NEW YORK, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
Jerrick Media Holdings, Inc., (OTCQB: JMDA) (the "Company" or "Jerrick"), and Maven Pictures today jointly announced their new scripted television series about the life of Penthouse Magazine founder, Bob Guccione and the many beautiful but misunderstood women in his life, as reported in Variety. Executive producers for the project are Jerrick's founders Rick Schwartz (The Departed, Black Swan) and Jeremy Frommer (Till Human Voices Wake Us, Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story) and Maven Pictures founders Trudie Styler (Freak Show, Snatch) and Celine Rattray (Novitiate, Still Alice).
Jerrick's first foray into the world of Bob Guccione is Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story, produced by Barry Avrich and Jerrick Media. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Filthy Gorgeous is available online here.
Currently in development, the series details Guccione's humble beginnings as a struggling artist and cartoonist in London in the 1950's, through to the hugely successful launch of Penthouse and the media empire that resulted from its glossy, soft focused aesthetic. Though Guccione was generally presumed to be misogynistic, the show will explore the fact that in real life, Guccione was actually the exact opposite. Spanning 30 years, the project will be shown through the eyes of the many beloved women in his life.
Jerrick co-founder Rick Schwartz stated, "Penthouse founder Bob Guccione was an incredibly successful, complicated, and larger than life media mogul. We're looking forward to collaborating with Maven Pictures on a scripted TV series that tells the story of this amazing, misunderstood man and all of the brilliant, beautiful women in his life."
Jerrick intends to include additional detail regarding the Guccione Series in a President's Letter updating the investment community on the Company's recent developments, which will be provided on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission shortly.
Celine Rattray, co-founder of Maven Pictures added, "We are happy to work with Jerrick on a project that intimately explores a man through the complex lens of the women in his life and look forward to sharing the finished product."
Maven Pictures has previously produced THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture. Their other producing credits include BERNIE starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine, GRACE IS GONE starring John Cusack, FILTH starring James McAvoy and Jamie Bell. In 2016 Maven produced the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner AMERICAN HONEY, directed by Andrea Arnold, starring Shia Labeouf (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fury) and Sasha Lane. FREAK SHOW, based on James St. James' best-selling novel and the directorial debut for Trudie Styler, premiered at Berlinale in 2017 to a sold out crowd of 1,000 viewers. Freak show stars Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game, Departure), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland), and Bette Midler (Beaches, The First Wives Club). Also released early in 2017 was NOVITIATE directed by Maggie Betts and starring Margaret Qualley and Melissa Leo, which premiered at Sundance and was bought by Sony Classic Pictures. Arriving this year is thriller WILDLING directed by Fritz Bohm and starring Bel Powley and Liv Tyler, and NOVITIATE directed by Maggie Betts and starring Margaret Qualley and Melissa Leo.
Jerrick is a digital media content publishing house. Core to Jerrick's unique capabilities is Vocal, a proprietary technology and content distribution platform, programmed to deliver a robust long-form, digital publishing platform organized into highly engaged niche-communities capable of hosting all forms of rich media content. Vocal maximizes scalability, speed, simplicity, and adaptability to create an unparalleled user experience - algorithmically designed to bridge media-rich long-form creative content with effective monetization. Each niche-community site is overseen by a dedicated team and culture, whose primary focus is on revenue conversion of all published material via digital arbitrage. All content is meant to challenge, inspire, and enlighten.
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