.m. ET, has examined eight of America’s mass shootings by focusing on the good guys: the victims, the police, the first responders, the civilian heroes, the trauma surgeons. It also directly addressed, with a certain poignant irony, the issue of whether we should minimize the attention that the media gives to perpetrators.
That began in the first episode, which revisited the 2012 shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a showing of The Dark Knight. It featured Caren and Tom Teves, parents of Alex Teves, one of the dozen people who died.
The Teveses founded and promote the “No Notoriety” movement, which argues that perpetrators commit these murders to become famous and extensive media attention in effect grants that wish, while making it more likely that other disturbed people will see mass killings as their own ticket to fame in the future.
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The International Documentary Association announced nominees for the 2017 IDA Documentary Awards. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath was nominated for “Best Episodic Series.” The 33rd annual event will take place December 9 at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles. Read more via - Deadline
From article: The men behind IPC are breaking ground for docuseries television with “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” on A&E. The series premiere was not only the cabler’s highest rated launch in more than two years, but it also shot up to the No.1 trending topic on Twitter and garnered attention from the TV Academy with two Emmy nominations. The series is airing its second season now, diving even deeper into the harrowing stories of ex-members of the Church of Scientology. To read the full article and see the complete list click here
IPC recieved its first Emmy Award for the hit A&E series at the Microsoft Theater on September 9th, 2017. On stage, Leah Remini dedicated the award to the brave contributors of the series, who helped make the show "despite ongoing risk and repercussions.” Also nominated in the category was Part Unknown, VICE, Inside the Actors Studio, and Star Talk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The complete list of recipients includes:
Eli Holzman, Executive Producer
Aaron Saidman, Executive Producer
Leah Remini, Executive Producer
Alex Weresow, Executive Producer
Devon Graham Hammonds, Executive Producer
Erin Gamble, Co-Executive Producer
Rachelle Mendez, Co-Executive Producer
Jeana Dill, Supervising Producer
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Active Shooter: America Under Fire is an eight-part docuseries premiering Friday, Sept. 29 that will offer an in-depth exploration of mass shootings and their devastating consequences. From the first-hand perspective of survivors, families of the victims, witnesses and heroic first responders, the project goes beyond the sensationalistic coverage of the tragic moments to offer a comprehensive report on the events. Each of the episodes focuses on one of the numerous shooting incidents that have occurred in the U.S. to provide a thoughtful and comprehensive examination of one of the most important issues of our time. Making a careful study of the attacks at Aurora, Colo.; San Bernardino, Calif.; Charleston, S.C.; the Washington D.C. Navy Yard; Santa Monica, Calif.; Oak Creek, Wisc.; Orlando, Fla.; and the incident that proved a fundamental turning point for the country, Columbine, Colo., Active Shooter analyzes the full arc of each incident. The doc will strive to create a forum for understanding, discussion and debate, keeping the lives and loss of the victims paramount amid the need to confront this grave pandemic. Active Shooter is executive produced by Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman, as well as Star Price (Penn & Teller: Bullshit!), who also serves as the docuseries’ showrunner. Read more via - The Hollywood Reporter - Deadline - Variety - C21Media - Broadway World
IPC’s YouTube Red series Mind Field has been nominated for a Streamy Award. The Streamy Awards, which is produced by dick clark productions, will take place at 9:30PM ET/6:30PM PT on September 26 at the Beverly Hilton. The event honors the best in online video and the creators behind it. The annual event brings together the biggest names in YouTube and online video for a night of celebration, discovery, and meaningful recognition. This year marks the first ever installment of “The Purpose Awards,” an annual event recognizing individuals and organizations making a difference in their communities and positively impacting humankind, which will take place during Streamy week on Sept. 25. See the complete list of nominees here - Read more via Deadline
Docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” took home the evening’s initial award, and the A&E show’s titular star struck a very serious tone in her acceptance speech. Remini dedicated her award to those who stand up to bullies. She then thanked the critics for proving Scientology wrong, in terms of the church’s declaration that the former “King of Queens” star would be nothing in Hollywood after defecting. Read more via Deadline - The Wrap - Just Jared - Decider
“Empires of New York” (working title) is a docu-drama series that interweaves the stories of New York City’s most powerful icons over the course of the 1980s – revealing how their actions reshaped the city, defined the decade, and forever changed the culture of America as a whole. Read more via Deadline - C21Media
