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.

Lizzie Borden Hacks her way into The Film Catalogue for this year's AFM

 

It’s listed as in ‘pre-production’ but we are currently in post-production on the project FYI….look to wrap it up in the next few weeks!   Again– More movies…More revenue

 

 

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. Announces Material Shareholder Update

LOS ANGELES, CA- July 11, 2012- Mike The Pike Productions (OTC: MIKP) an entertainment company with a focus in feature films, graphic novels and media holdings, issues the following update for shareholders in the company in a continued employment of actions toward increased shareholder value in line with company growth, including settlement of debt & liabilities, reduction of authorized and outstanding shares, finalization of feature films, sales and distribution of feature films, development of feature film and graphic novel properties. CEO/Producer, Mark B. Newbauer issues the following report on behalf of the company:
In Q2, Mike The Pike Productions launched an aggressive program to reduce debt and liabilities as well as share structure in a long-term commitment to growth and added-value for its shareholders.
Material transactions in regards to share structure include:
May 23, 2012- Nearly 50%Reduction of Authorized Shares from 5b to 2.586b
June 11, 2012- Reduction of Outstanding Shares by 150,000,000 from 2.586b to 2.436b
June 18, 2012- Reduction of Outstanding Shares by 60,000,000 from 2.436b to 2.376b
June 21, 2012- Reduction of Outstanding Shares by 53,000,000 from 2.376b to 2.323b
June 29, 2012- Reduction of Outstanding Shares by 74,683,347 from 2.323b to 2.249b
June 29, 2012- Reduction of Authorized Shares by 337,683,347 from 2.586b to 2.249b
The company reduced more than 50% of its Authorized Shares and 13.5% of its Outstanding Shares in Q2 with plans for continued added value therein.
Material transactions in regards to reduction of debt/liabilities include:
June 1, 2012- Reduction of Current Liabilities by $190,000
June 7, 2012- Reduction of Long-Term Liabilities by $236,834
June 15, 2012- Reduction of Long-Term Liabilities by $104,000
July 10, 2012- Reduction of Long-Term Liabilities by $142,077
Total reduction of debt and long-term liabilities since Q1 = $672,911 resulting in the lowering of debt/liabilities in total from $1,582,953 to $910,042 with continued plans to reduce debt and build assets through 2012.
FEATURE FILMS: Effects driven sci-fi thriller, White Space, (www.enterwhitespace.com) is currently in post-production. Principal photography took place in Spring/Summer 2011 and Producers are currently working to ensure the film is completed in a timely manner toward the best possible sales outcome. Post Production elements include visual effects, editing, score, color grading among others.
The team looks to have a trailer and/or sizzle reel completed for the film by this year’s American Film Market (www.americanfilmmarket.com) and Producers have already received a number of unsolicited requests from distributors (domestic and foreign) with interest in the project. The film stars Holt McCallany (Gangster Squad, Bullet to the Head) and Zulay Henao (Takers, Fighting, Hostel III) and is written by Clay McLeod Chapman, based on a story by Ryan Colucci (The Skin Trade, Harbor Moon).
The company has also Optioned the rights to the World Fantasy Award Winning ‘The Skin Trade’ (www.theskintrademovie.com) by New York Times Bestselling author, George R.R. Martin, the mastermind behind HBO’s increasingly popular ‘Game of Thrones’. Currently in script stages, Producers Mark B. Newbauer and Ryan Colucci look to package The Skin Trade with director and/or cast with at least 2 additional werewolf projects for this year’s American Film Market.
The company believes both films to have multi-million dollar sales/distribution potential.

