Winter Star has been creating and acquiring and shopping a number of exciting new scripted and unscripted television series to meet “peak TV demand”:.
UNSCRIPTED AND FACTUAL
“BEYOND THE BACKLOT” – Super-Fan Curtis Templeton and his super-fan friends take you on a magical journey to find the actual locations and relive the favorite moments of your favorite childhood movies: Finished Pilot & Trailer … “The Goonies”
“RISK PRO’S” explores the world of today’s stuntmen, follows the daily lives of the best ones, the families they have, their greatest stunts, what motivates them to put their lives at risk, the secrets of how they do it, and the amazing stories of the great stuntmen and stunts of yesteryear.
“168ers – FILM IT OR BUST” – Follows five creative filmmaking teams (out of 50) in the intense energy of speed film competition that’s been going for 16 years in Los Angeles with contestants from around the world. 168 hours to shoot, edit, and turn in a finished 10 minute film. Last year the prize was financing for a feature film. The joy of victory, the agony of a shoot gone bad, the miracles that happen on the set.
“AUDITION” No, it’s not singing, No, it’s not dancing. It’s the next phase in the evolution of a whole new untapped talent competition pool that will forever change this genre. A show a movie star called this trailer “F’ing Brilliant”, a top research analyst as RealScreen predicted it would get top focus group ratings, and a First-look media buyer said when ready, “I will be the first in line to buy this show.”
“UNSUNG EVERYDAY HEROES” Not the celebrities or those always in the news, but this show finds and celebrates the incredible stories of courage and heroism among our “ordinary” neighbors that inspire us to be better people as opposed to going after ratings by broadcasting the dark edgy stories of those tearing our society apart. It’s time for us in media to give back, and maybe we’ll find even better ratings.
“OVERCOMING HATE” Both a documentary, “Overcoming Hate” (financed and filming 2018)“ and a potential cable series “Overcoming Hate”. Hating surrounds us between nations, racial groups, ethnic groups, political groups, family members, broadcast shows and it is tearing our country apart. This documentary does not delve into the philosophies that divide but something far deeper, the psychological and personal roots of hatred and how to overcome it so we can start a real conversation that will heal our nation. It features people who have beaten hate, including one World Karate Champion who overcame a deep racial hatred and now lives in one of the projects, shows the kids there a better way, and now oversees five local churches.
‘GOD’S ARMY” A documentary and potential miniseries of how two ten year old siblings with a spiritual and charismatic power led a volunteer militia and stood up to the all powerful army of Myanmar to protect the human rights of their people.
“ITRAVEL” From the official media arm of the Chinese Government comes a travel show like no other – with exclusive access to showcase the five star hotels of China, their exotic locations rarely seen in the West and the lives of the Super-Wealthy Chinese and those from other nations families that can afford to visit them.
BILL MYERS (http://billmyers.com/ )
Most of them come from a single author, Bill Myers. See attachments on Bill above. Between books and videos he has 8+M sold. Many of them are in book series that could be perfect for TV/cable series that have never been exploited. One of his largest franchises is the Wally McDoogle series (over 30+ books, over 2+M sold, with titles that usually start with “My Life as…”, e.g. “My Life as a Smashed Burrito”, “My Life as Alien Monster Bait”, “My Life as a Skysurfing Stakeboarder”, “My Life as a Toasted Time Traveler”, “My Life as Haunted Hamburger”) Think something like “Dairy of a Wimpy Kid”. Wally is a sixth grader, just in Middle School so his stories would appeal to elementary and middle school kids (children and tweens)
Another book series for kids is the “Secret Agent Dingledorf” series which could make a good foundation for a TV series (six books but one episode wouldn’t necessarily cover one whole book, and the world of the IP could easily be extended several years). Bernie Dingledorf is a precocious ten year old who has the misfortune as looking exactly like the CIA’s #1, who has disappeared, and yet whose best disguise makes him look like children. Despite his protests people keep forcing Bernie to come in and solve the CIA’s toughest cases with the latest techno-gizmos that usually backfire. It might be easier to prove he’s not a real agent if he didn’t, like Inspector Clouseau, keep stumbling into solving the cases. In some ways this is similar to the very successful series, “Inspector Gadget” with films, animation, video games, etc. but has an entirely new take on the sub-genre.