A&E Network has set a return date for the Emmy-nominated series Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath: Season 2 will kick off Tuesday, August 15 at 9 PM ET/PT. The second season will include 10 hour-long episodes that will further explore accounts of former Scientology members whose lives have been significantly impacted by the Church’s practices. The new season will continue to follow Remini, along with former high ranking Scientology employees and Church members, as they delve into stories of abuse and heartbreak. This season stories will include losing loved ones to suicide, growing up in the Church’s paramilitary organization (The Sea Organization), and Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis’ own harrowing personal journey. Read more via - Deadline - Variety - TV Line - Metro - Cynopsis
IPC’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath has earned two 2017 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Informational Series or Special and Outstanding Sound Editing For A Nonfiction Program. The 2017 Emmys will broadcast Sept. 17 on CBS with host Stephen Colbert. For the full list of nominees, click here. Read more via - Hollywood Reporter - Entertainment Weekly - Deadline - People - E! Online - ABC News - LA Times
This season, Michael dives deep into the amazingly intertwined worlds of psychology and neuroscience as no one has ever before. Working with the world’s top scientists and research labs, Michael will conduct groundbreaking demonstrations that are even bigger, deeper, and more astonishing than before and offers us a revealing look inside our own minds that we will never forget. The series is Executive Produced by Michael Stevens and by Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman for The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). David Wechter serves as showrunner and Executive Producer. Read more via BGR - Deadline - Bleeding Cool
The Television Critics Association has nominated Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 5th. Read more via Variety - The Hollywood Reporter - Mashable - TV Line - Just Jared - TCA
A&E Network will premiere a new two-hour stand-alone special episode of the breakout limited series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The special, Merchants of Fear, will air Monday, May 29 from 9 to 11 PM ET/PT. In the two-hour special, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder explore the historical relationship between the Church of Scientology and its often vocal critics. A series of special guests candidly describe their personal experiences investigating controversial stories about the Church and how the Church has responded to their work. The special will also feature a sneak peak of the upcoming season two. Read more via: Deadline - The Daily Mail - The Hollywood Reporter - Broadcasting & Cable
Scientology and the Aftermath Executive Producers Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, and Leah Remini sat down with THR editorial director Matthew Belloni at a TV Academy Q&A that took the audience behind-the-scenes of the hit IPC series, with Leah memorably explaining what it would take to make the series: "I Said, 'Don't Be Pussies…” Read more via The Hollywood Reporter
Announced as part of Oxygen’s expanded crime slate, “The Price of Duty” (Working title) delves into the most haunting cases of homicide detectives’ careers. Each episode takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster ride to the front lines of the investigation, retracing their first steps on the crime scene to the final bust and the emotional aftermath that they still carry today. Since announcing the shift to becoming a crime destination for women, Oxygen has become the fastest growing cable entertainment network in total day (up 48% year over year) among total viewers, according to the network. Read more via Deadline - The Hollywood Reporter
THR's annual list hones its gaze on the forces who made the biggest impact on the ever-shifting landscape of unscripted television. Read about Eli, Aaron and IPC and see the full list via: The Hollywood Reporter
A&E Network has renewed Scientology and the Aftermath for an additional 10-episode installment. The new season, says A&E, “will further explore accounts of former members whose lives have been significantly impacted by the Church’s practices.” The IPC-produced series is cable’s #1 new unscripted series with A25-54 and Total Viewers in Live+7 for 2016. Read more via Deadline — The Hollywood Reporter — Rolling Stone — Entertainment Weekly — Vulture — Entertainment Tonight — Huffington Post - Cinema Blend
According to a recent report from Variety and PactUS, IPC was ranked as the second most respected production company in an industry survey. Topping the list of "most respected" networks in the same survey was Scientology and the Aftermath’s A&E. Read about the report and more via Realscreen
Top unscripted news outlet reality blurred calls the show “a compelling and even vital series” and says "perhaps this series will have an effect; perhaps reality TV can do more good,” while praising Leah Remini, showrunner Alex Weresow, and IPC’s Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman. Full article via reality blurred
Starring Michael Stevens, the genius behind YouTube’s hit channel Vsauce (with over 11 million subscribers), in each episode of Mind Field famous experiments are recreated and documented to illustrate classic findings in the field of psychology. Mind Field is IPC’s first full series for a digital platform. To see the launch trailer click here.
