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Here TV, America’s first and largest LGBTQ+ video channel, today announced the January 4.th premiere of the comedy series “Single Man Problems,” co-created, written and directed by Bobby Ashley and Robert McCullough. In an exclusive deal, Here TV picked up the eight-part series as part of its incubator initiative. Bobby Ashley is a young, multi-talented filmmaker, writer and director.

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Keefe Grimes

“Single Man Problems,” set in New York City, is an eight-part comedy that follows Ronnie Maxwell, a 20 something, self-conscious gay black man, who catfishes his way into finding love and navigates difficult career and social situations. The show explores the millennial experience from the perspective of Ronnie, who grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from City College. Currently living in his best friend’s apartment, Ronnie works odd jobs while trying to pursue a career in screenwriting. His desire to find love, or even a great date, raises the awareness of color-ism within the on-line dating realm. This episodic comedy highlights universal themes at the intersection of contemporary Black, Gay, and heterosexual experiences.

“After the positive responses “Single Man Problems” received from festival audiences and sponsors this past summer, my producers and I felt strongly that the show deserved a genuine partnership with a special network and streaming platform,” states Bobby Ashley. He goes on to say, “When Here TV approached us everything clicked. We are proud and excited to partner with Here TV, a true media ground-breaker.”

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(l-r) Michel Vidal, Shaniqua J. West, & Keefe Grimes

“The Here TV Incubator is designed to creatively and structurally support emerging LGBTQ video artists during their artistic process, and to see their works exhibited not only on digital services, but also on cable, satellite and even theatrically where we have extensive expertise,” said John Mongiardo President and Managing Director of Here TV.

“Single Man Problems” features a diverse ensemble cast which includes principals; Keefe Grimes, Michel Vidal and Shaniqua J. West.  The show began production in November of 2017 and enjoyed a successful run on the 2018 summer film festival circuit, which notably included the HBO New York Latino Film festival.  Mr. Ashley, who is based in Brooklyn, New York, has one previous web series, “The Ave,” an urban saga which he self-presents on Amazon Prime Video. In two seasons, “The Ave” has garnered more than 20 Million streams since its launch in 2017.

“Bobby Ashley is a creative, independent force whose storytelling adds a distinct voice to the cultural mainstream. I’m thrilled to welcome him to the Here TV family,” said Christopher Donaldson, Director of Content at Here Media.

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“Get Your Life” w/ “My Life!” Gary Lavard is WINNING w/ New Series

The sun always seems to shine on Gary Lavard. Whether he is acting, modeling, or producing the man may very well be a living example of “Never Not Working!” In Gary’s latest venture, his production company, GLO Media, has partnered with Victory Productions Network, owned and created by Augusta filmmaker and director, Karlton T. Clay to produce a new web series, “My Life!”

The series centers on Kevin (Gary Lavard) a 35 year old married man with kids struggling with his sexuality. He manages to keep his secret lives apart until Troy (Marquis Woolford), the man he had an affair with unwittingly shows up at his birthday party. Kevin’s life begins to unravel as he struggles to maintain his life as is while dealing with his growing desire for other men.

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The sun always seems to shine on Gary Lavard. Whether he is acting, modeling, or producing; the man may very well be a living example of “Never Not Working!” In Gary’s latest venture, his production company, GLO Media, has partnered with Victory Productions Network, owned and created by Augusta filmmaker and director, Karlton T. Clay, to produce a new web series, “My Life!”

The series centers on Kevin (Gary Lavard) a 35 year old man with a wife (Kiara Bennett) and kids struggling with his sexuality. He manages to keep his secret lives apart until Troy (Marquis Woolford), the man he had an affair with unwittingly shows up at his birthday party. Kevin’s life begins to unravel as he struggles to maintain his life as is while dealing with his growing desire for other men.

The series will be released biweekly on GLO Media and Victory Production Network’s YouTube channel, but if you can’t wait (like we can’t) you can purchase the entire series by clicking here.

Grade: A-

The first episode episode, “If You Look At My Life, See What I See” can be viewed below:

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#QuarantineAndCackle w/ HD Productions Network’s New Limited Series, “COVID!”

While the world has been set on pause, thanks to coronavirus, Corey Knott and the boys at HD Productions Network have seemingly been working away. The indie network’s latest projects is a comedic new limited series entitled, “COVID!” The series features characters from HD’s Daytime Emmy pre-nominated series (for Outstanding Digital Drama Series), “Living 4 The Weekend,” now in its fifth season! 

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While the world has been set on pause, thanks to coronavirus, Corey Knott and the boys at HD Productions Network have seemingly been working away. The indie network’s latest projects is a comedic new limited series entitled, “COVID!” The series features characters from HD’s Daytime Emmy pre-nominated series (for Outstanding Digital Drama Series), “Living 4 The Weekend,” now in its fourth season!

