Children Of The Night

Teen / Supernaturalin development

cruelchildrenpostersmallA teen homage to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Children of the Night is a wickedly fun thriller. Drake Goodman, a lonely goth, in his attempts to recruit members for his ’sleeper cell’, discovers a secret that will perpetuate his kind forever: Mina Merklovsky, a Born-Again Virgin with the power to turn “spoiled” humans back to their virginal state.

The clock is ticking as he works against a lethal deadline put upon him by Nigel, the unforgiving leader of the Eternal Legacy of Blood; This on top of the fact that Mina is having a hard time falling out of love with her recently ex-ed boyfriend, Jonathan Keller, who Drake decides must be taken out of the equation-permanently.

His devious plot faces resistance from his top (and only) recruit, Ren Fields, star quarterback for the high school football team; not far behind is Sheriff Mitchell Steer, hell-bent on the re-election who will stop at nothing to find the individual(s) responsible for the recent outbreak of vandalism and missing domesticated animals in this small town.

 

George R.R. Martin discusses ‘The Skin Trade’ at 2013 Comic-Con

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As the success of ‘Game of Thrones’ continues to grow, so does the name of George R.R. Martin, the brilliant author behind the series, recently named as one of the top 10 most powerful authors in Hollywood.

So at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, aside from the usual ‘Game of Thrones’ fanfare, GRRM will be hosting an event about his upcoming books and projects, including the highly anticipated release of Avatar Press’ adaptation of his werewolf novella, ‘The Skin Trade’, to which Mike The Pike Productions currently holds an option on the film/television rights.

I’m really excited about this for obvious reasons.  Here we have the rights to an amazing book in one of the most popular genres by one of Hollywood’s most powerful authors behind one of televisions biggest phenomenons.

And it all started well before Mike The Pike Productions was even formed; when I made it a personal mission to acquire the rights to source material that would make for an excellent adaptation to screen. It was always something I wanted to do, ever since I read an article about the business of optioning material in a summer edition of Premiere magazine when I was 15 years old.  The article was cool- to think that at one time, Schindler’s List was in the hands of Scorsese who traded it with Spielberg for Cape Fear.

The release of the Skin Trade Graphic Novel gives the property and its universe some fresh traction.  Many of us enjoy Game of Thrones religiously and digging into the world GRRM has created here will not disappoint.  I’m partial to books as a whole, but there’s no comparison to a well-made graphic novel and I know that GRRM’s protege, Daniel Abraham, penned the adaptation, so I’m excited to check it out.

Meanwhile, we are actively negotiating with one of the most prominent television studios in the industry ; this, as a result of a shopping agreement we’ve signed with one of television’s most successful Executive Producers. That’s quite a bit to absorb, and exciting for certain, but it’s not a dealbreaker for a film project as negotiations are just that- negotiations- and if it goes our way, it could mean some magnificent things for all involved, but if it doesn’t, it just means the film gods have decided this property belongs in their realm and I’ll gladly oblige as I think this makes for an incredible property to franchise, one way or another.

I’m also excited to submit what our team hopes to be the final round of responses to FINRA. Yes I suppose I’ll use the word excited here because all involved are cautiously optimistic, including the securities attorney working on the due diligence for our Market Maker.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Saint James Films acquires International Rights to Supernatural Thriller, ‘Nightscape’

 

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Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. ($MIKP) subsidiary, Saint James Films, LLC (SJF) is pleased to announce that it has secured the International distribution rights to David W. Edwards’ supernatural thriller, ‘Nightscape’ .  The film hits worldwide markets at next week’s Cannes film market (Marché du Film 2013) via our distribution partner TomCat Films, LLC. The deal includes a 50% equity stake in net sales for SJF.

We are thrilled to license this property as part of our offerings at this year’s Cannes. It’s a fast ride filled with visual effects and plot laid out nicely over an energetic electronic score.

SJF will be represented by TomCat at the world’s largest film market this month with Nightscape and 11 other titles including Lizzie Borden’s Revenge, Attack of the Jurassic Shark, Captain Battle, etc.  The Company has also partnered with various producers to ensure increased volume in production on projects for worldwide distribution and an ever-increasing SJF library.  What I’m truly thrilled about is that number.  We only started producing and acquiring films in January of 2012 and just over a year later we’re looking at a dozen titles.  As this number continues to increase, we’ll soon see self-sustaining revenues for the company and inevitable momentum in company growth and brand recognition.

