Category: Shock of the New
Six New Pilots from Picrow and Amazon Studios Now Streaming for 2015

January 16, 2015

The newest Amazon Studios pilots produced by Picrow are now showing on Amazon Instant Video. Viewers can watch, rate, and review to help pick which shows get a full series order.

Cocked is an hour-long dramedy starring Sam Trammell (True Blood), Jason Lee (My Name is Earl), and Tony winner Brian Dennehy (Death of a Salesman).

Down Dog stars Josh Casaubon (I Just Want My Pants Back), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), and Kris Kristofferson (Lone Star) and takes a satirical look at LA’s yoga culture.

The Man In The High Castle, from producer Ridley Scott and director David Semel, is based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel.

Salem Rogers: Model of the Year 1998 is a half-hour comedy starring Leslie Bibb (About a Boy) and Rachel Dratch (SNL) and directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls).

Just Add Magic is based on the popular children’s book and stars Olivia Sanabia, Abby Donnelly, and Aubrey K. Miller.

Table 58 is a single-camera, live-action kids’ show written by May Chan (Phineas & Ferb) and directed by Gil Junger (10 Things I Hate About You, Greek).

Picrow and Amazon Produce Pilots for 2015

Picrow and Amazon Produce Pilots for 2015

Picrow and Amazon Studios Win 2 Golden Globes for TRANSPARENT

January 12, 2015

The ground-breaking series, Transparent, from Jill Soloway, Amazon Studios, and Picrow made Golden Globes history on Sunday night. The show took home a Golden Globe for Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical and Jeffrey Tambor won Best Actor in a TV Comedy. Picrow is proud to have produced the first online series to win a Best Series award (comedy or drama), from the HFPA and to have contributed to Amazon’s first-ever Golden Globe win.

Transparent, from Jill Soloway, Amazon Studios, and Picrow

Transparent, from Jill Soloway, Amazon Studios, and Picrow

Mozart in the Jungle Premieres

December 22, 2014

Mozart in the Jungle, the new series from Picrow, Amazon Studios, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Bernadette Peters premieres December 23.

Mozart in the Jungle, from Picrow, Amazon Studios, Roman Coppolla and Jason Schwartzman

Mozart in the Jungle, from Picrow, Amazon Studios, Roman Coppolla and Jason Schwartzman

Mozart in the Jungle Series Premiere Billboard

Mozart in the Jungle Series Premiere Billboard

Golden Globe Nominations for Transparent, Picrow and Amazon Studios

December 11, 2014

Transparent, the comedy produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios, picks up Golden Globes nominations for Best TV Series Comedy/Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series Comedy/Musical for lead Jeffrey Tambor. This is Amazon Studios’ first nod from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Also this awards season, Picrow picked up Writers Guild TV nominations for Comedy Series, New Series and Episodic Comedy for the episode “The Wilderness.”

Transparent, Original Series Produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Transparent, Original Series Produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent, the original comedy series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent, the original comedy series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent, the original comedy series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent, the original comedy series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios Calls on Picrow for the 2015 Pilot Season

November 19, 2014

Picrow continues its work with Amazon Studios producing four of the seven new pilots for the 2015 seasonThe Man in the High Castle, Down Dog, Cocked and Salem Rogers. As always, the viewers will be asked to watch and help choose the shows that get a full series order. Voting begins when the new pilots debut in January on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S. and U.K.

Headed to series, from the previous pilot season, are Picrow-produced Red Oaks, a coming-of-age comedy set in the 80’s starring Craig Roberts and Jennifer Grey and Hand of God, a psychological drama starring Ron Perlman and Dana Delany.

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My Water’s On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song)

December 12, 2011

Picrow proudly recognizes Adam Sakellarides and Lisa Rucker, animators (and more!) who make the mundane interesting and the complex and recondite understandable — their video about Fracking, made in collaboration with NYU’s Studio 20 journalism-for-the-web program and ProPublica’s Explainer project, was just named number two video on Time Magazine’s Top 10 Creative Videos for 2011 — David Holmes, Andrew Bean, and Niel Bekker did the song, and Adam and Lisa made the video — see it here:

Read more about Fracking and the people behind the video here:

Scientific American — The Fracking Song

The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University — What we’re watching: musical fracking, award-winning photojournalism, and documentaries from Cannes

The Los Angeles Times — Fracking rap video named one of best of 2011

New York Daily News — What is fracking? Viral video of the week explains complex issue in two minute rap song

Boing Boing — The Fracking Song: My Water’s On Fire Tonight

Ecocentric: The Science Blog from Time — A Musical Introduction to Fracking

Here are the lyrics to My Water’s On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song):

Fracking is a form of natural gas drilling
An alternative to oil cause the oil kept spilling
Bringing jobs to small towns so everybody’s willing
People turn on their lights and the drillers make a killing

Water goes into the pipe, the pipe into the ground
The pressure creates fissures 7,000 feet down
The cracks release the gas that powers your town
That well is fracked….. Yeah totally fracked

But there’s more in the water than just H2O
Toxic chemicals help to make the fluid flow
With names like benzene and formaldehyde
You better keep ‘em far away from the water supply

The drillers say the fissures are a mile below
The groundwater pumped into American homes
But don’t tell it to the residents of Sublette Wy-O
That water’s fracked…. We’re talking Benzene…

What the frack is going on with all this fracking going on
I think we need some facts to come to light
I know we want our energy but nothing ever comes for free
I think my water’s on fire tonight

So it all goes back to 2005
Bush said gas drillers didn’t have to comply
with the Safe Drinking Water Act, before too long
It was “frack, baby, frack” until the break of dawn.

