IC Places Adds Top Hollywood Production Trio to its Board of Advisors
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — IC Places (OCTQB: ICPA) is pleased to announce the addition of three of Hollywood’s top reality show producers to the Company’s Board of Advisors. The new members include Cal Boyington, Jason Bergenfeld and Greg Gerosky.
Steven Samblis CEO of IC Places said, “A company is only as strong as the people behind it. As we move into the area of TV production it became important to have a strong advisory team firmly in place to help guide us to create compelling shows of the highest quality. These three men have been pioneers in the area of Reality TV and have created some of the most successful Reality brands of the past decade. I am honored to have them on our team”
About the new Board Members…
Cal Boyington launched his media shingle Manolin Studios in early 2008 in a strategic move to develop and produce his own fare. He also serves as Executive Producer of HD Net’s award-winning documentary series “Baker Boys,” Comedy Central’s much hyped new scripted comedy series “Workaholics,” currently airing after “South Park,” and “Trapped in Paradise,” for VH-1.
Boyington is an accomplished executive who, while forming Manolin, jointly served as the President of TV for QED International, a movie production/international sales company. Manolin sold numerous shows including: “Freshman” with Lil Romeo at MTV, “E.S.U.” at Discovery, “R5 Sons” a family-docu at TLC, and “That’s Rich” hosted by Mo Rocca at the E!. Manolin also produced a ground-breaking web-series for GoArmy.com entitled “Sports Explorers.”
Prior to producing, Boyington was the Head of Paradigm?s Alternative Television Division as well as a veteran talent agent at ICM for several years. As an agent, Boyington put together Animal Planet?s hit show “Whale Wars” and ABC’s “The Next Best Thing.” Some of Boyington’s other TV sales that debuted included, “Father Hood,” the Snoop Dogg family reality sitcom on E! and “6 Months” at A&E, a show chronicling families as they dealt with ailing family members. He sold “Sunday Morning Shootout” to AMC, which ran for over 250 episodes and airs in several territories around the world.
Additionally, Boyington participated in the sales of “Intervention” for A&E, “The Osbournes” for MTV, “Anna Nicole Show” for E!, A&E?s “Sons of Hollywood,” BET?s “Baldwin Hills,” “TV Land Awards,” “US Poker Championship,” “Knight School” with Coach Bobby Knight, and “Bound For Glory” for ESPN. He was integral in the success of “The Apprentice,” “America?s Next Top Model” and the revived “Last Comic Standing.”
In addition to Television development, Boyington has an indie-film in pre-production through Manolin titled, “The Pure Life,” which won the American Zoetrope Award for Best Screenplay.
Boyington has had consistent success in producing, packaging, and selling TV shows for Broadcast, and in series format development, acquisition and production. The Hollywood Reporter selected him for “The Next Generation of 2006.” Boyington is a member in good standing of The Academy of Television Arts and NATPE. He is experienced in contract negotiations, analyzing market trends and capitalizing on global market opportunities. He has specific experience in leveraging advertising monies as well as licensing and merchandising platforms for programs. High visibility in the entertainment community with continued success in deriving partnerships and innovative media solutions through extensive personal relationships.
Born and raised in Southern California, Jason has always had a passion for many aspects of multimedia programming. What started as watching sports and Saturday cartoons has turned into a career in television lasting more than a decade.
Jason’s creative abilities as well as his business sense have enabled him to become a leader in his field. Known as a go-getter, Jason started his career working for the Oscar Award Winning company Kopelson Entertainment, until moving into the music video space during the boom with FM Rocks.
After moving back into television production, Jason produced shows for NBC, FOX, ABC, TruTV, GSN, BET, AOL TV, A & E, MSNBC, CCTV, Phoenix Television, and many more.
Before joining forces with Manolin Studios, Jason worked as SVP of Development & Acquisitions with Xonger Global Media/C4 Pictures where they produced such hits has Baldwin Hills (BET), Barbershop 1 & 2 (MGM Studios), Meet Joe Jackson (A & E), and many more films and television programs.
Prior to being an Executive Producer and partner of VidVilla LLC and Manolin VidVilla Studios LLC, Greg spent 5 years as a Producer and the Head of Post Production for Reveille Studios, now a division of Shine Group owned by Fox / Newscorp.
Greg built a large post division for Reveille with over 50 edit bays including online/finishing in as many as 4 separate locations across Los Angeles.
Greg has Produced and Co-Produced many shows including Masterchef USA (FOX), American Gladiators 1 & 2 (NBC), The Biggest Loser 12 (NBC) Tabatha’s Takeover 1-4 (BRAVO), Shear Genius 1-4 (BRAVO), The Buried Life 1 & 2 (MTV), Losing It With Jillian Michaels (NBC), One Born Every Minute 1 & 2 (LIFETIME), Gone Too Soon (Documentary for the TV GUIDE CHANNEL), and numerous other TV programs. Greg has also contributed largely to dozens of Web series projects for MSN and Yahoo, and both scripted and non-scripted development.
Prior to joining Reveille, Greg owned and operated a small production company based in South Florida producing local programming and commercial spots for local businesses. Greg is also a composer and has achieved several successes including a large national campaign for our nation’s Border Patrol and underscore for dozens of Reveille shows.
About IC Places:
IC Places is a New Media company that produces weekly entertainment content for several different mediums. In 2012 it hit a milestone of signing partnership agreements to place its content before more than 300 million people a month, giving the company one of the largest distributions foot prints on the planet. This foot print includes online partnerships with Mevio.com and terrestrial partnerships which delivers its content to Checkout TV Network, HDTV Network, Dining Network, Bright House on demand and two upcoming new networks launching in July of this year.
At the core, IC Places is a network of 350 city based entertainment websites. This foundation allows IC Places the unique advantage having a built in fan based for the TV and New Media programs it produces.
Each IC Places City website offers a virtual keyhole view of life in each community. Every unique aspect of a city’s social, business, and cultural life is available right at each city’s IC Places homepage. IC Places provides the entire community a place to talk, do business and get connected. Businesses are given amazing tools to tell their stories in the best way possible and visitors get unfettered access to businesses, events and people in each city. To see one of the IC Places City sites in action, please visit http://www.icPlaces.com.com/orlando.
About Punch Television Networks
Launched on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, shortly after Columbus Day, Punch TV is, in many ways, also an explorer. Instead of spending the normal costs of $100 million to launch, Punch TV spent $10 million. Rather than launching by airing re-runs of popular and loved shows, Punch TV offers 70% original programming to its viewers.
And now, Punch TV Network extended its originality even further when in May of this year the company introduced its Fall lineup of shows to prospective advertisers and/or their representatives. The success of the Up-Front resulted in commitments of twelve million dollars in advertising dollars to Punch TV’s fall line-up of shows.
At Up-Front, Punch TV Network introduced 17 of its roster of 36 new dramas, comedies, variety shows, talk shows, children’s shows, and inspirational entertainment. The event was attended by a number of celebrities including Blair Underwood, Bill Duke, Dawnn Lewis, Obba Babatunde, Omar Gooding, Damian Hall, Fonzworth Bently, Kiki Shephard, Lorraine Toussaint, and many others.
Punch TV Network, with a presence this Fall in more than 100 cities, does, indeed, personify the spirit of independent television. Punch TV! “Are you thirsty yet?”
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