Monday, July 22, 2019

Robert S. Ray Joins Television, Ink. as Executive Head of Research

Robert S. Ray, a television and feature film historian, entertainment archivist, and creative consultant joins Television, Ink. as Executive Head of Research.  

Ray recently worked in the research department for Then Again with Herbie J Pilato, Amazon Prime and Shout Factory TV’s hit new classic TV talk show hosted and executive produced by Pilato, Television, Ink.’s President and CEO.  Ray presently serves on the Board of Directors for Pilato’s Classic TV Preservation Society nonprofit organization is a member of the Society of Cinephiles, a former executive programmer for the distinguished Long Beach Film Forum of Long Beach, CA, and was positioned as Staff Writer for the popular Past Times Newsletter.   

In 1980, Ray, originally from Houston, Texas, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Houston.  With a sound economic and creative mind, Ray is “thrilled to become part of the Television, Ink. family,” which includes Director of Development David Holland (Hot in ClevelandRizzoli & Isles), and Chief Marketing Officer Bob Barnett (DTS Entertainment).  

Says Ray: “Television, Ink.’s positive mindset harkens back to the golden days of Hollywood, and delivers fresh entertainment for the modern age.  The uplifting spirit that TV and movies once brought to the world on a regular basis is now back on track with Television, Ink., and I am pleased to be associated with that kind of family entertainment’s return to prominence with a contemporary twist.”

Adds Pilato:  “Rob Ray is one of those uniquely talented individuals whose core ilk is a perfect combination of creative gifts, perspective, information, and encyclopedic wisdom.  He knows what makes a TV show or movie work or not work.  He understands story and characterization in the history of all things entertainment   And he also happens to be an outstanding human being. So, the totality of what Robert S. Ray brings to Television, Ink. is immeasurable.”

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bob Barnett Joins Television, Ink. as Chief Marketing Officer

Marketing and advertising executive Bob Barnett has joined Television, Ink. as Chief Marketing Officer.  

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a graduate of Liberty Mounds Schools, Barnett began his career in the entertainment industry as a movie house projectionist.  He later worked as an IT Administrator and, in 1987, opened his own comic book and memorabilia store.

In 1995, Barnett was hired by Tulsat, a Cable Television Equipment Provider, where he was one year later promoted to Head of Marketing, a position he has held ever since.

In 2012, Barnett started working with DTS Entertainment, for which he has successfully marketed several online films that have subsequently attained millions of views. 

Since 2014, Barnett has freelanced as a Social Media Marketer, including work for Then Again with Herbie J Pilato, Amazon Prime and Shout Factory TV’s hit new classic TV talk show hosted and executive produced by Television, Ink.’s President and CEO.  Additionally, Barnett presently serves on the Board of Directors for Pilato’s Classic TV Preservation Society nonprofit organization.

“Joining Television, Ink. is like a dream come true,” Barnett says.  “I hope to contribute to many creative projects in the future that will in turn help to entertain the public and inspire the industry as a whole, returning it to its more positive roots.”
Adds Pilato:  “Bob Barnett imbues a stunning and solid amount of creativity, business savvy and pure enthusiasm that you just don’t see that much of today in any industry.  Without a doubt, Television, Ink’s securing of Bob Barnett is a one-of-a-kind find.”

Monday, July 8, 2019

David Holland Joins Television, Ink. as Director of Development

Television, Ink. has named writer/director/producer David Holland as Director of Development.  A versatile artist in film, TV and music, Holland began his career with a passion for music editing and production, by enrolling in “The Recording Arts Center” in San Diego where he graduated from the advanced Pro Tools program with music production and film and television postproduction. Upon completion of that coursework Holland composed and produced several music albums for various artist including the prog-rock group “Radio Free Japan.”

Holland relocated to Los Angeles, graduated from the Syd Fields Writers Workshop, and the Dov S. Simens Film and Producers School, and soon began working for studios such as Lionsgate, CBS, Sony, TV Land, and Village Roadshow.

He wrote 6 episodes of “Pete’s Arctic Adventure," an animated TV series for children (based in Japan and marketed for that country and China.  Holland also composed a song for each episode of that series.

From there he penned the films “Saving Josiah” and “When God Made Us Lemonade,” as well as the documentary “Ghost Train,” which profiles the victims and survivors of the sarin gas attacks in Tokyo.

As a staff writer in episodic television, Holland’s small-screen gigs have included “Hot In Cleveland,” “Dr. Ken,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Hell On Wheels,” “Jennifer Falls,” “About A Boy,” “Grandfathered,” among many other shows for he penned wrote multiple episodes.

Holland has also served as Executive Producer on short films such as “The Dancer and the Boy” and “Fragile Storm” (both directed by Dawn Fields).  From late 2014 through 2017, he served as both writer and director for the Daimler Corporation.  While there, Holland developed television commercials for Mercedes Benz and was instrumental in aiding Daimler to break new ground in the field of Digital Brochures and Owners Manuals for their vehicles. At the same time, he scripted and helmed in-house safety and information videos for the company.

Holland currently has 8 screenplays in script-phase, with two presently being considered by major studios, and has five television series in development.

Holland is excited to join Television, Ink., and looks forward to what the future holds for the joint venture with Herbie J Pilato, the company’s President, and CEO, and team members Robert S. Ray, Executive Head of Research, and Bob Barnett, Chief Marketing Officer.  Says Holland:  "I am excited to join Herbie, Rob, and Bob in their quest to not follow a trail, but carve a path to create respectable and quality family entertainment the way it was meant to be."

Adds Pilato:  “We at Television, Ink. are nothing but thrilled to have David come aboard.  He is a top-notch, multiple creative talent with immense heart and vision who has a penchant for the elegant delivery of the written word.”

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Shout Factory TV and Amazon Prime Spotlight Classic TV Talent on THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO

Amazon Prime and Shout Factory TV are now streaming episodes of Then Again with Herbie J Pilato, a 30-minute talkfest dedicated to classic television. The six-episode first season premiered July 1st with the first four of six episodes. Host and author Pilato, and his Television, Ink. shingle, along with Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard ("The Chronicles of Ara"), under their Council Tree Productions banner, are executive producers. Lorie Girsh Eisenberg is the lead producer with Len McLeod. 
"I know of no one in this industry more connected to, or passionate about, the world of classic television than Herbie J Pilato," says Eisenberg. "We want this program to become a historically important document in the world of both art and culture."

Pilato is a prolific author, who has written 12 pop-culture-themed books including his latest, “MARY: The Mary Tyler Moore Story,” as well as "Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door," "Twitch Upon A Star," "The Bionic Book" and “Dashing, Daring and Debonair: TV’s Top Male Icons from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.” Pilato, also the Founder of the 501(c)3 Classic TV Preservation Society hosts the new series, where he interviews pop-culture subjects from the world of classic TV. The format will closely mirror Pilato's successful weekly "Throwback Thursday" live events in the Los Angeles area.

Says executive producer Hillard: "Joel and I are thrilled to be in business with Herbie J. The interests of Council Tree Productions, as always, lie primarily with the artistic journey. We want to understand the reality of the business and we aim for this program to speak to everyone who aspires to make a living in the arts, as well as classic TV fans everywhere."

Adds Pilato: "Our team is comprised of amazing talents and visionaries. We all cherish the classic TV wheelhouse and to partner with like-minded professionals on a project that will resonate with so many fans of classic TV and beyond is nothing less than an honor. We are very pleased the show will be streamed by Shout Factory TV and Amazon Prime, and appreciate the opportunity to share the show with their audience.”


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