Hatch! Russ! Kyson! Unite For Sci-fi Series “BLADE OF HONOR!”

Blade Of HonorSpecial to The Daily Quarterly

TV icons Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Tim Russ (Star Trek : Voyager) and James Kyson (Heroes) embark on a virtuoso homecoming to sci-fi TV with Blade of Honor.

The creative forces behind such science-fiction classics as Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Star Trek:Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: New Voyages, Star Trek: Renegades, Star Trek: The Next Generation team to bring to the screen the next level in small screen space-set sci-fi entertainment!

A Kickstarter campaign has launched to fund the first three episodes of the sweeping sci-fi series, also starring Alison Haislip, Cirroc Lofton, Aron Eisenberg and Brandon Stacy, with a range of rewards including DVDs, autographed photos and producer credits up for grabs to those who contribute!

Brandon Stacy

Brandon Stacy

From writer-producer Mark Edward Lewis, Blade of Honor  fixes on Arina Kartades (Haislip), a religious, headstrong, crack Alliance Navy Star Blade pilot in a war where the human Alliance is losing against the animal race, the Calinar. When Kartades discovers that her Statemandated religious upbringing was a lie, she embarks upon a forced quest to discover the true reasons behind the war. As her discoveries push her deeper into harm’s way, she must go against everything she believes in to fight a cloak and dagger rebellion and expose the galactic elite, the religious masters, and protect the ones she loves from the clutches of her own superiors and the combined military might of the Alliance and Calinar.

Tim Russ - Blade of Honor

Tim Russ

Says the Blade of Honor team, “We’ve got big plans for Blade of Honor, but like with anything worth doing, we must start with the first step. That first step is episode one. The minimum we need to shoot episode one is $30,000 – that includes, building sets, creating wardrobes, renting stages, paying/feeding cast and crew, etc.., not post-production/visual effects. We are confident however, that with this small amount of money, we can make one hell of an impressive sci-fi web series episode.

James Kyson - Blade of Honor

James Kyson

But it is our hope that we fund more than just this one episode of a webseries with this campaign. We need at least five episodes to tell this first story, this first mini-season. Because of that, we’ve got our sights set on some stretch goals as well.”

There are less than four weeks to go in the campaign! Help get Blade of Honor it’s first season!

Our Favorite Protege, Morley Safer, Has Died At 84

Morley Safer

Journalist Morley Safer, left, with The Daily Quarterly editor Brian DiMaio, right. After a stint at The Daily Quarterly Safer found himself in Vietnam reporting on the war. As the story goes DiMaio feared for Safer’s safety so he enlisted and was assigned to Safer’s security detatchment effectively keeping Safer safer. Rumor has it that DiMaio did such a thing solely for the wordplay. Others say DiMaio felt Safer had a good shot at being the longest reporter on staff at the longest running and highest grossing news program.

New York—Former star of CBS’s “60 Minutes” and Vietnam War news correspondent Morley Safer died Thursday. He was 84.

Safer had just retired from the longest-running television news magazine last week. The program even aired a retrospective on his incredibly impressive career Sunday night.

Showing off the grit and talent that we saw years ago here at The Daily Quarterly when he was just a young intern, Safer joined “60 Minutes” in 1970, replacing Harry Reasoner. He would go on to complete 919 stories for the program, and his 46 years made him the longest-tenured reporter there, longer even than Connie Chung, even.

Besides the prestige of having a stint at TDQ on his resume, Safer also won during his long career: three Peabody awards, three Overseas Press Club awards, two George Polk Memorial awards, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism first prize for domestic television, the Fred Friendly First Amendment award, 12 Emmys and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane, a daughter, Sarah Bakal, and three grandchildren.

