“BLACK INK” (Working Title) Premieres Early 2013
Located in the middle of Harlem on 113th and Lennox Avenue, Black Ink is one of the few black-owned and operated tattoo parlors in New York City. It’s a magnet for hip hop stars both old school and new (Cam’ron, Jadakiss, Jim Jones, Asap Rocky, Corey Gunz) as well as pro athletes (Amare Stoudamire, C.C. Sabathia, Stephon Marbury, Brandon Spikes), video vixens and a who’s who of urban elite (Tyson Beckford, Keri Hilson). The employees are a tight but totally dysfunctional “family.” For many of them, this shop is the key to turning around their lives and for some of them it’s their first legitimate job off the streets. But can they survive all of the drama that is part of everyday life at the shop?
“Black Ink” is executive produced by Dan Cesareo and Doug DePriest for Big Fish Entertainment. Executive producers for VH1 are Shelly Tatro, Kari Mcfarland, Rick Hankey and Jeff Olde.
At Big Fish, we are obsessed with small cameras and sticking them all over the place. We think it’s critical to visual storytelling and immersion. It also takes the storytelling out of the 3rd person/cameraman’s hands. Bomb Patrol is our homage to mini-cams, lipsticks, helmet mounted, vehicle mounted, gyro-remote, robot mounted cameras. 3-4 years ago we could have never told the story of Platoon 342 the way we wanted to tell it. It would have felt like every other war doc ever made. GoPros and Contours were game changers for us and a critical tool in making Bomb Patrol. And the technology keeps getting better. We are super pumped on the new GoPros and can’t wait to get our hands on them. Here is some mini-cam fun.
It’s the moment Mommy’s been waiting for – Katherine is getting married! DC Cupcakes returns on Friday, November 11 at 10 PM ET/PTwith “My Sweet Wedding,” a one-hour television event that goes behind the scenes as the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake plan Katherine’s dream wedding. Leading into the big event, that same night at 9 PM ET/PT, is a special episode of Say Yes to the Dress, where Randy and team help Katherine find the gown of her dreams…but will she say “I do” to the dress?
From scouting locations to finding the perfect dress to the long awaited walk down the aisle, DC Cupcakes: MY SWEET WEDDING gives exclusive access to Katherine’s big day. While the bride-to-be works closely with celebrity party planner Sharon Sacks on all the details of her extravagant California wedding, Sophie does the heavy lifting in the store on top of planning several surprises as matron-of-honor. Katherine has no idea what Sophie is cooking up for her – an elaborate bridal shower with a surprise cupcake creation and a nine foot tall wedding cake tower made of 5,000 cupcakes. But the stress and strain of planning takes its toll on both Sisters, and it’s a fight to the finish to get Katherine down the aisle in the dress of her dreams for the night of her life.
Paving the way for “My Sweet Wedding” at 9 PM ET/PT is a special Say Yes to the Dress episode following theSisters of DC Cupcakes to Kleinfeld Bridal to find the wedding dress of Katherine’s dreams. Katherine thinks she knows what dress she wants, but when she tries it on, she isn’t wowed. Randy and Audrey hatch a plan and pick a similar dress by the same designer, but it still isn’t quite right. Inspired, Randy and Audrey combine the two gowns and suddenly it’s perfect for bride Katherine, who says yes. But when it comes time to face a giant price tag, Katherine has a case of cold feet and looks to Sophie to make the decision. Sophie puts her foot down and forces Katherine to follow her heart and make a decision that will live with her for the rest of her life.
DC Cupcakes: MY SWEET WEDDING is produced by Big Fish Entertainment for TLC. Executive producers for Big Fish Entertainment are Dan Cesareo, Doug DePriest and Mary Pelloni.
October 25, 2011
In the first 60 seconds of Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, you will be hooked. You’ll then spend the rest of episode one with an elevated heart rate and your mouth open. It’s simply the most compelling thing you’ll see on TV.
The documentary series, which premieres tonight, follows an elite eight-man U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit on their five-month deployment in Afghanistan. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) account for more casualties among military troops in Afghanistan than anything else. These are the guys that go in to hostile territory and try to defuse them. It’s easily one of the world’s most dangerous jobs.
In the exclusive clip you see above, the team’s youngest member, Chase, is on his first mission, and he has just accidentally blown up one of their highly sophisticated robots, the Talon. He was piloting it around the site of a suspected IED, got too close, and ka-boom. Not a good first day. They sent out their other Talon to investigate—because where there’s one IED, there’s often a second—but radio interference from the first Talon stopped the second one in the tracks. Chase must now pilot a third, smaller robot-which uses a freakin’ XBOX controller-to cut the first Talon’s power supply. If he can’t, then the second Talon remains stranded, and the Chief has to go in on foot. That’s as dangerous as it sounds. (And yes, those are Contour cameras strapped to everybody’s heads.)