With the EPA out it was up to the states
But they didn’t have the money to investigate
Sick people couldn’t prove fracking was to blame
All the while water wells were going up in flames

Cause it’s hard to contain all the methane released
It can get into the air, it can get into the streams.
It’s a greenhouse gas, worse than CO2
Fracking done wrong could lead to climate change too

Now it’s not that drillers should never be fracking
But the current regulation is severely lacking
Reduce the toxins, contain the gas and wastewater
And the people won’t get sick and the planet won’t get hotter

What the frack is going on with all this fracking going on
I think we need some facts to come to light
I know we want our energy but nothing ever comes for free
I think my water’s on fire tonight.

UNWATCHABLE on the Net at Midnight

September 27, 2011

Click Here to Listen to DarkFibre’s Interview on the BBC’s The World

The UNWATCHABLE site — UNWATCHABLE Premieres Tonight at Midnight

UNWATCHABLE: Why We Made This

Why I work for Save the Congo – Vava Tampa: Why I Am A V-Man

Client: Save The Congo!
Written and Directed by: Marc Hawker for DarkFibre*
Production Company: Black Jack Films, DarkFibre Films
Producers: Tess Mitchell, Marc Hawker
Executive Producers: Jon Bains, Bradley Woodus
Cast: Thea Wellband – Teenage Girl, Angela Dixon – Mother, Guy Oliver Watts – Father, Kyarna Rose Shea – Child, Soldiers, James Alexander, Jack Bannell, Pete Garrett, Danny Kennedy, Michael Lindall, Andrew McHale, John Rackham
Film Editor: Nick Lofting
Director of Photography: Michael Bonvillian [Bonvillain]
Original Music: David Arnold
Sound Design: Joe Mount and Nick Lofting
Colourist: Simon Bourne @ Framestore
Flame Artist: Owen Saward
VFX: Rushes
Digital Intermediates: Ascent 142, Company3, Absolute Post
Sound Mix: Nick Del-Molino
Second Unit Director: Marc Wolff
Film Titles: Justin Blampied

Digital Strategy – Jon Bains @ To The Power of N

*DarkFibre is represented by Pictures in a Row in the U.S.


My Water’s On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song)

September 8, 2011

Pictures in a Row’s Adam Sakellarides and Lisa Rucker are animators (and more!) who make the mundane interesting and the complex and recondite understandable — their video about Fracking, made in collaboration with NYU’s Studio 20 journalism-for-the-web program and ProPublica’s Explainer project, was just named number two video on Time Magazine’s Top 10 Creative Videos for 2011 — David Holmes, Andrew Bean, and Niel Bekker did the song, and Adam and Lisa made the video — see it here:

Read more about Fracking and the people behind the video here:

Scientific American — The Fracking Song

The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University — What we’re watching: musical fracking, award-winning photojournalism, and documentaries from Cannes

New York Daily News — What is fracking? Viral video of the week explains complex issue in two minute rap song

Boing Boing — The Fracking Song: My Water’s On Fire Tonight

Ecocentric: The Science Blog from Time — A Musical Introduction to Fracking

Here are the lyrics to My Water’s On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song):

Fracking is a form of natural gas drilling
An alternative to oil cause the oil kept spilling
Bringing jobs to small towns so everybody’s willing
People turn on their lights and the drillers make a killing

Water goes into the pipe, the pipe into the ground
The pressure creates fissures 7,000 feet down
The cracks release the gas that powers your town
That well is fracked….. Yeah totally fracked

But there’s more in the water than just H2O
Toxic chemicals help to make the fluid flow
With names like benzene and formaldehyde
You better keep ‘em far away from the water supply

The drillers say the fissures are a mile below
The groundwater pumped into American homes
But don’t tell it to the residents of Sublette Wy-O
That water’s fracked…. We’re talking Benzene…

What the frack is going on with all this fracking going on
I think we need some facts to come to light
I know we want our energy but nothing ever comes for free
I think my water’s on fire tonight

So it all goes back to 2005
Bush said gas drillers didn’t have to comply
with the Safe Drinking Water Act, before too long
It was “frack, baby, frack” until the break of dawn.

With the EPA out it was up to the states
But they didn’t have the money to investigate
Sick people couldn’t prove fracking was to blame
All the while water wells were going up in flames

Cause it’s hard to contain all the methane released
It can get into the air, it can get into the streams.
It’s a greenhouse gas, worse than CO2
Fracking done wrong could lead to climate change too

Now it’s not that drillers should never be fracking
But the current regulation is severely lacking
Reduce the toxins, contain the gas and wastewater
And the people won’t get sick and the planet won’t get hotter

What the frack is going on with all this fracking going on
I think we need some facts to come to light
I know we want our energy but nothing ever comes for free
I think my water’s on fire tonight.