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GRANDFELLA   ***FINANCING PENDING***

Genre: Dramatic Comedy

 

Logline:  A former mobster struggles to stay straight and reconcile with his daughter while small-town politics, a crazy ex-mob boss and a PTA fundraiser stand in his way.

 

Mobster NICK MORETTI is rat-pack smooth, able to negotiate his way outta anything. He gets framed for a murder by the boss's son VINNY and spends the next twenty years in prison. This creates a rift between him and his daughter SOPHIA who was only a child when she watched her father get arrested and carted off. 

Now out of prison, his old mob boss makes Nick next in line as boss. This again inflames Vinny, who orders a hit on Nick… and succeeds! 

But, Nick fakes his death to get Vinny and his goons off Nick’s trail. Nick escapes to the only place he knows he can be hidden and safe… Ohio, the home of his estranged daughter, Sophia. However, Sophia would prefer that Nick drop dead on the spot. So Nick develops another angle… 

He puts his negotiation and fundraising skills to the next step up from racketeering ... the annual P.T.A fundraiser. 

At the same time, Nick bonds with DANNY, the grandson he’s never known, and helps him deal with a bully; and his mom’s fiancée, the local Chief of police. Sophia remains suspicious of Nick's history of lies and let-downs. 

Vinny gets word of Nick's whereabouts and sets out for Ohio. Arriving right smack in the middle of the school carnival, Vinny manages to kidnap Danny. Nick must now stage a rescue to recover his grandson, redeem himself to his daughter, and deliver Vinny to the police. This will take the help of the proverbial village... 

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ZERO-DAY 

Genre: Action/Thriller

 

LOGLINE: After a stolen cyber-weapon causes his wife’s death, a cyber-analyst must track down and stop a global conspiracy involving terrorists, a covert government agency, and the hacktivist who started it all – his own brother.

 

The most secure computer network in the world is being hacked!

 

NSA’s data facility is under attack. When his brother-in-law, NATE is unable to stop it, JONATHAN KIRBY shuts down the system. Director WEICHERT wants answers so Jon’s boss and wife, HELENA flies to Washington. Her plane plummets enroute, a victim of the stolen data as an Eastern-European terrorist group, Bleeding Wolf, takes responsibility. Jon grieves as Nate goes underground and steals the terrorists’ frozen assets.

 

Jon is arrested for treason by association and is forced to hunt Nate with FBI agent, CLAIRE RODRIGUEZ.

 

In London, they track down black-hat and grey-hat hackers while agents from the terrorist hacking group hunt them. So they lose their Interpol tail and meet up with Nate’s ally who gives them a thumb drive and a clue to Nate's whereabouts. They manage to elude more terrorist thugs who call their boss…

 

SMAGULOV who passes on the bad news to his companion… Nate!

 

Claire and Jon make it to Paris where they connect with Nate. He begs Jon to help. The terrorists intend to hack and crash a commuter train. Claire and Jon thwart the attack just in time unaware that Smagulov has a secret plan. He loads a maintenance train full of C-4 and ...

 

Blows up another train in the station causing chaos, destruction, and death!

 

Escaping Thorne’s armed guards, Claire, Jon, and Nate lay low in a safe house. However, when the extraction team tries to kill them, they separate. Claire will seek help from their Interpol adversary while Jon and Nate break into a CIA site to hack through the firewall and obtain the CIA's secret cyber-weapon.

 

Cyber-weapon in hand, terrorists, Interpol, and US agents converge on their location where betrayals and secrets put Jon in the crosshairs between covert government and Smagulov's forces who will kill him for it.

 

 

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GO ASK ALICE - Pilot

Genre: Hour-long Drama/Thriller

 

LOGLINE: To afford the experimental treatments her daughter needs, a desperate ex-waitress enters the dangerous yet lucrative world of clinical trials as a Human Guinea Pig and becomes entangled in a war between pharmaceutical rivals.

 

Waitress Alice Delaney spends her days eking out a living that barely pays the rent. Until she serves the strangest tea party of her life - a group of human guinea pigs (lab rats), led by MACEN, who have just finished their latest lucrative trial.

 

After subsequently losing her job and finding out her young daughter has a rare blood disorder that requires experimental and expensive treatment, Alice is without options and seeks out Macen who helps her get accepted into the Lab Rat system and ready for her first major trial.

 

Over the course of the series, she and her fellow participants will lie, cheat and steal as they chart a dangerous course into the underground world of morally-dubious clinicians, life-threatening drug trials, and a community of desperate lab rats to find the one elusive drug that will help save her daughter’s life, while becoming the catalyst in a war that threatens the entire Pharmaceutical Industry – and her daughter’s life..