Mike the Pike Productions is a USOTC publicly traded feature film, television and graphic novels production company currently working on titles such as White Space and The Skin Trade, from George R.R. Martin, the world-renown author behind HBO’s Game of Thrones.  It is currently trading in the Grey Market and we’ve secured a market maker in Southern California that has filed a Form 211 with FINRA toward reinstatement to the Pink Sheets. The process hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing, but it’s overall encouraging to see that our market maker is optimistic regarding our potential for reinstatement.  Our last submission to FINRA included LOIs, Contracts, emails, service agreements, letters of explanation and then some, substantiating each and every claim and statement made via press release by the company since early 2010.

It’s quite a bit to go through and was initially reviewed by our market maker’s compliance department prior to submission around 3 weeks ago.  My hope is for a timely response there, but there’s no indication as to when they will answer and if that answer will be final or a request for more information.

That said, we will be making regular announcements via blog or press release until that decision and hope that shareholders will follow us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MTPfb for frequent updates as company social media has now been deemed acceptable by the SEC as a dissemination portal for company information.

Waiting is the hardest part.

This is what I feel like waiting for FINRA to decide whether or not to reinstate our public vehicle.

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That said, the wait continues….I spoke to our Market Maker today and all is still up in the air however confident they may be.  We don’t know anything until FINRA makes its decision.  In the meantime, I’m writing to let shareholders know that we are following due process and I

hope to hear something very soon given their last round of response.  I can’t say how much longer we are willing to wait before entertaining a plan B that fosters the growth in the public realm we all deserve, but I can say there are options on the table.  Until then, I wanted to update you on some exciting progress in the form of a few short bullets.

1) A trailer for White Space does in fact exist- and it looks terrific.  I am not at liberty to share the trailer publicly as the vote has it that its best to keep the content exclusive until Producers have decided on a buyer/accepted an offer.  That said, there is currently strong interest in the film from reputable distributors and/or sales agents.

2) George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade has become quite the sleeping Giant in terms of our assets and inherent potential.  The property is actively courted by a major television production house for series consideration.  Though a feature script is completed for the project, this is something I am heavily considering as, in the end, it is a great opportunity to expand the universe, take advantage of GRRM’s reputation/brand in the TV realm (see: Game of Thrones) and, financially, it can mean more money for the company in the end.   On the feature side, we have a tremendous opportunity (discussions phase) to go direct to a studio for development/production.

3) Saint James Films, LLC has secured VOD and/or DVD deals for Jurassic Shark, Captain Battle: Legacy War, Agent Beetle, Lizzie Borden’s Revenge and pre-sales on future titles as well.  We’re looking to produce anywhere from 6-12 features this year pending available financing.  We’ve recently completed ‘Phantom of the Woods’ via production partner, Open Sign Productions, LLC and the trailer can be seen on www.facebook.com/bewaretheforest.  We’ll be gearing up for Cannes on this and other titles as we work development and pre-production on future titles, one of which I’m proud to announce is based on one of my own story concepts ala ‘Leprechaun’ and ‘Candyman’ that we’ll film locally here in Fort Wayne, Indiana aimed for franchise potential.

4) I am meeting with private investors in the coming weeks regarding feature film finance for ‘Children of the Night’ and ‘Fish in a Barrel’ as well as slate financing for our Saint James titles this year.  Obviously, the more private financing we can secure without using the stock as consideration in any way, the better– as it builds our assets, benefits the private investor on the participation side and strengthens shareholder value as a result.   Both ‘Children of the Night’ and ‘Fish in a Barrel’ are owned 100% by Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. and most likely we’d enter into a 50/50 equity split with the private investor.  As well, because MTP controls the rights solely to these pictures, we will not have to worry about other parties and their opinions/concerns when it comes to releasing updates, materials, teasers, trailers, etc. – and we have some killer talent lined up in terms of crew that will give the films exponential production value toward optimal sales.

As for press releases, I understand the need for updates, regardless of what ‘market’ we are trading in.  The last I asked (which was late 2012), the Market Maker suggested we do not issue press releases until we are through the 211 process. After a call today we have agreed that press releases can be issued from here on out, so long as they are approved by our Market Maker’s compliance department before issuing— so though we’ll continue being active on Facebook and here on the blog, I will ensure that material updates are made via Press Release once each is approved by the Market Maker.

I hope this informative for now as this purgatory we’re in is frustrating to say the least; however I can only hope things go our way as we are performing stronger than ever in terms of operations with some amazing people and opportunities on the horizon.  Until then, we’re working hard. Me and Wilson are getting by and I have stocked up on almond butter to ensure I’m fortified until we hear back.

