Move over Kardashians… Charli D’Amelio, who has more than 100 million followers on TikTok, and her family have got their own reality show. Hulu has ordered The D’Amelio Show, an eight-part series from IPC that follows the family, which has a combined social media footprint of over 250M followers.
Read more via — Deadline — Buzzfeed — The Hollywood Reporter — The LA Times — Variety - ETOnline
The upcoming Netflix and IPC series Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer gives viewers a front-row seat to Richard Ramirez' terrifying 1980s killing spree.
Set against the hazy backdrop of 1980s Los Angeles, the four-part series tells the story of one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history from the perspective of the two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives who hunted him down -- as well as some of the victims who managed to escape his wrath.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer premieres on Jan. 13th, 2020.
Read more and watch the trailer via — PEOPLE — Decidr — Rolling Stone
HBO’s We’re Here has been nominated For Best Episodic Series in the 2021 IDA Documentary Awards. Other nominees in the category include Cheer (Netflix), Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America (AMC), Last Chance U (Netflix), Seven Planets, and One World (BBC America).
The ceremony will be broadcast virtually on January 21, 2020.
Read more via - Deadline
Selena Gomez's kitchen duties are far from over this holiday season. The pop superstar will release a Thanksgiving special of her HBO Max cooking series Selena + Chef on Thursday.
The "Selena + Aarti: Friendsgiving" holiday episode announcement came as a surprise to fans, who finished watching the season finale of Selena + Chef three months ago, in late August. But the Rare singer is back in her kitchen and ready to cook a turkey for the very first time with the virtual help of Indian chef and Food Network star Aarti Sequeira just one week before the real Turkey Day, Nov. 26.
Read more via Billboard
Forbes Entertainment can exclusively reveal the official trailer for the docuseries, which explores the almost inconceivable excess and avarice of the 1980s, as seen through the meteoric careers of five key people: “arbitrage king” of Wall Street Ivan Boesky; queen of New York real estate Leona Helmsley; audacious U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani; powerful organized crime boss John Gotti; and, of course, the media-savvy business tycoon Donald J. Trump. All of them would eventually fall from grace and...oh yeah, one even became President of the United States.
Empires of New York is appropriately narrated by Golden Globe and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti, who plays U.S. Attorney Chuck Roades on Showtime’s Billions. The character detests wealthy individuals (like Damian Lewis’s hedge fund manager Bobby Axelord, for instance) who use their money to avoid financial-related justice.
Read more and watch the trailer via - Forbes
Nickelodeon is preparing the ultimate Halloween surprise for kids with the season two premiere of its hit hidden-camera prank series, The Substitute. Joining the series as host is Mexican social media sensation Juanpa Zurita, who will help undercover celebrities pull off a day of ridiculous mayhem as the substitutes for unsuspecting kids.
In the season two premiere of The Substitute, actress, recording artist and author Ariel Martin, a.k.a. "Baby Ariel," (Zombies 2) goes undercover at a haunted house to pull off ghoulishly wacky pranks on kids visiting with the Q Youth Foundation. Using a full costume and prosthetics to hide her identity, Martin is transformed into three completely unrecognizable characters, pranking students as an apothecary shop owner who is often suspected of being a witch, a field trip volunteer and full-time ghost hunter who is desperate to finally prove their existence and a haunted house employee whose biggest adversary is a scarecrow.
Read the full press release at The Futon Critic
TruTV has ordered America’s Funniest Home Videos-style series Top Secret Videos. The Big Bang Theory’s Brian Posehn and Veep’s Matt Walsh are among the stars of TruTV’s latest non-scripted entertainment series. The show will feature embarrassing, ridiculous, and bizarre behavior caught on camera with a group of “NSA interns” dissecting it. In addition to Posehn and Walsh, this group includes Trolls’ Ron Funches and The Tonight Show’s Ali Kolbert. Top Secret Videos will launch on October 29.
Read more via - Deadline
Leah Remini’s A&E doc series, Scientology and the Aftermath, collected its second Emmy win tonight for its third and final season, with the EP and star expressing gratitude for the show’s recognition in its final year.
Handed out as part of the first night of a series of five Creative Arts Emmys livestreams, Remini was limited to a 30- second slot to deliver her speech, prerecorded before she knew whether she had won. “On behalf of my co-ep Mike Rinder, IPC, Amy, our brave contributors, we thank you the voting academy for honoring us with a second Emmy,” she said. “It is especially touching to receive it in our final season. It’s been a painful but meaningful ride.”
Read more via - Deadline
This Is Paris garners more than 800 press stories around the world. Paris Hilton has done nearly 60 top-tier broadcast, print, online, podcast and radio interviews in support of this documentary globally. This includes:
The New York Times: Who Is Paris Hilton, Really?
Vanity Fair: Paris Hilton on Finally Finding Her Voice, Figuratively and Literally
Fortune: Paris Hilton was the original influencer. Now a new documentary lets viewers see past the facade
Variety: Paris Hilton Aims to Redefine Her Brand by Sharing Childhood Trauma in ‘This Is Paris’ Documentary
PEOPLE: Paris Hilton Opens Up About the Secret Terrifying Abuse She Suffered as a Teen
WSJ Magazine: Paris Hilton on Her Biggest Necessity
InStyle: Paris Hilton Is Kind of Over "Paris Hilton"
The Hollywood Reporter: Paris Hilton Is In On the Joke in Revealing Documentary 'This Is Paris’
AVClub: Paris Hilton says making the This Is Paris documentary was like therapy
Psychology Today: What Parents Can Learn From the Paris Hilton Documentary
The New York Observor: Paris Hilton Goes to War With the Multi-Billion Dollar Troubled Teen Industry
Come and get it — Selena Gomez’s “Selena + Chef” is returning for a second season on HBO Max.
The upcoming season will feature more all-star chefs who will guide Gomez — remotely, via video conference — through new recipes and cooking techniques. Each episode highlights a different food-related charity.
