I was enamored by the entertainment industry when I was 5 years old. Living in Hollywood, I befriended William Frawley, Moe Howard and Mae West. I was also friends with Chico and Harpo Marx. They made an lasting impression on me. In the early 90s I studied in the UCLA Certificate Program for Film & Television, spending 4 years learning film and TV making. And focusing on screenwriting and production.
Since graduating in 1996 I have been writing, submitting and being turned down by agencies on a regular basis. However, the rejection never left me bitter. They only made me more determined to get a break! The internet was just in its infancy but I had a feeling that if it wasn't a passing fad, it could be something to exploit in the near future.
CUT TO: 2008 -- there had been a few attempts to merge the internet with TV and film studios that failed miserably. The main reason why is that the decision-makers were all 50-something suits using old business paradigms they had always used. And that will NOT work when combining the internet with entertainment. It takes a whole new way of thinking and approaching the business. The suits' tunnel vision left them blind to the diametric that runs today's world of entertainment.
My partners and I have that focus. We've spent the last 6 years studying it, analyzing it and researching it. What will work is a new TV Network that appeals to the Millennials and broadcast on the internet!
We traveled through 14 states, talking to our target demo. Going where they congregate to discuss this with them, rather than ask them to join a focus group inside some auditorium. We know what will appeal to them and how to present it. We know what they'll accept and not push their boundaries.
With this in mind we, VCS Entertainment, will produce full length TV shows and not webisodes. Sitcoms will be 22 minutes. Dramas, 45 minutes. We'll also produce feature films that will be available on our PPV channel. And it will all broadcast on the internet!
We are currently talking with investors who are rather eager to join us on this venture. Once funded, we will be hiring in all capacities.
Name: Ray Lopez
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: VCS Entertainment
Occupation: Playwright, Producer and Screenwriter
Unique traits: Knowing which markets offer a clear opportunity to be properly exploited. Having a very creative mind and treating cast and crew as partners, not employees. After all, TV shows and films are a collaborative effort.