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Next (a new web series): The women who run a Silicon Valley start-up confront their worst fears - without a net.

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***UPDATE: STRETCH GOAL*** 

We are so thrilled that we met our Kickstarter goal! Because the story is hitting home with so many, we want to make our series even better. So we have a new goal of $7,500. Meeting this goal will help us to fund an extra day of filming. YOU the viewer will get a better experience if we can give you a better quality series. Tell your friends!

The Story:

Connext, Inc. is a Silicon Valley tech company run by women. They are every bit as smart, savvy, and competitive as their male-run rivals, only more compassionate and communicative. 

Or are they? 

At a pivotal moment in the company's development, the CEO takes the company on a retreat led by the famed "Start-up Whisperer" in order to bring the company and their product (the personal assistant device "Yes, Dear") to the next level. Only the retreat has more in store for them than they realize.

What could possibly go wrong? 

"Next" takes a page from our current reality (living near Silicon Valley), a page from virtual reality (our need to connect to our devices), and a few unexpected twists, mixing them up to create an exciting, poignant, funny, moving series about what happens when ordinary people get thrown into extraordinary circumstances.

The Project:

A tech company run by women. What a novel idea! Why is it so rare to find ambitious, smart, talented women running their own successful technology businesses? Come to think of it, why is it so rare to find ambitious, smart, talented women creating their own films and webseries? This is the question that is driving all of us, the creators of NEXT (the series). 

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has found that in prime time drama series, 59.7% of the characters represented are men, while only 40.3% are women. In children's programming, the results are even more surprising: 69.5% of characters in shows for children are male, while only 30.5% are female.

We want to change this. We want to present an intriguing, exciting series written, directed, and produced by women, about a successful company founded and run by women. We believe the time has come, and we think YOU believe the time has come. Join us as we create the NEXT big thing.

The Team:

Lisa-Marie Newton, Executive Producer
Lisa-Marie Newton, Executive Producer

Lisa-Marie Newton has been studying at Seydways Acting Studios since 2004. In film, Lisa-Marie has been seen in Weekend King, Roxie, and The Last. Onstage, she has received 3 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nominations, for Meredith in Bat Boy at Foothill Music Theatre, for Diana in Next to Normal at Custom Made Theatre, and won the award for Best Actress in a Featured Role for Sara Jane Moore in Assassins at Ray of Light Theatre. This is her first time stepping into an Executive Producer role, and she is ready for the challenge!

Taylor Brock, Executive Producer
Taylor Brock, Executive Producer

Taylor Brock has performed in several roles on Film and T.V. including Criminal MindsThe Bold and the Beautiful,and Exit Stage Left. In theatre, Taylor most recently produced and acted in the BATCC nominated play, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and performed in shows at The Geffen Playhouse, Playhouse West, Actors Playpen and many others. She has studied acting for many years with Richard Seyd among a multitude of other instructors. Taylor is excited to be producing and acting in a web series.

Anne Hallinan, Executive Producer
Anne Hallinan, Executive Producer

 Anne Hallinan has been studying at Seydways Acting Studios since 2005. In film, she can be seen in White Rabbit, The Boy Who Cried, and Rubicon's Broken. On stage, she has performed with Cutting Ball Theater, Shotgun Players, El Teatro Campesino, Stanford Repertory and Boxcar theaters, among others, and was a company member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and Woman's Will. She was nominated for a Shellie Award for Best Actress as "Ma" in Torch Song Trilogy with theatre Q. Having produced, just once, for stage, she is looking forward to working with Lisa, Taylor, Serena and Andrew and the other wonderful Seydways actors to make this series.

Serena Shulman, Writer, Director, Line Producer
Serena Shulman, Writer, Director, Line Producer

Serena Shulman is the writer, director, and producer of The Ten Plagues which premiered and won for Best New Film at the Scary Cow Film Festival. The film also won Outstanding Award in five categories: writing, directing, acting, editing, and musical score. Previously, Serena assisted on the production of the web series, The Push Hard Inn. She coaches writing for young students with 826 Valencia and is launching the Young Storytellers Foundation’s inaugural screenwriting program in San Francisco.

Andrew Callaway, Director of Photography
Andrew Callaway, Director of Photography

How You Can Get Involved:

Donate here! We have thank you gifts. We will be forever in your debt.

Like us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NEXTwebseries 

Follow us on Twitter: @NEXTWebseries

Get updates about the series, including teaser clips and outtakes as we film.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS! The more the merrier. Get connected!

Risks and challenges

We, the executive producers have quite a bit of theatre, film and T.V. experience amongst us. Collectively, we’ve never produced a web series, however we are all smart and determined women who are carefully researching every step. We know that bringing the right people on board is one of the key’s to success, so we are working with the vibrant, energetic, and experienced Serena Shulman, writer, director, and line producer, along with Andrew Callaway, a rock-star director of photography. Serena just completed a very successful Kickstarter-funded project of her own called The Ten Plagues.

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