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The RICH & the RUTHLESS, a hilarious behind the scenes prime time pilot exposing ALL the dirty soap suds. Think SOAP DISH x THE OFFICE. Read more

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The RICH & the RUTHLESS, a hilarious behind the scenes prime time pilot exposing ALL the dirty soap suds. Think SOAP DISH x THE OFFICE.

About this project

The Rich and the Ruthless is a sit com that delves into the soapalicous swirl but oh, so real, gritty reality of the soap opera biz, The world is filled with Executives, and Actors all doing WHATEVER it takes to keep the show on air and maintaining the excessive lifestyle THEY ALL have grown accustom to.

The show is centered around the iconic Soap Opera, The Rich and The Ruthless. The man behind the show is Augustus Barringer, He is as brilliant as he is cut throat which allowed him to build the show up from nothing to the Soap Opera empire it is today. He is surrounded by his twin children angling for money and power, and underling Executive angling for his own slice of power. But the real circus of the show involves the colorful cast of "actors" on the soap that may be more spoiled, more ruthless, and more calculating than the executives.

If you think the story lines on soap operas are crazy, the stories behind the camera are on another level! Alien abduction, people returning from the dead, black market smuggling, just to name a few of the things that happen involving The Rich and The Ruthless. If you are looking for train wreck drama that will keep you laughing and riveted, The Rich and The Ruthless is that show.

Risks and challenges

In production, the major key to successfully completing a project is preparation. Everything from budgeting to scheduling must be prepared and planned to the tiniest detail. This is where experience comes into play. The more projects you have completed (or “in the can” as we like to say in the biz), the more solutions and contingency plans are built into your mental production mainframe. In other words, with experience comes wisdom and with wisdom comes success.

We will, of course, take all of the standard production precautions including but not limited to: procuring production insurance, budgeting contingency reserves, securing back-up actors should any actor become unavailable, and noting secondary vendors to provide any additional equipment, goods or services we might need prior to and during production. Unfortunately, in production, you cannot predict what challenges or set-backs you may face, the only thing you can do is be prepared and committed as a team to do whatever it takes to see the project to successful completion.

With that said, another major way we are mitigating risks is by building a production team that boasts decades of experience in film and television and that is also knowledgable and experienced in new media. This combination of classic know-how and cutting edge skill will allow our production team to face any challenge and overcome it to produce a quality project that audiences will be anxious to see and support. We are an amalgamation of proven talent and we are confident that, collectively, we have all the skills, contacts and resources necessary to complete our project.

We have a unique opportunity to provide a fun, colorful and unique story to a loyal legion of soap opera fans and followers. We will tap into their hearts with familiar faces from daytime, primetime and the big screen while spinning comedic tales of seduction, heartbreak and intrigue -- all of their favorites soap opera themes! So, please, help us get it done!!!

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    Our sincere thanks, posted on Facebook and Twitter. Plus exclusive backer updates throughout production.

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    30 backers

    Our thanks posted on Facebook and Twitter, exclusive backer updates, plus you’ll receive a PDF of the shooting script after the pilot’s been shot. An expensive looking ball point pen, the kind Augustus uses to make shady deals with that will have the logo of The Rich and The Ruthless on it.

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    27 backers

    Our thanks, updates, PDF of script, plus a personalized autographed copy of the book the script was based on, “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva”. A coffee cup with the logo of the show on it.

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    Everything listed above, plus a copy of the sequel to “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva”, “The Young and the Ruthless.” A T-shirt(S-XL) with the logo of the show on it.

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    Everything listed above, plus an autographed copy of Victoria’s memoir “The Women Who Raised Me” on your choice of paperback or audiobook.

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    Everything listed above, plus autographed cast photo from the shoot.

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    1 backer

    Everything listed above, plus commemorative, cast-signed hard copy of the shooting script. A personal thank you from Victoria stating your name on Instagram video.

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    You’ll get our thanks, updates, PDF, personalized autographed copies of Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, The Young and the Ruthless, and The Women Who Raised Me, autographed cast photo and cast-signed script, PLUS your name will be in the credits and featured on a special Thank You page on the official ‘Young and the Ruthless’ website.

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    You’ll get our thanks, updates, PDF, personalized autographed copies of Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, The Young and the Ruthless, and The Women Who Raised Me, autographed cast photo and cast-signed script, PLUS you can visit the set for a day. Meet the cast and get a behind-the-scenes view of the sudsy soap shoot. Please note travel and lodging not included. A photo-op with Victoria Rowell.

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    You’ll get our thanks, updates, PDF, personalized autographed copies of Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, The Young and the Ruthless, and The Women Who Raised Me, autographed cast photo and cast-signed script, PLUS you and a friend can visit the set for a day. Meet the cast and get a behind-the-scenes view of the sudsy soap shoot. Have lunch with the cast and crew on set. Please note travel and lodging not included.

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    You’ll get our thanks, updates, PDF, personalized autographed copies of Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, The Young and the Ruthless, and The Women Who Raised Me, autographed cast photo and cast-signed script, name in credits and on site, PLUS Name a soap character! Use your name or friend or family member’s name if preferred (with their permission!) and it will be used in the pilot! We guarantee your soap character’s name will make final cut.

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    You’ll get our thanks, updates, PDF, personalized autographed copies of Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, The Young and the Ruthless, and The Women Who Raised Me, autographed cast photo and cast-signed script, PLUS be a featured background extra in the pilot! Spend the day on set, meet the cast and shoot scenes with your favorite soap stars. We’ll do our best to feature our Kickstarter extras but we can’t promise everyone will make the final cut. Please note travel and lodging not included.

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    You’ll get our thanks, updates, PDF, personalized autographed copies of Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, The Young and the Ruthless, and The Women Who Raised Me, autographed cast photo and cast-signed script, PLUS have a speaking role in the pilot! Spend the day on set, meet the cast and shoot a speaking scene with your favorite soap stars. We’ll do our best to feature our Kickstarter actors but we can’t promise everyone will make the final cut. Please note travel and lodging not included.

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Funding period

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