In the Works...
Baby Wild Films and its partners are always bringing exciting new projects into the world, covering a wide variety of subject matter. And like the arrival of any baby, some go smoothly; some don't. Some births happen quickly; others not-so-much. But no matter the throes of labor, presenting these creations to audiences is a wonderful thing. Over the last 25 years, we've been fortunate enough to team up with production companies, corporate partners and global celebrities on a number of television and web vehicles, seeing it literally go from idea to funding to execution to broadcast. Many shows are still on air today. Some have gone on to win Emmy Awards and a number of industry honors. Several are launched as "preview" specials or documentaries, with hopes of becoming series. And some concepts continue to evolve and seek homes. But as every one of our partners will attest, regardless of the ultimate success of each endeavor, the making of these sizzle reels, pilots, previews and web shorts are always an extraordinarily fulfilling experience. Television is a tough nut to crack. We make sure that we keep our eyes on the prize, but our hearts in the journey.
If you'd like to get involved in some of the projects below, give us a shout! We'd love to hear from you.
This ain't your Daddy's Benihana, baby... This is in-your-face, Japanese-style flat iron teppanyaki cooking – people so close to the action they could lose a finger. Totally interactive, absolute theatre, awesome food. This is where beef, shrimp and noodles become dangerous flying objects, and dinner becomes chef-on-chef violence. Put your protective glasses on, folks – this is TEPPANYAKI TAKEDOWN. Seattle-based Mike Monzon, known in the industry as “Tattoo Mike,” is perhaps the top teppanyaki master in North America. A former tattoo artist, this half-Asian/half-American self-taught chef has made a name for himself with a style all his own. Besides his remarkably creative choice of ingredients and presentation, Mike’s mesmerizing to watch. He’s considered one of the world’s fastest masters at slinging blades, and coming up with new tricks to delight his audience. And he’s developed quite a devoted following.
TEPPANYAKI TAKEDOWN will be shot in 13 different cities – Seattle, Bismarck, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Toronto, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Portland and Tokyo. Tattoo Mike challenges the top teppanyaki masters in each city, brandishing his unique Wu Tang style of flat-iron cooking against both old school and contemporary chefs. Sometimes Mike wins; other times he’s taken down. Each chef will be given one half-hour to prepare, cook and present the dishes. A panel of three judges will preside over the competition, sometimes complemented by the metered response of those watching (and eating) in the restaurant, as well as the “likes,” Tweets and votes on those participating via social media. Performances will be judged on both the style of each master, as well as the final product. Much like “Iron Chef,” it’s not just about speed and theatrics – it’s also about the food.
Shoots are wrapping up in Seattle and Bismarck! The first two Takedowns are in the can. Our hour-long pilot for the series is in edits now and it looks great. We're anxious to get it out to millions as soon as spring 2014. Give us a shout if you want to be a part of TEPPANYAKI TAKEDOWN.
Congrats to Tattoo Mike and his wife Lindsey on the birth of baby Ezra! Dec 19th, 2013.
Best launch ever...
This documentary series project sent Michael Harris and photojournalist Kevin Ely to the jungles of Cambodia, to investigate a proposed multinational titanium mine slated for one of the last remaining stands of tropical forest in Southeast Asia – a project that many feared not only would accelerate climate change but could wipe out some of the most endangered wildlife in the world. Michael and Kevin traveled to the village of Chi Phat, the nearest settlement to the proposed mining site, which also was a major base camp and killing field for the Khmer Rouge. The first web previews of CLIMATE WARS / CAMBODIA played an important part of the successful international campaign to persuade the Prime Minister of Cambodia to reverse a previous decision and deny permission for the mine.
"Nature of The Beast" With Bob Sapp (Series Demo/Japan)
Baby Wild Films partnered on the pilot of an international "wildlife/travel/reality" series called NATURE OF THE BEAST, co-produced and hosted by 6'4" 350-pound champion fighter and actor ("Elektra," "Longest Yard," "Big Stan," "Conan the Barbarian") Bob "The Beast" Sapp. This special was originally produced for Japanese television, but the project is currently being re-worked and pitched to a major U.S. cable network.
This short documentary (and demo for a long-format series) visits with small farmers in Yakima County, Washington, as they fight concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, and the loosely regulated mega-dairies fouling the air and water of their community. The webcast preview short was an Emmy Award-winner for "Outstanding Advanced Media." We're still tracking the CAFO cause closely, and Baby Wild Films still has high hopes of turning this unique, often-quirky perspective on factory farms into a television series -- but as you might imagine, Big Ag stink and greed and manure mountains are a tough sell to networks... even with all the sh*t they already have on air. Give us a shout if you want to help.