Content Production and Distribution
Front Row Networks Inc. is a content creation company that has assembled a team from top creative and business professionals with a common goal of producing and acquiring live 3D concert productions which can be broadcast digitally directly into theaters across the world.
The Company produces live concerts by top recording artists in 3D for initial digital broadcast into movie theaters in the United States, with a wider rollout anticipated in Western Europe, South America and Asia, after a successful US theatrical run. Following the initial theatrical run, the 3D concerts will be licensed to TV broadcasters and DVD retailers. In addition, Management intends to sell merchandising and sponsorship, specific to each artist in the concert, in theaters where the live concert will be exhibited. This new concept is intended to present the live concerts in 3D to a massive fan base worldwide in a cost efficient manner.
Front Row Networks will leverage its distribution networks and its licensing and merchandising relationships by acquiring 2D and 3D concert footage that has already been produced. The Company will convert its 2D catalogue into digital 3D format, allowing it to package and sell all of its acquired content to digital broadcasters worldwide.
The current worldwide phenomenon surrounding 3D motion pictures creates a great opportunity to Front Row Networks. From all corners of the globe, the appeal of 3D is undeniable. Statistics show that it is clear in a very short period of time 3D films have become the top grossing films. Until 2008, the US revenue from films that were offered in 3D never accounted for more than 3% of all films. In 2009, they represented 16.3%, and in 2010, 31.4%. They out-gross their 2D counterparts by a minimum 3:1 ratio. In addition, there were over 15,300 digital 3D screens worldwide at the end of 2010, compared with 8,989 3D screens at the end of 2009. The number of 3D screens worldwide almost doubled last year.
Management believes that audiences will be attracted to the new 3D technology and expects its broadcast of the initial concert to be one of the first of its kind in North America. The current success of Hollywood 3D films and the continuing success of large scale concerts suggest a large international market for the Project.
Front Row Networks initial production, acquisition and distribution strategy is designed to bring the much desired live concert experience to a massive worldwide fan base by incorporating the following elements;
• Utilize state-of-the-art 3D digital projection technology to reduce or eliminate post production expenses and print costs, and reduce advertising expenditures.
• Utilize 3D visual production techniques that will maximize the audience experience and appeal to a broad demography.
• Increase liquid capital and executive pay/bonuses by selling as many shares - or acquiring as many private investment dollars - as possible.
• Acquire and leverage 2D and 3D catalogue by packaging the new 3D concert theatrical events, with the existing catalogue, creating a corporate identity as the premiere brand in 3D theatrical events.
• Reduce distribution costs by capitalizing on existing concert promotions and advertising, by leveraging the Company's catalogue with worldwide distribution partners, and by broadcasting content directly to theaters.
• Engage the best and most popular artists for the initial concert series.
• Target the best and most popular artists and performances for the Company's catalogue acquisitions.
• Provide sponsorship opportunities and merchandise for sale to enhance the revenues for the Company and its distribution
Estimates of the revenues and costs associated with each production and an overall Company financial summary are set forth under the Financial Projections tab which can be found on the Menu bar.
The Company's management has proven industry leadership and has worked with widely recognized industry talent and critically acclaimed creative talent
John Diaz, Advisor
From his start as a non-paid stage manager at the original Woodstock, John has enjoyed a nearly 40 year career in music & video production and distribution. With the advent of new distribution platforms for music in the early 1980's, like the dawn of MTV and the explosion of music videos as a medium and art form, John established himself as one of the leading producers of music videos & events for broadcast throughout the 90's. Mr. Diaz has produced domestic and international TV for some of the largest music events in history, including specials with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, The Rolling Stones and many others. Turning to the Internet as an emerging content distribution technology in the 90's, he was part of the forefront of today's digital media. John has focused his energies on bringing music and other digital content distribution to the Internet, first as a founding employee of mp3.com, then as EVP of Vivendi/Universal's Internet arm, VUNET.
Eric Mitchell, President/CFO
Eric has over 20 years of financial, business development, and strategic planning experience in the motion picture industry. Mr. Mitchell's acquisition and financial talents helped Sony Pictures' Tri-Star division acquire theatrical distribution rights to such hits as Cliffhanger, Sniper, Threesome, and Weekend at Bernie's 2. Mitchell assisted Tri-Star in acquiring multi-picture distribution rights with Carolco Pictures; the deal generated $250 million in profit for the studio and led to such hits as LA Story, Universal Soldier, The Doors, Total Recall, Basic Instinct and Terminator 2. As an advisor to Ascendant Pictures and VIP Media Fund, the largest German tax fund, Eric participated in placing over $500 million dollars in production financing into 46 feature films. Mr. Mitchell is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and received his M.S. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School.
Andy Morahan, Creative Director
Andy Morahan began his prolific career directing videos for the likes of Kim Wilde, Pet Shop Boys, Wham, George Michael amongst others. He then spent the next decade at various 'top end' Production Co's like Vivid, RSA/Black Dog, Propaganda etc directing even bigger videos and artists; these included: Guns'n Roses, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Tears for Fears and more George Michael. This phase of his career culminated in many MTV Awards including Best Director for 'Father Figure' and Best Video for 'November Rain'.
After that he returned to London and teamed up with Producer Laura Gregory at Great Guns to direct his ground breaking GUESS? Jeans Ad featuring Juliette Lewis and Harry Dean Stanton; this won over 60 awards worldwide including 5 D&AD's and 6 Clios and a Silver Lion at Cannes. This launched Andy's Commercials career, which he's been pursuing ever since; his client list includes Ford, Carling, Lynx, Bacardi, Barclays, Vodafone, VW, Canon, Toyota, Head & Shoulders, and Remington.
In 2002 after stints at Weiland's and Harry Nash, Andy formed his own Commercials and Music Video Co with his Exec Producing partner Kate Elson called Bikini Films, which has already become on of the top companies in London in both fields. More recently Andy directed JLS: Eyes Wide Open 3D, the Bikini-produced concert documentary of JLS's recent UK tour which exceeded all expectations by breaking into the UK cinema box office charts at number 5 following its opening weekend of release.
Bob Johnston, Strategic Business Consultant
Bob Johnston's experiences in 3D production have included developing budgeting scenarios, scheduling and logistics plans and embracing post-production workflows for over 300 stereoscopic projects, as well as the technical development and consultation of several hardware appliances for capture and playback of stereoscopic media for public and private theaters. Produced 3D projects have included live action feature programming for IMAX, Disney, Lionsgate, Nu Image and Technicolor additionally he has consulted with 3D productions for Discovery, World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and dozens of other independent producers, studios and 3D acquisition and post production technology concerns. Bob has helped enable the 3D market in Korea with Skylife 3D and TV Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has participated on numerous 3D conference panels and 3D market awareness events in Los Angeles, Berlin, Seoul, Tokyo and London. Bob's live event experiences included Physical Production and Promotion of numerous Music Festivals, large scale Multi-Day events and over 1000 Concerts including large scale multi-day events, including Fleetwood Mac, The Police, Kansas, Styx, Journey, Kiss, Rush, Ozzy Ozbourne, Loverboy, Barry Manilow, among dozens of other top 40 Acts, as well as early tour development of the first solo tours of Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. Additionally, he has garnered international Feature Film, Television , Music Video and Commercial project development and production experiences as a Producer, Associate Producer, Production Manager or Production Supervisor with projects for Disney, MTV, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks, Imagine, Walden Media, Dektor and Associates and dozens of other independent production entities. Key projects have includes: "Alien Resurrection", "Around the World in 80 Days", the pilot for the international hit TV series "24", the mini-series "Son Of The Morning Star" among others.