Award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson Announces New Television Series Pilot for L.A. LIFERS

Award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson announces cast and details regarding his upcoming and much anticipated television pilot for “L.A. Lifers”, a throw-back to the “situation comedy” sitcoms of the 90s.

LA Lifers Poster

“I’m 90s TV Junkie”, says Ferguson. “Shows like ‘Married with Children’, ‘Martin’ and ‘Living Single’ I still hold dear to my heart today. Even the classic Nickelodeon programs like ‘Clarissa Explains It All’, ‘My Brother and Me’ and ‘The Adventures of Pete and Pete’ all served as inspiration, and many gags in the show are based on my experiences after moving from the Midwest to Los Angeles to pursue my own film career.”

Filmmaker Dustin Ferguson and actress Dawna Lee Heising

The series will feature a “laugh track” and follow four roommates: a Stunt Car Driver, a Soap Opera Star, a rising Adult Film Actress and a YouTube Sensation as they fight their way to the top (while also struggling to pay the bills) in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

The show was written by Mike Reeb (“Horndog’s Beach Party”, “Nemesis 5”) and stars Carrie Anne Bernans (“Black Panther”), David Thomas Newman (“Troma’s Mulligan’s Monsters”), Neveen Woods (“Horndog’s Beach Party”), Ryan Rasberry (“Ant-man and The Wasp”) and noted actress Dawna Lee Heising (“Samurai Cop 2”, “Nemesis 5”).

Production wraps in late July and the finished pilot will be presented to both Fox and Netflix. For more information, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/SoCalCinemaStudios/

Dustin Brown

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Sci-Fi Action Thriller’ Abeyance’ starts shooting in late June in Pontiac, Michigan

The much anticipated sci-fi action thriller Abeyance starts filming in late June in Pontiac, Michigan. The all-star ensemble cast features Scout Taylor-Compton (The Runaways, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween 2), Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop, Black Hawk Down, Something About Mary), Billy Wirth (The Lost Boys, Boys on the Side, Body Snatchers), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, An Eye for An Eye opposite Chuck Norris, Steve McQueen: American Icon with Mel Gibson) and Yan Birch (The People Under the Stairs, Death House, Bless the Child). This film has already generated a big buzz as Variety covered the film’s casting announcement! 

 Harley Wallen

Martial arts champion (black belts in Judo, Tae Kwon Do and Jiu Jitsu) and multi-award winning writer, director and actor Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song with Tara Reid, Into a Dark Mind with Tom Sizemore) not only writes and directs this compelling film, but he also stars in it. 

Scout Taylor-Compton

In this story, we follow Corey (Damien Chinappi), a troubled and suicidal military veteran who stumbles across a kidnapping with great scientific implications and alongside his unlikely “partner in crime” a prostitute named Stephanie (Kaiti Wallen), they decide to try to help a young girl, Miranda (Angelina Danielle Cama), who got away. They enter a world far more complex, cutthroat and dangerous than they could ever imagine.

Richard Tyson

HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, the upcoming Nation’s Fire), Shane Hagedorn (Wild Faith) and Calhoun Koenig (Moving Parts) also star. Production will begin in late June through early August in Pontiac, Michigan. 

Billy Wirth
Mel Novak
Yan Birch

Wallen of Painted Creek Productions and his production partners Nancy Oeswein, Kaiti Wallen, Annette Cama and Nick Sarelli are excited to show their own take on the morality issues as science allows us to “Play God” and the implications of the decisions and the temptations we face when we do.  

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Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari Guest Lectured at Raindance LA

Nadia Davari guest lectured a class on Wednesday, June 20th from 6 to 8pm on Film Sales and Distribution at Raindance L.A at Rough Diamond Productions at 1424 North Kings Road in West Hollywood. Producer Jason Piette (The Merchant Of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons; Head In The Clouds; Napoleon TV series for A & E; Perfect Creatures; I Melt With You: Iron Sky. Co-founder Disrupting Influence) also guest lectured that evening.

Jason Piette and Nadia Davari

Other guest lecturers in this informative lecture series were producer and director Julia Verdin (The Merchant of Venice, Stander, Jacks, Born of War, The Unwilling, Lost Girls), and sales agent Glenn Kendrick Ackermann (Quadra, Helkon, Capitol, VIP Medienfonds, Atlas and V International Media having secured international presales, private equity, licensed international and domestic distribution rights).

About Raindance L.A. :
Raindance L.A. is a film/TV training and networking organization that works to promote and support independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the US. From new and emerging talent to seasoned industry pros, Raindance connects, trains, supports and promotes visual storytellers through every step of their career.

About Nadia Davari:
Nadia has over 14 years of experience as an entertainment and business attorney. She has served as the outside counsel and in legal and business affairs for several media companies and start-ups, including MavTV, Channel Factory, Prescience, and Lightning Entertainment. She works with a wide range of clients including digital media companies, new business start-ups, production companies, movie studios, television networks, investors, and talent. She is well-known for her superior negotiating and drafting skills in development, production, distribution, licensing, and acquisition of entertainment content in animated, scripted and unscripted television, and motion picture content. Nadia graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in molecular, cell and developmental biology and attended USC Law School where she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors program.

Excerpt from panel:

https://www.facebook.com/lawofficesofnadiadavari/videos/554537338281033/

More info about Nadia Davari at:
http://www.nadiadavari.com/

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Noted Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari Guest Lectures at Raindance L.A

For those wanting to learn more about the business of show business, noted entertainment attorney Nadia Davari will guest lecture a class on Wednesday, June 13th from 6 to 8pm on Film Sales and Distribution at Raindance L.A.  This event will take place at Rough Diamond Productions, which is located at 1424 North Kings Road in West Hollywood. Producer Jason Piette (The Merchant Of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons; Head In The Clouds; Napoleon TV series for A & E; Perfect Creatures; I Melt With You: Iron Sky. Co-founder Disrupting Influence) will also be guest lecturing that evening.

Entertainment attorney Nadia Davari

Other guest lecturers in this informative lecture series include producer and director Julia Verdin (The Merchant of Venice, Stander, Jacks, Born of War, The Unwilling, Lost Girls), and sales agent Glenn Kendrick Ackermann (Quadra, Helkon, Capitol, VIP Medienfonds, Atlas and V International Media having secured international presales, private equity, licensed international and domestic distribution rights).

Film producer and Raindance LA founder Julia Verdin

About Raindance L.A. :
Raindance L.A. is a film/TV training and networking organization that works to promote and support independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the US. From new and emerging talent to seasoned industry pros, Raindance connects, trains, supports and promotes visual storytellers through every step of their career.

About Nadia Davari:
Nadia has over 14 years of experience as an entertainment and business attorney. She has served as the outside counsel and in legal and business affairs for several media companies and start-ups, including MavTV, Channel Factory, Prescience, and Lightning Entertainment. She works with a wide range of clients including digital media companies, new business start-ups, production companies, movie studios, television networks, investors, and talent. She is well-known for her superior negotiating and drafting skills in development, production, distribution, licensing, and acquisition of entertainment content in animated, scripted and unscripted television, and motion picture content. Nadia graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in molecular, cell and developmental biology and attended USC Law School where she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors program.

More info about the seminar and tickets:

http://www.raindance.org/courses/sales-distribution-la/

More info about Nadia Davari at:
http://www.nadiadavari.com/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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