Sunday, February 20, 2011

Producer/Writer Len Gibson Partners With Black Pages, USA To Produce New TV Drama Series “Templeton Pride”

New TV Drama Series “Templeton Pride” Completes Production of Pilot Episode

“Templeton Pride” Filmed in Atlanta, GA

ATLANTA (January 27, 2011) – On August 22-23rd Director Len Gibson and crew ascended on set to film the dramatic series “Templeton Pride” featuring acclaimed actor Tommy Ford, actress/writer/entrepreneur Lisa Wu Hartwell, R&B artist Ray Lavender, actress Kaira Akita and more. Production took place at the new plush Duluth nightclub/ restaurant lounge Secrets owned and operated by Dion Jennings as well as boutique clothing store Vitesse Exchange on Peter Street downtown Atlanta.

Templeton Pride Highlights- Along with Gibson and Gerry McCants of McCants Communications Group, Inc. the show is being produced by retired NFL player Maurice Hicks formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, Emmy Award winning producer P. Frank Williams of BET’s “American Gangster” series, TV One’s “Unsung” etc., Autumn Bailey and acclaimed actor Tommy Ford. Other producers and writers will be featured throughout the series such as James “JB” Brown, James T. Madison, JD, entrepreneur Dion Jennings and more. The series is casted by veteran Casting Director Latanya Potts who casted for hit shows “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Like Jordan” the hit film “Soul Men” and many more.
“Templeton Pride” will be released as a web and a short form drama series on cable TV and video on demand online through a partnership with My Portal TV (MPTV) distributed by SimplyME distribution, owned and operated by the Peachtree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF).

Templeton Pride Synopsis-

In Templeton GA there reside 2 thriving and 1 struggling Black business. These businesses are ran by elite African Americans whose families came through the great depression and the Civil Rights era, therefore not only do these business owners have pride they have a since of historical relevance to the communities they reside in. The families running these businesses are the Graysons, the Franklins and the Bakers. The Graysons and the Bakers have been in competition since their grandparents ran their businesses. Today they know they need to partner to grow but stubbornness and pride is presenting this from happening. The Franklins continue to create and produce new product and now they finally have something they feel will sell like light bread if they can only get the distribution they need. Through a tough economy, town hall meetings, business trips, love stories and family arguments these families still strive to be the best that they can be in Templeton with pride.

Tommy Ford- "Martin," "Harlem Nights," "Who Got Jokes," etc.
ABOUT McCants Communications Group

McCants Communications Group, Inc. is a North Carolina-based company that has successfully promoted minority businesses for over ten years through its Black Pages USA directories and its Black Expos.
The concept of the Black Expo was derived from the Black Expo USA, which at one time traveled across the United States to major cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis and New York.

Over the last ten years, McCants Communications Group, Inc. has hosted its day-long Black Expo in Wilmington, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Charleston, S.C., Jacksonville, FL, Norfolk, VA, and Virginia Beach, VA. In total, these events have attracted over 800 exhibitors and 85,000 visitors.
Year after year, McCants Communications Group, Inc. produces the Black Expo to continue in its mission to strengthen African-American businesses and their relationships with the community.


Communities are increasingly recognizing Gibson’s contribution and inviting his perspective and leadership. His recent speaking engagements include the High Point Boys & Girls Club, Ashland University, Manning, MLK and Roger Williams High Schools, Dunbar Educational Community Center and Talent Link’s 1st Annual Industry Expo. In 2006, Gibson produced the first Sweet Auburn International Film Festival which took “Celebrating Cultures in Motion” as its apt subtitle. The film festival was attached to the world renowned Sweet Auburn Springfest which is more than 20 years old and is the largest festival in the South East. Gibson and his executive team rebranded the festival and created the Peachtree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF) which debuted under the new brand in 2009. Gibson also extended his talent internationally and was hired as a consultant for the Barbados Cinefest Film Festival in Barbados which took place in August, 2007.

Gibson’s qualifications as a cinema expert also extend to both sides of the camera. In front, he’s guest starred on American Centre Street. Gibson has also done various production and camera work with MTV, VH1, producers from Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and A Mule and more. Gibson has also recently inked a television production deal with the acclaimed Nitelite Pictures operated and owned by Harry Lowell and Jonathan Levy the protégé of acclaimed actor/producer Henry Winkler. Recently Gibson also produced films “Jury of Our Peers,” “Cornerstore” featuring Roger G. Smith & Judge Mathis and “Anatomy of Love.” Gibson also produced TV show “Boss Ladies,” currently in production with the highly anticipated biopic “Blondie”: The Florence Ballard Story and presently has 5 other projects in development.

Templeton Pride Intro Party” (Secrets Restaurant & Lounge
3064 Old Norcross Road, Ste. 150 Duluth, GA on 02/19/11)

featuring the Cast, Crew & Production Team. Come watch the pilot episode, enjoy good food and drinks, party with the latest Prime Time TV superstars and more….

Featuring: Tommy Ford, Lisa Wu Hartwell,
KairaAkita, Ray Lavender & More..

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