1.08.2012

PRETTY Awards Season!

PRETTY is nominated for 3 International Academy of Web Television Awards at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 12, 2012.

Best Comedy Web Series
Gigi: Almost American
Pretty
The Guild
The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
Video Game Reunion

Best Writing (Comedy)
Felicia Day, The Guild
Jeff Lewis, The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
Marilyn Anne Michaels and Dominic Conti, The Best Friend
Jessica Mills, Awkward Embraces
Steve Silverman, Pretty

Best Directing (Comedy)
Sean Becker, The Guild
Sean Becker, The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
Sandeep Parikh, Legend of Neil
Steve Silverman, Pretty
Frederick Snyder, SOLO: The Series

We are also nominated for 13 Indie Soap Awards, more thah any other show!!! - winners to be announced in February!

BEST WEB SERIES (COMEDY)
BANDWAGON
FUMBLING THRU THE PIECES
PRETTY
THEN WE GOT HELP!
TRAILER MADE
VAMPIRE MOB

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY)
Emma Caulfield, BANDWAGON
Julie Ann Emery, THEN WE GOT HELP!
Fernanda Espindola, BLOOMERS
Stacy McQueen, PRETTY
Hillary B. Smith, FUMBLING THRU THE PIECES
Tracie Thoms, BANDWAGON

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY)
Christian Barber, SIX OF ONE
Brad Bell, HUSBANDS
John Colella, VAMPIRE MOB
Tom Gregory, GREGORY WAY TV
Sean Hemeon, HUSBANDS
Sam Pancake, PRETTY

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (COMEDY)
Karri Bowman, BANDWAGON
Diane Delano, FUMBLING THRU THE PIECES
Genie Francis, PRETTY
Dee Freeman, PRETTY

Retta, VAMPIRE MOB
Laura Thomas, TRAILER MADE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (COMEDY)
Jim Cashman, BANDWAGON
Michael Taylor Gray, PRETTY
Blake Hammond, THEN WE GOT HELP!
Jim Holdridge, BANDWAGON
Robert Maffia, FUMBLING THRU THE PIECES
Andy Long, GREGORY WAY TV

BEST WRITING (COMEDY)
Jane Espenson & Brad Bell, HUSBANDS
Tom Gregory & Marc Dauer, GREGORY WAY TV
Camilla Rantsen & Karri Bowman, BANDWAGON
Steve Silverman, PRETTY
Julie A. Smith & Donna Hurst, FUMBLING THRU THE PIECES
Jason Vitteri-Lewis, TRAILER MADE

BEST DIRECTING (COMEDY)
Karri Bowman & Ahmed Best, BANDWAGON
Henryk Cymerman & Tim Russ, BLOOMERS
Andrew Long, GREGORY WAY TV
J.D. Mata, 40 IS THE NEW 30
Steve Silverman, PRETTY
Frederick Snyder, SOLO: The Series 

BEST ENSEMBLE (COMEDY)
BANDWAGON
FUMBLING THRU THE PIECES
GREGORY WAY TV
PRETTY
THEN WE GOT HELP!
TRAILER MADE

BEST GUEST APPEARANCE (COMEDY)
Bradford Anderson, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CUPID AND EROS
Anthony Anderson, PRETTY
Joan Van Ark, PRETTY

Sam MacMurray, THEN WE GOT HELP!
Rae Allen, VAMPIRE MOB
Marie Wilson, WORKSHOP

BEST USE OF MUSIC (ALL SHOWS)
BANDWAGON
MISS BEHAVE
OUT WITH DAD
PRETTY
RAGGED ISLE
VENICE

BEST CROSSOVER (ALL SHOWS)
Afton Boggiano, THE BAY ("Far From The Bay")/EMPIRE
Mary Beth Evans, PRETTY/THE BAY
Michael O'Leary, THE BAY ("Far From The Bay")/STEAMBOAT

THE MIKADO PROJECT- now on DVD!

We are pleased to announce the release of the feature film, THE MIKADO PROJECT, on DVD, now available exclusively on AMAZON.

THE MIKADO PROJECT, which stars TAMLYN TOMITA (GLEE, Joy Luck Club, Tekken), RIZWAN MANJI (Outsourced, Better Off Ted), GERALD MCCULLOUCH (CSI, Bear City), DAVID MCINNIS (Never Forever, Typhoon), ALLEN C. LIU (FLOWER DRUM SONG Broadway Revival, Pushing Daisies), YURI TAG (America's Best Dance Crew's KABBA MODERN), ERIN QUILL (Original Broadway Cast of Avenue Q, The 2 - 2), FREDA FOH SHEN (Mulan), RAYMOND J. LEE (Broadway Cast of Anything Goes, Momma Mia) and RYUN YU (Kissing Cousin) - looks at a struggling Asian American theater company who grapple with mounting a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado", to get their NEA Grant and save the company.

Based on an original play by Ken Narasaki and Doris Baizley, and adapted for the screen by Chil Kong, Erin Quill and Ryun Yu - THE MIKADO PROJECT deals with the humor of working with those you love, on a project you very well may hate. Directed by Chil Kong (LOST, HBO's Too Big To Fail, Crossing Over), who based the film on his experiences as an Artistic Director of Lodestone Theater Ensemble in Los Angeles.

"THE MIKADO PROJECT offers viewers a tender, mocking backstage look at the dynamics of community theater… One of the things that fascinate me while watching THE MIKADO PROJECT was how shrewdly Sullivan's music has been adapted to be used as incidental music in many scenes. The ensemble cast has strong appeal… Devout Savoyard fans need not worry about any scared cows being slaughtered. If anything, most will relish the chance to rethink The Mikado through a radically different lens." - Huffington Post

With behind the scenes excerpts, cut scenes, and interviews from the shoot, this DVD is destined to
be a collector's item for this fan favorite feature.