“How Can You Be Truly Influenced By Somebody You Don’t Truly Know?” A TDQ Q&A With Adrenaline Challenge Coins Founder Kevin Tuohy

Echoes Of Hope Challenge Coin by Adrenaline Challenge Coins

Adrenaline Challenge Coins’ Kevin Tuohy with LA Kings’ Luc Robitaille with a special coin developed to support Robitaille’s charity Echoes of Hope.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Adrenaline Challenge Coins founder Kevin Tuohy. Kevin spoke with us about the tradition of challenge coins, how he got into the Air Force and into firefighting and about his company. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Kevin Tuohy:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you find yourself in the Air Force?

Kevin Tuohy: I wanted to be a firefighter and at age 19 it was almost impossible to get a firefighter job with a municipal fire department, but the Air Force would guarantee me the training and the job…so I enlisted.

TDQ: What made you want to be a firefighter?

KT: So many things about the job appealed to me…the excitement, the challenges, the camaraderie, the complete lack of monotony. I was lucky enough to do the job for 34 years and loved every day of going to work…who gets to say that?

TDQ: Who are your influences?

KT: That’s a tough one, but I would have to say my family. My mom, brother, sister, wife and son all influence me in one way or another…they are all amazing people in their own ways. I’m not really influenced by public figures or celebrities…how can you be truly influenced by somebody you don’t truly know.

Kevin Tuohy loves two things:  Fighting fires and making challenge coins.

Kevin Tuohy loves two things: Fighting fires and making challenge coins.

TDQ: What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

KT: Find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

KT: If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, from a personal point of view, find an ugly girl to marry you…horrible advice from a song lyric…didn’t follow that one!!

TDQ: Tell us about AdrenalineChallengeCoins.com…

KT: I started Adrenaline Challenge Coins about 6 years ago. I fell in love with the history and tradition of challenge coins and wanted to provide quality coins at the best possible price. It started when another member of my fire department who had been making St. Patrick’s Day challenge coins for our department decided he no longer wanted to get them made. I asked him if he would mind if I took over that tradition for our department because I didn’t want to see it fade away. After having a couple made with other companies I thought there had to be a better way. We started making our own, and pretty soon, I had friends from other fire departments asking me to make coins for them. Word of mouth continued until this hobby became a business. We have built a strong business within the traditional realms of the military, police and fire departments, but have also expanded this tradition to schools, sports, businesses and more. We have obtained licensing to make challenge coins for all the teams of the National Hockey League and are looking to expand into more big sporting areas.

Challenge Coins

Challenge Coins can support a cause, commemorate an event, or act as a daily reminder of something you care about. They also make for a fun game that might get you a free drink.

TDQ: For those who don’t know, what are “challenge coins?”

KT: There are several stories available on the internet, but the most dominant and widely accepted story traces the roots of the challenge coin to World War I. As the story goes, a young American pilot had his company insignia made into medallions for all of the pilots in the company. He placed the medallions in leather pouches with leather straps and gave them to all of the pilots to wear around their necks. One of the pilots was later shot down behind German lines and taken prisoner. The Germans took his uniform and ID, but not the leather pouch around his neck. Shortly thereafter, during the confusion of an artillery battle, the pilot escaped his captors and fled into France. At the same time, the French had been warned to beware of German spies posing as escaped American prisoners. A French patrol came upon the pilot and took him prisoner, thinking he was one of the German spies they had been warned about. The French actually scheduled the pilot to be executed as a spy. The pilot had nothing to show he was an American except for the medallion around his neck. One of the French captors recognized the insignia as an American logo and convinced the others to stall the execution long enough to look into his identity. Upon confirming that the young pilot was indeed an American, his execution was cancelled and he was returned to his unit. After telling the story to his fellow pilots, it became commonplace for them to challenge each other to see if they were carrying their medallions. Anyone challenged and caught not carrying his medallion would have to buy drinks for the challengers. Now almost all members of the military, police and fire departments own at least one challenge coin, with many collecting a large numbers of coins. Every current member of any branch of the U.S. Military has been presented with one or more coins. Every U.S. President since Bill Clinton has had their own challenge coins made for very special presentations. Most ranking officers in the military, police and fire have their own coins for presentation. They are presented for jobs well done, to show membership, friendship, allegiance, etc. Anybody who owns a challenge coin can be challenged “anyplace, anytime,” with most challenges occurring in restaurants or bars. Anybody caught without their coin must buy a round for the group, but if everybody has their coin then the challenger must buy the round.

