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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!

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.

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

Andy Brase designs cover for France's release of George R.R. Martin's The Skin Trade

Beware!!!! Lycanthropy is spreading.  Dire Wolves spotted in France this morning: Pretty awesome- GREAT WORK on George R. R. Martin’s The Skin Trade, Andy Brase!!

check out Andy’s blog here:  http://andybrase.blogspot.com/2012/02/skin-trade-cover-art-for-george-rr.html   showing off the cover of The Skin Trade – now available in France at http://www.editions-actusf.fr/george-r-r-martin/skin-trade

George R.R. Martin says it's Time to Howl for The Skin Trade

Pretty Awesome—- GEORGE R.R. MARTIN graces us with his presence today.  Check out his post about The Skin Trade on his very own blog. When I first optioned the story for www.mtpprods.com, I was drawn to it on several levels and, as we continue to develop the project, we are full-on living, breathing these characters and the universe in which they exist.

It’s unarguable, GRRM is well deserving of his recent accolades, which have been a long time coming— one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People, USA Today’s Author of the Year, and New York Times Bestseller, with much thanks HBO’s production of George’s ‘Game of Thrones’.   As an auteur, his work is being enjoyed en masse- he’s becoming a brand of sorts- and it’s this fervor that surrounds his work as of late, that makes the project that much more exciting.  We loved him and his work well before GoT—but now, it’s as if this project can be rightly celebrated by so many who recognize his genius, that may have overlooked the project otherwise before.

‘nuff said— bottom line— Get ready for a twist-and-turn murder mystery like no other you’ve ever seen before— and much thanks to George R.R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Ryan Colucci, Beth Newbauer and Stacey Parks of www.filmspecific.com for being an integral part of it all.

NY Times Bestselling author, George R.R. Martin named author of the year!

Highlight Hollywood features Mike The Pike Productions

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.

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MIKP BLOG

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