SEATTLE, Dec. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockerz, a social commerce company with more than 17.5 million members worldwide, today announced the debut of its first original content series. "Kill Spin" features an eclectic cast of modern misfits who spend their time playing Ping Pong in a sketchy alley ping pong hall. The first of 10 episodes is available in Lockerz PLAY beginning today. Subsequent episodes will post to the Web site every Sunday and Thursday. Lockerz' second original series, "The Homes," starring Chelsea Staub ("JONAS") and directed by John Cabrera ("Gilmore Girls"), airs this January.
"Creating and delivering original content is part of Lockerz' vision to be the homepage of Generation Z," said Kathy Savitt, founder and chief executive officer of Lockerz. "We know that the Web is a primary source of entertainment for our customers, and only Lockerz members earn discounts for shopping as a reward for watching."
Lockerz is the only place online where customers can connect with friends, shop and watch videos, all while earning PTZ for discounts on anything sold in Lockerz Boutiques. In honor of ping pong fans everywhere, Lockerz has created a special Kill Spin boutique offering limited edition t-shirts and Joola ping pong equipment.
"Kill Spin" was created, written and directed by award-winning television and film director Ryan Wise. The series was produced by Big Fantastic, which Wise cofounded in 2006. At Big Fantastic, he co-created the Emmy-nominated Web series, "Prom Queen," among other successful projects.
Savitt continued, "Kill Spin is authentic, gritty and highly entertaining—the ideal series to kick off Lockerz original content repertoire. Ryan Wise brings a unique perspective, memorable characters and a strong aptitude for storytelling that our customers will love."
"Most people don't even know that ping pong halls exist. I thought it would be interesting to set a show in one and fill it with intriguing quirky characters who don't fit in with the rest of society. Kill Spin is like the bar Cheers where everybody knows your game," said Ryan Wise, co-founder, Big Fantastic. "We are excited that Kill Spin will reach an audience of millions of young people worldwide through Lockerz."
The cast of "Kill Spin" features experienced and emerging actors including:
- Bil Dwyer (Leon: A washed up former table tennis champ.)
- Rya Meyers (Melissa: The only ping pong outsider; she's on a mission from Brooklyn to find her father.)
- Matt Cook (Harley: Kill Spin's ace ping pong coach, and wanna-be ladies man.)
- Caroline Duncan (Stephanie: Ex-model, current manager of Kill Spin.)
- Bill Oberst, Jr. (Heinz: Leon's arch rival, less talented, more successful, and a big jerk.)
Based in Seattle, Lockerz was founded by former technology and retail executive Kathy Savitt. Lockerz' mission is to be the homepage for men and women ages 13 to 30, building a community of trendsetters and tastemakers who love to shop, play and connect on the Web. As a members-only site, Lockerz has grown to more than 17 million members in less than one year, offering major discounts on the coolest fashions, electronics, music and more. Members earn PTZ® ("Pointz") by watching videos, listening to music and inviting friends. Lockerz PTZ are then used to lower the prices of merchandise at-will. Lockerz is backed by Liberty Media Corporation and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. For more information about Lockerz, please visit www.Lockerz.com
About Big Fantastic
Since 2006, filmmaking collective Big Fantastic has created over 300 episodes of high-quality original entertainment for the internet, starting with their independent, Emmy-nominated "Sam Has 7 Friends," the first daily scripted dramatic Web series. They followed up with 2007's "Prom Queen," which drew over 20 Million views during its initial run, was nominated for an Emmy, has been sold to over 45 countries, and has since spawned two sequels and a Japanese remake. Other series include "Sorority Forever," "Foreign Body," and "Cockpit." Their experience includes working with Michael Eisner's Vuguru, TheWB.com, MTV, McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision, 60 Frames, and Generate, among others. Big Fantastic is comprised of Douglas Cheney, Chris Hampel, Chris McCaleb, and Ryan Wise.