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When Actors Need Money

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Pilot

Marsha Leigh Dixon was a big soap opera star. Emphasis on the was. Since leaving the popular daytime drama, “As Time Passes By,” she and makeup artist husband, Bobby Malloy, have struggled to make ends meet. But encouraged by the musical success of fellow soap stars, Marsha has enlisted music producer, Alan Martin, to help her make an album. And in an effort to promote her new endeavor and grab some much-needed cash, she has agreed to perform at a Turkish music festival, though she’s never sung publicly before. Accompanied by Martin, Marsha sets out on her musical odyssey, hopeful that: 1) She won’t embarrass herself; and 2) She gets paid in advance.

David M. Matthews

David M. Matthews

"Alan Martin"
Creator
Executive Producer
Writer
Producer
Music

David M. Matthews

  "Alan Martin"  Creator  Executive Producer  Writer  Producer  Music

David M. Matthews’ career in Hollywood has been varied, to say the least. He served as Musical Director for three years on the CBS soap, “The Young and the Restless” for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Musical Direction and Composition. During his tenure at “Y&R,” he also executive produced a well-received album containing performances by several of the show’s stars, distributed by Nuance-MCA Records. He then moved on to sitcom writing, where he penned scripts for “The Nanny” (CBS) and “Living Single” (FOX), as well as staff writing and producing gigs on “For Your Love” (NBC/WB), and “Half & Half” (UPN). Subsequently he successfully teamed with filmmaker, Michael Bayouth on the screenplay for the comedy-horror spoof, “A Howl In One” and helped produce the documentary, “A Musical Journey To Freedom.” He has continued to write music for TV and film, composing dramatic underscore for “Valhalla,” “The Last Frontier,” “Western Avenue” and “Wave Babes,” to name just a few.

David, a transplanted Ohio native, currently resides in a Los Angeles suburb with his wife, Carla. His first book, “Every Man Sees You Naked: An Insider’s Guide to How Men Think,” inspired by his many years as a “relationship advice guru,” was published in April and has been garnering rave reviews.

Lauren Koslow

Lauren Koslow

"Marsha Leigh Dixon"

Lauren Koslow

  "Marsha Leigh Dixon"

Born in Boston, actress Lauren Koslow began her acting career in a touring theatre company, appearing in productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Dial M for Murder. Following a move to Los Angeles, Lauren’s career shifted into high-gear in the mid – 1980s, when she nabbed the role of Lindsey Wells on the top-rated CBS soap, The Young and the Restless. Then, in 1987, the show’s creator, William J. Bell, asked Lauren to become an original cast member of his brand new daytime drama, The Bold and the Beautiful. There she flourished in the pivotal role of Margo Lynley until 1992, when she departed the show to devote more time to her family.


Though she did agree to do occasional guest roles in several primetime TV series, it wasn’t until 1996 that she re-entered the soap world, when Days of our Lives came calling with an offer she couldn’t refuse. They wanted her for the role of the manipulative Kate Roberts and the rest is history. A perennial fan favorite, in 2000, Koslow was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on Days of our Lives.
Still a member of the popular show’s core cast, Lauren and her husband, Nick Schillace, and their two children and a veritable menagerie of animals, live on a sprawling organic farm outside of Los Angeles.
 

Barton Tinapp

Barton Tinapp

"Bobby Malloy"

Barton Tinapp

  "Bobby Malloy"

Bart spent many years on the Broadway stage as well as in the regions doing everything from Musicals to Shakespeare, but now loves
life in sunny So Cal making his living on TV. He was very proud to be part of the Strike TV effort and wishes all involved well.

Jeff Hunt

Jeff Hunt

"The Unseen Interviewer"

Jeff Hunt

  "The Unseen Interviewer"

Chris Lai-Johnson

Chris Lai-Johnson

"Maureen Cramer"

Chris Lai-Johnson

  "Maureen Cramer"

Chris has worked as a makeup artist in network TV for about 25 years. Much of her time has been spent working on such daytime dramas as Capitol (CBS) and a 21-year stint on The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS). She has been an Emmy nominee (once for Capitol and the rest for B & B) and won the coveted award in 1993. She has also contributed her talents to Teen Angel (ABC), So Little Time (The Family Channel), The Loop (FOX), My Wife and Kids (ABC), Roseanne (ABC), and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (NBC), to name but a very few.