Learn more at www.themikadoproject.com or click through here to order your copy today:  

10.09.2011

PRETTY Season 3 Trailer

It's coming. Be prepared to get PRETTY all over again!

6.26.2011

What's Up with Velvet Candy?

As Michael Champagne might say "Well, it's been quite a year". Velvet Candy may not have been blogging about our many adventures in Tinsel Town, but we have been quite busy with PRETTY (promoting Season 2 and gearing up for Season 3) while making the festival rounds with RUBDOWN as well as high profile screenings of THE MIKADO PROJECT and wrapping up post-production on QWERTY. With no new projects on the horizon, Velvet Candy hopes to soon revisit some older projects that have been "in turnaround" for quite some time.

Meanwhile PRETTY has been continuing to get press coverage - including an article in EMMY magazine, another one in ABC SOAPS IN DEPTH and our second fun appearance on the KTLA Morning News. Web coverage has been non-stop thanks to the fine folks at We Love Soaps, Blog Talk Radio and Mingle Media TV - considering our last original episode premiered months ago - this is pretty big news. We expect the publicity wagon to get rolling again for Season 3 this fall. By the way, Season 3 is being funded entirely by the fervent PRETTY fanbase.
Meanwhile, RUBDOWN is the little short that just won't quit with screenings at Festivals like THE TORIN GLBT FILM FESTIVAL, THE BOSTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL, NEW ZEALAND OUTTAKES and THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST. There may be a few more on the horizon before this baby is through.
Hope to have more Velvet candy news soon!

1.23.2011

PRETTY Awards and Press Update

The PRETTY News just seems to be coming faster that we can report it these days. The other night while we celebrating the second season finale we got word that we WON 5 Indie Intertube Awards. Here's our winners:
  • Best Comedy - tied with SQUATTERS
  • Stacy McQueen - Best Actress
  • Sam Pancake - Best Actor
  • "Gumdrop the Unicorn" - Best Theme Song (Music by Bret Silverman, Lyrics by Steve Silverman)
  • Michael Taylor Gray - Best Supporting Actor
And then the next day we woke up to this:
And this:
 And this...
More news coming soon!

1.13.2011

More PRETTY Award Nominations!

SEVEN INDIE SOAP AWARD NOMINATIONS!!!



INDIE SOAP OF THE YEAR
8.13
ANYONE BUT ME
CELESTE BRIGHT
CELL
DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM
MISS BEHAVE
PRETTY
THE BEST FRIEND


OUSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
Anthony Anderson, ANACOSTIA
Danny Cameron, CELL
Michael Park, GOTHAM
Nick Mathews, IN BETWEEN MEN
Will Conlon, OUT WITH DAD
Trevor Nelson, MISS BEHAVE
Sam Pancake, PRETTY
Camden Toy, THE BAY

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
Chante Bowser, ANACOSTIA
Nicole Pacent, ANYONE BUT ME
Valery Ortiz, DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM
Kathryn Neville Brown, EMPIRE
Kirsten Vangsness, PRETTY
Kim Zimmer, STEAMBOAT
Pat Ruton, TRAILER MADE
Nadia Bjorlin, VENICE
Hillary B. Smith, VENICE

OUTSTANDING WRITINGSusan Miller & Tina Cesa Ward, ANYONE BUT ME
Anthony Anderson, ANACOSTIA
Sonya Steele, CELESTE BRIGHT
Mark Gardner, CELL
Cheryl L. West, DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM
Greg Turner & Brian Hewson, EMPIRE
Susan Bernhardt, MISS BEHAVE
Jason Leaver, OUT WITH DAD
Steve Silverman, PRETTY

OUTSTANDING DIRECTINGTina Cesa Ward, ANYONE BUT ME
Gregori J. Martin, THE BAY
Robert Townsend, DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM
Mark Gardner, CELL
Scott Brown, ASYLUM
Jason Leaver, OUT WITH DAD
Steve Silverman, PRETTY

BEST STORYLINE
ANACOSTIA: Mia copes with the aftermath of Michael's death
ANYONE BUT ME: Sophie's sexual questioning
DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM: Bo tries to go back to work
EMPIRE: Theodora takes over Empire
MISS BEHAVE: Tori's blackout
PRETTY: Rabina's pregnancy
THE BAY: Igor's revenge
VENICE: Gina helps The Colonel after his stroke

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
ANACOSTIA
ANYONE BUT ME
IN BETWEEN MEN
ORANGE JUICE IN BISHOP'S GARDEN
PRETTY
STEAMBOAT
THE BAY
VENICE

1.02.2011

PRETTY News: DEEP DISH, INDIE INTERTUBE and iTunes

Deep Dish has named PRETTY  

  • Best Comedy of 2010! 
  • Stacy McQueen - Best Actress! 
  • Michael/Ribina/Ethan - Best Triangle
  • Sam Pancake - Runner-Up, Best Actor 
  • Dee Freeman - Runner Up, Best Supporting Actress


Indie Intertube has nominated PRETTY for 9 Web Awards: 
  • Best Comedy
  • Steve Silverman - Best Writing
  • Stacy McQueen - Best Actress
  • Sam Pancake - Best Actor
  • Steve Silverman/Nicole Opyr - Best Promo
  • "Gumdrop the Unicorn" - Best Theme Song
  • Michael Taylor Gray - Best Supporting Actor
  • Kirsten Vangsness - Best Supporting Actress
  • Audience Favorite!

All 7 versions of Bret Silverman's "Gumdrop the Unicorn" are now available for download on iTunes