Welcome to the Christmas episode of PODCAST FROM AMERICA, with my special guest Mark Gantt, a talented actor/writer/producer/director, who I was lucky enough to speak to at the beginning of October. You can listen to the show via iTunes by clicking this link.
I’ve been following Mark’s career with interest since I met him on the set of Sony’s The Bannen Way, just over a year ago. He and his Bannen co-creator, Jesse Warren, were on day 18 of a 19-day shoot at the Lacy Street Studios in east LA, filming their ground-breaking high-production value web series, about a gangster who wants to go straight.
I blogged at the time that ‘Hollywood’s future was in Bannen’s hands‘, and after the series scored more than 14 million hits, and went on to be sold as a feature on DVD, I think they ably demonstrated that well-produced, original web shows can have clout. Their model is very new, but proves that there is another viable way that talented actors, producers and directors, who might otherwise not get the chance, can showcase their talents.
Mark’s now an authority on making shows on the web, and runs a kick-ass course on the subject – find out more at www.ganttworkshops.com.
He also has a host of projects coming up, including the episode of Suite 7 that he directed, starring Eddie McClintock and Jaime Murray, which is out now.
Inside Acting Podcast With Bannen Way's Mark Gantt
In Episode 28, Trev and AJ chat about what's been keeping them (very) busy, answer a listener voicemail, and talk about the casting process before jumping into Part 1 of a majorly kickass interview with actor/writer/director/producer — and co-creator of award-winning webseries (and now feature-length film) The Bannen Way — Mark Gantt. Total running time: 53:15.
Quick-clicks-Voltaggio-bros-BANNEN-Scream-Queens-Guild-DVD by Marc Hustvedt on December 30th, 2009
The Bannen Way continues to drum up anticipation with their latest promo video out today. This time it’s all about co-creator Mark Gantt who stars as protag Neal Bannen, aka “The Man.” We are still wondering just what kind of “research” went into this role… [Crackle]
Winner of 4 Streamy Awards® Including “Best Drama Web Series” THE BANNEN WAY Thrilling and Sexy Feature-Length Movie from the Original Crackle Series Debuts on DVD July 20th May 25, 2010
Culver City, Calif. (May 25, 2010) – Experience non-stop action when the exhilarating feature-length movie from Crackle’s highly acclaimed online series The Bannen Way comes to DVD July 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The series stars Mark Gantt (“Ocean’s Eleven”), Daytime Emmy® Award Winner Vanessa Marcil (TV’s “Las Vegas”), Gabriel Tigerman (TV’s “Supernatural”), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation), Academy-Award® nominee Robert Forster* (Jackie Brown), and special guest star, Academy-Award® nominee Michael Lerner** (A Serious Man). The DVD contains the all-new movie version of the series as well as six exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes.
CULVER CITY, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- THE BANNEN WAY, the sexy, fast-paced web series from Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment's online video network, garnered the most wins of any nominated network or production company at the 2nd Annual Streamy Awards, which honor excellence in original web television programming. THE BANNEN WAY won a total of four awards, including "Best Drama Web Series," emerging as the most honored program for the evening. Winners were announced by the International Academy of Web Television on Sunday, April 11th at a ceremony held at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Streamy Awards won by THE BANNEN WAY, which has surpassed 13 million views on Crackle.com, include:
Best Drama Web Series
Best Male Actor in a Drama Web Series - Mark Gantt
Best Directing for a Drama Web Series - Jesse Warren
Crackle.com Garners Most Streamy Award Nominations for a Video Network or Production Company
'The Bannen Way' Surpasses 13 Million Views and Collects Most Nominations For Any Series
CULVER CITY, Calif., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Crackle.com, Sony Picture Entertainment's online video network, today received 13 nominations, the most nominations for any network or production company for the 2nd Annual Streamy Awards, honoring excellence in original web television programming.
Crackle's THE BANNEN WAY, ANGEL OF DEATH, WOKE UP DEAD and MOMMY XXX received a combined total of 13 nominations. THE BANNEN WAY, which has surpassed 13 million views on Crackle.com, received a total of seven nominations, including Best New Web Series and Best New Drama Series, the most for any show. The winners will be announced by the International Academy of Web Television on April 7th and April 11th at two separate ceremonies in Hollywood, CA.