Read more via: Variety — Deadline — Decider — The Wrap
Selena+Chef recieved glowing reviews from a number of outlets. Click to read full coverage from:
Variety: Selena + Chef’ Is an Intriguing Document of Celebrity at Human Scale
Salon: "Selena + Chef," however, is about the very likable Selena Gomez receiving cooking lessons from world-class chefs
Fast Company: Selena Gomez’s ‘Selena + Chef’ is the quarantine comedy you’ve been dying for
Eater: In Quarantine Cooking Show ‘Selena + Chef,’ Selena Gomez Is Fryin’, Fryin’, Fryin’
IPC’s Netflix series, Living Undocumented, has been nominated for a 2020 News & Documentary Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Editing: Documentary.”
The awards will be presented in two individual ceremonies:
News Categories – Monday, September 21 , 2020 at 8 p.m. EDT and Documentary Categories – Tuesday, September 22 , 2020 at 8 p.m. EDT
Each ceremony will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at watch.theemmys.tv
For the complete list of nominations and more information, visit TheEmmys.TV
“The Swamp” is full of insights and tasty details about how the culture of Washington operates.” - Variety
"You'll learn more about how Congress works (insomuch as it doesn't).” - Decider
“An unctuous surprise to HBO’s typical documentary viewer” - The Washington Post
"Gaetz's status as a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a mid-priced suit that clearly transfixes the filmmakers.” - The Hollywood Reporter
"Like its subjects, D.C. corruption doc The Swamp both fascinates and frustrates.” - AV Club
Read more via - The Hollywood Reporter - Variety - Decider - The Washington Post - AV Club
Selena Gomez busts out her cooking chops in the new HBO Max series Selena + Chef. From perfecting French omelettes to undercooking cheese soufflés, the singer said that testing her culinary skills helped get her out of the quarantine rut.
“I was definitely getting down and a lot is going on,” the singer said during HBO’s TCA session on Wednesday. “[The show] was an opportunity to make something that could make people smile.”
Crew members, who were regularly tested for the virus, received temperature checks upon arrival and wore face coverings at all times; did not come in contact with Gomez and those who quarantined with the singer, Saidman said. Instead, they operated remote cameras, rigged in the singer’s living room and kitchen, from outside.
Read more via - Deadline
HBO's We're Here and A&E's Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath have been nominated for 2020 Emmys.
We're Here is nominated in the category of Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, and Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is nominated for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special.
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020.
From director TIller Russell, the series follows former cartel insiders divulging the bone-chilling details behind the notorious murder and kidnapping of DEA Agent “Kiki” Camarena. Through never before seen interviews, this four-part docuseries will unravel the story of Camarena, the drug cartel he infiltrated, and the narc who risked everything to discover the truth.
Read reviews and exclusive interviews with the filmmaker via - The Independent - Collider - The New York Post
Paris Hilton's upcoming documentary will unveil a new side of the heiress and reality TV icon.
The YouTube Originals documentary This Is Paris dives into the life of the star, whose great-grandfather Conrad Hilton founded Hilton Hotels. In PEOPLE's exclusive sneak peek, Hilton prepares to discuss the mental abuse that she underwent as a teenager at boarding school in Utah.
This Is Paris premieres September 14th on YouTube Originals.
Read more via - People
In the exclusive premiere of the documentary’s trailer, Republican reps. Gaetz, Thomas Massie, and Ken Buck detail the inner workings of Washington—and answer awkward questions about Donald Trump.
Read more via - Vanity Fair
“Indian Matchmaking” has recieved a number of glowing reviews from major outlets.
"An Intimate Look At Arranged Marriage In The Modern Era” - Refinery 29
"The series makes relatable a much-misunderstood practice that's been forced to contend with shifting gender roles, modernizing criteria for matches and stiff competition from the romance of "love marriage.” - The Hollywood Reporter
"Prepare to fall in love with Indian Matchmaking” - Entertainment Weekly
“Undeniably Appealing” - Salon
"Indian Matchmaking is a delight. It opens up a glimpse into a world that a lot of us only know by its worst aspects.” - Deadline Hollywood Daily
Read more via - Entertainment Weekly - The Hollywood Reporter - Refinery29 - Salon - Deadline Hollywood Daily
“Indian Matchmaking,” which will debut on July 16, centers around couples paired by an elite Indian matchmaker. The series follows single millennials who have decided that it’s time to revisit methods from the past and look to the experts, rather than swiping for love on dating apps. Elite Indian matchmaker Seema Taparia is known for learning about her clients with painstaking precision to guide them towards their perfect match. From Houston to Chicago to Mumbai, the young singles will go on first dates, often with their family in tow, to discover whether these good-on-paper matches can turn into a love that lasts a lifetime.
The hourlong series has been given an eight-episode order, and hails from IPC Television. J.C. Begley will serve as show runner executive producer with Aaron Saidman, Eli Holzman and Smriti Mundhra.
Read more via - Variety
Deadline spoke to Peter LoGreco about producing the series, the creative process, and innovating the finale after the COVID-19 shutdown.
Read the full interview via - Deadline
HBO has renewed the unscripted series which stars “RuPaul Drag’s Race” stars Shangela, Eureka O’Hara and Bob the Drag Queen for a second season.
News of the renewal was announced by Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president of HBO Programming.
“We’re Here resonates in ways we had hoped for but couldn’t really have anticipated,” said Rosenstein. “The stories of our small-town drag daughters created an incredibly positive communal experience. We can’t wait for Bob, Shangela and Eureka to continue their journey helping others find their voice.”
Read more via - Deadline - Variety - The Wrap
Realscreen presents the first edition of its RealTalk Video Roundtable series, examining what the prognosis is for unscripted entertainment in the months and years ahead, following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hosted by Realscreen editor and content director Barry Walsh, this edition of RealTalk features Jodi Flynn, president of The Content Group; Gena McCarthy, EVP and head of programming for Lifetime unscripted, and head of programming for FYI; and Aaron Saidman, president of Industrial Media and president and co-founder of The Intellectual Property Corporation.
