R.E.M. -THE LAST 48

Unlike solving crimes, the LAST 48 hours may be the most crucial in any kickstarter campaign.  And our campaign is no exception.  We can still use your help and hope that you’ll lucid dream your way over to Kickstarter and get your copy of R.E.M. today!

For those of you that have already taken advantage of the rewards in our campaign- congratulations and thank you!

It’s amazing to think that since my last post we’ve nearly doubled our support in dollars- getting ever closer to the $20,000 we need to cover total book costs!

I’m thrilled to have this book mark Mike The Pike’s entry into the world of graphic novels.  Moreso, I’m thrilled for the team behind R.E.M.

There is nothing quite as gratifying as a creative success (except maybe a creative success with potential for financial success) and with R.E.M., Ryan Colucci and Zsombor Huska have achieved both.

And we couldn’t have done it without you- for this we will be ever grateful.  It’s truly amazing what the Kickstarter community can achieve.  If you aren’t an active part of this, check it out– its quickly become a platform for reciprocal giving as our own campaign has inspired me to take a look at other campaigns and help them out with my own support.

Either way– whether you’re an active member of kickstarter, a shareholder of Mike The Pike Productions or just a big fan of one-of-a-kind graphic novels– this is your chance to reap some truly striking rewards for your support!   #kickstarter #REM #mikethepike #graphicnovels

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You’re not dreaming!

R.E.M. kickstarterI am thrilled to announce that we have completed R.E.M., our first book in a partnership with Spoke Lane Entertainment.  R.E.M. is an edge of your seat, mind-bending thriller with a tragic love story at its core.

And now, we’ve launched our Kickstarter campaign ,which includes some amazing rewards, to raise the money necessary to bring this book to print.

Nearly 3 years ago, Ryan Colucci came to me with a slate of graphic novels proposing we partner on creating compelling content with solid prospects for film adaptation.  Most of those that follow me know Colucci as my oft-time collaborator (White Space ,George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade) with a background in film and graphic novels that speaks for itself.

R.E.M. was of the first books we agreed to make, including Bulderlyns, a family-themed story about a boy and his bond with a mystical creature which may be the only hope against an onslaught led by the creature’s evil sibling,  and Chasing Rabbits, in which the relentless pursuit of a serial killer takes place in a macabre take on the universe of Alice in Wonderland.  We are near complete on the entire slate with R.E.M. hitting the finish line first.

A graphic novel done right, for me, is the perfect marriage of book and film, using visuals to drive the story alongside the prose and inner monologues we don’t often see in a film.  Ryan Colucci, Zsombor Huszka and Karol Wisniewski have done just that with R.E.M., and in a sprawling story brought to life in gorgeous, haunting black and white.  It is nearly the antithesis of the explosive bursts of color in Colucci’s debut novel, Harbor Moon.

As well, for the company, this book will mark the first completed in our slate under Spokefish, the graphic novel partnership between Mike The Pike Productions and Spoke Lane Entertainment.

R.E.M. does not disappoint, and I write this in hopes that you will help us complete the dream with whatever support you can offer toward our publishing costs.  The book is finished, but now we need to print it.  I ask humbly if you will please support this project and the great talents behind it.  The final product is a result of a lot of blood, sweat and tears; and even when there was no way, we found a way, to finish it.

I’m really proud of the work that went in to making this a reality and hope that you will take the time to give $5, $20, $100, whatever you can spare to make this a reality as the first book of three on our slate.  If everyone following this blog were to give even the smallest amount, we will have reached in excess of our goal, allowing us to expedite distribution and finish work on additional books.  Thank you so much!

Also, I’ll be posting about this until we reach our goal, so if there’s no other reason to give– do it to shut me up about R.E.M.!    Thank you, Sincerely!

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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 Q2 FINANCIALS

Shareholders– It is with great pleasure that we announced today our DTC eligibility reinstatement.  I was hoping to deliver a second boon in   the form of our posted Q2 financials by midnight tonight and, though the financials are completed and available for posting, we were not able to login to OTCIQ.  That said, I was able to speak to a representative who happened to be there after hours and I am assured our login will be restored in the am at which point we will immediately post the report.

I apologize for not having these in prior to midnight tonight, but I am assured we will seamlessly retain our Current Information Tier status through the night until posting and I will ensure our Q3 will be done in a more timely manner.  For what its worth, we have poured hours of diligent submission and discovery to DTCC to effect the ‘chill’ removal as top priority.  Now that we have achieved eligibility once again, we can proceed less one challenge.  Thank you again for all your support and I hope everyone has a great night.

While you’re waiting, maybe curl up to a good synopsis of www.theskintrademovie.com— Ryan Colucci and I have finalized our outline for the screenplay and go to draft this week.  We will be packaging the film for AFM along with our other properties toward precipitous growth over the next year and many thereafter.

Sincerely,

Mark B. Newbauer

CEO/Producer

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc.

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

White Space star, Holt McCallany, stars alongside Randy Couture in 'Hijacked'– score.

Yes, another lead role in another feature film for our ship’s captain, Holt McCallany— Congrats, Holt! Rent Hijacked on Blu-Ray, July 31st.http://www.beyondhollywood.com/randy-couture-gets-hijacked/hijacked-34/ImageImage

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

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.