As well, the company is currently in negotiation for film rights to another book to be announced upon closing.
Mike The Pike Productions recently acquired Saint James Films, LLC- a movie studio producing highly entertaining genre movies for the worldwide marketplace. The company is headed by Mike The Pike CEO, Mark B. Newbauer and sales/distribution veteran and Ted Chalmers, founder/CEO of genre powerhouse, TomCat Films, LLC (www.tomcatfilmsllc.com )
In addition to projects acquired in the deal, the company under new ownership has produced two feature films, ‘Agent Beetle’ and ‘Captain Battle’ (http://saintjamesfilms.com/?cat=17) which have secured a distribution deal with TomCat and active sales agreements for foreign territories including Germany, Thailand, Malaysia/Singapore and Indonesia and expects additional sales to U.S., Canada, Latin America and other Key Territories. Each film was produced for under $1m and both have recouped their initial budgets into net profits via pre-sales agreements.
Saint James Films (www.facebook.com/saintjamesfilms) has recently begun pre-production on sorority-slasher, ‘Revenge of Lizzie Borden’ and looks to have the film fully finished by end of August 2012 to be presented at this year’s AFM alongside the company’s current slate with announcement of at least two additional projects this year.
SJF is also in negotiation for distribution rights to Zombie franchise, Aftermath, the first picture of which is currently in production.
GRAPHIC NOVELS- Mike The Pike Productions is partnered with Spoke Lane Entertainment (www.harbor-moon.com) to publish three books this year including mind-bending thriller ‘R.E.M’., fantasy ‘Bulderlyns’ and twisted murder mystery, ‘Chasing Rabbits’. Spoke Lane’s Ryan Colucci is overseeing the projects and updates on the books can be found frequently on Colucci’s website http://ryancolucci.wordpress.com/ or the MTP blog. The books are aimed at both profitability and source material for feature film development and/or film rights sales.
Quarterly Report for Q2 is currently underway and the company aims to file before the deadline of August 15, 2012. The company’s goal into 2013 is to continually improve the company’s share structure while reducing debts and increasing revenues toward an uplist to BB, AMEX or NASDAQ.
If you missed the www.stocktraderstalk.com Radio interview and you are a shareholder or prospective shareholder of MIKP, it is highly recommended by company execs that you give a listen as a companion to what all involved feel will be a game changing year for the company.
The interview can be reviewed on STT website, Investorshub Auditorium or on our blog at: http://blog.mtpprods.com/2012/05/23/werewolves-superheros-and-reduced-authorized-share-count/
About Mike The Pike Productions, Inc..: Mike The Pike Productions is an entertainment company specializing in feature films, graphic novels and media acquisitions. Overall, MIKP projects are ‘Mainstream Independent’, combining a well-structured vision with top-tier talent; challenging current standards while maintaining mass appeal. Official Company Website: www.mtpprods.com
CEO Mark B. Newbauer’s bio on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1474431/bio
MIKP IMPORTANT SHAREHOLDER LINKS:
• Visit our website at www.mtpprods.com
• MTP Facebook: www.facebook.com/MTPfb
• White Space official website: www.enterwhitespace.com
• White Space Facebook: www.facebook.com/enterwhitespace
• George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade: www.theskintrademovie.com
• GRRM The Skin Trade Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlackstoneManor
• Subsidiary- Saint James Films, LLC: www.saintjamesfilms.com
• Saint James Films on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saintjamesfilms

Contact:

Mark B. Newbauer
310-986-2734
mark@mtpprods.com

Werewolves, Superheros and Reduced Authorized Share count!

Okay so the first two may or may not exist, but it is 100% fact that Mike The Pike Productions has filed to reduce its Authorized share count by nearly 50% as announced on tonight’s exclusive call with www.stocktraderstalk.com.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW RIGHT HERE ON MTP!

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If you are a shareholder of MIKP- you definitely should listen to this interview! Along with the reduced share count in OTC:MIKP, listeners/viewers were granted exclusive access to information on White Space, George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade, Captain Battle and everything that is Mike The Pike Productions– from sales and revenues potential, operational benchmarks set for aggressive reduction in liabilities, share buybacks with film revenues and so much more!   As well, shareholders were granted a sneak peek at the trailer for subsidiary Saint James Films’ ‘Captain Battle: Legacy War’ which is currently selling rights like hotcakes to international markets at this year’s Marche du Film 2012 at Cannes!   I am confident that real investors will be very pleased with our actions moving forward and we’re thankful for all those that are part of Mike The Pike!

Best,

Mark B. Newbauer

AFM Talking Points from FilmSpecific's Stacey Parks

STACEY PARKS, OF FILM SPECIFIC AND INDEPENDENTFILMBLOG.COM GIVES HER 2 CENTS ON THIS YEAR’S AFM—-  In my opinion- her 2 cents are highly undervalued… check it out here from one of the industry’s most generous players…

ALSO— updates from the AFM from Mike The Pike Productions in the coming days!

White Space and GRRM's The Skin Trade Launch Official Websites

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. Announces Websites, Social Media pages for ‘White Space’ and ‘George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade’ in preparation for AFM®

October 31, 2011 09:18 AM Eastern Daylight Time

LOS ANGELES——Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MIKP) announces today it has launched official websites and social media pages for its sci-fi thriller, ‘White Space’ and the much anticipated ‘George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade’.

“Again, all are encouraged to ‘like’ and ‘share’. George R.R. Martin is the NY Times Bestselling Author behind HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ and Time Magazines Top 100 Most Influential People of 2011.”

In line with MIKP’s attendance at American Film Market this week in Los Angeles, the websites showcase highlights of each project to potential sales agencies and buyers. As well, steady growth in social media popularity can play a key factor in negotiations. The company has meetings lined up with key players in the industry, in hopes of identifying the best suitable candidates for sales and distribution rights worldwide.

www.enterwhitespace.com is the official website for ‘White Space’. Shareholders are also encouraged to ‘like’ and ‘share’ www.facebook.com/enterwhitespace. The website will feature a password protected area for Sales Agents and Buyers to view progress on White Space as producers work toward finalization of post-production.