Read more via - Realscreen
Selena Gomez is heading to the kitchen with a quarantine-themed cooking show for HBO Max. The WarnerMedia streaming service has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to the IPC series starring and executive produced by Gomez via her July Moon Productions. Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman also executive produce for Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation. It’s slated to premiere this summer.
Read more via - Deadline - The Hollywood Reporter - Variety - LA Times - Teen Vogue
A number of outlets reviewed IPC’s upcoming series We’re Here, premiering April 23 on HBO. Click the below links to read the articles.
THE QUEER REVIEW - 5/5 Stars
“TV Review: We’re Here” - James Kleinmann
“Bob The Drag Queen Talks New HBO Show and Life in Quarantine”- Jeffrey Masters
ASBURY PARK PRESS
“Shangela teaches America drag power: 'Heads will turn and hopefully hearts will open'”- Alex Biese
“Spring TV 2020: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows”
“What to Watch: A drag queen invasion, celebrities in heels and a party boy confronts his family” By David Reddish
“Shangela, Bob, Eureka make over America in exclusive We're Here preview”- Joey Nolfi
“#DragRace and @HBO's #WereHere star @itsSHANGELA shares what she's watching while at home”
Amazon Prime is taking a different route, looking at an element touched on during the first season of “Narcos: Mexico” and telling the true story. “The Last Narc” is a four-part docuseries examining in detail the 1985 kidnap and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Camarena was played by Michael Peña on “Narcos: Mexico.”
From the Amazon synopsis: “The series tells the story of a fallen hero, the men who killed him, and the man who risked everything to find out what really happened and why. Highly decorated special agent Hector Berellez, who was assigned to lead the DEA’s investigation of Camarena’s murder, peels back the layers of myth and propaganda to reveal the bone-chilling truth about a conspiracy that stretches from the killing fields of Mexico to the halls of power in Washington, D.C.”
“The Last Narc” streams May 15 exclusively on Amazon.
Read more via IndieWire
In a glowing review, AVClub says We’re Here is "a celebration of performance as self-expression, and that brings with it questions the series only intermittently engages with. The opportunity to perform in an HBO-produced series with world-famous drag queens is a significant thing.” The review also points out the timeliness of the series, "What HBO couldn’t have counted on is how timely the series feels. With much of the world social distancing due to COVID-19, the importance of the arts to connect and bring people together has been underscored, as has the power of live performance. Many viewers are aching for communal experiences and watching not only the locals perform, but their friends and families experience that performance hits in a different way now than it would have a year ago.”
Read the full review via AVClub
From the article:
Why It'll Curb Your Tiger King Cravings:
This true crime documentary follows a Russian mobster, Miami playboy, and Cuban spy whose mission is to join forces and sell a nuclear submarine to a major Colombian drug lord. Operation Odessa (which originally appeared on Showtime) isn’t just a documentary about insanely illegal dealings — it’s about three mobsters who have chosen to come forward and tell their stories.
Read more via Refinery29
On this tear-jerker, three of the most charismatic queens from the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” franchise — Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela and Eureka — travel the country transforming small-town residents into drag queens for one-off performances of their own. “We’re Here” owes a big debt to both “Drag Race” and “Queer Eye,” and at times it can feel like it’s working hard to show bigoted locals interacting with the queens. But the transformee’s personal stories of discrimination, loneliness and empowerment are genuinely moving, and the producers don’t shy away from exploring the complexity of being queer in America.
We’re Here begins streaming April 23.
Read the article via NYTimes
Realscreen’s r 14th Global 100 listing, compiled once again with input from the international non-fiction content community, serves as both an overview of the range of non-fiction and unscripted programming resonating with audiences worldwide and readers as the cream of the production crop.
Read the list via Realscreen
A trio of drag queens — including RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka — hit the streets of America in the first teaser trailer for the upcoming HBO reality series (below), which follows the group as they make over small-town residents for a one-night-only drag performance.
In addition to appearing in the show, Shangela, Bob, and Eureka will serve as consulting producers alongside executive producers Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram, director and executive producer Peter LoGreco, and executive producers Eli Holzman & Aaron Saidman.
Read more and watch the teaser via Entertainment Weekly — YouTube
IPC’s critically acclaimed A&E series won a 2020 Realscreen Award in the category of Crime and Investigation. Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole was honored at the Realscreen Ceremony in New Orleans.
Read more via Realscreen
Documentarian Peter LoGreco has signed an overall deal with the Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC).
LoGreco is a documentary showrunner, director, and producer. Under the deal, he will collaborate with IPC’s CEO, Eli Holzman, and president, Aaron Saidman, to develop original series and showrun series for IPC.
LoGreco previously served as showrunner and director for the pilot of the company’s new HBO series “We’re Here,” which he is now overseeing as production begins on the first season. IPC and LoGreco’s have also previously partnered on the first season of A&E’s documentary series, “Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole.”
Read more via Variety
Paris Hilton opens up about her life in IPC’s YouTube Originals feature doc This Is Paris – a far cry from the “character” that the hotel heiress has been playing for over 15 years in shows such as The Simple Life. Hilton was at the Winter TCA press tour to discuss the film with Producer Aaron Saidman and Director Alexandra Dean.
The announcement garnered curiosity and excitement from a variety of outlets, including press from:
Deadline — The Hollywood Reporter - The Wrap - Bustle - Billboard
EW Critic Kristen Baldwin wrote of the series: "[Scientology and the Aftermath] also represents the infinite possibilities of what TV can do, both as a medium for storytelling and as a vehicle for truth. This decade has been a boon for documentary series like Making a Murderer, 30 for 30, and Surviving R. Kelly, but for me the most fascinating and fiercely original docuseries this decade was Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
Read more via Entertainment Weekly
The awards, which recognize the best in unscripted and non-fiction programming from around the world, will be presented during a ceremony held at the Sheraton New Orleans on Tuesday, January 28, as part of the 2020 Realscreen Summit.
Read more via Realscreen
HBO has ordered We’re Here, a six-part unscripted series that recruits small-town residents across America to participate in a one-night-only drag show, from Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram and Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation.
