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Hollywood Luminaries Turn To Kickstarter To Launch
Gritty Female Investigative Drama
Proof of Concept Ready; Shoestring Budget Needed for Production
Los Angeles (May 30, 2013)–A bevy of established Hollywood talent have come together to develop a new investigative drama series with a hardened female lead and have turned to Kickstarter to round out financing.
Seeking only $10,000, celebrated Writer, Executive Producer and Creator David Simkins (“Grimm,” “Warehouse 13,” “Human Target”) and Director/Executive Producer Michael Mankin (“CSI,” “Battle Star Galactica,” “Defiance”) have teamed up to produce a proof of concept on a shoestring budget.
The show is called Lily (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1025439971/lily-0) and it’s about a smart, tough-edged woman with a troubled past. And it’s about her need to be a better angel amidst the crime nexus that is modern Los Angeles. Once, an LA gang member. Then, an LA cop. Now, Lily McKenna is an investigator cast between the vices of both worlds.
Actor and Executive Producer Lynn Ayala will star as Lily McKenna. She has starred in “Starship: Rising,” “Starship: The Coming Darkness,” “Pain is Beautiful,” and “Beautysleep Symphony.” She is joined by D.B. Sweeny will co-star as Lily’s ex-husband, LAPD Homicide Detective Pete McKenna. He starred in “Major Crimes,” “The Event,” “Crash,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Cutting Edge,” and “Eight Men Out.”
Real-life Homicide Detective SAL LABARBERA brings his 31-plus years of expertise as the Consulting Producer and Technical Advisor for “Lily.” Currently, he supervises Homicide Detectives in South Los Angeles, so he brings current, accurate details to the series.
” We believe Lily to be smart, gripping entertainment. It’s a perfect fit for the new generation of serial dramas,” said Ayala. “We also believe it to have deeper value. It reflects people rarely represented on television. It taps into these rich cultures in a way that’s complex and truthful. “Some of Hollywood’s high-caliber talent believe that too, and that’s why they’re already behind it.”
Many of us grew up rarely seeing ourselves reflected in television. The few times we were depicted, it was in a distorted way that offered little to no empowerment.
Well, Lily McKenna is powerful. And effective. She is also a real Latina, fully-fleshed with genuine strengths and damages. This series shows that a complex, strong woman like Lily has a place on television.
That’s the value of Lily the series. That’s why it’s important to make this show come to life. With your gracious support, we can make that happen, We can all make Lily a reality.
“I have always wanted to play a cop who kicks ass, is sexy, has an open heart and is really good at her job. Then, I met David Simkins and read his pilot, LILY. His story had all of these dream character elements of mine, plus a gang background from which Lily has been saved, being pulled into service in law enforcement.” ”She is not perfect. She is real. She is still torn between her former gang life, past mistakes, and her current drive for justice. If you want to see a new kind of heroic woman, this is for you.” – Lynn Ayala
For more information, please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1025439971/lily-0