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An animated comedy web series, starring Jonathan Katz, about a man on death row and Weight Watchers.

Jonathan Katz is best known for playing the title character on TV's Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, a role for which he won an Emmy.

Jonathan and animator Mike Salva made an animated short called Death Row Diet. In it, Jonathan played a man on death row and Weight Watchers, where he consults with his lawyer (played by Tom Leopold). The cartoon was a big hit at film festivals and won a lot of awards.

Now it's being expanded into an animated series about the main character's life in prison. (Try to think of it as being like The Shawshank Redemption, only with more laughs and less crawling through sewer pipes.)

The production had a funding source. A lot of funny scripts have been written. But as of a few weeks ago, a change in plans from the funding source caused the production of Death Row Diet to be put on hold indefinitely.

We want to make you laugh, so we're gonna do it anyway!

What We Need & What You Get 

A lot of people are generously offering their time & talent to this project for free, but the realities are, some aspects of this production will cost money. For example, we are using some performers from the Screen Actors Guild, and certain fees have to be paid. The dialogue will be recorded in professional recording studios. And so on.

Perks include digital downloads of the episodes, DVDs signed by Jonathan Katz, associate producer credits, and a lot more! Get your name on IMDB like all the other big-time showbiz sleazebags! The director and a voice actor will even come to your house to clean your bathroom, and will probably say funny things while they are there!

The number of cartoons we make will depend on the amount we are able to raise! If we exceed our goal, we can make more episodes!

Okay, Once the Money's Raised, Then What?

Your contributions will make a big difference! Every penny counts and helps make this series possible.

  • We will make the cartoon series available on the web, including at the web site www.DeathRowDiet.com. (But not for download. Cartoon downloads is one of the rewards of contributing!)
  • We will try to get Death Row Diet season 1 into film festivals, or on streaming sites like Hulu and Netflix.
  • We also want to generate interest from larger production entities to make longer episodes for television!

Other Ways You Can Help

Whether or not you can contribute, you can also help us by sharing this project on your social networks! Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or whatever it is that you crazy kids use nowadays. Make a lot of noise!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest risk we have in this project would be to not get the adequate funding to create the series.

The only challenge is in raising the funds. A lot of good people are donating their time and talents to make this project happen, but certain expenses simply cannot be avoided.

We are hoping that the funding goal will be exceeded, so we can make more episodes. We have a lot of great scripts, and the well won't run dry!

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    OUR GRATITUDE & EMAIL UPDATES! Thanks for your help! You play a very important part. For your $10 contribution, we will send you email updates and possibly the occasional video of something silly.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOADS! The first season of Death Row Diet cartoons will be available to you as a digital download, when completed. The date of availability will depend on the number of episodes we make. (Plus, the email updates.)

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    ATTEND A SCREENING OF THE CARTOONS IN NASHVILLE! We will choose a venue in the Nashville area, where we will screen all of the episodes of Season 1 of Death Row Diet BEFORE THEY ARE SEEN BY THE PUBLIC. As an added bonus, a few comedians (writers on Death Row Diet) will be there to say funny things, director Mike Salva will be there to answer nosy little questions, and perhaps we can even convince Sean Parrott to do a funny song or two! You will also receive a voucher for a beverage. This will take place in the Nashville, TN area (so if you live in Billings, MT, the cost of getting here is on you). Ya'll come now, y'hear? (Don't expect any of your hosts to have southern accents, though; we're all from New York and New Jersey).

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    'SPECIAL THANKS' CREDIT - You will receive a 'special thanks' credit on every episode of Death Row Diet season 1. Impress those friends of yours who actually watch the credits! The special thanks credits will be submitted to IMDB. Make sure you let us know how to spell your name, and if you are already listed on IMDB. (Plus, the digital downloads and email updates.)

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    DVD COPY OF SEASON 1 - You will receive a DVD with all the Death Row Diet season 1 episodes, plus any other goofy videos that we're able to throw in. (Plus, the digital downloads and email updates.)

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    DVD COPY OF SEASON 1 SIGNED BY JONATHAN KATZ! The DVD with all the season 1 Death Row Diet cartoons, personally signed by the star, comedian Jonathan Katz! (Plus, the digital downloads and email updates.)

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    MERCH! (T-SHIRT & COFFEE MUG) - A t-shirt and coffee mug, both bearing the Death Row Diet logo. The shirt will be orange, just like the jailhouse uniforms! Somewhere along the way, we will need your shirt size. (Plus, the digital downloads and email updates.)

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT - You will receive an Associate Producer credit on every episode of Death Row Diet season 1. Earn the love from those who are impressed by seedy producer-types! The Associate Producer credits will be submitted to IMDB. Make sure you let us know how to spell your name, and if you are already listed on IMDB. (Plus, the digital downloads and email updates.)

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    A PHOTO OF YOU IN THE CARTOON - A photo of you, submitted by you, will appear somewhere in the cartoon. Sometimes real photos will appear in the cartoon (like the one of the Rosenbergs on Jon's wall), and yours may be on the mantle of an inmate, or perhaps the warden's desk. (We'll have to deal with a release form, of course, and we reserve the right to turn it down and ask for another photo if you give us something smart-alecky. You crazy kids.) (Plus, the digital downloads, special thanks credit, and email updates.)

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    A CHARACTER NAMED AFTER YOU - We will name a character in one of the episodes after you. The majority of the characters will be men, but hey, if you're a woman, we'll figure something out! (Plus, the digital downloads, special thanks credit, and email updates.)

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    BE AN INMATE - We will draw a cartoon character based on your likeness, wearing a prison uniform, and put that character in a scene in one of the episodes. Maybe you'll be an extra on the chow line, or in the prison yard. We will also provide you with a high-quality still of your scene from the cartoon! (Plus, the digital downloads, special thanks credit, and email updates.)

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    A SPEAKING PART - A brief speaking part in an episode of Death Row Diet. It will be at least a full sentence or two. Your name will appear as a voice actor in the credits, and will be submitted to IMDB. Make sure you let us know how to spell your name, and if you are already listed on IMDB. Note: you must live within a reasonable driving distance to a recording studio, where we can make arrangements to have you record your lines. We'll figure it out. (Plus, the digital downloads, merch and email updates.)

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    WE WILL CLEAN YOUR BATHROOM! Writer/Comedian Sean Parrott and Producer/Director Mike Salva will come to your house and clean your bathroom. They will probably say something funny while they are there. Make sure you get that bathroom extra filthy before they arrive! Anywhere in the United States (excluding Hawaii) or Canada. (Plus, the Associate Producer credit, merch, digital downloads, signed DVD, and email updates.)

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