In each episode, renowned drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley will inspire and teach their own “drag daughters” to step outside their comfort zone for a night of no-holds-barred, full-on drag, according to HBO.
Read more via - Deadline - HBO
Two IPC series, Netflix’s Living Undocumented, and A&E’s Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole were nominated for IDA (International Documentary Association) Awards in 2019 in the category of Best Episodic Series. The 35th annual IDA Documentary Awards will be presented Dec. 7 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
Read more via The Hollywood Reporter
Shay Mitchell filmed her labor and delivery for the Almost Ready finale, released on Monday, October 21.
The episode opens with a fresh-faced Mitchell realizing her water is breaking. When she arrives at the hospital, she’s in pain and nervous until they check the baby’s heartbeat. Fast forward to 13 hours of labor and she’s having steady contractions. Matte Babel is by her side, snacking away, which makes the actress jealous. “I would’ve jammed [snacks] down before I realized I could only have clear foods,” she says.
Read more via: People
Selena Gomez had a roundtable discussion with three young people who are featured in Living Undocumented about what their lives have been like since filming stopped. All three teenagers expressed a common feeling of fear and uncertainty about their own futures in the United States, unsure of what’s still to come.
Watch via Buzzfeed News
John Cena was “slaughtering stale competition” in his WWE entrance theme “My Time Is Now.” And now, he’s eating stale sandwiches out of the garbage can.
Welcome to Nickelodeon’s hidden-camera prank show “The Substitute.”
In the wrestler-turned-actor’s episode, which serves as the series premiere, the former Doctor of Thuganomics plays tricks on and treats kids at the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills in Monrovia, California. He’s totally undercover the whole time.
Watch the clip via The Wrap
Living Undocumented recieved glowing coverage from a variety of press outlets.
Decider: "Living Undocumented" is a powerful, necessary watch, especially after years of seeing these storylines unfold in fiction. This Netflix series is the most 2019 show on TV, and that’s the devastating truth.” (Read more)
The Guardian: "The expert commentary gives the series the effect of an adapted longform article – personal narrative journey illuminating baffling bureaucracy.” (Read more)
Mashable: "Living Undocumented is a fantastic, simultaneously educational and emotional learning experience. The series debunks myths, communicates vital narratives, and resoundingly expresses that the deportations and detentions of innocent people are unfair, oppressive, and the result of overwhelmingly complicated bureaucratic processes.” (Read more)
Bustle: "Ultimately, Living Undocumented exceeds its modest aim, capturing not only the America we're already living in, but the parts of it that we're perhaps failing to see.” (Read more)
CNN: “A passionate piece of advocacy filmmaking.” (Read more)
Associated Press: "‘Living Undocumented’ probes plight of migrants.” (Read more)
Esquire spoke to Living Undocumented co-directors Aaron Saidman and Anna Chai about the philosophy behind making this series, its genesis, what we hope it will accomplish, and more.
"We debate these people and we talk about these people and we reference these people as statistics, but what we almost rarely do is hear directly from these people and understand what they're going through on a daily basis," Saidman said. "And so this series was designed to both bring the deeply personal stories to the fore as well as illuminating the incredibly complex immigration system."
Read more via Esquire
The hunt for “America’s Most Musical Family” is officially on, with Nickelodeon announcing the premiere date for its new competition series on Wednesday.
“America’s Most Musical Family” will debut on the network on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The premiere episode will simulcast across MTV, MTV2, BET, VH1, TV Land, Paramount Network, Nicktoons and TeenNick at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), with new episodes airing every Friday night on Nickelodeon.
Read more via - The Wrap
The Guardian gave a rare 5/5 star review to Living Undocumented.
"The tears, the separation, the kid clutching a toy dinosaur as a puffed-up official decides his fate … this heartbreaking six-parter captures the agony caused by US immigration policy."
Read more via The Guardian
In an op-ed for Time Magazine, Selena Gomez spoke about the immigration crisis and Living Undocumented.
"In 2017, I was approached about getting involved in a new documentary series called Living Undocumented that would shine a light on eight immigrant families in the U.S. from different countries and backgrounds, all facing possible deportation. I watched footage outlining their deeply personal journeys and I cried. It captured the shame, uncertainty, and fear I saw my own family struggle with. But it also captured the hope, optimism, and patriotism so many undocumented immigrants still hold in their hearts despite the hell they go through."
Read more via - Time
Netflix has given a green light to Living Undocumented, a timely new docuseries from Emmy-winning producers Aaron Saidman and Eli Holzman and executive produced by Selena Gomez. It’s set to premiere globally October 2 on the internet TV network.
Living Undocumented follows eight undocumented families who took the extraordinary risk of allowing film crews to chronicle their lives as they faced potential deportation. Ranging from harrowing to hopeful, their journeys illuminate and humanize the complex U.S. immigration system. Living Undocumented depicts the struggles many must endure in their quest to pursue the American dream.
Read more via — Deadline — The Hollywood Reporter - The Wrap
UTA-backed indie production group Industrial Media has hired veteran TV executive and four-time Emmy-nominee Devon Hammonds as its Senior Vice President, Development & Current Programming – East Coast to lead the company’s New York and Atlanta production hubs.
In her new role, Hammonds will provide day-to-day support for all production companies based at Industrial Media’s New York and Atlanta production hubs, including Matthew Galkin’s Fairhaven Films and Christina Douglas’ Momentum Content. Hammonds will report to Eli Holzman, Industrial Media’s CEO, and Aaron Saidman, the company’s president, who made the announcement Thursday.
“Devon has been our trusted colleague in this industry for years and we are thrilled that she will be joining the team leading our East Coast outposts,” said Holzman and Saidman in a joint statement. “She is an incredibly talented executive and leader with invaluable creative instincts. We are excited to continue our partnership with her in this new capacity.”
Read more via - Deadline - Variety - The Hollywood Reporter - TBI Vision - C21 - Worldscreen
Hidden camera prank show “The Substitute” features stars who are transformed by a team of Hollywood special effects artists to go undercover as professionals in various fields, surprising unsuspecting kids in schools, camps and other locations. During the reveal at the end of the day, each organization receives a $25,000 donation.
