SOURCE: Big Boots Inc.

Big Boots Inc.

SOURCE: The Gnome Life

The Gnome Life

July 26, 2016 12:50 ET

The Gnome Life Launches Fandom/Geek Content Site and Slate of Feature Films and Games

The Multi-Platform Brand Offers Films, Series, Games and VR Content for a Diverse Audience; Kicks Off $20MM Film Fund With Alqur Studios

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwired - July 26, 2016) - Big Boots Studios' President and CCO Roger Mincheff and Anthony Kaan, GM and Head of Content Programming, announced today the launch of The Gnome Life, a new fandom entertainment content brand. The brand will produce both live action and animated content including features, episodic series, games and content for Virtual Reality, as well as a fandom/geek culture site. Big Boots also announced a development deal with Alqur Studios.

"Our Gnomes are not your garden variety," Anthony Kaan, Big Boots' GM and Head of Content Programming, said. "The Gnome Life defies the expectations and preconceptions people have for fandom/geek culture. Our content will mirror our audience: diverse, fearless, and original as f*ck."

The first phase of content to be released for The Gnome Life is based on a wholly owned library of over 16 graphic novel titles. The genre bending content spans horror, fantasy, wizardry, deals with the supernatural, conspiracy theories, rock and roll and martial arts. The titles include The Proximity Effect, the highest selling original graphic novel (OGN) in major graphic novel publisher Top Cow's history when released. New projects are also being developed and produced with outside indie content creators.

Content will initially be distributed across two platforms, an editorial fandom/geek culture site, and a new YouTube channel, The Gnome Life. It will spread in scope across all media and platforms over time. A casual gaming app for iOS called "The Gnome Life" is also in production as well as several Video Enhanced Graphic Novels (VEGNs).

Big Boots has partnered with Alqur Studios, a Mexico-based film fund and studio, on a 6-picture deal that Alqur is supporting with a new $20MM fund. The partnership kicks off with a co-production of the Ron Jacobs directed State of Ward, about a corrupt undercover cop seeking redemption. The live action short film is shooting now in Los Angeles for a Q1 2017 release. According to Alqur, the second production, eV, will be released as a feature film and begins pre-production in January.

Big Boots and Alqur's finance partner, Accretion Capital, will also be exploring joint corporate acquisitions over the next 18 months in the digital and entertainment space.

"While I believe Alqur has an ability to tell great stories, partnering with a studio like Big Boots puts us on the leading edge of innovation in digital entertainment and allows us to reach audiences in the places and ways they consumer content today," Eduardo Burillo, Head of Alqur Studios, said.

Big Boots is the first studio dedicated to engagement platforms -- creating entertainment and social media experiences rooted in the digital space, that bring together content creators and consumers in an open exchange of creativity, information, and commerce. Big Boots has been moving rapidly since its founding in January 2016 by Roger Mincheff and Anthony Kaan: It recently acquired a considerable library of code, mobile platforms, and apps from the award winning developer MEDL Mobile, along with mobile gaming apps from one of the world's biggest media companies. It has also signed deals with legendary sports stars and iconic artists to create proprietary engagement platforms.

About Big Boots

Launched in 2016 by Roger Mincheff and Anthony Kaan, Big Boots is a studio dedicated to incubating, building, and launching engagement platforms. Each Big Boots platform is built with top-tier talent, media/entertainment partners, and iconic brands from day one to accelerate growth. These standalone businesses (entertainment and social media experiences rooted in the digital space) then harness engagement to drive brand awareness and increase long-term equity. Over the next 36 months, Big Boots has premium engagement platform launching with major media partners across entertainment, sports, gaming, and music. General inquiries: (310) 829-9990 ext.409. Email: inquiries@bigboots.us

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