January 18, 2012

The Beatles, Green Day, and Breaking into Television / TEG Update 2012

In 2011 we secured unprecedented access to Beatles’ songs for our film “The Fifth Beatle,” we changed the face of Broadway with Green Day, and we made our first successful foray into TV with a sitcom sale to CBS. See other highlights below and an overview of more exciting TEG productions to come in 2012!

Our labor-of-love film about Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2011, as we secured unprecedented rights to use Lennon/McCartney Beatles songs in the film! We are the first film that taps into The Beatles’ biography to have ever secured such rights! It’s a huge hurdle overcome that has truly paved the way to finally bringing this story to the screen…

TEG is developing a number of exciting television projects for 2012 including ASCENSION, a historical fiction / science fiction series juxtaposing the history of astronomy with mankind’s future in the stars; and FRACTURED, an epic one-hour drama best described as “Lost” meets “The Da Vinci Code.”

2011 saw the completion of Vivek J. Tiwary’s screenplay for the musical film “Decoy Dream”—best described as “Pretty In Pink” meets “Roxanne” by way of “High School Musical” and paying homage to the great John Hughes comedies that Vivek grew up with. There are exciting discussions going on behind the scenes, so expect to hear more about “Decoy Dream” soon…

We are proud that a film adaptation of our Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is being developed with Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions and Universal Pictures. Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”) is penning the screenplay to be directed by our Broadway helmer, Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening,” TV’s “Smash”). 2011 Broadway highlights included Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Grammy and Academy Award-winner Melissa Etheridge, Justin Guarini of “American Idol,” and rock band AFI’s Davey Havok all joining our amazing cast. In March we rocked our 448th and final Broadway performance, and the show is now dominating venues across North America– after which we will head to Europe, Asia, and other international destinations! For tickets and more info: www.americanidiotthemusical.com

TEG sold its sitcom project PUNK ROCK DAD (based on Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg’s bestselling memoir/parenting manual) to CBS where a fantastic pilot script was written by Mike Mariano and Alan Kirschenbaum (“Raising Hope,” “My Name Is Earl”). Vivek J. Tiwary served as Executive Producer alongside partners Eric & Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”), and Andrea Nevins & Cristan Reilly (“The Other F Word”).

In 2011, Brooke Shields and Roger Rees replaced Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as THE ADDAMS FAMILY’s Gomez and Morticia and led our fabulous cast to its 757th and final Broadway performance on New Year’s Eve. Our Tony Award-nominated show is now on tour across North America and international dates will follow! For tickets and more info: www.theaddamsfamilymusical.com

TEG continues to have great fun with its lucrative investment in The Box– the infamous, risqué nightclub and “theatre of varieties”. Our founding venue in NYC’s Lower East Side continues to be an exclusive hot spot, and in 2011 we expanded internationally, opening The Box Soho in the heart of London’s redlight district. Our London club immediately became as notorious and exclusive at its NYC sister, attracting celebrities from Prince Harry to Kiera Knightley. For table reservations and more info: www.theboxnyc.com orwww.theboxsoho.com

Developed by Counts Media, a company TEG helped found, “The Ride: New York” has launched to rave reviews! “The Ride” transforms the way its audience sees New York via a unique, immersive entertainment experience– moving through the city on a custom-designed bus fully loaded with advanced multimedia production capabilities rivaling that of an IMAX theater. For tickets and more info: www.experiencetheride.com

In 2012, TEG will be expanding both its film and television slates, and we will be announcing a major new theatre / Broadway production soon! In the meanwhile, please

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With Love,

Vivek J. Tiwary
Tiwary Entertainment Group