El Rey Network Announces Start of Production on First Unscripted Original: ‘Cutting Crew’
via press release:
EL REY NETWORK’S NEW, UNSCRIPTED ORIGINAL INTRODUCES A NEW BREED OF BARBERS
Production Begins This Week On Eight, Hour-Long Episodes from Big Vida Productions, Following the Antics and Edgy Artistry of Award-Winning Barber Amit Corso and His Ace Cutting Crew
New York – April 23, 2014 – El Rey Network today announced start of production on “Cutting Crew,” a new, unscripted original that explores the edgy artistry of a dynamic team of barbers who have made a name for themselves for thinking outside the stylist box. Produced by Big Vida Productions for El Rey Network, “Cutting Crew” is comprised of eight, hour-long installments and will premiere fall 2014.
Showcasing masterful motifs that are anything but ordinary, this group of creatives know how to make a statement. Whether they are executing a simple fade, an elaborate or memorable design, or they are shaving back hair into the shape of a Batman emblem, the passionate team of “scissor-happy” artistes use razors and clippers to get the job done. At the barbershop, there is a serious dedication to the craft, but there is nothing serious about the raucous crew that work for award-winning barber Amit Corso who opened his shop outside of Philadelphia in 2005 (after spending most of his young life tortured by his mother’s DIY haircuts).
Corso’s team of specialists include:
Dré Gonzalez, Amit’s right hand when things get busy and a barber who has been honing his scissory skills for over a decade, Dré is the entertainer in the group. He is like a little brother to Amit but has a few annoying habits – being tardy for one – and is known for pushing the staff’s buttons whenever the opportunity presents itself. Alex, a.k.a. “Controversy,” is a loud, outrageous former employee of Amit’s who is looking to get back into his good graces after leaving for a brief stint in Miami. Gabriel “Gaby” Rivera seems like the quiet one but is actually the resident instigator-he argues for the sake of arguing and using the commotion as a way of getting under the skin of his fellow cutters. Other members of the team include leading ladies: Destiny “Dessi” Bell, one of Corso’s barbering students starting a new life after serving in the Army; Caroline Winkler, apprenticing at the shop after failing to get along with the girls at cosmetology school: and Bryan Sanchez, a 22-year-old father of three who’s the jokester in the group, and revels in taking part in the high-jinks that keep the team on its toes.
And barbering isn’t the only thing going on at the shop– in between the fades and shaves, this band of barbers finds time to bicker, debate, joke around and cook up challenges that range from testing feats of strength to more juvenile endeavors that just give everyone a good chuckle. But in the end, it’s the camaraderie in this diverse group that is the heart of “Cutting Crew.”
“Cutting Crew” is produced by BIG VIDA Entertainment for El Rey Network. Executive Producers are: Sergio Alfaro, Flavio Morales, John Ehrhard and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.