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Wednesday, October 14, 2015



VIDEO: Global Activist | By: TIMP Staff | Oct 13, 2015

“We are creating a new series unlike anything streaming or on TV.

Award-winning journalist Ben Swann travels the globe on a quest to uncover personal stories of struggle and success from people who are working to advance the betterment of the human condition

This is Global Activist—a series about people who aren't waiting for the world to change.

There are uprisings, demonstrations and public calls to action happening this very moment that are under reported or completely ignored by institutionalized media—the People’s Liberation Army in China; the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the United States; the “pots and pans” revolution in Iceland; open carry activists in Texas; environmental protesters getting killed in Brazil; the protests for the 43 missing students in Mexico. In this series, Ben Swann and Jasmine Monroig give voice to activists from these movements and others, who are creating change in the NEW global protest movement.

Protests are only a small part of the activist movement building across the globe. Activism involves art, culture, organization, information and education. Styled after embedded journalism, we take you through a process of understanding how and why movements across the world are demanding reform and change from banking, government, policing and political powers.

We will reveal activist movements that are just beginning, others that have succeeded and still others that have failed. We delve into the background of these movements, the people who are organizing them and the protesters who are calling for change, as we explore what that change looks like.

Challenge & Risk
Our goal throughout this process is to realize the concept of Global Activist and make it an ongoing project. The challenge is to demonstrate to streaming networks the strong grassroots interest in this subject matter, with the intention of securing mass distribution of the content created here. The risk is that interest in this project will be limited. But with your help, we believe we can minimize that risk. Plus, the format of Global Activist following the "embedded journalism" style will broaden appeal.

How You Can Help
To launch what we believe will be the first season of the Global Activist series, we need to create a single pilot, half-hour episode. At a rate of $50,000 per episode, we have slimmed down production and creation costs to one-sixth (⅙) of what a network would create the same show for. Slimming down that cost does not mean we are cutting back on quality. Here’s how we’ve worked out our budget:

• $35,000 production (director, photojournalists, editors, sound engineers, pre-production, post-production, colorists, graphic editors, design, hosting, equipment)

• $3,000 local show producer

• $3,000 showrunner

• $7,000 travel

• $2,000 web and social

Our production crew and promotional team are made up of world-class talent, willing to slash costs because they believe in the project. Our ultimate goal is to raise the $50,000 needed in under 60 days. To do that, we need your help.

For more information on how to get involved click here: Global Activist

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