There are several listings on the internet that can tell you all about challenge coin rules and etiquette…best to learn these the moment you receive your first coin. The cost of a challenge coin is much less than the cost of a round of drinks!! I was at an NHL event with the challenge coins and had a guy come up to me and tell me his son was in the U.S. Marines and he was pretty sure his son had never heard of challenge coins. I asked if his son was current active duty and if he could reach his son, he answered yes to both. I set a $100 dollar bill on the table and told him to call his son, and that if he had not heard of challenge coins then the bill was his. He walked a few steps away and got on the phone…he returned in a couple of minutes, sheepishly pushed the $100 dollar bill back towards me and said, “My son has many challenge coins, and wanted to know if I could get him a Chicago Blackhawks coin from you.” Another gentleman at the same event told me, “When I walked by earlier and saw the coins I thought they were really nice…then I heard the story…now I think they’re f***ing awesome, I gotta have one!”

NHL Challenge CoinsTDQ: You recently made challenge coins for LA Kings’ player Luc Robitaille and his charity, Echoes of Hope. Do you have other NHL players lined up? What about other celebrities or athletes?

KT: Luc is the only NHL player we have currently made a personal coin for, although many NHL players have the challenge coin of their team, which are available at www.NHLChallengeCoins.com. Some of these players include Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer, Grant Fuhr, Luc Robitaille, Rob Blake and more. Actress Alyssa Milano owns a Los Angeles Kings challenge coin…she’s a big fan of the team.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself and Adrenaline Challenge Coins in five years?

KT: Our bread and butter business of police, fire and military continues to grow every year. Hopefully in five years we will be licensed with most if not all major pro sports leagues (several in the works now). We have been approached and asked to do a licensing agreement with a sports team that has the largest following of any team in the world, a larger following than many complete leagues. We are excited about the prospects there. I look forward to continuing to enjoy my retirement from the fire department while being able to stay in touch with many of those groups through the coins. The challenge coin business has taken me to New York, Washington D.C., Arlington VA, Las Vegas, Denver, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Sydney, Australia and more in the last 3 years…at every one of those stops I get to catch up with old friends and make new ones. If that all continues I’ll be happy.

Learn more about Adrenaline Challenge Coins at their website. And like their Facebook page.

“Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda To Bring “The Great Space Coaster” To The Big Screen

The Great Space CoasterNew York—Looking to capitalize on the incredible success of his Broadway smash musical, “Hamilton,” Paramount Pictures confirmed yesterday that Lin-Manuel Miranda has signed on to write, direct and star in a big-screen adaptation/reboot of the classic 1980’s syndicated children’s television program, “The Great Space Coaster.”

Miranda will be working with puppeteer John Tartaglia, who starred on Broadway in “Avenue Q” from 2003 until 2005. The film will combine live action, puppetry and CGI, according to Paramount.

“This will be a bold, innovative, daring film, bringing the joy and camaraderie shown on television in the early ’80s to today’s generation,” a spokesman for Paramount said. “We are very, very excited to work with both John and Lin-Manuel, as well as the rest of the amazing cast to bring these amazing characters to the big screen.”

Also confirmed to be in the cast are Gary Oldman as Gary Gnu, Betty White as the voice of Knock Knock the Woodpecker, Andy Serkis as Goriddle Gorilla and Denzel Washington as the rose-loving elephant, Edison.

Lin-Manuel will play the role of the evil ringmaster M.T. Promises, whose sole mission in life is to recapture the clown Baxter, who drives the Great Space Coaster, and take him back to the circus. Baxter will be played by Keenan Thompson.

Rounding out the cast of the film are Kira Kosarin as Francine, Michael B. Jordan as Danny and Joey Bragg as Roy, the teenage band members spirited away from Earth by Baxter.

