|THE PARAMOUNT DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT SERIES IS PRODUCED BY THE BANDITO BROTHERS|
Machinima, the leading global video entertainment network for fanboys and videogamers, in conjunction with Paramount Digital Entertainment, today announced that the gritty new action drama Chop Shop will launch on Friday July 18, 2014. Chop Shop follows a crew of car thieves as they rise from the mean streets of Los Angeles to become high level international players. The series will premiere exclusively on Machinima’s Prime Channel (YouTube.com/MachinimaPrime).
Chop Shop centers on Porter (John Bregar), a car thief recently released from a five year stint in prison, who finds himself struggling to rekindle a relationship with his former girlfriend Sofia (Ana Ayora) and their five-year old son he hardly knows. Porter soon reconnects with his old partner in crime Caine (Rene Moran), who’s volatile and aggressive nature puts him at odds against Porter’s new life. Torn between family and friendships, Porter faces the most difficult decision of his life and realizes that to change his future he might have to relive his past.
“Chop Shop continues Machinima’s push to deliver our audience top level scripted series”, said Andy Shapiro, Vice President of Scripted Content at Machinima. “We can’t wait to see how the audience will react as the story unfolds week after week.”
Elliott Lester (Blitz) directs the Bandito Brothers (Act Of Valor) and Joshua Weinstock produced series, alongside writers Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson (Mortal Kombat: Legacy). Series stars John Bregar (Being Human, Kick Ass 2, The Mentalist), Rene Moran (Shameless, Lie to Me, Switched at Birth), Ana Ayora (Marley & Me, Castle), and acclaimed actor Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Sopranos, The X-Files, True Blood).
“Chop Shop is one man’s journey from prison back to his hell on the streets of Los Angeles. Between the amazing action, you also find this struggle between returning to a life of crime and the family that he has to protect,” said director Elliot Lester.
“Our creative team has crafted a remarkable series for the digital space and Machinima is the perfect home for the show,” said Dani Bernfeld, Vice President, Paramount Digital Entertainment.
Machinima is the leading video entertainment network for young males and video gamers around the world. One of the top entertainment networks on YouTube, Machinima delivers more than 2.4 billion video views per month and reaches more than 170 million viewers monthly. The network features scripted series, original content, weekly and daily shows, official publisher content, and gameplay videos, all aimed at the coveted 18-34 year-old male demographic. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and backed by MK Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Google Capital.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
About Bandito Brothers
Bandito Brothers is a full service media company that creates, produces, manages and distributes authentic and immersive audio-visual content. Bringing together world-class filmmakers, athletes, and technologists in its state of the art facility situated on a square acre in the heart of Los Angeles, Bandito Brothers strives to redefine the studio of the future.
Recent film projects include: ACT OF VALOR, which stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism, that Relativity Media released #1 at the box office on February 24, 2012; WAITING FOR LIGHTENING, a documentary about the extraordinary life of skateboard legend Danny Way that Samuel Goldwyn Films released on December 7, 2012; and the action film NEED FOR SPEED, based on the popular video game, that DreamWorks is releasing on March 14, 2014.