Eric L. Harryman

Eric Harryman

Cinematographer, Creative Executive, Director of Photography, Filmmaker, Music Supervisor and Producer

Los Angeles, California

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About Eric

Eric L. Harryman
Biography In Brief - 2015

In 2008-09, Harryman created and “Executive Produced” the #1 hit television series, The Chopper Challenge (MTV/VIACOM Network, CMT-Country Music Television). His objective was to create a TV series that answered the diminishing economic value of traditional commercial advertising. He was successful in achieving his goal by integrating a specific brand's likeness and vision into each episode's content. GEICO Insurance, Jim Beam, Patron Tequila, Time Warner, Universal Pictures, Marvel Comics, Monster Energy Drink, and the platinum recording artists, Seether/Windup Records participated in this production.

Harryman is an accomplished and accredited Music Supervisor and record producer with nearly 20 years experience in the motion picture and record industries. Included in his motion picture credits are films like, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Color of Night (Best song in a motion picture, Golden Globe Nomination), Warriors of Virtue, Judge Dredd, Street Fighter, This Word Then The Fireworks and Addicted to Love (see list of credits).

His experience as a soundtrack producer and artist manager has given him the opportunity to work with recording artists, record producers and industry veterans such as, George Harrison (Estate), David Kahn, The Counting Crows, Bon Jovi, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, David Foster, Lauren Christie & The Matrix, Jim Wirt, Rodney Jerkins, Jud Friedman, Elliot Kennedy, Trevor Horn, Richie Havens, Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead), David Bowie, Public Enemy, NAS, Richard Marx, KISS, MC Hammer, Sammy Hagar, The Cocteau Twins, Phil Spector, Rob Zombie, John Sebastian & The Lovin’ Spoonful, Van Halen, Isaac Hayes, Michael Kaman and The Cure to name a few.

His expertise as an artist manager includes the development of careers that have resulted in generating multiple recording and publishing contracts. Included in this experience is the development and negotiations of the largest new artist recording contract ever negotiated with, Atlantic Records (Ahmet Ertegun/Craig Kallman signing). His artist/client, Ashley Ballard went on to open with a #1 hit record (Billboard #1 “Hottie” – Ashley Ballard) in the top 17 markets nationwide. Ballard was one of the most played artists at radio, dawning the cover of Billboard magazine, toured the nation with Radio Disney and shared the stage with artist's like Ray Charles, Josh Groban and James Brown.

His experience with international book publishing includes the negotiation of the #1 selling, The Art of the Chopper coffee table book series (Time Warner/Bullfinch Press). The single most successful book of its kind written on the subject of custom motorcycles depicted as art.

Harryman is currently the founder of Lucky 13 Cinematic (L13C), a Los Angeles; California based Production Company that specializes in original television and motion picture productions. As a follow up to his #1 hit TV series The Chopper Challenge, his current production efforts include a new motor-sport based television series entitled, The King of Chrome. L13C, currently controls the motion picture and life story rights to the Effie Hotchkiss story depicting the first people (a 19 year old girl and her mother) to travel across the United States on a motorcycle. This happened in 1915.

Harryman is also an accomplished and published writer & photographer specializing in performance in music & custom motor sport images which can be seen in publications worldwide.

A team player and deal-making veteran with over 18 years experience in the entertainment industry.


Outlaw Productions/Warner Brothers Pictures
Directed By: Griffin Dunne
Starring: Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, & Kelly Preston
Composer: Academy Award winning Rachel Portman
(Film & Record Recognition)

IJL Creations/MGM
Directed By: Ronny Yu
Composer: Don Davis
Soundtrack Available on Rhino Records
(Film & Record Recognition)

Cinergi Pictures Entertainment/Hollywood Pictures
Directed By: Danny Canon
Starring: Sylvester Stallone & Armand Assante
Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
Soundtrack available on EPIC Soundtracks
(Film & Record Recognition)

Cinergi Pictures Entertainment/20th Century FOX
Directed By: John McTiernan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson & Jeremy Irons
Composer: Academy Award winning Michael Kaman
Soundtrack available on RCA Records
(Film & Record Recognition)

Cinergi Pictures Entertainment/20th Century FOX
Directed By: Richard Rush
Starring: Bruce Willis & Reuben Blades
Composer: Dominic Frontiere
Soundtrack available on Mercury Records
(End Title Golden Globe Nomination)
(Film & Record Recognition)

Universal Pictures
Directed By: Steven E. DeSouza
Starring: Jean Claude Van Damme & Raul Julia
Composer: Graeme Revell
Soundtrack available on Priority Records
(Film & Record Recognition)

Foxburro Entertainment
Directed By: Doug Lyman
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Christy Swanson, Mathew Perry, Christine Berranski
Composer: Alex Wurman
(Film & Record Recognition

Keyboard Motorcycle Transportation sponsors “The Chopper Challenge Tour”

NEW YORK, NY (October, 2008) — “The Chopper Challenge” is proud to announce the its “The Chopper Challenge Experience” tour across the nation featuring a custom, “Chopper Challenge” branded semi-truck rig sponsored by Keyboard Motorcycle Transportation, with graphics created by the talented team at Uptown Graphics and vinyl provided by Oracle. “The Chopper Challenge Big Rig” will transport all nine custom motorcycles created during season one of the TV Series to the top motorcycle events in our nation in 2008 and 2009! Various builders from the series will be on hand to sign autographs and meet the fans. Upcoming events include but are not limited to appearances at Bruce Rossmeyers Destination Daytona - Biketoberfest (Oct. 15-18) , Hogs On The High Seas Cruise (Grand Cayman-Jamaica Nov. 4-11), and Destination Daytona - Bikeweek (Feb 27-March 8, 2009). Check for more details on events.