“COVID” really spoofs the isolation and fear we are feeling globally. In its own way, it lets us all know we are all truly in this together, dealing with a common problem. We spoke with Cory briefly for a quick Q&A on the series. Check it out below:

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1. Why’d you decide to a limited series and entitle it episode entitled “COVID” and make it a comedy?

In the wake of the pandemic and social distancing precautions. I felt that it would serve purpose to loyal fans who are experiencing the same thing we all are worldwide. The series was created to make us laugh at the things we really want to scream about. Let’s face it. We all want to go back OUTSIDE! 

2. How has your production company adapted to the new restrictions since the outbreak?

Luckily for HD Productions Network, we had just wrapped filming Fallacies The Final Season and Living 4 The Weekend Season 4 the week before the shutdown. The COVID Series was created as a “stall” tactic to ensure that we wouldn’t run out of NEW episodes until the studios reopened to begin filming other series. I didn’t want to have a gap in time until the next group of series dropped on our network which realistically  would be early Fall.

3. Have you seen a positive or negative jump or slump in views on your series since the outbreak?

Well of course. Sales have doubled this month. Everyone is home. People are bored and want to watch something relatable. Living 4 The Weekend is breaking barriers while COVID is breaking the internet with views out the world. For example. I posted episode 2 of COVID at midnight. I woke up at 8am to 10k views! I say its pretty impressive.

4. What other shows can we expect?

Normally I would say expect the unexpected but lucky for you readers I have nothing but time. No pun intended. Throughout this pandemic, my team and I put in some work. HD Productions Network celebrated 6 years on 4/15/20. As part of the HD6 Upfronts, I present to you… House Boys S1 The Pier (Feature Film) Pieces S2 Ex-Hell (Limited Series) Ronnie and Klyde (Limited Series) and Living 4 The Weekend S5

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COVID is seriously funny and there are now two episodes to view. The second episode has already garnered over 25K views! You’ll even catch an appearance from our very own, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning. We have to say we are impressed with HD’s progress and the series they are churning out. You can catch “COVID” by subscribing at www.hdproductionsnetwork.tv/!

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Indie Director, Alex Jante Announces 2nd Season of Hit Web Series, & Announces Multiple Spinoffs!

It looks like Marvel, DC, and The CW are not the only productions with an entire “universe” of interconnected series. Atlanta-based director, Alex Jante, has released a second season for his popular web series, “The Unanointed” (2017), which as you recalled focused on a fictional world where vampirism was spread like an STD.

The victims contracted “VIC” and grew glowing eyes, fangs, and became hyperactive at night. The characters sought to find love, their place in the world, and deal with a murderer. Now, “The Unanointed” is spinning off into multiple other series set in the same world but with even more dynamic characters in “The Ordinary” and “The Enslaved!”

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It looks like Marvel, DC, and The CW are not the only productions with an entire “universe” of interconnected series. Atlanta-based director, Alex Jante, has released a second season for his popular web series, “The Unanointed” (2017), which as you recalled focused on a fictional world where vampirism was spread like an STD.

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The victims contracted “VIC” and grew glowing eyes, fangs, and became hyperactive at night. The characters sought to find love, their place in the world, and deal with a murderer. Now, “The Unanointed” is spinning off into multiple other series set in the same world but with even more dynamic characters in “The Ordinary” and “The Enslaved!”

It has been quite some time since we discussed web series, but we do still love them AND we love vampire lore. These series will definitely incorporating that albeit with some real world anchors that deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The discrimination and stigma of the disease is still prevalent, as showcased with VIC in the world all of the series are set in. We do not know for sure what “The Ordinary” and “Enslaved” are completely about but we do have the casts for each series:

the unanointed season 2 web series cast

(l-r) Alex Jante, Christian Emile, Chris June, Tramel Harris, Hope Lisa, Steven Marcus, Vincent Mathis, Ryan Marcus, and Brandon Karson Jordan

the ordinary web series cast

(l-r) Hope Lisa, Brandon Karson Jordan, Kurtis Dejon, Rico Cassodine, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, Darius Lavelle, Vincent Mathis, Nicole Sky, and Ryan Marcus

the enslaved web series cast

(l-r) Tramel Harris, Steven Marcus, Christian Emil, LaVar Norman, Chris June, Christopher Moten, B. Dwayne, Devante Wright, and Martel Star

We have to say these are quite the casts, and this is quite the undertaking! We know most of the cast. One in particular is our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, another is family, others are friends and colleagues, and still others we know in passing. Regardless, this is monumental. Thus far only Jante Productions and AConnectionTV boast a “universe” of series in the Web World. We will keep you posted as more about “The Unanointed Universe” becomes available! Congrats to everyone involved!

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