via press release:
SYFY GREENLIGHTS MONSTER MAN TO SERIES
Six-Episodes Order From Gurney Productions Goes Behind the Scenes of Famed Monster Prop Workshop
NEW YORK – July 15, 2011 – Syfy is expanding its slate of original reality programming by greenlighting Monster Man, a docuseries about a quirky Hollywood creature-making family, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions.
Six one-hour episodes have been ordered from Gurney Productions, the team behind Syfy’s exciting new series Haunted Collector.
Monster Man goes behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s most respected monster prop building workshops. For more than thirty years, when studios want a bizarre creature or out-of-this world alien, they’ve turned to Cleve Hall and his very unique family business. Only the horrifying monsters they build match the craziness of this highly dysfunctional, extremely talented family.
“We are entering the creative world of a very eccentric, artistic family,” said Mark Stern. “Cleve and his team will give our viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring monster props, puppets and costume pieces to life. But they’re also a family business, so the unusual dynamic between them is half the fun.”
Cleve Hall has been in the prop design game since he was a teenager. Monsters are his specialty, which fits the personality of a man who dresses in all black and drives a hearse. Hall has created masterpieces for countless B-movies and big budget flicks for Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Warner Bros and Disney, including favorites Ed Wood and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Hall has also lent his talent to numerous television programs including Yo Gabba Gabba, for which he received an Emmy nomination. Additionally, he has worked with rock bands including KISS, creating Gene Simmons’ Demon Armor, as well as Insane Clown Posse, Alice Cooper, Tenacious D and DEVO.
Monster Man follows Cleve Hall, his daughters Constance and Elora Hall, his ex-wife Sonja Maddox-Hall, best friends Roy Knyrim and Johnny Saiko, as well as office manager Cindy Miller. Executive Producers are Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney for Gurney Productions.
Production on Monster Man is slated to begin shooting in Los Angeles in July 2011 with an anticipated January 2012 debut.
About Gurney Productions
Established in 2005, Gurney Productions is a full-service television production company, supplying hundreds of hours of reality and factual based programming to major networks in the US and abroad, including shows for Discovery (Speed of Life, Shark Week specials), Syfy (Haunted Collector), Spike (Auction Hunters), Animal Planet (Wild Recon), ESPN, A&E, Travel, Versus and HDNET. Always at the forefront of new worlds and interesting characters, Gurney Productions continues to put out a diverse slate of content, from filmic recreations with intense story telling to compelling unscripted reality.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 99 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)