The 10-episode series premieres tonight at 10pm PST/EST on the G4 network. It’s rare that a TV show grabs me. I loathe reality TV, I like only a couple sit coms, and I find most documentary shows boring and/or cheesy. Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan is one of the most gripping and compelling things I’ve ever seen. Enjoy, and good luck getting to bed afterwards.
October 24, 2011 by DIANE WERTS. Special to Newsday
But then “Bomb Patrol” jumps back five months, sending us off on deployment with the eight men of Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon 342. The pace chills enough to let us get to know the guys — from a vigilant chief who has survived five combat gigs to a cocky new bomb tech who “thought it’d be fun to play with explosives and blow stuff up.” We’re right there with them inside the cramped tank-like JERRV (Joint EOD Rapid Response Vehicle), creeping across narrow Afghan bridges, fording washed-out roads, checking containers for booby traps and generally hoping we don’t “go boom.”
MY SAY Gamers do get their day here, as the new kid uses a video game controller to send out a small robot to save two larger ones he’s already marooned in a sticky situation. Seeing it unfold via split-screen computer monitor is cool. But very, very real. As our newbie learns, these “games” have serious stakes. And “Bomb Patrol” turns out to be an intensely human documentary. It’s economically edited and well explained (Josh Duhamel is the narrator) by producers who know how to grab your guts and not let go.
BOTTOM LINE Explosions, yes. But emotions, too.
Hollywood has brought the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq home for American filmgoers in sometimes stunning, painful detail in recent years. “Lions for Lambs” featured stars like Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. “The Hurt Locker” won the Oscar for best picture. “Restrepo”
and other documentaries wowed reviewers.
On television, however, the war zones have not been nearly as visible. Though personal war stories are told on dramas like “Brothers & Sisters,” on ABC, and “Homeland,” the new Showtime series, rarely are scenes set on battlefields or military bases. Ten years into Afghanistan, there has been no “M*A*S*H,” which was set in Korea and tapped into antiwar sentiment about Vietnam in the 1970s.
But smaller-scale attempts have taken viewers to the conflicts in entertaining ways. Over the summer ABC screened a Canadian drama, “Combat Hospital,” that was set in Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan. On Tuesday the G4 cable channel will introduce “Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan,” a 10-part documentary series about a United States Navy platoon that disarms improvised explosive devices in the northern part of the country, using state-of-the-art robots, Xbox controllers and intuition.
“It’s a war that no one wants to talk about,” said Dan Cesareo, an executive producer at Big Fish Entertainment, which produced “Bomb Patrol.” The series, he said, “was an opportunity to provide a window into a world that no one has actually seen.”
Neal Tiles, the president of G4, said one of the motivations in making the show was “to keep the war in Afghanistan, 10 years later, front and center in the minds of American viewers.”
Whether viewers want to watch war stories remains an open question. Steven Bochco’s “Over There,” about members of an Army unit in Iraq and their families at home, had an average of 2.1 million viewers in 2005, prompting FX to cancel it after one season.
“Combat Hospital,” about doctors and nurses treating soldiers at an airfield hospital, had about 4.8 million viewers for its 12 weeks last summer, not nearly enough to secure a second season. An ABC spokeswoman said Monday that the show had not been renewed.
“Combat Hospital” was relatively cheap for ABC, because it was originally commissioned by the Canadian network Canwest and filmed in Ontario. Because it is unscripted, “Bomb Patrol” on G4 required five months of filming in Afghanistan by a seven-person crew.
Big Fish also had to gain access to a Navy E.O.D., or explosive ordinance disposal, unit. The process took the better part of a year and put a severe strain on Big Fish, which financed the development of the series itself. “We were spending every penny we had to keep it alive and keep it moving,” Mr. Cesareo said in an interview last week.
Once the military granted access — Rear Adm. Frank A. Morneau, deputy director of expeditionary warfare for the Navy, said he thought the series would give “insight into the human element of combat” — the producers decided to embed with an eight-person platoon that was split between two forward operating bases in northern Afghanistan. Mr. Tiles said the production crew wasn’t concerned about getting in the way. “We knew that the armed forces wouldn’t allow that,” he said.
The best-known shows on the relatively unknown G4 channel are about games and technology, so the series highlights the technological proficiency of the platoon, as well as the personalities of its members. Cameras were mounted on their helmets and chests, giving some scenes the same point of view as a video game.
The actor Josh Duhamel recently signed on to narrate the series, which will be shown on Tuesday nights at 10, Eastern time. Mr. Cesareo bristled at the term “reality show” for the series, instead calling it a documentary.
Diane Gordon, who publishes the television industry newsletter The Surf Report, said the best television representations of the wars have come from documentaries like “Restrepo,” which was shown on the National Geographic Channel after a theatrical release, and the “Frontline” films on PBS. Some editions of the Fox News weekend series “War Stories” have also recounted missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Scripted mini-series, too, have taken on the impact of the wars; in 2008 HBO was praised for the mini-series “Generation Kill,” based on an embedded reporter’s experience in Iraq. But for the most part, “I think network executives think war zones are too rough and real for American viewers to watch week to week,” Ms. Gordon said. “Americans are used to stylized violence,” not war violence, she added, citing “ ‘CSI’ dead bodies, car chases with gunplay, vampires killing people, and now zombies slowly chasing their prey in a never-ending pursuit.”