Read more via — Variety — Realscreen — The Hollywood Reporter
For the series finale of Scientology and the Aftermath, Leah Remini sat down with two of Danny Masterson's rape accusers, who spoke out for the first time publicly in an in-depth interview about the actor and their life in the Church.
Read coverage and interviews via - The Hollywood Reporter - The Daily Beast - EW - USA Today
In overwhelmingly positive reviews, Free Meek was favorably covered by a wide range of outlets, critics and reporters.
Read more via: The Atlantic - Thrillist - Decider - ReadySteadyCut - Bustle - ABC News Radio - Fast Company - Complex - Newsweek - The Washington Post - Esquire - Vice - Billboard - Variety
In a glowing review, Time’s Judy Berman writes: "As it traces Meek’s case and career, the doc illuminates several of the broader but less publicized issues his story exemplifies. Like Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, it draws attention to the extreme challenges faced by the 4.5 million Americans caught in the probation system, demonstrating how one relatively minor conviction can lead to a lifetime of cycling in and out of prison."
Read full article via Time
Nickelodeon has lined up the judges and host for its upcoming competition show America's Most Musical Family.
Nick Lachey will host the series, in which 30 families compete for a recording contract with Republic Records and a $250,000 cash prize. Ciara, Debbie Gibson and YouTube personality David Dobrik will serve as judges. Ciara also is an executive producer alongside Republic Records and Nickelodeon’s Rob Bagshaw and Paul J Medford. Production on the 12-episode series is set to begin in Los Angeles this week for a fall premiere.
The show aims to find the "best family bands in the country," featuring a variety of families consisting of two or more relatives who perform together. Acts will include a father-daughter duo, sibling groups and a 12-member multigenerational brass ensemble.
Read more via - The Hollywood Reporter - Deadline - Variety - Newsday - Billboard
Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell is an incredibly private person. Though she's been in a serious relationship with her boyfriend (and now father to her baby) for years, she's kept things out of the public as much as possible — rarely, if ever, sharing photos on social media. But now, Mitchell is letting fans into her life as she prepares to welcome her first child in a new YouTube series called Almost Ready. The show airs every other Wednesday and will also document Shay Mitchell and Matte Babel's relationship for the first time.
Because the series is jumping right into Mitchell and Babel's current day-to-day life, Bustle takes a moment to look back at how this all started in the first place.
Read more via - Bustle
After winning the Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 2017, Scientology and the Aftermath has been nominated for the third year in the row.
Nominees in the category for 2019 include:
Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath - A&E
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown - CNN
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee - Netflix
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman - Netflix
Surviving R. Kelly - Lifetime
The 2019 Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 on Fox.
Read more via - Variety - Television Academy
IPC’s new Oxygen series examines cases involving wrongful accusations, unjust sentences and similar issues. Grace says her goal for the series is to lend a voice to victims whose cases never got the attention they deserved.
“There’s a lot of high-profile cases that get all the spotlight and all the attention, and that’s really not fair. Lady justice is blind for a reason. She doesn’t look at the celebrity, or the education, or the wealth of a particular victim or defendant… They are cases that just stuck with me, where an injustice was done. I really believe that these victims have the right to be heard.”
Read more via - The Wrap - Fox News - Deadline
Actress and YouTuber Shay Mitchell revealed on social media Friday that she is six months pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Matte Babel — and her “pregnancy journey” will be documented in an original series on YouTube. The biweekly YouTube original series “Almost Ready” will premiere every other Wednesday starting July 17 on Mitchell’s YouTube channel and will be free to view (it’s not part of YouTube Premium). The show will follow her as she eats for two, continues the endless hunt for non-alcoholic wine and lathers herself in every oil known to humanity on her journey to motherhood.
“Almost Ready” will be executive produced by Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman for Industrial Media’s Intellectual Property Corp. (IPC), alongside Shay Mitchell and Matte Babel and executive producer and showrunner Tracy Wares.
Read more via - Variety
Over a year ago, it was announced that Meek Mill was working on an Amazon Prime Video documentary series about his legal journey. Earlier this year, Amazon unveiled the first Free Meek teaser, and now they have shared the first trailer.
Mill previously said of the series, “Not only will this documentary give viewers an unprecedented look at my life, but it will also allow me to use my public platform to highlight the need for criminal justice reform.”
Executive producer Eli Holzman also said previously, “Every day of Meek’s adult life has been lived under the threat of incarceration, if not actually behind bars. With our partners at Roc Nation and the incredible team at Amazon Studios, we are privileged to take on the responsibility of crafting the definitive documentary on Meek’s story, the corrupt system he continues to navigate to ensure his freedom, and the larger issue of long-tail probation in our country. Hopefully Meek and the millions like him won’t have to wait for justice much longer.”
Read more via - UpRoxx - Deadline - Rolling Stone - Vulture - Complex - Pitchfork - The Source
TV Critic Mark Perigard says “It’s almost an unwritten commandment that summer TV should be escapist — but there’s at least one docuseries worth your attention: A&E’s “Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole,” and notes "It never ever loses sight of the victims or the horrific nature of the crimes these inmates committed."
Read the full review via - The Boston Herald
As previously announced, each episode of the investigative series will follow former felony prosecutor and television journalist Nancy Grace as she takes viewers through past cases in which justice may have been miscarried, including instances of unclear motives, botched investigations, wrongful accusations, unjust sentencing and suppressed evidence. Injustice with Nancy Grace will utilize first-hand interviews and archival footage in its attempt to uncover true crime stories with vindication.
Injustice with Nancy Grace is produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, an Industrial Media company, in conjunction with KT Studios and TAP Inc. Executive producers on the series include Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Nancy Grace, John Terenzio, Stephanie Lydecker and showrunner Steve Katz.
Premieres July 13 at 6 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.
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Produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, an Industrial Media company, in conjunction with KT Studios and TAP INc., with Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Nancy Grace, John Terenzio, Stephanie Lydecker and showrunner Steve Katz serving as executive producers.
