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Tribeca Enterprises & Maker Studios Launch Short Film WRECKED

By: Apr. 22, 2013
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Tribeca Enterprises and Maker Studios, a leading independent YouTube network with over 2.8 billion monthly views, announced the launch of WRECKED, the first in a slate of short films part of "Picture Show Originals," a new series on YouTube channel Picture Show ( Tribeca Enterprises and Maker Studios entered into a partnership last year and this month-timed to Tribeca's yearly festival-the channel has begun rolling out its slate of original programming on the collaborative network.

The first short of "Picture Show Originals" Wrecked stars Maker talent Kassem Gharaibeh (KassemG) along with Arron Shiver (3:10 TO YUMA, "Boardwalk Empire"), and is written and directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the team behind last year's Tribeca Film Festival breakout hit RESOLUTION. Wrecked is a 13-minute drama, which premiered Friday, April 19, 2013 on Picture Show. Upcoming "Picture Show Originals" are set to include such established talent asDanny DeVito and Shiri Appleby ("Girls," "Roswell") along with such emerging talent as Shay Butler (ShayCarl) and Sam Macaroni.

The Picture Show YouTube channel is a home for web series and short films along with an aspirational channel where the talent of tomorrow can be discovered. The channel's diverse line-up of programming features collaborations between Tribeca and Maker Studios' talent and creatives including:

"Picture Show Originals"

An original format of short film collaborations from Maker Studios and Tribeca Enterprises, "Picture Show Originals" will feature a line-up of talented filmmakers and actors. The first short of the format Wrecked, starring Maker talent Kassem Gharaibeh (KassemG) along with Arron Shiver (3:10 TO YUMA, "Boardwalk Empire"), centers on a fighter pilot (Gharaibeh) that crashes in the desert. Battling severe dehydration and stranded in a mysterious environment, the pilot grapples with the metaphysical musings of a voice crackling from his radio (Shivers). The short is written and directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (RESOLUTION). *Behind-the-scenes contentis also available.

"Really Fast Films" (Monthly Series, Mondays)

A monthly reality-documentary series, "Really Fast Films" follows director, actor, producer, writer Michael Gallagher as he works to create an entire short film-from inspiration to post production-in only 48 hours. YouTubers from around the globe will also be able to participate in this exciting format, contributing inspirations and even their own versions of the shorts based on the same parameters. All-star guests may also appear to handout the challenge at the beginning of each episode-don't miss episode 1's feature appearance.

"Picture Show Presents" (Bi-Weekly Series, Mondays)

A bi-weekly series curated by Tribeca's Head Short Film Programmer Sharon Badal, "Picture Show Presents" features imaginative, creative and sometimes just plain weird, one-off short films, which Badal hand-picks for the audience. The films feature an introduction from Maker talent Rawn Erickson of HiImRawn.

"The Bigger Picture" (Weekly Series, Fridays)

A weekly playlist series based on cinematic themes and featuring everything from trailers to movie clips to how-to videos, "The Bigger Picture" is delivered to fans every Friday by the Tribeca Film Institute.

"Remix the Movies" (Bi-Weekly Series, Wednesdays)

"Remix the Movies" is a bi-weekly series that imagines alternative takes on some of Hollywood's most iconic moments. Written and directed by many Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and College Humor alums, the series is set to include Maker talent including Evan Gregory of The Gregory Brothers (/Schmoyoho), Iman Cross (/AlphaCat), Bart Baker, Alex Farnham (/DamItsGood808), and Ed Bassmaster, among others.

Original programming will continue to premiere on the Picture Show channel with new episodes, series and stars to be announced. Unique one-off content, such as Mary Doodles' "History of Film in a Minute" ( video, may also appear from time to time.

In addition to his starring role in Wrecked, Kassem was chosen as one of 42 Jurors for this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Kassem will serve as a juror for the 2013 Narrative Short Film Competition alongside Sheila Nevins, Jessica Hecht, Chris Milk and Christine Baranski.

About Tribeca Enterprises

Tribeca Enterprises is a diversified global media company based in New York City. Established in 2003 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the company currently operates a network of Branded entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival International, Tribeca Cinemas and Tribeca Film, a distribution initiative. It also has a strategic partnership with the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. The company's mission is to provide artists with unique platforms to expand the audience for their works and to broaden the access point for consumers to experience independent film and media.

About Maker Studios

Maker Studios is one of the leading independent multi-channel networks on YouTube and a next-generation talent first media company home to many of online video's top digital stars and content including KassemG, Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd's "Epic Rap Battles of History," the Shaytards, Yogscast, Mike Tompkins, and LisaNova, among thousands of others. Maker Studios has 2.8 billion+ views online per month with over 15,000 channels and more than 200 million subscribers. Maker is the only network to offer partners development, production, promotion, distribution, sales, and marketing services. Maker Studios is headquartered in Culver City, Calif. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter at @MakerStudios and Facebook at

About Kassem Gharaibeh (KassemG), Comedian, Actor, Co-Founding Talent Maker Studios

For over five years, actor and comedian Kassem Gharaibeh, known online as KassemG, has entertained millions of YouTube viewers with his hilarious videos. His most popular series "California On" and "Going Deep" have garnered him multiple awards and a Top 10 comedian subscriber ranking on YouTube. He can next be seen on the big screen in the upcoming AZTEC WARRIOR from Lionsgate.

About Michael Gallagher, Director, Actor, Writer, Producer

Totally Sketch ( is one of YouTube's premiere destinations for comedy and director, actor and writer Michael Gallagher, the man behind the channel, pioneered its creative interactive video design. Gallagher's unique "choose-your-own-adventure" format helped boost viewership of the channel into the millions. Totally Sketch contains pop music parodies and comedic sketches, appealing to a massive young adult audience. Gallagher has also been successful with more mainstream content such as his recent horror film release SMILEY.


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