The season one finale of Scientology and the Aftermath premieres tonight at 10/9c, with the second “Reddit Ask Me Anything” Special Episode to air on January 17th. Leah will get the chance to answer some of the unanswered questions asked by fans on the thread on the IPC-produced special episode. To see the promo for the season one finale and the AMA special, click here.
After last night’s premiere, the IPC production was A&E's highest-rated series launch in more than two years, logging 2.1 million viewers Tuesday night. Of that crowd, 1.1M fell in the target 25-54 demographic group, and 913K in the younger 18-49 demo. The premiere also ranked among the top new unscripted launches on cable in 2016. For comparison’s sake, Going Clear, HBO’s docu profiling eight former Church of Scientology members, clocked 1.65 million viewers in a Sunday premiere back in March 2015. Read more via Deadline - Forbes - The Wrap - Broadway World
In their positive review of the pilot episode, CNN says “Scientology and the Aftermath pulls back [the] curtain, while delivering a sobering warning to those who might be susceptible to the sales pitch [of Scientology].” Read the full review here
In their first interview about the show, which will be IPC’s first full series to hit the air, Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman discuss producing Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath with Realscreen. Click here to read the article
IPC’s final episode of True Life (for this season) is airing this week. Please tune in (or set your DVRs) to check out TRUE LIFE: WE ARE TRANSITIONING on MTV on Thursday, 11/17 at 6:00 pm PT/ 9:00 pm ET. It will then re-air on Friday, 11/18 at 4:00 pm PT/7:00 pm ET on LOGO.The episode is being featured as part of MTV’s Transgender Awareness week. We extremely proud of this episode and honored to be a part of such an important week. Click here to read MTV’s press release about the week, our show, and the documentary we are paired with.
IPC’s new unit is dedicated to creating original content for digital platforms. Kaitlyn Vowels, who most recently was SVP and Head of Creative Advertising at Open Road Films and before that spent seven years at Paramount Pictures, will lead the division. IPC/m already is in production on a series for YouTube Red, a multimillion-dollar national advertising campaign for Belfor Property Restoration, a digital music project with Scooter Braun’s SB Projects and shortform content for China’s largest film studio. The company also is close to starting production on its first virtual reality game. Read announcements via: Deadline - Yahoo News
The series will premiere on November 29th at 10pm on A&E. To see the trailer, check out the links below.
Entertainment Tonight: Watch Leah Remini Take on Scientology in First Trailer for New Docuseries: ‘Fight For Your Family’
The Huffington Post: Leah Remini Breaks Down in First Trailer For Scientology Docuseries (And You Will, Too)
Monsters & Critics: Leah Remini talks abuse and harassment in Scientology special
2paragraphs: Leah Remini More Popular Than Ever After Scientology
Star2: Docuseries aims to expose controversial Scientology
More press covered the announcment of new the A&E Docuseries over the weekend. Links to articles below:
CBS News: Leah Remini is taking on Scientology again with A&E miniseries
RadarOnline: Leah Remini Spilling Shocking Scientology Secrets In New Docuseries
Perezhilton.com: Leah Remini On Her Controversial New Scientology Docuseries: ‘There Is A Lot More To This Story Than Anyone Knows’
UPI.com: ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ to premiere on A&E Nov. 29
Business Standard: Leah Remini wants to expose Scientology
A&E Network will premiere the new nonfiction docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” which gives a voice to victims of the Church of Scientology despite public attempts to discredit them. The eight-episode, hour-long series is produced for A&E Network by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). The series explores individual accounts from ex-Church members and their families through meetings and interviews with Leah. Each episode features stories from former members whose lives have been affected by the Church’s harmful practices, even well after they left the organization. Along with a team of former high-ranking Scientology insiders who understand the inner workings and policies of the organization, Leah gives the victims a chance to be heard. Executive producers for IPC are Eli Holzman, and Aaron Saidman. Leah Remini serves as executive producer for her No Seriously Productions. Alex Weresow serves as showrunner and executive producer. See press releases via: The Hollywood Reporter - Realscreen - TBI Vision - Variety - Yahoo! TV - MultiChannel News - New York Daily News - Mashable - TV Series Finale - CTV News - WorldScreen - Newser
True Life: I Want to Fight ISIS will premiere October 25th, 2016, True Life: I Am An Adult Baby will premiere October 26th, 2016 and True Life: We Are Transitioning will premiere November 16th, 2016 on MTV.