This standalone true crime series exposes riveting stories involving unclear motives, botched investigations, wrongful accusations, unjust sentencing and suppressed evidence that will keep viewers on bated breath until the final resolve. Through exclusive first-hand interviews, archival footage, and cinematic recreations, every episode will be told through the unique perspective of Nancy Grace, who spent a decade as a felony prosecutor and twenty years as a journalist, and whose fiancé was murdered when she was just 19 years old, giving her a personal and significant drive to seek justice.
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Nickelodeon's new hit series, The Substitute, returns with guest star and multi-talented comedian Lilly Singh on Saturday, May 18, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The Substitute is a hidden-camera, prank show featuring celebrities who are transformed by a team of special effects artists to go undercover as substitute teachers, surprising classes of unsuspecting students.
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Hotel heiress, early ’00s “It girl” and The Simple Life star Paris Hilton is getting her own YouTube documentary which is set to premiere in 2020.
The yet-to-be-titled Parisl Hilton film will uncover the unfiltered side of the international icon and the as-yet-unheard story of Paris and her famous family, telling the real story behind all of the headlines as Paris speaks publicly for the first time about the heartbreaking moments in her life that forged who she is today. With unvarnished candor, Paris will open up about trying to make peace with her past while contending with the excitement and challenges of her current global endeavors. This deeply compelling portrait will reveal the woman behind the icon and shed new light on our view of fame, the power of social media, and our celebrity-obsessed culture.
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Nickelodeon’s new prank series The Substitute got off to a strong start in its April 1 series debut. The premiere episode drew four million total viewers across all four of its airings Monday, and scored big with kids 2-11 and 6-11.
The Substitute, the first series to air from the network’s recently announced content slate, ranked as the top show with Kids 6-11 in its time period across all TV, and it scored year-over-year double and triple-digit increases with Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11, respectively. It averaged a 1.9/454K with Kids 2-11–up 36% over last year; a 1.4/212K with Kids 6-11–up 100%; and 866K total viewers, up 14%.
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A&E Network is preparing a forthcoming docuseries about convicted child offenders in the American judicial system.
Produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, an Industrial Media company, the eight-part series Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole tells the individual stories of eight previously convicted child offenders sentenced to mandatory life terms without parole. The forthcoming series chronicles the crimes as well as the emotional impact of the victims’ family and friends as they come face-to-face with the reality that these convicted offenders could be released back into their communities. The focus of the series will be divided between the facts of these heinous crimes when they were committed, along with new evidence; and real-time updates regarding potential release, parole hearings, and resentencing.
Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole premieres on April 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
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Nickelodeon is reviving the prank show format with their new unscripted series The Substitute — and Henry Danger star Jace Norman will star in the premiere episode on April 1 as a much older substitute teacher, who fools some unsuspecting students at Luther Burbank Middle School.
The hidden-camera show follows celebrities that are transformed by a team of special effects artists and go into schools to prank the kids.
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Mind Field has been nominated in the Outstanding Educational or Informational Series category for the Daytime Emmys, set to take place in May. The nominees in this category include:
Weird But True
The Wildlife Docs
Xploration Awesome Planet
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Nickelodeon is pulling the ultimate April Fools' Day prank when its brand-new unscripted series The Substitute premieres on Monday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. (ET/PT). From IPC comes a new hidden camera show featuring celebrities who are transformed by a team of special effects artists to go undercover as substitute teachers, surprising classes of unsuspecting students.
The premiere episode guest stars Jace Norman (Henry Danger) as he goes undercover at Luther Burbank Middle School to prank students in a variety of subjects ranging from gym to science. Using full prosthetics and a fool-proof costume, a team of special effects artists transform Norman into a completely unrecognizable substitute teacher who is ready to give his students an unforgettable surprise. During the reveal, a $25,000 donation is made to the school. Additional episodes featuring different celebrities going undercover will be announced at a later date.
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Meek Mill revealed the first teaser for his upcoming docuseries Free Meek during the rapper’s sold-out performance at the Met in his native Philadelphia amid the “Meek Mill Weekend” celebrations.
The forthcoming Amazon docuseries — executive produced by Jay-Z, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman and Paul and Isaac Solotaroff — will follow the rapper’s fight against the criminal justice system as he attempts to clear his name following his incarceration for violating probation from a prior conviction in November 2017.
The six-part docuseries, which was announced in May 2018, will premiere later this year.
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Nickelodeon has unveiled its 2019 content slate, including two IPC series.
The Subsittute. In this new hidden camera prank show, celebrities are transformed by a team of special effects artists to go undercover as substitute teachers to surprise a class of unsuspecting students. A $25,000 donation will be made to each school. The Substitute is produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, and Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (Undercover Boss), with Mike Harney serving as showrunner.
America’s Most Musical Family (working title). This brand-new competition series, produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, and Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (So You Think You Can Dance), follows the nationwide search for the most talented family in America.
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HBO has put into development a new drama series from “Power” creator Courtney A. Kemp, IPC and Lionsgate about a group of dirty cops in New York City. Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman will executive produce along with Jerry Ferrara and Chris Selak and Danielle De Jesus for End of Episode.
Titled “Dirty Thirty,” the present-day series is inspired by the true story of a gang of cops operating out of New York’s 30th Precinct in the 1990s. Per HBO, the series begins as a story of a cop family and ends as the story of a crime wave infecting the highest levels of municipal government, corrupting the justice system and defining a city.
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The International Documentary Association (IDA) has appointed two new members to its board of directors: Aaron Saidman and Vinnie Malhotra. “We are thrilled that Aaron Saidman and Vinnie Malhotra have joined the IDA board of directors,” said Simon Kilmurry, executive director of IDA, in a statement. “Their expertise and storied track records in documentary are incredible assets as we keep building IDA into the organization that supports a healthy and thriving documentary field.”
“There has never been a more exciting time in the non-fiction space, and so I look forward to helping the IDA advance and support this form of storytelling, and to advocate for the rights of documentary filmmakers all over the world,” added Saidman.