Running on first run syndication from 1981 through 1986, “The Great Space Coaster” was a children’s educational television program that centered around a great space coaster that flew kids to an asteroid in space, where they encountered a wide array of colorful, puppet-like characters and sang in a band. Oddly enough, neither Sid nor Marty Krofft had any involvement in the show.

“I Saw A Huge Gap So I Filled It!” A TDQ Q&A With Talent Manager Gina Stojanovski

Gina Stojanovski

Gina Stojanovski has managed to expand her management business internationally by managing actors in the US and Australia. In contrast we haven’t even managed to watch Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles yet.

This week’s Q&A is with talent agent Gina Stojanovski. Gina took time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about her talent agency, Gina Stoj Management, the biggest difference between her home in Australia and working in Los Angeles and how her son influenced her and got her into the business. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Gina Stojanovski: 

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be a talent manager?

Gina Stojanovski: Seven years ago I travelled to LA with a view to exploring with for my son which I represented in Australia only. As an actor, he wanted to explore his options to relocate and work in the US.  I visited several actors’ studios, upon mention that I was an Australian agent I was inundated with headshots and CV’s from US-based talent. So many actors reached out for management – I was surprised at the high calibre of these actors so I thought to myself, “Why not try to establish myself here”…The support I received at the time overwhelms me till this day. There is no secrecy when it comes to the Film/TV industry in the US – it has been an amazing ride… I now manage my son’s career in the US as well and have done so for many years. I have met so many casting directors who I not only call work colleagues but I call friends  – their generosity and support has never ceased to amaze me.

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

GS: I DIDN’T HAVE ONE…I DIDN’T HAVE A LIFE. I guess that is the reason why I got involved in the entertainment industry – I get to live a made up life!

TDQ: What was your favourite movie growing up? 

GS: “An Officer and A Gentleman”

TDQ: Who are your influences?

GS: My biggest influence was my son. He is an actor with a disability and watching his journey over the years inspired me. If he can do it – so can I

TDQ: What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

GS: Enjoy the ride!!!

TDQ: What is the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

GS: Someone told me once I could never achieve my goal of running a successful business in the US if I lived in Australia….It made me work harder. “I did it” and proved them wrong!

Gina Stojanovski

Gina Stojanovski was once told that she wouldn’t be successful expanding her business to the US from Australia. Well, not only is she finding great success she can also buy almost anything she wants from the Quantas Frequent Flyer Miles store.

TDQ: Tell us about Gina Stoj Management

GS: Gina Stoj management started as an Agency for actors in Australia 15 years ago. I represent actors across the board. Gina Stoj –USA Started 4 years ago managing actors in LA and more recently in NY.

Starting out as a “stage mum” I saw the need for a middle-tier agency. The agencies that were out there were either top on the line or they took care of only extras – I saw a huge gap so I filled it! I learned so much about the entertainment Industry from being immersed into it – GSM grew very fast through word of mouth. I still represent many of the actors that I signed 15 years ago – How’s that for loyalty.

TDQ: You got your start in Australia, and have now moved into the US market. What is the biggest difference between the Australian entertainment industry and the US entertainment industry?

GS: I live in Australia, which means very early morning starts due to the time difference. I visit my actors 2 – 3 times a year in the US and connect with casting directors, producers and new clients – which helps expand my business.

The real difference is the work load, there is so much produced over in the states. Australia has very few breakdowns that come in each day – however in the US – I just can’t keep up. I guess the other big difference is the team of people that take care of one actor in the US – in Australia actors have one rep. In the US an actor can have a manager (me) and a theatrical agent, commercial agent and a print agent.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself and Gina Stoj Management in five years?

GS: I feel I am on the right track making leaps and bounds in recent years. I hope that I can continue moving in that direction.

I would love to continue to support the Industry by producing quality feature films! I am currently collaborating on a few feature films one of which is a psychological thriller – REVELATIONS is the second film in a trilogy. The other, HOLY MOSELLE, a light-hearted romantic comedy set in Sydney, Australia in the 90s

Learn more about Gina Stoj at their website. And follow her on Twitter.