As well, www.theskintrademovie.com is the official website for GRRM’s The Skin Trade’ and www.facebook.com/blackstonemanor on Facebook. “Again, all are encouraged to ‘like’ and ‘share’. George R.R. Martin is the NY Times Bestselling Author behind HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ and Time Magazines Top 100 Most Influential People of 2011.

“The AFM is a tremendous opportunity for us,” states Newbauer. “Here, we will initiate discussions toward optimal profit scenarios for both projects; high-concept features with franchise opportunities appealing to any buyer in today’s market. Science Fiction, Animation and Horror lead the industry in ROI.”

Look for a company update on MIKP’s www.servenation.com in the coming days.

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR SHAREHOLDERS:

Interview with MIKP CEO

MIKP BLOG

MIKP on Facebook

Safe Harbor: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actual performance and results may differ materially from that projected or suggested herein due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, ability to obtain financing and regulatory and shareholder approvals for anticipated actions.

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. to Attend American Film Market® ; Launches Discussions with Sales Agents and Buyers on Sci-Fi Thriller ‘White Space’, George R.R. Martin’s ‘The Skin Trade’

 

LOS ANGELES, CA –-October 27, 2011- Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (OTC: MIKP) announces today it will be attending American Film Market in Early November to showcase sci-fi thriller, White Space, starring Holt McCallany and its Werewolf Chiller, ‘The Skin Trade’ based on the novella by Game of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin.

The AFM is the premier global marketplace where Hollywood’s decision-makers and trendsetters all gather under one roof.  Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed.  In just eight days, more than $800 million in deals will be sealed – on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production. 

MTP CEO, Mark B. Newbauer, will attend the event with materials from both projects, meeting with top executives in discussions toward a successful sales deal on ‘White Space’ and key partnerships for ‘GRRM’s The Skin Trade’. T

The team is in initial stages of post-production on White Space, and all are confident that meetings at this point will allow the team to secure interest early in the game, maximizing full potential on sales toward multi-million dollar returns. 

MIKP execs are confident that progress made through Q4 this year will lead to exponential growth in 2012.  Newbauer states, “Baby steps have us at a point where every move we make is an integral benchmark. Each leading to a higher level of industry position, brand and profitability alongside powerful market growth for our shareholders.”

 

Check out the most recent interview with MIKP CEO, Mark B. Newbauer  

 

WANT MORE THAN PRESS? — CHECK OUT MIKP BLOG

and

Join us on Facebook for exciting updates and industry news!

 

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IR Contact:
Shaun Kohlmeier
Phone:
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Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. to Attend American Film Market® ; Launches Discussions with Sales Agents and Buyers on Sci-Fi Thriller ‘White Space’, George R.R. Martin’s ‘The Skin Trade’

 

LOS ANGELES, CA –-October 27, 2011- Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. (OTC: MIKP) announces today it will be attending American Film Market in Early November to showcase sci-fi thriller, White Space, starring Holt McCallany and its Werewolf Chiller, ‘The Skin Trade’ based on the novella by Game of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin.

The AFM is the premier global marketplace where Hollywood’s decision-makers and trendsetters all gather under one roof.  Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed.  In just eight days, more than $800 million in deals will be sealed – on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production. 

MTP CEO, Mark B. Newbauer, will attend the event with materials from both projects, meeting with top executives in discussions toward a successful sales deal on ‘White Space’ and key partnerships for ‘GRRM’s The Skin Trade’. T

The team is in initial stages of post-production on White Space, and all are confident that meetings at this point will allow the team to secure interest early in the game, maximizing full potential on sales toward multi-million dollar returns. 

MIKP execs are confident that progress made through Q4 this year will lead to exponential growth in 2012.  Newbauer states, “Baby steps have us at a point where every move we make is an integral benchmark. Each leading to a higher level of industry position, brand and profitability alongside powerful market growth for our shareholders.”

 

Check out the most recent interview with MIKP CEO, Mark B. Newbauer  

 

WANT MORE THAN PRESS? — CHECK OUT MIKP BLOG

and

Join us on Facebook for exciting updates and industry news!

 

Safe Harbor: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actual performance and results may differ materially from that projected or suggested herein due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, ability to obtain financing and regulatory and shareholder approvals for anticipated actions.

The Nuemark Group
IR Contact:
Shaun Kohlmeier
Phone:
1.888.805.6636
Investors@nuemarkgroup.com
www.NuemarkGroup.com