Since Chris had previously appeared on both Capitol and The Bold and the Beautiful, when her husband (director Grant A. Johnson) and longtime friend, Writer/Producer David M. Matthews, asked her to grace the screen in When Actors Need Money, Chris said, “What the hell – I’d love to help. I could do this for the cause!”

James Storm

James Storm

"Jim Storm"

James Storm

  "Jim Storm"

Nick Schillace

Nick Schillace

Creator
Writer
Producer
Executive Producer

Nick Schillace

  Creator  Writer  Producer  Executive Producer

Rick Gunter

Rick Gunter

Executive Producer
Director of Photography
Cameras

Rick Gunter

  Executive Producer  Director of Photography  Cameras

Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Producer
Editor
Cameras

Chris Ward

  Producer  Editor  Cameras

Chris Ward has been involved in the entertainment business since the mid-1980’s, appearing in numerous commercials and the popular syndicated sitcom, Small Wonder. The 80’s were also a busy time for Chris in the modeling arena, where he appeared in print ads for Kawasaki, Nissan, and Toyota among others.

The new millennium brought with it new opportunities, and Chris made the most of them, appearing in two features, The American Lion and The Survivor, for which he also served as a Producer. Moving to the other side of the camera, Chris showed himself to be a talented cameraman and editor on the short Ripe. He now reprises that dual role on When Actors Need Money.

Grant Johnson

Grant Johnson

Producer

Grant Johnson

  Producer

Rebecca Hunt

Rebecca Hunt

Associate Producer

Rebecca Hunt

  Associate Producer

Douglas Hayden

Douglas Hayden

1st Assistant Director

Douglas Hayden

  1st Assistant Director

Brian Auten

Brian Auten

Electrician

Brian Auten

  Electrician

Marc Ellis

Marc Ellis

Music

Marc Ellis

  Music

Jim Cortinez

Jim Cortinez

Boom

Jim Cortinez

  Boom

John Graves

John Graves

Post Sound

John Graves

  Post Sound

Ron Fenney

Ron Fenney

Post Sound

Ron Fenney

  Post Sound

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Production Notes

Comments from Writer/Executive Producer David M. Matthews

This project is particularly satisfying because, to a great degree, it is based on a personal experience of mine a few years ago. And although we didn’t actually have a camera crew following us, the rest of the events portrayed in the series are, for the most part, true. Likewise, some of the characters are only loosely based on their real-life counterparts, while others are decidedly more accurate depictions. I won’t say which is which, however, as I wish to avoid those pesky defamation suits. I will state, however, that even though, after the fact, I am amused by all the funny incidents and fascinating people I encountered in my travels, the actually journey was less a raucous jaunt in an exotic locale, and more a surrealistic guided tour of Hell’s reception area.

Comments (9)

stacistaci (28th March 2010)
I would love to see more of these . Hopefully you will produce some more. Soo funny .

sandrabeck (8th May 2009)
From bad girl to funny girl totally great. Love it, love it, love it.

jordontnyc2 (3rd May 2009)
I love her acting so much. This was super. She needs to let DOOL do some comedy with her. I remember a few times in the past they tried a little but it was so dry and half done that it wasn't funny, but this, now this was funny. Was that her singing at the end in the credits as well? If it was DOOL needs to let her do a song or two.

buffdude (1st May 2009)
OMG, like LK is so great. I had no idea that she could be so FUNNY.

Allieoops (1st May 2009)
Awesome! How could you go with with Lauren Koslow -- this will be a great show! Looking forward to seeing more of the show and other actors.

Scarrrycheri (30th April 2009)
That was flipping awesome!! Lauren is da bomb. Plus she can sing!!! Hope we get to see her make it to Turkey.

temple (29th April 2009)
Great job guys, really fun! Almost made me forget being a writer looking for money! Oh, I just found some change in my couch! I'm set!

zpoint7 (29th April 2009)
Bravo David and company. Does she make it to Turkey? Are there other desperate actors? Who will we meet in episode 2?????? What about including desperate writers or directors in your storyline?

Amello (17th September 2008)
Is Lauren Koslow just in the first episode or is it a new actor with every episode?

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