James Franco Debuts Originals Slate For Maker Studios
The actor's Rabbit Bandini Productions has premiered four new series on Facebook and YouTube.
Maker Studios is ready to show off the results of its partnership with James Franco and Vince Jolivette's Rabbit Bandini Productions.
The digital media firm is premiering four original series created in collaboration with Rabbit Bandini on Monday, Dec. 21. The projects include a docu-series about a sex scene acting class, an acting reality series and a collection of short films.
Maker Studios first revealed its partnership with Franco at the 2014 NewFronts and has been working with Rabbit Bandini over the last year-and-a-half through its Maker_LABS initiative to develop new projects. One of the projects that resulted is an app called Rando Franco with disappearing videos from Franco himself.
"Maker let me play in a playground of sounds stages, creative teams, technology teams and more — truly experimenting in content creation which is very rare in the entertainment industry," said Franco. "Love them, or hate them, I'm really excited about these shows — and can't wait for even more to come with Maker in 2016."
Two of the original series are debuting Monday on Franco's Facebook page. They are Sex Scenes, a docuseries about a master acting class taught by Franco that explores the art of writing, directing and acting in intimate scenes, and Studio 4: Acting Competition, a reality series about students at Franco's Studio 4. The other two are available on his YouTube channel. They are unscripted series The Ultimate Evil, which follows an investigative journalist who puts his career on the line to uncover deeper truths about the Son of Sam murders that terrorized New York in the 1970s, and Winesburg, which features a collection of short-films based on Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio.
Rabbit Bandini will also debut two serialized projects and a film in 2016. The series are LA Series, a scripted story about gang life in Los Angeles, and CAMP, an adaptation of Franco's Palo Alto: Stories. Tenn will be a full-length film about a the family struggles of playwright Tennessee Williams. Vincent D'Onofrio (Jurassic World) and Beth Grant (The Mindy Project) star in the project, which Franco directs.
"I think our name says it all as it relates to our relationship with James and Vince — Maker Studios," said Bonnie Pan, Maker's executive vp programming. "Creators are our lifeblood and the reason why we're able to do what we do here. Working with James, Vince and the Rabbit Bandini team on the development of these original content ideas across platforms like custom mobile apps, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube has been an inspiring experience for everyone at Maker."
Franco and Rabbit Bandini Productions are repped by CAA.