EL REY NETWORK CELEBRATES AUTUERS AND THEIR PASSION FOR FILMMAKING WITH DEBUT OF "EL REY NETWORK PRESENTS: THE DIRECTOR'S CHAIR"
New Hour-Long Series, Premiering April 2014, Pairs Two Maverick Directors
Who Share Their Creative Process With Each Other
Network Founder and Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez Goes One on One with Legendary Director John Carpenter
New York - February 26, 2014 - El Rey Network today announced start of production on "El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair," a new hour-long series featuring the industry's most notable directors as they engage in a revealing and unexpected exchange about the world of filmmaking. The first of ten primetime installments will premiere in April 2014 on filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's new genre-busting English-language cable network.
The series will provide a forum for two directors to go one on one, offering viewers access inside the minds of some of Hollywood's most celebrated and iconic filmmakers. On the roster for season one is legendary filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from L.A., They Live) whose segment was shot last week in Los Angeles. Directors will come together for an intimate dialogue about their craft, their inspirations and explore the early and memorable films that helped propel them to superstar status. Rodriguez, created and produces by Rodriguez, will personally lead the conversations in several of the early episodes including the episode featuring Carpenter.
Rodriguez said: "I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked closely with some of the most creative minds in filmmaking. 'The Director's Chair' will be an intimate forum for the wildly unexpected conversation that ensues when passionate people discuss their fascination with this art form and can share what they have learned about the industry they love. This is an opportunity to do a deep dive into what makes some of these great minds tick and can't wait to have the opportunity to leading the dialogue for some our very first episodes."
About El Rey Network:
El Rey Network is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network will unite the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network's action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Communications Inc.
About FactoryMade Ventures:
FactoryMade is an incubator for entertainment businesses and was founded by John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. The company builds IP-based franchises and production and distribution platforms by leveraging its strong ties to the Hollywood creative community and partnering with global brands and investors. Its ventures include El Rey Network and Tres Pistoleros Studios with Robert Rodriguez and a joint venture with the leading Mexican wrestling league Lucha Libre AAA. In addition to working with corporate partners such as Telefonica and JCP, they previously spearheaded the creation of Hasbro's film business (Transformers, G.I. Joe, Battleship) and television business (Hasbro TV Studios, the Hub Network with Discovery Communications), and developed retail's first integrated digital gaming and commerce platform with HSN (HSN Arcade).