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The Producers Guild has unveiled nominations for its 30th annual PGA Awards, listing nominees for the year’s best-produced works in motion pictures, television and short-form categories. The awards will be presented January 19 at the Beverly Hilton.
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath has been nominated in the category of The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television. The complete list of nominees in this category includes:
30 for 30 (Season 9)
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 11, Season 12)
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Season 3)
Queer Eye (Season 1, Season 2)
Wild Wild Country (Season 1)
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Travel Channel's new series "Lost Gold," premiering on Monday, January 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, follows brothers Josh and Jesse Feldman as they seek out America's most fabled missing treasures. With a family history steeped in lost mines, buried gold and Old West lore, the Arizona natives aren't your typical treasure hunters. To unravel these more than 100-year-old mysteries, the Feldmans put themselves in the shoes of the people of the era.
Throughout each of the six one-hour episodes, their dogged determination will uncover new leads, fresh perspectives on history and even gold.
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Cults and Extreme Belief (A&E) has been nominated in the category of Non-Fiction: Crime & Investigation and Active Shooter in the category of Non-Fiction: Social Issues & Current Affairs.
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The shows come from Snap’s partnership with some of the industry’s biggest names including the Duplass Brothers, Bunim/Murray, The Intellectual Property Corporation, Mark Boal and writers from shows like Riverdale and Friday Night Lights. The updated app will feature dedicated show pages and new 'Shows' section in Discover menu.
In Vivian, Vivian Benitez, the youngest scout at modeling agency Wilhelmina, takes us inside an exclusive world where she has the power to make wannabes’ dreams come true — but can she do that for herself? Produced by NBCU Digital Lab, the Intellectual Property Corporation in association with Wilhelmina. (Premieres Oct. 22)
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The Tempest Awards recognized the best work from the esports industry’s most innovative companies and executives, acknowledging the work and innovation that spanned from legendary titans who forged the path to mainstream, to the outstanding work conducted by companies today, to the stars of tomorrow who will shape the road ahead.
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The Intellectual Property Corporation is bolstering its creative executive team following its recent acquisition by Industrial Media. Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman, CEO and President, respectively, of Industrial Media, have made a series of new executive appointments at the TV production company behind such series as the Emmy-winning Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath.
Leah Hariton and Erin Gamble will head up IPC’s Current Programming department serving respectively as EVP and SVP, while Matt Shanfield joins the company as SVP of Development. In addition, Tobey List has been tapped as VP of Current Programming, Matt Zien has been promoted to VP of Development, Hoo In Kim has joined as Director of Current Programming, Alecia Ashby is set as Director of Production, Steve Erdman has been promoted to Director of Development, Matt Horowitz has joined the company as Manager of Development, Jamie Renberg has joined the company as Coordinator of Current Programming, Patrick Murphy has been promoted to Coordinator of Development and Jeff Altrock joined as in-house Executive Producer.
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Core Media (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) has acquired Emmy-winning television production company The Intellectual Property Corporation and relaunching immediately as Industrial Media. Eli Holzman, founder and CEO of IPC (Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath), will continue in his role there, while also becoming CEO of Industrial Media. IPC’s president and co-founder Aaron Saidman will join Holzman at Industrial Media as its president, while also remaining in his current capacity as president of IPC.
Holzman will lead Industrial Media with plans to grow the company both organically and through strategic acquisitions and investments, with Miller working side-by-side with him in evaluating M&A opportunities. IPC will continue to operate independently alongside the other labels under the Core umbrella: 19 Entertainment; Sharp Entertainment; B-17 Entertainment; and B-17’s newly formed digital studio, Thumb Candy.
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IPC’s Showtime Documentary Series, Active Shooter: America Under Fire has been nominated in the categories of Outstanding Social Issue Documentary and Outstanding Editing: Documentary. This is the third IPC series to recieve an Emmy nomination, along with Scientology and the Aftermath, and Mind Field. The ceremony takes place on October 1st in NYC. Read more via - Emmy Online
The 1989 mini will explore the most consequential events of 1989 touching on the tabloid news culture, the birth of the Internet and the corporatization of the media industry. National Geographic Studios is producing in association with the Intellectual Property Corporation for Nat Geo, with IPC’s Aaron Saidman, Eli Holzman and Rory Karpf executive producing with Nat Geo Studios’ Brian Lovett.
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iPhone Life Magazine declared Project Foodie one of the “Best Apps of 2018” for its Fall issue, also featuring the IPC mobile app on its cover.
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Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath has been nominated for its second Emmy in the category of Outstanding Informational Series or Special, the same category that earned IPC its first Emmy win last year.
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In a glowing review of Sticker Shock, Forbes’ Jason Fogelson calls the IPC/Discovery series “a fun, informative and heartfelt show that captures the spirit and delight of the car collecting hobby, packed with great, real people and stories…”
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Peeling back the layers of secrecy surrounding a cult is a tough endeavor since a cult by design is isolated from the outside world. But it's a challenge journalist Elizabeth Vargas is taking head-on for A&E Investigate's new series debuting May 28, called Cults and Extreme Belief.
The first episode of the show, hosted by Elizabeth Vargas, presents a harrowing look at the headline-grabbing alleged sex cult NXIVM, led by a self-proclaimed "genius" named Keith Raniere. Smallville actress Allison Mack allegedly helped build the group and is accused of helping recruit women who effectively became sex slaves.
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Chicago Tribune profiles local owner Molly Currey and her ride Johnny Ray. Currey and Johnny Ray will be a part of the May 30 episode of “Sticker Shock,” tune in to find out Johnny Ray’s true worth. Read more via Chicago Tribune
IPC & Remini will produce a special for A&E that will air during a break following season three of 'Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.’ Leah Remini has her sights set on a new project for A&E, one that will keep her focused on religion.
According to sources, Remini will produce a special for A&E that focuses on Jehovah's Witnesses, to air during a break following season three of the Emmy-winning Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
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Kal Penn is going to solve the world economy — maybe. Penn will star in a new documentary, as yet untitled, about the global economy for Amazon, to be produced by Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Adam Davidson (co-founder of NPR’s “Planet Money”he new docuseries will offer insight into the economy and its comedic eccentricities, all through a sardonic lens.
