"CUTTING CREW," EL REY NETWORK'S NEW, UNSCRIPTED ORIGINAL INTRODUCES A NEW BREED OF BARBERS
Production Begins This Week On Eight, Hour-Long Episodes from Big Vida Productions, Following the Antics and Edgy Artistry of Award-Winning Barber Amit Corso and His Ace Cutting Crew
New York - April 23, 2014 - El Rey Network today announced start of production on "Cutting Crew," a new, unscripted original that explores the edgy artistry of a dynamic team of barbers who have made a name for themselves for thinking outside the stylist box. Produced by Big Vida Productions for El Rey Network, "Cutting Crew" is comprised of eight, hour-long installments and will premiere fall 2014.
Showcasing masterful motifs that are anything but ordinary, this group of creatives know how to make a statement. Whether they are executing a simple fade, an elaborate or memorable design, or they are shaving back hair into the shape of a Batman emblem, the passionate team of "scissor-happy" artistes use razors and clippers to get the job done. At the barbershop, there is a serious dedication to the craft, but there is nothing serious about the raucous crew that work for award-winning barber Amit Corso who opened his shop outside of Philadelphia in 2005 (after spending most of his young life tortured by his mother's DIY haircuts).
Corso's team of specialists include:
Dré Gonzalez, Amit's right hand when things get busy and a barber who has been honing his scissory skills for over a decade, Dré is the entertainer in the group. He is like a little brother to Amit but has a few annoying habits - being tardy for one - and is known for pushing the staff's buttons whenever the opportunity presents itself. Alex, a.k.a. "Controversy," is a loud, outrageous former employee of Amit's who is looking to get back into his good graces after leaving for a brief stint in Miami. Gabriel "Gaby" Rivera seems like the quiet one but is actually the resident instigator-he argues for the sake of arguing and using the commotion as a way of getting under the skin of his fellow cutters. Other members of the team include leading ladies: Destiny "Dessi" Bell, one of Corso's barbering students starting a new life after serving in the Army; Caroline Winkler, apprenticing at the shop after failing to get along with the girls at cosmetology school: and Bryan Sanchez, a 22-year-old father of three who's the jokester in the group, and revels in taking part in the high-jinks that keep the team on its toes.
And barbering isn't the only thing going on at the shop-- in between the fades and shaves, this band of barbers finds time to bicker, debate, joke around and cook up challenges that range from testing feats of strength to more juvenile endeavors that just give everyone a good chuckle. But in the end, it's the camaraderie in this diverse group that is the heart of "Cutting Crew."
"Cutting Crew" is produced by BIG VIDA Entertainment for El Rey Network. Executive Producers are: Sergio Alfaro, Flavio Morales, John Ehrhard and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.
About El Rey Network:
El Rey Network is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network will unite the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network's action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
About FactoryMade Ventures:
Founded by John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, FactoryMade develops, produces and oversees media and entertainment franchises in partnership with leading Hollywood talent and global brands and investors. The company founded El Rey Network and Tres Pistoleros Studios with renowned filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and Univision Communications, Inc. It also forged a joint venture with leading Mexican wrestling league Lucha Libre AAA and four-time Emmy(R) Award winner Mark Burnett and Hearst Corporation's One Three Media. It executive produces a slate of scripted and non-scripted television shows including From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, the remake of the cult classic by Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, and Matador, an original production with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Previously, the team spearheaded the creation of Hasbro's film business and television business with Transformers, G.I. Joe, Hasbro Studios and the Hub Network with Discovery Communications, and created retail's first digital gaming and commerce platform HSN Arcade.
About BIG VIDA Entertainment
BIG VIDA Entertainment is a full service production company focused on creating content for the U.S. Latino market in English and Spanish. BIG VIDA was created to represent Latino audiences with authentic content that further merges the two mainstreams. BIG VIDA is led by experienced Latino TV producers Sergio Alfaro, President, and Peabody Award winner Flavio Morales, Executive Vice President, who brings his more than 20 years of Latino market experience to BIG VIDA Entertainment as well as BIG VIDA founder John Ehrhard. BIG VIDA was launched to serve the diverse Latino audiences with different genres, from reality and scripted, to live events, long and short form content. BIG VIDA is about authenticity with the highest production values, regardless of the medium. BIG VIDA Entertainment is based in Burbank, California. www.bigvida.com.