TV and Movie Producer Accepts Handouts

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Record political fundraising inspires TV and movie producer to do the same.

Resorting to the use of private donations as the primary means by which to make a movie or produce a TV show is something usually associated with film school projects, not mainstream original content producers. That's why Redeemed Media, Inc.'s. (RM) recent announcement of plans to launch a website, http://tvorfilm.com, to accept donations from individuals comes as quite a surprise to many in the industry.

As a Hollywood outsider, the company has at times struggled to find traditional media financing for its projects. One of the company's founders, T.G. Leonard, believes that his organizations financing challenges go beyond the fact that its independent or that it's a relative newcomer. He believes much of Hollywood's reluctance to take a chance on his company stems from RM's staunch programming sensibility philosophy and productions that are exclusively socially conscious and often religiously overtone. Traditional financiers are often reluctant to back RM projects because they are considered by many to be too "clean-cut" to be profitable.

Instead of spending the majority of its time and money courting large individual or corporate investors, Redeemed Media decided to give a new meaning to the phrase "interactive media" and actually allow consumers the chance to become a collective body of executive producers. Politics aside, it's actually an idea out of the playbook of recent presidential hopeful Barack Obama, who raised nearly $250M with the average web based donor contributing less than $100.

Currently in pre-production are two low budget pilot TV shows that are being produced via the company's Drama-Free TV production unit. Drama-Free TV is billed as being "TV with a conscience." In the works is a one-hour weekly series titled Hip-Hop Around The World that travels around the globe to see how other countries are relating to the "hate it or love it" phenomenon that is rap music. The other show titled After The Music Stops lets viewers trek along with the show's host on his one man quest to introduce socially conscious, positive, spiritual and intelligent rap to mainstream America.

Also in pre-production through RM's movie making arm, Corem Deo (kor-um day-o) Movies, is a documentary about the transformation of rap music from fun to furious during the mid-eighties. It's called Fork In The Road: A History Of Rap Music. Also in the works are two drama-fantasy movies. A screenplay that's also ready for funding, The 4th Dimension, is about a guy who discovers that the earth will soon be destroyed, but he must choose whether to escape to a far away Utopian world or remain on earth to die with the woman he loves. The feature, Lucy and The Lake, is about a guy who has a nightmare in which he is trapped in a hell-like underground cavern. The next day he's involved in a tragic accident and is transported back to the same nightmarish scene that he fights to wake up and escape from.

RM will continue to pursue traditional sources of financing and maintain its relationships with advertisers such as Apple iTunes and Amazon.com. However, it plans to receive the majority of its future resources from private donors.

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