“Look, I’m terrible at math and really good at sophomoric humor (that means dick jokes, kids!), so the idea that we can explore economics around the world by visiting places like a dildo factory in California piqued my interest,” said Penn. “To have an opportunity to explore the world while we combine the serious with the bizarre with Adam and Will is super exciting.”
A former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement, Penn will take viewers around the world to meet the geniuses, madmen and hucksters who make the decisions—and investments—that change our lives. From cryptocurrency and money laundering to death and corruption, the series will explore how money, greed and power affect our hyper-connected world.”
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Premiering June 9, “The Price of Duty” follows dedicated detectives from across the country as they recount their stories of complex cases that have emotionally impacted and changed their lives forever. Each episode explores the emotional rollercoaster of how investigators sacrificed their personal lives to solve these seemingly impossible cases.
They shed their stoic exteriors to expose their vulnerability and reveal the personal struggles they endured while working tirelessly to solve these unthinkable crimes. With first-hand narrative of the detectives, along with their families, the victim’s families and other law enforcement involved, the show reveals the impact these horrific crimes had on everyone involved. The remarkable stories demonstrate how the detectives put everything on the line to help grieving families find justice while becoming ingrained in their lives forever.
Rapper Meek Mill is ready to take on the criminal justice system. Having just recently served time for violating probation — a sentence that caused an outrage among his fans and beyond — Meek is collaborating with Amazon Prime Video for a six-part documentary series that will follow his fight for exoneration while exposing flaws in the criminal justice system. The untitled series, which is expected to premiere in 2019, is exec produced by Jay-Z and his Roc Nation banner, Intellectual Property Corp.'s Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman as well as investigative journalist Paul Solotaroff and documentary filmmaker Isaac Solotaroff. Read more via - Deadline - The Hollywood Reporter - Variety - EW - Uproxx - The Wrap - ET Online
NPACT has set its inaugural NPACT Impact Awards, a program to honor producers, buyers and agents in the unscripted arena, for June 4 with comedian and actor Bob Saget set to host. 495 Prods., Big Fish Ent., Bunim/Murray Prods., The Intellectual Property Corp. (IPC), Lucky 8 and Renegade are nominated for production company of the year. Read more via - Variety
The series will be hosted by Dennis Pittsenbarger and a team of expert appraisers comprised of Randy Carlson, Addison Brown, Nick Smith and Todd Wertman. They will investigate the history and condition of a wide range of vehicles to determine their true value. It will feature well-known classic cars as well as rarer ones like the Keller Super Chief, Blue Ray III, and Starcraft Starcruiser. The show will also unveil the history and memories of the cars as well as automobile memorabilia.
The series is produced for Discovery Channel by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). For IPC, Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman are executive producers. Showrunner Tod Mesirow executive produces along with Christopher Meindl.
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Oxygen Media is expanding its true-crime slate with 10 new series getting the greenlight at the network. IPC’s Price of Duty and Cult of Killers (working title) will be two of the new programs.
Price of Duty: Produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) with Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Bill Pruitt, Jackson Nguyen and Todd Crites serving as executive producers.Homicide detectives are trained to stay detached, to remain calm and stoic during every investigation no matter how ugly the crime. But even the most seasoned detectives have a breaking point. A seminal case so shocking, so profoundly heartbreaking, that no amount of training could shield them from its emotional toll. In each episode of “Price of Duty,” a homicide detective will share the story of the most haunting case of their career. From their first steps on the crime scene, to the final bust and the emotional aftermath – viewers will go on an emotional rollercoaster ride to the front lines of a riveting homicide investigation that reveals a deeply personal side of our nation’s detectives that few ever see.
Cult of Killers (working title): Produced by IPC and Eureka Productions with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for IPC and Paul Franklin and Chris Culvenor serving as executive producers for Eureka. This true-crime series exposes the complex mystery behind a murder (or string of murders) committed by members of a vicious cult. Each episode will zero in on the cult responsible for a homicide, and begin to unravel the cult’s genesis from the leader down to the individual members. Featuring access to law enforcement and former members, first hand accounts will help explain the cult’s beliefs and how it drove its members to kill.
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The IPC feature documentary currently sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with positive reviews from several outlets. Read reviews from WSJ - CBS News - Paste Magazine - TV Insider - Seat 42f - Reason - The Daily Beast - Hammer to Nail - Solzy at the Movies - The Film Stage
Not many filmmakers would embed themselves into a prison, let alone a Panamanian prison notorious for human rights violations, to hear a story. But when a DEA agent told Tiller Russell that it was one of the best stories he'd ever heard in his career, Russell knew he had to take his chances. Russell's journey ended up taking seven years, but eventually the filmmaker was able to tell the story of how three hustlers schemed to sell a Soviet submarine to a Colombian drug cartel for $35 million in "Operation Odessa." The cartel wanted the submarine to transport drugs to the U.S. and Canada. Real full review via CBS News
A crime story too insane not to be true, “Operation Odessa” is a nonfiction comedy built around a caper that might have been dreamed up by Adnan Khashoggi and Mel Brooks: the $35 million sale of a Soviet submarine to the Cali cocaine cartel by a Russian mob enforcer, a dicey Miami car dealer and a Cuban drug smuggler who came to the U.S. on the Mariel boatlift. As wild as the scam might be, it’s still not quite as impressive as the fact that the principals in the film are still alive, much less out of prison. Read full review at The Wall Street Journal
IPC/YouTube Red’s MInd Field has been nominated for a 2018 Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Education or Informational Series.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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“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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…”
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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.
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THR's annual list hones its gaze on the forces who made the biggest impact on the ever-shifting landscape of unscripted television.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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].”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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Former Studio Lambert and All3Media America president Eli Holzman has launched an independent production company with his long-time producing partner Aaron Saidman.
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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).
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Holzman will lead The Intellectual Property Corporation with long-time producing partner Aaron Saidman.
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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.”
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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.
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