A zombie attack, it’s fair to say, is less likely to affect a family than a military deployment.
Mr. Tiles of G4 compared “Bomb Patrol” to the embedded journalism that was prevalent in the opening stages of the Iraq war in 2003. Asked whether the series was primarily news or entertainment, he answered, “You tell me what the difference is,” and suggested that it was a bit of both. Most important, he said, “We’re not telling people to go disarm that bomb again for dramatic effect.”
The annual DC Drag Queen Race is a week from Tuesday. It’s one of our favorite local events. If you haven’t seen it, it’s off the hook and a ton of fun. The city shuts down 17th between P and S near Dupont Circle and its an all out high heeled drag race for the costumed “ladies”. Last year, Andres and Sergio to dressed up as Sophie and Katherine and strutted their stuff, check out the clip above. If you’re heading down to the race next Tuesay, be sure to get home by 10pm so you can see the world premiere of Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan only on G4.
Actor to Narrate Ten-Episode Series From Big Fish Entertainment Which Follows an Elite Special Operation Unit as They Patrol War-Torn Battlegrounds to Disarm Deadly Explosives
Los Angeles, CA, October 18, 2011 – Actor Josh Duhamel has portrayed fictional members of the United States Military throughout his career, but starting Tuesday, October 25, Duhamel will help impart the real-life
missions and actions of a group of US Navy special operatives in “Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan” on G4. Duhamel will serve as the narrator for the hour-long, 10-episode documentary series which follows an eight-man unit from the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), the world’s premier combat force for countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and all other types of weaponry during their five-month campaign in Afghanistan. Produced by Big Fish Entertainment, “Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan” premieres Tuesday, October 25th at 10pm ET.
“It is truly an honor to be able to partner with G4 to give viewers a look inside the world of the courageous men and women who put their lives on the line to keep soldiers and civilians safe,” Duhamel said. “’Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan’ is a one-of-a-kind series that shows these real-life heroes using the most advanced technology our military has to disarm explosives, gather evidence, and fight terrorists.”
North Dakota native Josh Duhamel made his first major appearance in the award-winning daytime soap, “All My Children” in 1999. He went on to play former U.S. Marine Danny McCoy on the hit NBC drama, “Las Vegas” from 2003 to 2008. During his television work, Duhamel also landed numerous roles in films such as “Win a Date With Todd Hamilton!,” “Turistas,” and most notably, the blockbuster “Transformers” films in which he portrayed U.S. Marine William Lennox. Recently, Duhamel has starred alongside Katherine Heigl in “Life as We Know It” and will appear in the upcoming films “New Year’s Eve” and “Fire with Fire.”
“Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan” will embed viewers with Sailors from Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Platoon 342 and will allow them to witness every aspect of the unit’s deployment, from the life-or-death missions to the humorous, light-hearted moments shared between the brothers-in-arms. Over 15 cameras, including both helmet and body mounted, were utilized to capture the eight-man team’s five-month tour. Personnel featured on “Bomb Patrol Afghanistan” are extremely skilled technicians, the very best-of-the-best with over 70 years of combined U.S. Navy service.
”Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan” is produced by Big Fish Entertainment with Doug DePriest and Dan Cesareo serving as executive producers. Laura Civiello and Tim Rummel are the series’ network executives for G4.
Watch the pressure the elite forces face and split-second decision making they must undertake beginning October 25th at 10PM ET/PT on G4.
About Big Fish Entertainment
Big Fish Entertainment is an independent production company dedicated to creating visually-driven documentary, format, and reality programming for broadcast on U.S. Cable networks, new media, and beyond. Expect the unexpected. From TLC’s DC Cupcakes to Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, Big Fish Entertainment captures and relates extraordinary worlds, characters, and stories that entertain and inform. Since the company’s launch, Big Fish has developed and produced a solid slate of series, pilots, and specials for top television networks including: Discovery, TLC, G4, A&E, National Geographic, Planet Green, Travel Channel, Spike, and Smithsonian Network. For more information, please visit www.bigfishusa.com
Just saw this kickass trailer. 9 days and counting. We are incredibly proud and excited to share Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan with you.
We are deep in edit on Bomb Patrol. The series is amazing, it truly is a once in a lifetime project. We spent 5 months in Afghanistan and shot more than 4000 hours of footage. Cynopsis plugged it this morning in the trades:
Younger male-skewing network, G4 is partnering with the US Navy on a new docu-series, Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan launching October 25 at 10p. The 10-episode series will allow viewers to be embedded with Navy soldiers in Afghanistan working as part of the US Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, the world’s elite combat force for countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), WMD and other weapons. The series will use more than 15 cameras mounted on helmets and on the bodies of the soldiers to capture the eight-man team’s five-month tour. Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan is produced by Big Fish Entertainment.