An upper tween series, which could evolve into high school is “T.J. and the Time Stumblers” (six books in series) T.J.’s family just moved her from the mid-West to a junior high school in Malibu. But as if that’s not enough she becomes a history project for two goofball teens from the 23rd Century who have traveled back in time to study her for a history project, and oh yes, she’s the only one who can see them.
Bill’s best known Teen series, is “Forbidden Doors (12 books that have been put in 4 anthologies of three books each) This is a high school series about a sister (a junior) and brother (a freshman) in high school, that deal with the supernatural topics (Ouija, charm necklaces, reincarnation, spells and curses, séances, spirit guides, alien contact, voodoo, vampires, satan, etc.) that teens are attracted to but are like playing with fire, c.f. “Supernatural Things”. They are missionary kids from South America who mother moved them to a beach town in Southern California after their father died and find that some of the same supernatural events they encountered in primitive tribes are the same phenomenon that are now showing up in a first world small town. It also noteworthy that this series won the C.S. Lewis Honor Award.
For Adults, the Harbinger Series (17+ volumes), again in the supernatural space, Bill Myers and other bestselling fiction writers, like Frank Pereti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky, have written an anthology series based on Bill’s four leading characters: a tattoo artist, a professor, a geek, a college jock, and a ten year old, who all have special paranormal abilities. They seem to have been brought together by a mysterious force to solve certain crimes that are outside the jurisdiction of local authorities.
Bill is a most prolific author who has many other series as well for Kids and Adults. Many of Bill’s books touch on the “faith friendly” space, not so much the in your face “faith based” space, but a perspective that can appeal to both non-faith and faith audiences simply because of their creative, dramatic appeal as well as the life values that come out of the books. Bill uses fun worlds, Like Harry Potter that was ostensibly about a wizarding school but also taught values of loyalty, honesty, friendship, serving. Some of these series are: Soul Tracker Series, Voice Series, Fire of Heaven Series, Bloodhound Series, Imager Chronicles. Bill is also a screenplay writer and has sold a number of his projects. A number of the series in these books have been already written up as screenplays. However, a lot of these screenplays and books can easily be adapted to a TV/cable series. Bill also does have some other books that might appeal more directly to the faith audience, for example one that is set in a modern day local church, with real people, not the artificial stereotypes that populate a lot of faith movies. Or Christmas films with a touch more reality than sentimentality. He also has some prophetic end times tales.
OTHER WINTER STAR PROJECTS
Crisis Inc. It’s about an under the radar, major law firm based in Philadelphia that gradually began to take on more and more exotic cases as fixers for mega-clients (Fortune 500 companies, multinationals, the U.S. government, foreign governments, multibillionaires, metropolis police departments and so on) that either has in its employ or on retainer: super-detectives, white hat hackers, former black ops agents, engineers, rocket scientists, special effects artists, magicians, Pulitzer journalists, psychiatrists/profilers, medical doctors, high end financiers/brokers They deal with the cases that governments of private industry cannot or is not allowed, or is not equipped to solve: responsibility for the collapse of a Verrazano type bridge, international industrial theft of weapons systems, corruption in major police departments, a rash of teen fantasy vampire game deaths, a CIA within the CIA government conspiracy, tracking down missing nuclear weapons, alien abductions of Jet fighter pilots, terrorism attacks in the family of Saud etc. Think of it like a real world “Mission Impossible”, sort of a “law firm”, Sloan and Sloan, better known as “Crisis, Inc.” that the big players call to solve their real world problems. Sometimes their cases are solved in court, but just as often at the end of a gun.