or


[07/13/11 - 10:30 AM]
Futon Media to Debut Original Comedy Pilot ".comEDY" at The 6th Annual ITVFest on Friday, August 5
Check out the trailer to our original production starring Jessica Collins, Tyler Francavilla, Amad Jackson, Paul Reese, Teddy Sears, Amir Talai and Kevin Weisman.

[via press release from Futon Media]

Futon Media to Debut Original Comedy Pilot ".comEDY" at The 6th Annual ITVFest on Friday, August 5

Full 22-Minute Pilot to Premiere as Part of the Festival's Opening Night Lineup

Tickets on Sale Now at ITVFest.org

Jessica Collins ("The Young and the Restless"), Tyler Francavilla ("Roommates"), Amad Jackson ("Nick Swardson's Pretend Time"),
Comedian Paul Reese, Teddy Sears ("The Defenders"),
Amir Talai ("Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay")
and Kevin Weisman ("Alias") Star

Directed by Mike Mariano ("Raising Hope") and
Written by Brian Ford Sullivan

Before Twitter... Before Facebook... Before Google... Before YouTube...
There was...
.comEDY

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com - July 13, 2011) - Futon Media today announced its original comedy pilot ".comEDY" will make its world premiere at The 6th Annual International Television Festival (ITVFest) on Friday, August 5 at 8:00 p.m. The 22-minute project revolves around the assorted socially inept workers at a fledgling dot-com in the late 1990s, a time when "tweet" referred to birds, "blog" was a typo and "google" dealt with numbers.

"I couldn't be more proud of what the cast and crew have accomplished," said Brian Ford Sullivan, Editor-In-Chief of TheFutonCritic.com and CEO of Futon Media. "And I'm beyond excited to showcase their work for the public. Plus, to do it at ITVFest, which has been on the front lines of independently produced television for six years now, even better."

Following the screening, Sullivan will host a panel devoted to the production of indepedently produced pilots/web series and how they're being used as a breeding ground for on-air TV properties. "It's the dream of everyone at this festival to have their project jump to the small screen so I'm thrilled to help shed some light on the process and the executives who are leading the charge," added Sullivan.

The debut of ".comEDY" comes on the heels of the successful launch of TheFutonCritic.com's video section, a mix of red carpet and press line interviews as well as exclusive one-on-ones with assorted TV talent. Nearly 300 original videos have been posted since its July 2010 launch, delivering over 3.6 million streams to date.

About ".comEDY"

".comEDY" is set at E-sthetic, a fictional internet services company in the Silicon Valley. Tyler Francavilla ("Roommates") stars as Davis, a Midwestern transplant who finds his first day there anything but normal. He's called a heretic after his proudly religious cube-mate Christian (Amad Jackson, "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time") sees the action figures on display at his desk; his co-workers Edgar (rising comedian Paul Reese) and Fareed (Amir Talai, "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay") put him in the middle of their escalating war over user permissions, company policies and who belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Science Fiction; and he's the latest target of Handsome Rob (Teddy Sears, "The Defenders"), the department's overly affectionate coordinator.

Davis however finds kindred spirits in his boss, Spike (Kevin Weisman, "Alias"), whose tattooed arms and relaxed nature beguile a brilliant mind and manager; and his project manager, Jessica (Jessica Collins, "The Young and the Restless"), who proves to be an improbable mix of beauty, brains and science-fiction knowledge. Together they must brace for the upcoming storm that is their IPO, an event that could make or break their company. That, and whether or not George Lucas will destroy their childhood when "The Phantom Menace" opens in six months.

".comEDY" is a Futon Media production with the company's Brian Ford Sullivan and Matt Fix serving as executive producers. Mike Mariano ("Raising Hope") directed from a script by Sullivan with Frank Zanca and Tim Ryder serving as producers via their Big Smiley Entertainment banner.

About Futon Media, Inc.

Futon Media is the corporate home to TheFutonCritic.com (TFC), one of the web's oldest and most trusted sources about the primetime television industry. Since its launch in January 1997, the site has been featured Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, People, TV Guide, USA Today, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and G4's "Attack of the Show," among others. To date, TFC has run over 26,000 news and 114,000 listing items alongside a database of nearly 9,500 TV projects featuring 78,000 cast and crew entries. For further information about Futon Media or TFC visit: http://www.thefutoncritic.com/

About ITVFest

ITVFest/International Television Festival is a leading Media organization with the mission of providing opportunities to people with television industry aspirations. ITVFest receives pilot submissions from around the world in comedy, drama, alternative (reality, game show, talk show, etc) documentary, web series and out-of-competition categories. By screening the official selections to a live audience which includes ITVFest's executive, advisory board and extensive network contacts, ITVFest provides a bridge to the inner workings of the television industry.

