via press release:
Award-Winning Hiscox Series Leap Year Debuts Second Season New Season of the Original and Acclaimed Silicon Valley Startup Series Premieres Today Featuring Special Guest Star Eliza Dushku NEW YORK, June 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hiscox, the first insurer in the U.S. to offer small business insurance direct, online and in real time, today debuts the first of ten new episodes of Leap Year on http://leapyear.hiscoxusa.com/ Hulu(TM) and Hulu Plus. The award-winning scripted series follows the founders of startup C3D as they scramble to build and launch their "Skype(TM) with holograms" technology. On the way they are challenged by a suspicious series of setbacks that threaten their personal and professional futures. Produced for Hiscox in collaboration with CJP Digital Media and Happy Little Guillotine Films and written by Vlad & Yuri Baranovsky, Leap Year season two begins six months after friends and former co-workers Aaron Morrison (Yuri Baranovsky), Bryn Arbor (Alexis Boozer), Derek Morrison (Wilson Cleveland), Olivia Reddox (Daniela DiIorio) and Jack Sather (Drew Lanning) have won half a million dollars to fund their "Skype with holograms" startup, C3D. Dushku, who appears in a three-episode arc as "hacker in heels" 'June Pepper,' will be joined by fellow season two guest stars Steven Weber, Emma Caulfield, Scandal's Joshua Malina, Julie Warner reprising her season one role as Derek's attorney 'Josie Lanning' and Craig Bierko who returns for two episodes as the fiendish 'Andy Corvell.' Leap Year's sophomore season also features cameo appearances by prominent members of the tech community including What's Trending host Shira Lazar, Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian, TechStars NYC Managing Director David Tisch, Rachel Sklar, Ben Parr and Shelby.tv Founder Reece Pacheco. "The second season of Leap Year is even bigger and better than the first. Starting up can be exhilarating and exhausting and we wanted to share some of the insights, struggles and triumphs our small business customers experience every day," said Kevin Kerridge, small business insurance expert at Hiscox. Leap Year, which recently won four Telly Awards, including a Silver Telly for Comedy, and the Banff World Media award for Best Branded Entertainment, is part of a suite of content put together by Hiscox for startups and established small businesses. This includes new episodes of Leap Year's companion series, My Startup Story featuring interviews with Joe Fernandez (Klout), Burt Herman (Storify), Alex Ljung (SoundCloud), Steve Jang (Soundtracking), Brett Martin (Sonar), Bart Stein (Stamped) and Randy Shiozaki (TV Plus) discussing how they turned their ideas into success and what advice they have for others starting up today. New episodes of Leap Year launch every Monday at http://leapyear.hiscoxusa.com/, on the free, ad-supported Hulu (http://www.hulu.com/leap-year) and Hulu Plus subscription service. The complete first season is available on http://leapyear.hiscoxusa.com/, the Leap Year YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/theleapyeartv), Amazon Instant(TM) (http://bit.ly/lys1amazon), Mashable(TM) and for download on iTunes(TM) (http://bit.ly/lyitunes). To learn more about Hiscox small business insurance, including general liability insurance, professional liability insurance, visit http://www.hiscoxusa.com/small-business-insurance/ or speak with a Hiscox licensed advisor at (888) 202-3007 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-- 10:00 PM EST).