IPC’s episodes include True Life: I Want to Fight ISIS, True Life: I Am An Adult Baby, and True Life: We Are Transitioning. All three episodes are featured heavily in MTV’s trailer for the upcoming season. Click here to watch the promo
Leah Remini has landed a series at A&E that is tackling her Church of Scientology past head on. IPC’s Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman are executive producers. Read announcements via: The Hollywood Reporter - Variety - Realscreen - Page Six - Vanity Fair
PactUS has appointed an inaugural executive board of directors representing a cross-section of its 30-plus member companies. IPC Television CEO Eli Holzman will serve as chairman of the inaugural board. Members of the board include All3Media America’s CEO, Gregory Lipstone; Endemol Shine’s COO, Ben Samek; Propagate Content’s founder and co-CEO, Howard Owens; and John Pollak, Electus International’s president of global distribution. The board represents the mid- and large-sized American production outfits to have joined the U.S. outpost of the British trade body – formed in January 2015 during the Realscreen Summit – with the aim of representing the commercial interests of American producers. Former National Geographic Channels CEO David Lyle joined as president last May. Full articles via Realscreen - Worldscreen - Variety - Broadcasting & Cable - TBI Vision
IM Global Television will handle original international sales, co-productions, format and finished tape sales of IPC's projects. IPC develops and produces TV, film, documentaries and interactive mobile content in partnership with broadcast and cable networks, as well as movie studios in the U.S. and international markets. This is IM Global Television’s first output deal in unscripted television. Click here to read the full article
US producer and distributor IM Global Television has agreed to its first unscripted TV output deal, linking up with prolific LA-based production company The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). IM Global will handle original international, coproduction, format and finished tape sales for projects from IPC, which was founded in 2015 by its CEO Eli Holzman (Undercover Boss, Project Greenlight) and president Aaron Saidman (Undercover Boss, The Seven Five). Click here to read the full article
Former Studio Lambert and All3Media America president Eli Holzman has launched an independent production company with his long-time producing partner Aaron Saidman. Click here to read the full article
Former All3Media America CEO Eli Holzman is launching a TV, feature-film and movie content company backed by former on-screen Undercover Bosses. Holzman has partnered with long-time producing partner Aaron Saidman to launch The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). Click here to read the full article
Holzman will lead The Intellectual Property Corporation with long-time producing partner Aaron Saidman. Click here to read the full article
Based in Culver City, IPC plans to focus on unscripted formats and series, high-end documentary series, limited series and doc features, mobile content, for which it has raised designated financing, as well as feature films and scripted TV series based on properties from the company’s doc portfolio — all for the US and international markets. “There has never been a more exciting time to be a content creator,” said Holzman. “There are more buyers than ever before, more ways to reach the audience, and an almost limitless array of options to finance quality intellectual property.” Click here to read the full article
The Holzman/Saidman produced documentary feature is awarded 29th place by The Guardian, an honor that puts the independent crime doc ahead of such box office hits as Mad Max: Fury Road and Pixar’s Inside-Out. Click here for the full countdown