 

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George R.R. Martin – Hollywood demand on the rise….

Congratulations to George R.R. Martin, author behind Mike The Pike Productions’ ‘THE SKIN TRADE’ and HBO’s Game of Thrones!!!

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By Patrick Kevin DayFebruary 6, 2013, 5:27 p.m.

George R.R. Martin is much in-demand in Hollywood these days, as the HBO series based on his books, “Game of Thrones,” is the rare combination of a critical and commercial hit that can also move a lot of merchandising. Because of that magic touch, HBO announced on Tuesday that it had signed the science fiction and fantasy author to a two-year overall deal to develop new shows for the pay cable channel.

One would think Martin’s legions of fans would be cheering in the streets at the news that one of their favorite creators was being given more opportunities to bring his vision to TV. Surprisingly, it’s not entirely the case.

While there are assorted cheers here and there, almost resoundingly the reaction has been along the lines of this: “Finish the books, George. Just finish the books.”

“Game of Thrones” is adapted from Martin’s seven-novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels, of which five have been published. While the first three books were published within roughly a year of each other, the writing process of the last two books has been much slower. It took five years for the fourth book to be published and nearly six years for the fifth book.

The slow writing time coupled with Martin’s advancing age (he’s 64) has led many of his most passionate fans to worry that the author won’t be able to finish the series on his own. Their worries aren’t entirely unfounded; Robert Jordan, the bestselling fantasy author of the “Wheel of Time” series, died in 2007, leaving fans clamoring for conclusion of the multi-volume series. Jordan’s publisher, Tor, brought in fantasy author Brandon Sanderson to finish the series, which finally concluded with the publication of “A Memory of Light” in January.

In comments sections, on message boards and on Facebook and Twitter, the fans have been sharing the news and their own anxieties.

“I completely support #georgerrmartinand all his artistic endeavors and OH MY GOD WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK?” wrote CNET Managing Editor Jen Guevin.

“George R.R. Martin STOP MAKING NEW STUFF AND JUST FINISH WHAT YOU’VE STARTED!!”wrote New York area game designer Eric Chung.

The deal will have Martin continuing to co-executive produce the “Game of Thrones” TV show in addition to the ability to develop and produce new series for the channel.

Martin continues to write the sixth and penultimate book in the series, “The Winds of Winter.” Though he posted a new sample chapter on his website in January, there’s still no announcement of when the book is expected to be published.

Martin isn’t a newcomer to Hollywood. He spent years as a TV writer in the 1980s, writing for the “Twilight Zone” reboot as well as “Beauty and the Beast.” It was the failure of a proposed series he created in the early ’90s, “Doorways,” which pushed him back to writing fiction and the creation of the “Song of Ice and Fire” series in the first place. He has stated that he wanted to write a series as big as his imagination and not be hampered by the limitations of a television budget.

Many fans have expressed a desire for Martin to adapt his “Wild Cards” series of collaboratively written novels about superheroes to the screen. The series of books, begun in 1987, is a shared universe created by a collective of science fiction and fantasy writers and edited by Martin and Melinda Snodgrass.

LUCKY NUMBER 7: George R.R. Martin named in Hollywood's Top 25 most powerful authors

GREAT NEWS!!!!  CONGRATULATIONS TO GRRM and his manager, Created By’s Vince Gerardis, on a well deserved accolade here.  Not too shabby for Mike The Pike either as we’re actively developing www.theskintrademovie.com based on Martin’s World Fantasy Award winning book…

Notice to Shareholders

 

Hi all- this is just a quick note to let you know– on the Operations side- all is strong and I look forward to making announcements accordingly as we move ahead with new projects and continue to make sales and finish up existing projects.  On the market side, we have been advised by our sponsoring market maker to not make announcements during the Form 211 phase.  Their work is crucial and I want to ensure we work with them as much as they are with us on this. I don’t expect that to last more than another 4-6 weeks and hope for the very best for all involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It would be a major step up for us to become reinstated given the opportunities we have on the Operations side currently.

That said, again, this company is committed to a solution regardless; so if for any reason we decide it’s better, the option to be acquired (offers are on the table) with shares in the new company to MIKP holders is still our plan B.  That said, I feel really good about our chances via the Form 211 as we’ve submitted everything requested and then some to ensure full compliance and transparency as to our past, present and goals for the future.  Godspeed in the meantime and please let others know– we are extremely active on Facebook and we list updates frequently here on the blog!  We’ll be issuing Press Releases the very minute we can, with much to share in terms of further progress.