“The Chopper Challenge” is a sure fire hit with brands and motorcycle enthusiasts. The weekly reality TV series aired Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET/PT via Viacom’s CMT network.

“The Chopper Challenge” celebrates the master craftsmen who create the most sought after custom motorcycles in the world. Nine builders, nine brands and the creation of nine magnificent machines. Each week, a celebrity bike builder designs and builds a sponsor-inspired, fully handcrafted, custom logo-branded motorcycle. The Chopper Challenge retained GMR Entertainment to secure all the brands for the nine episodes. GMR Entertainment is one of the leading music and entertainment marketing agencies within the Omnicom Group.

“We’ve seen many motorcycle shows up to this point that offer great entertainment for the motorcyclist, but often forgetting that most riders have passengers,” notes Eric Harryman, creator and Executive Producer the Chopper Challenge. “But we wanted ‘The Chopper Challenge’ to be entertaining, educational and inspirational for all ages and genders, not just bikers.”

Harryman continues, “Each week, with ‘The Chopper Challenge,’ you don’t know what you’re going to get. In every episode, the viewer experiences a different artist—a master craftsman—and a different brand, which supplies the creative element for building the bike. Of course, viewers get to see a fully completed custom machine, created from the ground up. This show is about the artist—the bike builder. However, we tell the artist, ‘Here is a blank canvas, here are the colors you must use, and this is the subject matter, which must be reflected in your painting—your bike.”

Normally, GMR Entertainment is asked to partner one brand with one entertainment property, notes Marcus Peterzell, co-managing director of GMR Entertainment. “But in this case, we had to come up with nine brands, which was challenging. Fortunately, we had a show that was compelling, entertaining and interesting—and brands wanted to be a part of it.”

“The Chopper Challenge” is aimed at the 18-49 demographic, as well as the 35-40 million current motorcycle owner/operators in the U.S.

The series premiered with a Geico (Gecko character inspired) bike, built by master bike builder, Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios. Other brands followed (one per episode), including Universal Pictures/MARVEL Comics,” The Incredible Hulk” (bike built by Scott Long and Central Coast Cycles), WindUp Recording artist Seether (bike built by John Shope of SSinister Choppers) Road Runner High Speed Online/Time Warner Cable (Cole Foster of Salinas Boys), Patrón Tequila (Johnny Goodson’s Insane Custom Cycles), Jim Beam (Ralph Randolph of Knockout Motorcycle Company) and Mohegan Sun (Mitch Bergeron of Mitch Bergeron Customs), Monster Energy Drink (Alan Lee of Alan Lee Designs), and finally episode 9, a second Geico (Caveman Inspired) bike (Yaniv Evan of Power Plant Choppers).

Throughout the series, “The Chopper Challenge” offers brands the opportunity to connect, as well as deepen their relationship, with consumers. “By supporting real-life subjects in non-traditional ways, Jim Beam is putting the brand’s timeless values into a context that makes them contemporary and relevant to today’s consumer,” explains Rory Finlay, senior vice president and global chief marketing officer of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.

Geico concurs and adds that the viewers of “The Chopper Challenge” are the right people for the brand to reach out to regarding its family of insurance products. “We love the interaction that ‘Chopper Challenge’ gives us with this audience,” says Eric Vaden, who oversees motorcycle and power sports marketing for Geico. Vaden continues, “Geico is very pleased to be part of such a fantastic show. We love the bikes that have been produced and being able to see the creative talent and ingenuity that goes into each of these bikes is very intriguing.

Throughout the episodes of “The Chopper Challenge,” each bike builder is provided with a set of raw parts, allowing the viewer to truly see the progression and evidence of the master craftsman’s work. Each builder has 30 days to complete the themed motorcycle, with cameras following the detail, design, frustration and satisfaction of completing a customized masterpiece.

“The Chopper Challenge” culminated in a series finale (July 16), with John Shope/SSinister Choppers and his Seether inspired custom creation was declared the 1st Season “Chopper Challenge Master Craftsman” grand prize winner. Results where calculated and determined by a total combined viewer text message and online vote.

About CMT

CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 87 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website,, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.



  • Chopper Challenge

    Chopper Challenge (2008)
    Television (Reality-TV) Writer, Producer

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  • Addicted to Love

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  • Warriors of Virtue

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  • This World, Then the Fireworks

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  • Judge Dredd

    Judge Dredd (1995)
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  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
    Film by John McTiernan (Action, Adventure and Thriller) Music department John McClane is now almost a full-blown alcoholic and is suspended from the NYPD. But when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on. Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says". He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll blow off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him. But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated up. Written by SARSman1793

  • Street Fighter

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    Film by Steven E. de Souza (Action, Adventure and Comedy) Music department Col. William Guile leads an army of soldiers into the country of Shadaloo to find traces to lead him to General M. Bison, who has captured many people including three missing soldiers. Among them is Carlos "Charlie" Blanka, in which Bison decides to turn into a hideous mutant. On the other hand, Chun Li is a reporter who seeks revenge against Bison for the death of her father years ago. Then two small time hustlers Ryu and Ken, are arrested along with Sagat, a powerful arms dealer and Vega for dealing of illegal weapons. Guile recruits them in order to find Bison's base. Now Guile, T. Hawk, Cammy, Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Balrog and E. Honda have three days before Bison murders the hostages and takes over the world. Written by Emphinix

  • Getting In

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  • Color of Night

    Color of Night (1994)
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