Oscar Winning Screenwriter and Mingle Media TV EP Use Crowdfunding to Produce The Big O Webseries

MMTVN CEO, Stephanie Piche and Oscar-winning screenwriter, Pamela Wallace, team up to produce a psychological drama based on a provocative look into women’s sex lives, with Indiegogo fundraising campaign with perks to brands as well as individuals.
The Big O, An Original Series
The Big O, An Original Series
LOS ANGELES - May 7, 2013 - PRLog -- Online media and interactive web TV network company, Mingle Media TV (MMTVN) announced today that CEO and Executive Producer, Stephanie Piche and Academy Award winning screenwriter, Pamela Wallace, are producing a new (twofer) digital web series and feature film entitled “The Big O,” a sexually focused, psychological drama aimed at the adult female market with an emphasis on the coveted 18-34 year-old demographic.

The Big O is a provocative, no-holds-barred look into women’s sex lives, including the secrets they don’t even tell their best friends. The first season will have a story arc that blends all ten, ten-minute episodes together which will be released on a weekly basis as a web series and will also be released as a 100 minute long feature film for distribution.

The Big O's lead character is a beautiful female therapist in her early 40's who helps women with their complex intimacy issues along with her younger attractive male sex surrogate colleague who will help the "clients" work through their phobias and inhibitions. The “clients” are women who have issues ranging from lack of sexual desire, inability to be emotionally intimate, or inability to have an orgasm and are complicated by, and sometimes caused by, the men – or occasionally women -- in their lives. All of the characters are relatable to the female audience with the tone of the episodes being extremely up close and personal, as the  "therapist" has frank and insightful exchanges with her clients one-on-one or two-on-one when the "sex surrogate" is involved, giving the series a compelling intensity. Despite the sometimes-sensitive subject matter, the series is imbued with hope and an empowering approach to women while having those hooks to keep the audience guessing about what’s going to happen next. It is the plan of the producers to create several seasons of this series as the story opportunities are endless.

Crowdfunding and Brand Sponsorships

The Big O producing team will be launching an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign at Noon Pacific on Tuesday, May 7th and will offer two types of perks including perks for brand sponsorship with exposure during the production process utilizing the existing social reach of the MMTVN network who has over 12K fans on their Facebook communities, over 25K Twitter followers and are a YouTube Partner with over 3 million views. The Big O team are looking for brands who want to reach the female audience from travel and hospitality, ready-to-wear retailers, jewelers, restaurants, florists, auto manufacturers, home décor, technology, mobile communications as well as hair and beauty brands. By giving supporters and fans behind the scenes access to the production from pre to post, The Big O social / transmedia story tellers can authentically share how the brands tie into the support of making this project possible from wardrobe, set dressing, to hair and makeup and include call-to-actions (CTAs), for sharing links, discounts, and other benefits to fans.

Why Crowdfund?

Traditionally, a screenwriter would shop a script and sell it - in fact, that is what Ms. Wallace has done in the past with 19 screenplays that have been made into movies, except for this story, she wants to keep this an "Indie" project as its topic is so sensitive in nature. She has put a lot of work into outlining the story arcs, creating characters, envisioning the scenes and vetting the “therapy” aspect with script consultant Dr. Kimberley Taylor, Psy.D, clinical psychologist and prominent relationship therapist, to make sure it is an accurate portrayal of how to work out the challenges women face. Ms. Wallace is a master storyteller, she's proven it over and over and has wanted to create a digital series utilizing transmedia storytelling where the subject of sex, love and intimacy can be explored without censorship and constriction of traditional television / cable boundaries. Plus, her idea to create this series with an overall story arc so all the episodes tie together as a feature for distribution is unique for this type of new media project.

The team is in hopes of attracting top "named" talent from the Director to the lead actress and actor along with the other cast members (they have some amazing women they want to work with on their short list).

MMTVN’s team hopes to start casting by middle of July, get their location scouted/secured, have key crew on board and start shooting sometime in August or early September. They can't guarantee dates at this point as there are variables including director and cast schedules still to be named, but they will keep their blog and IndieGoGo campaign updated on their progress on a weekly basis.

About Mingle Media TV
MMTVN is an online media and interactive web TV network that executive produces, curates, and broadcasts live stream talk shows along with entertainment industry event coverage. In addition to Mingle Media TV, is the Red Carpet Report, an interactive, online media sister outlet and YouTube partner. MMTVN syndicates all produced content on several video-sharing sites in addition to YouTube like Daily Motion, AOL Video, and BlipTV. MMTVN has over 12K fans on their Facebook communities, 25K Twitter followers, and use their search marketing savvy to SEO tag videos and links back to events they attend. MMTVN has covered the Oscars for the past 3 years along with other entertainment events such as the Daytime & Creative Arts Emmys, People's Choice, WGA, VH1's Do Something Awards, and other industry award shows, premieres, film festivals, and celebrity charitable events. For more information, please visit http://www.minglemediatv.com.

Visit The Big O online at http://www.TheBigOSeries.com, follow on http://www.Facebook.com/TheBigOSeries or Twitter @TheBigOSeries or on YouTube.com/TheBigOSeries.
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