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Movie Markets, Market Makers and Magic Melons…

Okay, so I hate to break it to you, but this post has absolutely nothing to do with magic melons; simply that I was on a roll with the alliteration there and I suppose it just got out of hand at the end.   That said- what a terrific week in terms of our experience at AFM and also the progress we’re making with our market maker for a relisting on OTC Pink markets.  For those that know us strictly for our efforts and successes as a production company, the latter won’t have much impact on you; but for those invested in our stock via public markets, I’m thrilled to be sharing the update.

Let’s start with AFM.  As with last year’s AFM, when I had the pleasure of meeting Ted Chalmers of TomCat Films where discussion of company goals led to the acquisition of our subsidiary, www.saintjamesfilms.com 

This year was no different.  I attended as an associate of TomCat Films, LLC and had a great time getting to know Ted  better and watching him in action as he worked with buyers on dozens and dozens of titles he represents, including our subsidiary’s Blood Rites, Lizzie Borden’s Revenge, Captain Battle: Legacy War, Jurassic Shark and an equity interest we’ve acquired on a post apocalyptic sci-fi feature titled Android Rising.

I attended quite a few meetings with Spokefish partner, Ryan Colucci, and Jens-Peter Sjoberg, who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time here. JP is the owner/founder of Odd Post, a Swedish based VFX company with some pretty incredible credits.  He was there taking meetings for an epic film he’ll be producing as well as working with Ryan and I to collaborate on ‘Lunatic’, a gritty found footage thriller we’re producing that Colucci will direct, based on a screenplay by Black List screenwriter, Dikran Ornekian.  I’m actually quite excited about this project as the team aboard so far, including White Space production designer, Jessee Clarkson (Iron Man, The Watchmen), is top notch, across the board.

Some companies we’re in discussion with that I took away as some of my favorites in terms of philosophy, business model and overall capabilities for sales and marketing success:  Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, Screen Media, Meyers Media Group, Red Granite Pictures, Worldwide Film Entertainment and SC Films International, to name a few.  It doesn’t hurt to have someone like Ted Chalmers in our corner– The distribution business can be pretty dog-eat-dog, but just about everyone I met with knew Ted and spoke highly of him as a champion in his field.  But we knew this already 🙂   We have scripts, concepts, key art, teasers and samples out to a good number of distributors, by request, that we feel may be great fits for each project.

My first big meeting was last Friday a.m. with Vince Gerardis, who manages George R.R. Martin, the incredibly talented author behind our optioned property, ‘The Skin Trade’.  I always like meeting Vince because he’s generous with his time, despite his very busy schedule.  We chatted about The Skin Trade and moving forward there toward a well-packaged feature film and/or television series.  Though I’ve always felt it was great source material for a series, but television is an entirely different animal than film– that is, until the executive producer of HBO’s Game of Thrones asks you if you’d consider television as an option to explore.  The answer there should always be: yes.   And it was.  So we’ll see what happens there as we continue to hone out the screenplay for the feature.  As well, there may be more on the horizon for Mike the Pike and Vince Gerardis, pending discussions as there’s been mutual interest in exploring a wider strategic alliance there.  Based on discussions, which are just that, mind you, I feel there’s a lot we can accomplish together, as a piece of my plans moving the company upward and onward with a strategic group of Board members and/or Strategic Alliances that will help take us to the next level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up, Ted and I had the pleasure of having dinner with Gennaro Buonocore.  Gennaro is a Preferred holder in MIKP and has tremendous capital markets and start-up experience.  No one was thrilled about the recent move to grey sheets, which was, as the regulatories put it– a self-terminating, non-remedial order– so as much as we wanted to ensure it was remedied asap, instead we were shifted to a parallel universe in which, on the public markets side, we seem to both exist and not exist all the same.  It was like being put in the corner for something you ‘might’ have done incorrectly.  Regardless, it’s allowed us to focus on the engine that drives our business- creative, bankable content; so I can complain, but won’t.  Gennaro was pleased to hear our plans for moving forward which now may include both relisting on the pink sheets and/or an acquisition by a fully reporting company.  It may also include neither.  Nothing is done until its done as I’ve learned, but I’m confident with the progress we’re making with our Market Maker.  I’ll get to that in a minute…

Gennaro is currently serving our country in Afghanistan, but keeps close tabs on what we’re doing and how we do it.  We’re in discussions currently to bring him on in an official capacity to widen the scope of our brain trust here at MTP.  In our business, that base can be quite large.  It can look like a one-man show if you look at corporate filings because, yes, I’m currently the only ‘officer’ of the company, but I answer to partners and alliances every day with great care for the preservation of our projects together; whether I have to or not.  It’s what makes good companies great- working with the best possible people in a fashion that allows them to create long-term growth while the individual fulfills his/her goals for greatness all the while.

