Extra: Industry vets take Mighty Oak stake; Eagle Rock, FilmRise prep music docuseries

John Bryan, Bert Ellis take 50% stake in Mighty Oak Former MGM TV president John Bryan and KDOC owner Bert Ellis have purchased 50% of Mighty Oak Entertainment from company president Mark ...
October 14, 2019

John Bryan, Bert Ellis take 50% stake in Mighty Oak

Former MGM TV president John Bryan and KDOC owner Bert Ellis have purchased 50% of Mighty Oak Entertainment from company president Mark O’Brien.

Mighty Oak is a clip-based sports programming company started in 2005 by O’Brien.

Bryan and Ellis have taken on the roles of president and chairman, respectively.

The shows produced and distributed by Mighty Oak include Whacked Out Sports, TV Auto Show, Goofball Sports, Whacked Out Sports Machine, Whacked Out Videos, Whacked Out Sports 3D, Monster Knockout, Knockout Sports World, Sports Crash, Sports Pizza, Sports-A-Palooza and World Palooza. They air on various global networks, digital platforms and cable outlets.

New series include: My Viral Video, Psychic Court, Athlete Interrupted, Pilot Party, Whacked Out Uncensored, The Epic Fail Show, Amazing Kids, Bad Day @ Work and Meta Force.

Eagle Rock, FilmRise partner on music photography docuseries

Music-related producer and distributor Eagle Rock Entertainment and New York-based sales house FilmRise are co-producing a new series about iconic musicians.

The pair will co-produce ICON: Music Through The Lens, which serves as a six-part docuseries about the greatest music images ever made and the photographers behind them.

The series features performances, interviews and images from artists including Elton John, Mick Jagger, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Graham Nash, The Who, Beyoncé, Lars Ulrich, Josh Homme, Noel Gallagher, Ziggy Marley, Craig David, Nile Rodgers, New Order,  Keith Richards, DMX, Stomzy, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Dave Grohl, Zara Larsson, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears.

Featured photographers include Rankin, Bob Gruen, Neal Preston, Henry Diltz, Ross Halfin, Terry O’Neill, Scarlett Page, Mick Rock, Jill Furmanovsky, Kevin Cummins, Jonathan Mannion and Janette Beckman, as well as featuring works by Linda McCartney, Jim Marshall and William Gottleib, alongside expert opinion from Michael Pritchard (the Royal Photographic Society), Terence Pepper (former curator at the National Portrait Gallery), Chris Murray (Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C. ) John Varvatos (fashion designer and collector) and Jodi Peckman (picture editor at Rolling Stone).

Sky Arts has partnered with Eagle Rock on the series for UK broadcast in 2020.

David Lyle Foundation sets deadline for scholarship applications

The David Lyle Foundation, the not-for-profit organisation that helps young executives to build successful careers in the international television business, will keep applications open for its inaugural annual scholarship until Nov. 15.

The foundation is to award two annual scholarships, each valued at US$10,000, to “promising young entertainment-industry executives,” and candidate proposals should demonstrate why a young executive would benefit from a scholarship.

The annual scholarships come with a one-year program of education and development designed to fast-track their understanding of the global television-content business. This includes subscriptions to key trade publications and organizations, as well as all-access passes to the world’s leading content industry events, worth in excess of US$5,000.

Each of the scholarship winners, chosen from a shortlist of 10 candidates selected by an initial advisory board of executives from across the television business, will be charged with documenting their year-long journey with a series of articles on the David Lyle Foundation website.

Winners will be announced on Nov. 29. To apply for a scholarship, click here.

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