SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Heyou Media, Inc., a new media company founded by actor and filmmaker Tom Skerritt, unveiled today its new products and introduced Bill Ruckelshaus to its advisory board and growing group of investors. The company also reported that its first series released to the marketplace, under “Heyou Reimagined Classics,” is receiving outstanding U.S. and international reception with millions of viewers through its distribution on social media.
Heyou Media announced three product categories that will define its initial creative efforts, with several completed projects and many in development:
“Heyou Reimagined Classics” - Using digital technology to update and deliver classic silent movies with current music, new editing and dialogue. As part of today’s announcement, the team officially introduced a group of new productions under this brand, featuring well-known silent film artists. Hundreds of additional classics are actively under consideration by the company.
“Mini. Mobile. Movies.” - Curating a global library of eclectic and engaging, short-form content across various genres for mobile and online viewing. Heyou Media stated it is holding discussions with many creators and will announce a suite of acquired titles within the next few months.
“Heyou Features” - Bringing high-quality episodic content to video-on-demand (VOD) audiences. Projects include “Widow Walk,” now in production; “East of the Mountains,” by David Guterson; Skerritt’s “What We Came to Be;” and “Stroller Gangs,” available on Amazon Prime.
“Heyou Media is responding to an exploding worldwide appetite for mobile digital entertainment by using our highly efficient and innovative curation and development process, and by leveraging decades of underutilized creative assets,” said Mary Jesse, Chief Executive Officer of Heyou Media, Inc. “The entertainment industry is faced with changing consumer behavior, including the desire for appealing, shareable ‘bite-size’ mobile content. Our approach is resonating with today’s fan base, content providers, industry communities and investors.”
Heyou Media’s core creative team has been collaborating since the inception of the company and brings the magic behind the “Heyou Reimagined Classics” brand. Filmmakers Skerritt, April Larson and Chief Technology Officer, Joseph Assi saw an opportunity to take the treasured creations of early century filmmakers and introduce them to the digital arena in fresh, modern formats.
“More than 100 years later, we are giving a new voice to the silent film classics and the filmmaking pioneers behind the work,” said Assi. “On top of being fun to watch, the team at Heyou Media identifies with these early creators. We are at a redefining time in entertainment, similar to what was happening in the beginning stages of the film industry. Our reimagined treatments are symbolic and prove the innovation and entertainment value of these early artists stand the test of time.”
Ruckelshaus, who recently invested in Heyou Media, will join Pearl Jam manager, Kelly Curtis; Xbox Co-Creator, Ed Fries; Douglas Shinsato, global business executive; and former Facebook and Amazon executive, Rudy Gadre on the company’s advisory board.
Ruckelshaus (www.linkedin.com/in/bill-ruckelshaus) brings more than twenty years in operational and investing leadership across software, digital media and ecommerce businesses. Most recently, Ruckelshaus served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Blucora, leading their multi-year transformation to a financial services and technology company. Before Blucora, Ruckelshaus was a finance and operations executive at AudienceScience, a Seattle-based online ad-tech pioneer. He also held senior roles in corporate development and financial planning and analysis at Expedia and IAC.
“Tom and the Heyou Media team are disrupting digital storytelling and mobile content creation at a critical time,” said Ruckelshaus. “The company’s progressive business model meets a huge market need. I look forward to participating in the future of entertainment.”
“It’s inspiring and rewarding to witness what Seattle’s creative community can accomplish,” said Skerritt. “Since our introduction in May of last year, Heyou Media continues to see a swell of interest and collaboration from talent, content creators, musicians and great business minds.”
Skerritt will star with Armie Hammer in the newly announced Broadway production “Straight White Men” in Summer 2018.
About Heyou Media, Inc.
Founded by Tom Skerritt, Heyou Media, Inc. (www.heyoumedia.com) curates, aggregates, develops and distributes new media visual entertainment, including music, short-form video, web series, virtual reality and special interest videos. Products include “Heyou Reimagined Classics,” “Mini.Mobile.Movies.,” and “Heyou Features,” which includes such projects as the award-winning “Widow Walk,” David Guterson’s “East of the Mountains,” Skerritt’s PTS-focused “What We Came to Be” and the “Stroller Gangs” web series, available on Amazon Prime.