Stacey Parks was in attendance and I had the pleasure of a lunch with her while discussing our projects on the table.  Just a week later today, in typical awesome fashion, I find that Stacey has identified a few films from her FilmSpecific base that may be a match for SJF acquisitions.  Thank you, Stacey!  I’ll save the nitty gritty on all of the above for official announcements, but wanted to share what’s brewing at MTP toward what I feel will be a come-uppance for the company operationally and a phenomenal comeback in terms of the OTC market listing and overall per-share value therein.

Which leads me to the last but not least category– our Market Maker.  Yes, we are officially working with a Market Maker that will file the Form 211 on our behalf.  They have stated that review has been done on all of the materials we have sent and further expressed that our package “went above and beyond…exceeded their expectations” in terms of what’s been requested.  This included the Form 211, Officer’s Questionnaire, 2 years Annual reports, most recent quarter report, company overview/corporate executive summary, original State docs, bylaws and just about anything else on the company you can imagine.  What they expected to take 3 months, took less than a month in fun-filled days and sleepless nights to prepare and send.  It’s been reviewed by their compliance department and they said within the next 4-5 days it will be sent to FINRA for their review.  This is expected to take around 4-5 weeks, with questions in between that we will address with the help of our Market Maker, counsel and any other relevant party.  So though it may seem like forever in the fast-lane that is the nano/micro markets, it’s my understanding that the hard part, which was described as 80-85% of the entire equation, is behind us and I can only pray and cross my fingers that the rest of the trip is smooth sailing back up to the pinks so we can begin trading more in line with actual accomplishments, endeavors and potential breakthroughs.

Thanks to all and the overwhelming support we’ve received.  I can’t say exactly which road we’ll take, but I can say we’ll get there- one way or another.  A special thanks to those in the Armed Services that dedicate their lives to preserving our freedom and our security.  Their duty results in our privilege, and for that, we should make at least a moment of every single day Veteran’s Day.

MIKP subsidiary, Saint James Films titles get a boost from distributor TomCat Films, LLC's deal with Mark Burnett's YouToo.tv

Great piece on our distributor, TomCat Films in THR last week— (TomCat reps all of Saint James Films titles including Jurassic Shark, Lizzie Borden’s Revenge, Captain Battle: Legacy War, and more!) 

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Arizona sales company’s series of tongue-in-cheek theatrical trailers will air on interactive online and cable TV service.

TomCat Films LLC, an Arizona-based production and international sales company, has signed a licensing deal with YouToo TV to carry a series of its tongue-in-cheek theatrical movie trailers.

YouToo TV is an interactive television network that makes content available both online on cable systems, including Verizon Fios, Comcast and Time Warner Cable in 177 of the top 200 U.S. TV markets, according to the company. It estimates it has an audience of 15 million viewers.

The TomCat series of trailers calledTrailerific will promote their B-movies, including such titles as Thunderstorm: Return of Thor, Jurassic Shark and Lizzie Borden’s Revenge.

The first episode includes 5 trailers with a superhero theme where the audience can comment via video and text free of charge.

“These trailers are fun, campy and enjoyable at the same time, and that’s something you don’t necessarily see everywhere else,” says Chris Wyatt, CEO of YouToo TV. “We want to really expand the interactive experience and get viewers involved.”

YouToo TV works in association with Survivor producer Mark Burnett’s company VIMBY, (Video in My Backyard). Viewers can create an account online or using the YouToo TV app for mobile and tablets where they can upload video, pictures and text  to appear on their television service.

Since YouToo TV’s launch in 2010, over 500,000 viewers have appeared on their television services, according to the company. They say they put 500 people on the network each day, showing 15-second “Fame Spot” videos and 30-second “peoplemercials” that can instantly be seen on their television service. YouToo TV edits the videos and chooses which to post.

TomCat Films produces low-budget films and licenses them worldwide. Their recent titles includeRobin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood and Disaster Wars.

 

TomCat Films LLC CEO Ted Chalmers said his company has “a very playful approach to marketing its features. YouToo’s Trailerific will celebrate our marketing style and provide exposure and promotion for our films amidst millions of users/viewers.”

Trailerific begins airing on YouToo TV on Friday.

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