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Media Rights Capital II LP MRC is an independent film, television, and digital studio founded by financiers Mordecai Wiczyk[1] and Asif Satchu.[2]

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Project overview

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Film projects

2008 film projects include Shorts, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez; The Box, written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Cameron Diaz; Linha de Passe, written and directed by Walter Salles; Foxcatcher, written and directed by Bennett Miller; Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho; and new films by Sacha Baron Cohen and Todd Field.

Television projects

The television division of Media Rights Capital released its first produced programs in the fall of 2008. Shows included The Life & Times of Tim created by Steve Dildarian, premiering in September 2008 on HBO with a 10-episode first-season order.[3] Rita Rocks with a 13 episode first season order for Lifetime Television to debut Fall 2008.[4] The live action comedy Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire for Comedy Central.[5] The Goode Family, created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler,[6] and Dave Krinsky[7] for ABC which will debut in early 2009 with a 13 episode first season order.[8] Media Rights Capital also has pilots in development for a number of networks including Outnumbered for Fox Television and Libertyville for Lifetime Television as well as a newly conceived version of Name That Tune in an unmatched cross-network arrangement between MTV, VH-1, and CMT.

The CW's Sunday night programming

Media Rights Capital was also responsible for programming the CW's Sunday-night lineup during the 2008–2009 season through a time-leasing arrangement. The first shows to air included the reality show In Harm's Way and the dramas Valentine and Easy Money.[9] Each show had an initial order of 13 episodes. Media Rights Capital has several other shows in development for a possible mid-season debut including the police drama F.A.T City[10] and the comedy Book of Murphy.[11][12]

On November 10, 2008, Media Rights Capital cancelled two of the four shows it produced for The CW. (Both Valentine and Easy Money had been put on hiatus with skeleton crews while more scripts were written.) It was expected that MRC would deliver two replacement shows in their place.[13] The CW decided instead to take back control of its Sunday night schedule after the MRC block from the beginning trailed the ratings of CW's Sunday night the year before by a considerable margin.[14][15][16] The network then decided to return the Sunday timeslots to its affiliates as of the 2009-10 season. [17]

Digital projects

MRC is producing digital projects, including an internet animated series titled Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, with original characters created by Seth MacFarlane. The series' initial distribution is through Google and YouTube, and existing and future shorts will be released to DVD and Blu-ray disc.[18] Other projects include an original series with Raven-Symoné.

TV Shows

References

  1. ^ http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22Mordecai+Wiczyk%22&vc=&fr=yfp-t-501&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fp_ip=CA
  2. ^ http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu5gO.iVJHEcBzABXNyoA?p=%22Asif+Satchu%22&y=Search&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=UTF-8&fp_ip=CA&rd=r1&meta=vc%3Dca
  3. ^ "NY TV Fest Previews HBO’s Tim". Animation Magazine. http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/8786. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  
  4. ^ "Lifetime Television Continues Expansion of Original Programming Ordering Half-Hour Sitcom Rita Rocks". thefutoncritic.com. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20080611lifetime01. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  
  5. ^ "Comedy Central reveals slate". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117982268.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  
  6. ^ http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22John+Altschuler%22&vc=&fr=yfp-t-501&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fp_ip=CA
  7. ^ http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu.Ix.yVJ1u4A3dJXNyoA?p=%22Dave+Krinsky%22&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=UTF-8&fp_ip=CA&rd=r1&meta=vc%3Dca
  8. ^ "MRC producing Judge toon for ABC". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117980471.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  
  9. ^ "MRC Unveils Four Shows for CW Sunday". zap2it.com. http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-mrcfoursundayshowscw,0,6575842.story. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  
  10. ^ http://www.tvauscast.com/2008/09/
  11. ^ http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu_Ca.yVJSA4BEcdXNyoA?p=%22Book+of+Murphy%22&y=Search&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=UTF-8&fp_ip=CA&rd=r1&meta=vc%3Dca
  12. ^ "DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: TUESDAY, MAY 27". thefutoncritic.com. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=7658. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  
  13. ^ "MRC cancels two shows on the CW" from Deadline Hollywood Daily.
  14. ^ CW Takes Back Its Sunday Nights, Sets "Jericho" Reruns, TVWeek.com, November 20, 2008
  15. ^ CW Dumps MRC Sunday Nights, Broadcasting & Cable, November 20, 2008
  16. ^ CW Says It Is Retaking Control of Its Sunday TV Lineup, New York Times, November 20, 2008
  17. ^ de Morales, Lisa (2009-05-21), "For Fall, CW Brings On the Suds -- and Vampires", The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/05/21/ST2009052104745.html  
  18. ^ "MRC to Distribute Content via Google". tvweek.com. http://www.tvweek.com/news/2007/08/google_family_guy_seth_macfarl.php. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  

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