Media Rights Capital
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Media Rights Capital II LP is an American independent film, television and digital studio founded by Mordecai Wiczyk and Asif Satchu. MRC specializes in the creation of premium content. It has full in-house physical production, legal, finance and sales teams, and a complete marketing infrastructure. MRC has distributed its films through every major domestic and international distributor in the industry.citation needed
- Warner Bros. Pictures (2009)
- Independent (2006–2012; 2013–present)
- Universal Pictures (2009–present)
Beginning in 2011, Universal is set to distribute twenty MRC pictures over five years. This deal represents the biggest rent-a-studio pact with a major studio since Disney joined hands with DreamWorks and Columbia teamed up with Revolution Studios (2001-2007).citation needed
- The Boy Next Door, by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions
- Death Angel Korina, by Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films
- Mid-Evil Dead: Army of Darkness 2, to be co-written and directed by Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell, by Universal Pictures.
- The Purge 2", by Universal Pictures.
- A Million Ways to Die in the West, co-written, co-produced, directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane and co-starring Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris, by Universal Pictures.
- Stretch, directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Ed Helms, Chris Pine and Brooklyn Decker, produced by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions
- Untitled Thomas and Friends film project, directed by Shane Acker (9), by Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures (United Kingdom).
- Twelve Strangers, to be distributed February 11, 2011, by Universal Pictures.2
- Riddick (2013), written and directed by David Twohy and starring Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff and Karl Urban, distributed by Universal Pictures.
- Elysium (2013), a science fiction project written and directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and Jodie Foster, distributed by TriStar Pictures.
- The Purge (2013), written and directed by James DeMonaco, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headley, distributed by Universal Pictures, co-produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes.
- Ted (2012), co-written, directed by and co-starring Seth MacFarlane and stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, distributed by Universal Pictures.
- 30 Minutes or Less (2011), directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, and Aziz Ansari, distributed by Columbia Pictures.
- The Adjustment Bureau (2011), written and directed by George Nolfi, distributed by Universal Pictures.
- Devil (2010), produced by M. Night Shyamalan and directed by Drew and John Dowdle, distributed by Universal Pictures.
- The Box (2009), written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Cameron Diaz, distributed by Warner Brothers.
- The Invention of Lying (2009), co-written, co-directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, distributed by Warner Brothers.
- Shorts (2009), written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, distributed by Warner Brothers.
- Brüno (2009), co-written by and starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, distributed by Universal Pictures.
- Deception (2008), written by Mark Bomback and directed by Marcel Langenegger, distributed by 20th Century Fox.
- Babel (2006), Oscar award winner and multiple nominee,3 distributed by Paramount Vantage.
- The Ricky Gervais Show (2010–2012) for HBO: three seasons, 39 episodes.
- The Life & Times of Tim (2008–2012) for HBO: three seasons, 30 episodes.
- Shaq Vs. (2009–2010) for ABC: two seasons, 10 episodes.
- Rita Rocks (2008–2009) for Lifetime: two seasons, 40 episodes.
- Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (2009) for Comedy Central: one season, 6 episodes.
- Surviving Suburbia (2009) for ABC: one season, 13 episodes.
- The Goode Family (2009) for ABC: one season, 13 episodes.
- Easy Money (2008) for The CW: one season, 8 episodes.
- Valentine (2008) for The CW: one season, 8 episodes.
- In Harm's Way (2008) for The CW: one season, 10 episodes, 5 unaired.
Media Rights Capital was also responsible for programming the CW's Sunday-night lineup during the 2008–2009 season through a time-leasing arrangement. The first shows to air included the reality show In Harm's Way and the dramas Valentine and Easy Money.5 Each show had an initial order of 13 episodes.
On November 10, 2008, Media Rights Capital canceled two of the four shows it produced for The CW. (Both Valentine and Easy Money were put on hiatus with skeleton crews while more scripts were written.) It was expected that MRC would deliver two replacement shows in their place.6 The CW decided instead to take back control of its Sunday night schedule after the MRC block from the beginning trailed the ratings of CW's Sunday night the year before by a considerable margin.789 The network then decided to return the Sunday timeslots to its affiliates as of the 2009-10 season.10
MRC produces digital projects with many Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Nike, Google, Procter & Gamble, Burger King, and Johnson & Johnson. MRC's longest-running digital series is the animated program titled Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, with original characters created by Seth MacFarlane, the Emmy Award-winning creator of Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad! The series generated over 100 million online views and received a Webby Award in 2009,;11 has been distributed through Google, YouTube, Tremor Media and Hulu; and has been released on DVD and Blu-ray disc.
Other MRC digital projects include the following:
- MommyCast, an award-winning weekly Web cast for moms that has garnered over 50 million online views to date.12
- Raven-Symoné Presents, an original self-help series marking former Disney Channel star Raven-Symoné's first online venture.
- Quarantine, an original sketch comedy series from the world-famous Second City comedy troupe.
- "About MRC". Media Rights Capital. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
- Fleming, Mike. "June 2010". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
- "New Larry Charles Pilot Savages Steve Jobs". deadline.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
- "MRC Unveils Four Shows for CW Sunday". zap2it.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- "MRC cancels two shows on the CW" from Deadline Hollywood Daily.
- CW Takes Back its Sunday Nights, Sets "Jericho" Reruns, TVWeek.com, November 20, 2008
- CW Dumps MRC Sunday Nights, Broadcasting & Cable, November 20, 2008
- CW Says It Is Retaking Control of Its Sunday TV Lineup, New York Times, November 20, 2008
- de Morales, Lisa (2009-05-21). "For Fall, CW Brings On the Suds -- and Vampires". The Washington Post
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- Salesandmarketing.com March 2009dead link