For more information on the International Television Festival, please visit www.ITVFest.org. Tickets and passes for the pilots, in addition to panels on topics such as pitching, comedy writing, dramatic writing, casting, representation, short form distribution, and others are now available online at www.ITVFest.org. The festival will take place August 5-11 at Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatres, at 8000 Sunset Blvd.





  [july 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· ALIAS (ABC)
· DEFENDERS, THE (CBS)
· NICK SWARDSON'S PRETEND TIME (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· RAISING HOPE (FOX)
· ROOMMATES (ABC FAMILY)









[07/28/15 - 04:55 PM]
Syfy and Universal Cable Productions Bring the Grindhouse Genre to Television with New 13-Episode Scripted Series "Blood Drive"
Set in a near-apocalyptic future, the project centers around LA's last good cop who is forced to join a twisted, gory cross-country death race - with cars powered by blood and a dangerous femme fatale partner who sees people as fuel.

[07/28/15 - 03:55 PM]
Megastars Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige Ease on Down the Road in NBC's "The Wiz Live!"
Queen Latifah stars as the titular Wiz with Blige as Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West.

[07/28/15 - 02:18 PM]
Kari Byron and Tory Belleci Explore the Science Behind the World's Wildest Thrill Rides on Travel Channel's New Series "Thrill Factor"
In this 10-part half-hour series, hosts and thrill seekers Kari Byron and Tory Belleci take viewers along for the ride as they explore the exciting world of thrill rides, waterslides and heart-pounding experiences around the globe through a scientific lens.

[07/28/15 - 01:43 PM]
Animal Planet Promotes Andy Weissberg and Erin Wanner
Both have played crucial roles in establishing Animal Planet as a top-20 ad-supported network for men and the entertainment destination for viewers seeking a deeper connection to the wild world.

[07/28/15 - 12:36 PM]
Debut of NASCAR Drives NBCSN to Most-Watched July in the Network's History
NBCSN spins the numbers for the month to date.

[07/28/15 - 12:00 PM]
HBO NOW Available Today to Verizon Broadband Customers
HBO NOW is immediately available to all Verizon standalone broadband customers, including FiOS and high-speed internet customers, for a 30-day free trial.

[07/28/15 - 11:15 AM]
FOX Sports Reaches Agreement with Westminster Kennel Club to Bring Annual Dog Show to FOX Sports 1 and Nat Geo WILD
Beginning in 2017, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show airs in primetime on FOX Sports 1 live from New York City's Madison Square Garden as the seven Best In Group selections are made on Monday and Tuesday night, leading up to Tuesday night's Best In Show announcement.

[07/28/15 - 10:55 AM]
The Lines Are Drawn in Netflix's New "Narcos" Character Posters
All 10 episodes of "Narcos" will premiere on August 28 at 12:01am PST exclusively on Netflix.

[07/28/15 - 10:54 AM]
"Income Property" Starring Scott McGillivray Premieres on DIY Network in August
"American Rehab: Charleston" and "Attic Gold" are also on tap beginning next month.

[07/28/15 - 10:33 AM]
TV Land Picks Up "The Soul Man" Starring Cedric "The Entertainer" and Niecy Nash for Fifth and Final Season
The sitcom is the network's highest-rated original series among African Americans 25-54 and African American Women 25-54.

[07/28/15 - 10:10 AM]
VH1's New Original Series "She's Got Game" Featuring Grammy Nominated Rapper Jayceon "The Game" Taylor Premieres Monday August 10th at 9 PM ET/PT
The new series "She's Got Game," follows him in his pursuit of the perfect love match as he embarks on a national tour.

[07/28/15 - 09:57 AM]
"48 Hours: Paradise Lost" Is Saturday's #1 Broadcast at 10:00 PM with Adults 25-54 and Viewers and Posts Year-to-Year Gains in Both Categories
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, July 25.

[07/28/15 - 09:42 AM]
"Doctor Who" Returns to the Big Screen Nationwide to Feature Never-Before-Seen Prequel to Season Nine and Exclusive Interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
The event will feature "The Doctor's Meditation" - a special prequel scene to the first episode of season nine - and an exclusive interview with Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, hosted by Wil Wheaton, in addition to the two-part season eight finale.

[07/28/15 - 09:29 AM]
The First Day of the Rest of Their Entrepreneurial Lives Begins Now on the Series Premiere of "Startup U," Airing Tuesday, August 11th, at 10:01PM ET/PT
It's a whole new game when ten savvy, creative and ambitious young adults get down to business and experience seven weeks of hard truths, tough lessons and plenty of drama on the series.

[07/28/15 - 09:28 AM]
ABC Family's Procedural Series "Stitchers" Brings on Damon Dayoub as Series Regular
He'll play Detective Quincy Fisher, an LAPD detective who is brought into the Stitchers program to assist with back-up and support for the team.