 

A bizarre twist on Alice in Wonderland, the show teeters between the surreal, drug-induced world within the bizarre Lab Rat community and the “real world,” often showing how, in many ways, they aren’t so different.

 

 

 

 

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NAUGHTY OR NICE **FINANCING PENDING**

Genre: Comedy/Family

 

Logline:  When a tween YouTuber’s anti-Santa rant gets millions of followers kicked off the Nice list and fosters an elf revolt, she must go to the North Pole to fix it and stop a mischievous elf from getting Christmas canceled, forever!

No, Virginia… there isn’t a Santa Claus.

 

A YouTube vlog goes viral proving beyond a doubt that Santa doesn’t exist. Children drop off the ‘Nice’ list causing Santa to close the toy factory and lay-off the elves. Unsanctioned by Santa, Head-elf ALBERT invites the tween vloggers to the North Pole hoping they’ll believe enough to make a retraction video.

 

But he didn’t account for 12-year-old Virginia, aka GINNY, the instigator, who along with the other kids, leaves a trail of destruction in her wake.  

 

Eventually, Albert and the kids strike a bargain. For a pro-Christmas blog post, Albert will take them where no mere mortal has ever been – Santa’s Coal Mines! Their truce is short-lived when the kids take a joy ride in Santa’s coal mine and turn it upside-down. Santa’s sudden appearance prompts Ginny to demand an audience with the big man himself!

 

An impossible request as Albert can’t let the kids see Santa without betraying his own ‘Naughty” behavior.

 

So, Ginny hunts on her own, finds the Christmas Control Center, pushes one button too many and accidentally deletes the entire Naughty and Nice List. Santa discovers what’s been going on, fires Albert and cancels Christmas.

 

Before the kids are can be sent home, Ginny devises a plan to change Santa’s mind, but she’ll need to convince Albert that it’s going to take a little naughty to save Christmas.

 

Their next video is about to blow up the Internet.

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CONFECTIONATELY, YOURS

Genre: Romantic Comedy

 

Logline: To save her shop, a quirky baker struggles to win a national baking contest against a scheming reality-show diva while caught in a romantic jam between a bake-a-holic competitor and her old flame, the show's most critical judge.

 

Sometimes love abandons us for a reason…

 

GINA fell hard for fellow intern ETHAN. But ambition won over heart and he left to make it big without her. Ten years later, Gina’s stuck in the past in a run-down bakery inherited from her grandfather. To save her shop, Gina's GRAMMY suggests she auditions for a National Baking competition. There's only one catch...

 

Ethan is one of the harsh, overly critical judges on the show – the Simon Cowell of baking!

 

Despite a fire, a falling ceiling, and a trip to the ER, Gina wins a spot on the show. She meets fellow competitor and baking show fan-boy, JOSH and MARISSA, a reality-show diva who’ll do anything to win. Ethan and Gina rekindle a spark between them despite, the no fraternization rule. Marissa also makes a play for Ethan, and Gina ends up embarrassed by Marissa's persistent passive-aggressive mind games. Grammy helps, but something's wrong.

 

During the competition, as Gina’s distracted with an ailing Grammy, Marissa switches ingredients on Gina. Gina’s cake explodes in the oven, just as Grammy collapses.

 

Gina’s eliminated. She’s ready to close her shop but Grammy hands her Grandpa’s recipes and tells her to just be herself. “Once you accept the way you are, you find success in ways you never expected.” Gina reads the recipes and notes to Grammy from Grandpa signed, Confectionately, yours. Josh surprises Gina by visiting Grammy.

 

Gina spends time with Josh at her bakery where they bake, laugh, and flirt. Romance emerges.

Ethan arrives to tell Gina she's been given a second chance in a wild card baker's battle. Josh sees Gina embracing Ethan, crushing Josh's dream of being with Gina. He sends her a good luck note signed, Confectionately, yours... Gina wins, but Marissa accuses Ethan of forcing himself on her.

 

In the final bake-off, it's Josh, Marissa, and Gina. As Gina struggles, Josh makes a decision, he forfeits his place and joins Gina's team. As Marissa and Producers protest, Josh quotes a loophole. He's permitted to work in a kitchen but doesn't specify which one, he chooses Gina's. When he turns on their bake-to music, Gina's heart is torn.

 

Gina wins! But, there’s NO MONEY... the Producer’s part of a pyramid scheme gone bust.

 

Gina finds Marissa's hidden tape revealing her lies and Ethan gets his reputation back. He sees it as a chance out of the limelight. He offers Gina money to fix her shop, asking to work it together as they dreamed long ago. Meanwhile, one of the other judges offers Gina her own show…

 

Can Gina find love and success as a baker while being true to who she really is?

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