News & Announcements.
Travel Announces Lost Gold Premiere Date
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.
Read more via Broadway World
Two IPC Series Nominated for 2019 Realscreen Awards
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.
Read a full list of the nominations via Realscreen
Snapchat Announces Original IPC Docu-Series Vivian
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)
Read more via Variety – Deadline – Business Wire – Tech Crunch – Digiday
The Challenger Wins Tempest Esports Business Award for best Esports-Themed Program.
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.
Read more via ESportBizSummit
The Intellectual Property Corp Taps Leah Hariton, Erin Gamble & Matt Shanfield For Senior Roles, Adds Nine Other Execs
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.
Core Media Acquires The Intellectual Property Corp; Relaunches As Industrial Media With Eli Holzman as CEO, Aaron Saidman as President
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.
Read More Via – Deadline – The Hollywood Reporter – Variety
Active Shooter: America Under Fire Nominated For Two News & Documentary Emmy Awards
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
Nat Geo Greenlights IPC Limited Series, “1989: The Year That Made the Modern World“
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.
Read more via – Deadline
iPhone Life Magazine Names Project Foodie One of the Best Apps of 2018
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.
Read more via ItsProjectFoodie
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Nominated for 2018 Emmy
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.
Read more and see the other 2018 nominees via – Television Academy – Slate – E! Online – NPR – The Washington Post
Forbes Reviews ‘Sticker Shock’: “If you haven’t been watching, you’ve been missing some great television.”
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…”
Read the full review via Forbes
The First Episode of “Cults and Extreme Belief” Examines the So-Called Self Help Group NXIVM
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.
Read more via – Newsweek – People – Hollywood Reporter – Daily Beast – TV Weekly Now – Los Angeles Times
Chicago Tribune: Discovery Channel’s ‘Sticker Shock’ to feature Logan Square 1930 Ford Model A hot rod and owner
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
Leah Remini’s Next A&E Project to Tackle Jehovah’s Witnesses
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.
Read more via – The Hollywood Reporter
Amazon Orders Docuseries from IPC, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Starring Kal Penn
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.”
Read more via – Variety – Deadline – The Hollywood Reporter – The Wrap – TV Line – Real Screen – SF Gate
Oxygen Announces Premiere Date for The Price of Duty
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.
Amazon Announces Meek Mill Docuseries from Jay Z, RocNation and IPC
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 Impact Awards Nominates IPC for Production Company of the Year
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
Discovery Greenlights IPC’s Car Appraisal Series ‘Sticker Shock,’ Will Premiere May 2nd
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.
Read more via Variety – Yahoo News – The Futon Critic – Red Carpet Crash – Broadway World
Oxygen Announces Two New IPC Series
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.
Read more via – Variety – Deadline – Hollywood Reporter – The Wrap – Broadcasting & Cable – Broadway World
Operation Odessa Review Roundup
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
CBS News: Filmmaker Tiller Russell on chasing the men who sold a submarine to a Colombian drug cartel for “Operation Odessa”
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
The WSJ: ‘Operation Odessa’ Review – Soviets, Subs and Lots of Cocaine
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
Mind Field Nominated for Daytime Emmy Award
IPC/YouTube Red’s MInd Field has been nominated for a 2018 Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Education or Informational Series.
Read more via – E! News – TubeFilter – Realscreen – Hollywood Reporter – Variety – Worldscreen – Deadline
Operation Odessa to Premiere at SXSW, Air on Showtime
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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Read more via – SXSW – Broadway World – LA Times
‘I, Tonya’ Director Craig Gillespie to Direct Scripted Adaptation of The Seven Five
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.
Read more via – Variety – Joe
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Wins PGA Award
“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
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Nominated for PGA Award
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
Project Foodie Featured on NBC News Live
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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