Lily. Female Cop Drama !!!

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Contact: Jarrod Holland

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 ( 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
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Homicide Cops are not superstitious, just a little “stitious”. Probably not as much as athletics; not shaving, wearing the same undergarments and all, but I think a lot of murder cops are a bit OCD. Just watch them at their desks and around the office. Break any normal routine , and there’s bound to be a call -out. There are certain things we don’t speak about, think about or allow others to say out-loud. “Hey we haven’t had a homicide in awhile”, “Boy, it’s been  quiet lately “.  When you have been doing it long enough you develop certain idiosyncrasies starting when you wake up in the morning and until you arrive back home. Personally, mine has to do with the number 3. If I see anything in three’s something is bound to occur.  If there are 2 cigarettes in an ash tray, I will not be the one to put a third in.  Guaranteed to have one’s day interrupted.  Folks are always asking, do homicides occur more often during a full moon, during the summer, weekends ? Well no, there’s no rhyme or reason when these violent crimes occur. These are for the most part crimes of passion- unpredictable. Case in point, yesterday while walking around, I did see several sets of three’s and tried to ignore the signs, several patrol cops happened to mention how quiet it has been on the streets and its been a few weeks since our last homicide, and no sooner were yesterdays CGHD homicide numbers posted, 77th Street Area had another homicide. Mind you, none of this is scientific, but talk to any murder cop and you’ll hear similar stories or “stitions”

CGHD Homicide Numbers

Division Homicide Numbers for 2012 YTD: 65      2011: 47

77th Street Area; 35            2011:11

Southeast Area: 21             2011: 30

Southwest Area: 9              2011: 14

Current Clearance Rate: 76%

Ice Cream Truck Heist

August 2001, eighty one year old Ruby Scott was discovered deceased inside of her home. Ms Scott resided alone in the 10100 block of South Anzac Avenue for the majority of her adult life.  Some of her neighbors would routinely check on her well being.  Ms. Scott could be seen outside, watering her plants, picking up neighborhood trash or the pain staking duty of attempting to cover up the past evenings gang graffiti.  Neighbors reported not seeing her outside for a few days, causing some concern and a check of her residence by her neighbor. Upon entering Scott’s home it was apparent that she was deceased on the kitchen floor.  Police and Paramedics responded and homicide detectives were summoned. The subsequent investigation by homicide detectives revealed Ms. Scott had suffered severe blunt force trauma injuries at the hands of another, causing her death.  The bad guys had entered the home by breaking a rear window. Her home had been completely ransacked.  It was apparent by the bloody footprints near Scott’s body, that there were several suspects involved.  Some of the footprints led towards a rear alley.  We were able to obtain some latent print lifts and photograph the shoe prints, but there was no significant forensic evidence at the scene.  This normally quiet residential neighborhood was recently plagued with some up and coming young gang members.  Several apartment buildings on the block were vacant, lending themselves to vandalism, shootings and drug and alcohol use. After our initial investigation, the priority would be canvassing the neighborhood and surrounding area for anyone who may have seen or heard something. Folks were pretty tight lipped, it was apparent that the gang members had instilled fear in the neighborhood.  Well, this would not be the first or last neighborhood that we would have to overcome those types of obstacles.  PLAN B:  Since a lot of the folks didn’t want to talk to us and more importantly the children were kept inside (kids are usually a gold mine for information).  I grabbed a few of my younger detectives, “Go find me an Ice Cream Truck”.  Normally this would sound odd, but from my mouth– unconventual ideas would spew. Off the detectives went.  Several minutes later the annoying sound of the ice cream vendor came around the corner escorted by one of my detectives.  I think the vendor thought he was about to be cited or hijacked by some pretend cops. I gathered up about a dozen detectives and told them to go door to door and announce there was “all you can eat free ice cream for everyone”.  The only caveat was individuals had to come and get their own, “no to-go packages”!!  The walking congregation began their hesitant trek to the ice cream truck.  This was all too easy, albeit, it cost me over a hundred bucks.  Ahhh, the beginning of community policing. The next several hours were spent mingling with the community, and actually obtaining some critical case information.  In the end, and several months later this case was solved. The suspects ended up being several of the neighborhood hoodlums.   I drove down that street last week, thinking I had been here before.  It wasn’t until I heard the sound of the ice cream truck turn the corner that I thought about Ruby Scott.