EL REY NETWORK ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES OF SPECIALS FROM GURNEY PRODUCTIONS, PRODUCER OF HIT REALITY SERIES, "DUCK DYNASTY", AND VICE MEDIA
Scott and Deirdre Gurney Join Forces with El Rey Network and VICE Media To Pull Back The Curtain on America's Youth Subcultures
Pasadena, CA- January 12, 2014 - It has been said that the counterculture is now the establishment and El Rey Network explores this phenomenon with a series of specials produced by Gurney Productions. Scott and Deirdre Gurney, creators and executive producers of hits including Auction Hunters, American Guns, Shark Week and Duck Dynasty, the number one non-fiction series and one of the highest rated cable shows on television, will work with El Rey Network and VICE Media, the global youth brand and content creator, to develop a series of edgy hour specials which will examine interesting, off beat subcultures and movements.
Finding interesting subcultures is the most difficult part of creating reality programing. VICE is well known for probing into some of the world's most fascinating subcultures. VICE's Mexico division will assume a leading role in developing the series, collaborating with the youth brand's US operation.
Robert Rodriguez, Founder and Chairman of El Rey Network, said: "From their distinctive style to their storytelling sensibility, Scott and Deirdre are the perfect match for El Rey Network. This show will generate a dialogue and create exposure for subcultures that have yet to be explored by mainstream media."
"We are excited to be working with El Rey Network, VICE and Robert Rodriguez to showcase a previously hidden America -we hope that as we begin to pull back the curtain, viewers will become fascinated, as we were, with the compelling subjects that we explore. As storytellers, we couldn't have more engaging and better material than what is in our own backyard," said Scott Gurney, Gurney Productions.
The Gurneys are joined in executive producer ranks by Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.
About Gurney Productions
Established in 2005, Gurney Productions is a full-service television production company, supplying hours of reality, entertainment, natural history, science and factual based programming to major networks in the US and abroad. The company has developed and produced multiple shows, scripted TV movies and successful series for networks including A&E, ESPN, Discovery, Syfy, Spike, Animal Planet, The Weather Channel, Bio and Travel. As they've expanded exponentially their slate has widened to also include MTV, CMT, TLC and VH1.
About VICE Media
VICE is a global youth media company and the industry leader in producing and distributing the best online video content in the world. Launched in 1994 as a punk magazine, VICE has expanded into a multimedia network, including the world's premier source for original online video, VICE.COM; an international network of digital channels; a television & feature film production studio; a magazine; a record label; and a book-publishing division.
About El Rey Network:
El Rey Network, launching December 2013, is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, thenetwork 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, horror/sci-fi and next-generation sports. 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).