Executive Producer John Macker Teams Up with Shamus Entertainment to Produce "Anchor Baby," "Beach Cougar Gigolo" and "Freedom Town" in Santa Barbara, CA
John Macker, Emmy and Peabody award winning Executive Producer, has partnered with Shamus Entertainment, to produce the feature comedies "Anchor Baby" and "Beach Cougar Gigolo," as well as the "Freedom Town" television series. All filming is to center in Santa Barbara, beginning in 2013.
Macker, who also served as former Chief Financial and Business Affairs Officer for the Emmy Awards for 6 years, and as Production Executive who oversaw all Merv Griffin Productions, including the "Merv Griffin Show," and created, produced and sold CBS's "Keep Talking" with Billy Crystal, has now joined forces with Shamus Entertainment to produce all three in-house projects in pre-production: the feature comedies "Anchor Baby" and "Beach Cougar Gigolo," as well as the "Freedom Town" television series. All filming is to center in Santa Barbara, beginning in 2013!
"Anchor Baby," "Big Trouble in Little China" meets "Born in East L.A," is a feature family comedy film about a Tommy's insatiable quest for normalcy in the chaotic world of the Asian-American assimilation experience. While fighting for his independence in his quirky and volatile family's Chinese restaurant, he overcomes the odds by learning the hard way that, "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional."
Beach Cougar Gigolo, "Midnight Cowboy" meets "The Flamingo Kid," is about a fun-loving, yet trouble prone, Iraq/Afghanistan war vet, Jake, who comes back to his hometown, Santa Barbara, only to seemingly find a family and community who have shunned him from reintegration. With few options, Jake finds he excels in his new life as an upscale Beach Cougar Gigolo. Complications soon arise after he learns the 'gigolo technique' by his new, less than holy, master gigolo teacher, Douglas.
"Freedom Town TV" pilot and series is a state of the art, interactive television show about a group of diverse, life-long Santa Barbara friends, who graduate from UCSB and promise each other to keep their hometown spirit alive by co-developing a successful crowd-sourcing, "social justice" smart phone app. After gaining notoriety following collectively foiling an ongoing bank robbery, they form a pact to become "social justice heroes," while working in the local halls of justice and media. They walk a tightrope, delicately balancing not only empowering the disenfranchised in all levels of the socio-economic strata, but also struggling to keep their continued "college-partying" lifestyles with the accompanying counterproductive pranks and late-night debauchery a secret.
Matthew James Gulbranson