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  • Paquita Hughes Launches ‘Sugar the Web Series’

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    sugar web seriesIt is with great pride to announce the launch of Sugar the Web Series from one of our accomplished former students and military veteran, Paquita Hughes. The dramedy series tackles everything from the rise of health care and education costs to the expenses of the most basic necessities. In the pilot episode, Nikki wants to get her former coworker Terri (played by Terri London) into the “sugar baby” game in order to make some real money. For those of you who may not know, a “Sugar Baby” is a slang term for a young female or male who is financially pampered by an older, wealthier man or woman in exchange for companionship. Considering Terri is stuck with her mother’s hospice bills and Aunt’s utility bills after recently being laid off at a local restaurant, Terri hesitantly agrees to give it a shot.

    After being approached with the idea by a close friend, Paquita decided to develop Sugar as her thesis project. “The sex work industry has always been intriguing to me, not only as a female, but as a human,” says Paquita. “These women put themselves through experiences we can only hear about through stories and raw documentaries. I felt it was a topic that should be discussed amongst the masses. It’s a prevalent industry that has been around for ages, it’s recession proof and it will be here beyond the lives of many of the those reading this post. Why not explore this world and create a healthy dialogue between the people involved in the sex work industry and the community they thrive in. Education of this lifestyle will hopefully tear away at the negative appeal it gives off. It’s a cautionary tale tied into a woman’s journey into womanhood and discovery.”

    Thus far the production time put into Sugar has taken upwards of a year and change. Paquita hopes to eventually gain distribution from networks like Netflix or Hulu. She is currently taking meetings from investors to help fund the project and make her dream a reality. Her current campaign, while she shops the pilot around, is to gain as many YouTube subscribers as possible. If she reaches 10,000 subscribers, she can utilize the YouTube space in Los Angeles for free and keep all of the film locations local.

    “Seeing that the pilot is only the blueprint of what could be greater, I’m extremely happy with the results. I have a fine cast and a great story. It’s destined for greatness!”

    You can view the Sugar the Web Series‘ Pilot, trailer, and read all about the cast and crew on www.sugartheseries.com. Be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel and website for giveaways, updates and more!

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    October 3, 2014 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5712

  • Screenwriting Grads Not Playing Around at LA Web Fest

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    As most of us are well aware by now, the best way to break into the industry and have your vision seen is via the web. Two New York Film Academy Screenwriting graduates, Talya Adams and Kareem Brown, felt like they had a winner on their hands with their comedy web series, Just Playing with Jason. After entering it into the LA Web Fest, their intuition was correct. The series awarded Talya the prize of Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Web Show. Even the actors got in on the awards. Maleek Griffith won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Web Show and AC Sanford won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Web Show.

    Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Talya Adams grew up with a fascination for all things surrounding storytelling. Her continued love of the craft inspired her relocation to Los Angeles, California. In the two years she’s lived on the West Coast, Talya created and produced two web shows, including the award-winning Just Playing With Jason.

    Kareem Brown was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles, where he received an AFA in screenwriting at the New York Film Academy. Kareem has proven to be talented not in just film production, but in vocal singing as well. Since Kareem has moved to LA, he has produced three web series, two of which he wrote and acted in.

    This fall, the pair will roll out more original content on their Youtube Channel, Miss Adams and Mr. Brown TV, in the hopes of becoming one of the premier channels on the website.

    For now, you can watch the LA Web Fest award-winning web series, Just Playing with Jason, on Youtube.

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    August 4, 2014 • Screenwriting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4399

  • NYFA Acting Grad Produces Children’s Web Series

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    Since living in the states, British native Danielle Kronenberg has starred in over 10 independent films and is currently producing, directing, and acting in her own children’s web series. The New York Film Academy acting graduate put together the SAG-AFTRA approved web-series, How To Make, with hardly any budget. Now, she’s in talks with a children’s show to potentially pick up the project. “I think you have to create your own work and never stop,” says Kronenberg.

    While at the New York Film Academy, Danielle performed at The Player’s Club in the ensemble play Overtoneswhich was directed by the multi-talented NYFA Producing Chair Ron Tippe. “My year at NYFA was fantastic and something I looked forward to every single day. All of the teachers are outstanding in their fields, and the international office was always there with a helping hand. [Director of Acting Admissions] Roger DelPozo is a fountain of knowledge, mentor and guiding light.

    Danielle is currently co-writing an independent film that will be shot by NYFA Instructor, Piero Basso, later this June.

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