LOS ANGELES, CA – June 3, 2018 –Stage 13, the fearless original premium digital content brand that is a division of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, hosted its 2018 EMMY FYC at NeueHouse in Hollywood, CA yesterday presenting three series for nomination consideration in the short form categories.
Screening it’s short form scripted comedy or drama series contenders “Snatchers” and “I Love Bekka & Lucy,” it’s short form nonfiction or reality series “Independent,” as well as presenting cast members from “Snatchers” and “I Love Bekka & Lucy” in the short form actor and actress characters, Stage 13’s SVP and GM Diana Mogollón introduced the event with Tubefilter’s David Bloom moderating the panel and audience q&a.
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Shown and speaking at the event were:
Front row: “Independent” talent and hip hop artist Sean Brown; Christopher Mack, SVP Scripted Content, Stage 13; Paul Young, Executive Producer, “Snatchers”; actor Alexis Denisoff, “Glenn” in “I Love Bekka & Lucy”
Back row: Adrian Guillemet, Creator and Executive Producer, “Independent”; Shari Scorca, VP Unscripted Content, Stage 13; “Independent” talent and hip hop artist Trinidad James; Scott Yacyshyn, Ceator, Writer, “Snatchers”; “Independent” talent and hip hop artist Reverie; Stephen Cedars, Creator, Writer and Director, “Snatchers”; Benji Kleiman, Creator, Writer, Director “Snatchers”; actress Tanisha Long, “Lucy” in “I Love Bekka & Lucy”; actress Jessica Parker Kennedy, “Bekka” in “I Love Bekka & Lucy”; Rachael Holder, Creator, Writer, Director, Producer “I Love Bekka & Lucy”; and Diana Mogollón, SVP and GM, Stage 13.
FYC: Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series:
“Snatchers” is Stage 13’s critically acclaimed premium, digital episodic horror comedy series about high schooler Sara, who wakes up pregnant…with an alien baby. Now she’ll have to team up with her ex-best friend Hayley to fight the extraterrestrial threat and save the world. The series premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and season one of the series was distributed by Verizon’s go90, and the mobile leader has greenlit season’s two and three into production, with season two slated for a summer release.
“Snatchers” is written by Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman & Scott Yacyshyn (Olde Money Boyz), and directed by Stephen Cedars & Benji Kleiman. The series stars Mary Nepi, Gabrielle Elyse (Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans”), Austin Fryberger, JJ Nolan, Nick Gomez (Amazon’s “Bosch”) and Rich Fulcher (“Drunk History”). Executive Producers of season one are Paul Young and Peter Principato, formerly of Principato-Young Entertainment, Cedars, Kleiman and Yacyshyn. Producers include Eric Fisher, Scott Hinckley, and Elli Legerski.
FYC: Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series:
The critically-acclaimed “I Love Bekka & Lucy” is about best friends Bekka and Lucy live together on a blissfully secluded block. All is well until a new neighbor moves in next door and Lucy’s boyfriend unexpectedly proposes. The Stage 13 original scripted series was the first digital series to be showcased in the episodic category at SXSW 2017 and is viewable at Stage13.com.
The series was created by creator/writer/director/executive producer Rachael Holder and stars Jessica Kennedy (“Black Sails”) as “Bekka,” Tanisha Long (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) as “Lucy,” Alexis Denisof (“How I Met Your Mother”) as “Glen,” and Chris Smith (“Paranormal Activity 3”) as “Harry.”
FYC: Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series:
“Independent” follows four of hip-hop’s most exciting independent artists – Futuristic, Reverie, Sean Brown, and Trinidad James – as they work to take over the music scene without the ties of a major record label. Produced by Adrianne Guillemet and Josh Greenberg, the “Independent” production team goes deep inside the minds (and lives) of these entrepreneurial spirits in search of the American Hip-Hop Dream. It’s about taking on these visions, fears and risking it all in the name of music. The series screened at both Series Fest and Urban World Film Festival in 2017 and is viewable on Stage13.com.
ABOUT STAGE 13
Stage 13 is a fearless, original digital content brand showcasing a new generation of inspired talent and voices in scripted and unscripted storytelling. The brand’s series are available on the Stage 13 distribution platforms including the brand’s Facebook, YouTube and social channels, mobile partners including Verizon’s go90 and Studio+, in addition to Stage13.com. Creating dynamic, unapologetic series for a multidimensional audience, Stage 13 is part of the Warner Bros. Digital Networks.
ABOUT WARNER BROS. DIGITAL NETWORKS (WBDN)
Founded in 2016, Warner Bros. Digital Networks is the fast-paced, growing team responsible for building and operating the Studio’s digital entertainment offerings, producing digital native content and harnessing the power of social media through Machinima. Included in the Warner Bros. Digital Networks portfolio are OTT services DC Universe, DramaFever, Boomerang and FilmStruck; the gamer network Machinima; the digital-native production company Stage 13; Uninterrupted (a partnership with LeBron James and Maverick Carter); and Ellen Digital Ventures (a partnership with Ellen DeGeneres). Warner Bros. Digital Networks’ premium programming and digital offerings put fans at the center of entertainment, sports, gaming and pop culture, reaching audiences anywhere, across any platform.
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