New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, Calif. – December 3, 2015 – Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, in partnership with Emmy-nominated 44 Blue Productions today announced ‘Hard Corps’ (working title)(8x30) has been greenlit by Fuse. The network will add the new series to its slate of programs with Hiram Garcia serving as an executive producer for Seven Bucks Productions and Rasha Drachkovitch as the executive producer for 44 Blue Productions.
‘Hard Corps’ is a high octane docu-soap set in the competitive world of Drum Corps International. This cadence is set as the series follows two all-star teams, one in Pennsylviania and one in Northern California, who for the last 20 years, have been battling it out for the championship. Eat, sleep, band - repeat! Production began in November at locations throughout the United States as cameras capture the excitement, struggle and dedication of marching music’s major league. The series will culminate at the world championships in Indianapolis, Ind. August 2016.
"The entertainers have incredible tenacity, drive and a hard core commitment to excellence. Viewers will be on the edge of their seats seeing who comes out on top," noted Johnson. “At Seven Bucks we are passionate about shining a light on the hardworking and the talented. This group of performers fall into both of those categories," said Garcia.
Said Fuse Media President Bill Hilary, “The energy and competitive edge of Drum Corps is the perfect backdrop to celebrate music and performance with our rapidly expanding audience of culturally diverse New Young Americans.” He added, “’Band on the run’ will have a whole new meaning once ‘Hard Corps’ hits our air. We look forward to working with Seven Bucks Productions and 44 Blue Productions on this series.”
‘Hard Corps’ will showcase the exciting intersection of music and sports,” said Rasha Drachkovitch, executive producer and co-founder/CEO of 44 Blue Productions. “With the complex routines and high stakes pressure of competition, this series is part ‘Bring It’ and part ‘Hard Knocks’ – with the intensity of ‘Whiplash’ -- it will be sure to entertain and inspire.”
About Seven Bucks Productions
Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, and emerging technologies. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling, and passion.
Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate including tent-pole movies such as Universal’s The Janson Directive , New Line Cinema’s Shazam, and DreamWorks’ Alpha Squad Seven . The company also produces original television programming including HBO’s highly rated comedy series Ballers, Spike TV’s Rock the Troops (2016), TNT’s Wake Up Call and HBO Documentaries’ Rock and a Hard Place (2016).
In 1995, Johnson started his career in entertainment with just $7 in his pocket and has since become one of the world’s top-grossing actors with global box office revenue exceeding $5 billion. Garcia began her career in finance with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith before founding a private wealth management firm and most recently, her talent and media firm, The Garcia Companies. Garcia and Johnson combine their creativity and experience to develop high quality entertainment to inspire audiences around the world.
About 44 Blue Productions
44 Blue Productions is an award-winning producer of non-fiction and unscripted programming, whose series have aired on more than a dozen domestic television networks and in more than 120 countries worldwide. Founded by Rasha and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, 44 Blue’s impressive slate of groundbreaking series includes A&E’s Emmy® nominated series Wahlburgers, as well as A&E’s top-rated new series Donnie Loves Jenny and Nightwatch; MSNBC’S critically acclaimed Lockup and its spinoff series Lockup: Raw, Lockup: World Tour and Life After Lockup; Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls & Parolees; BET/Centric’s upcoming According to Alex, Style’s Emmy® nominated Split Ends, Spike’s Deadliest Warrior and OWN’s Gracie Award winning Married to the Army: Alaska. 44 Blue’s current slate includes projects with high-profile talent including Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Dick Wolf, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg and others. 44 Blue is represented by the William Morris Endeavor Agency.
Fuse (www.fuse.tv) is a national television network for the wide-ranging tastes and attitudes of the fast-growing, multicultural and Latino 18-34 audience. The network re-launched September 30, 2015, expanding beyond music with original programming that reflects a new attitude that is sexy, edgy, relevant and honest. Fuse is currently available in more than 70 million households, and reaches consumers across multiple other platforms, from video on demand to online, mobile, social media and live events.
# # #
Stephanie Jones Diane Castro Matt Biscuiti Megan Haverland
JONESWORKS Fuse Media The Lippin Group Beck Media- 44 Blue
(212) 839-0111 (323) 317-9521 (212) 986-7080 (701) 640-1173