Award-winning producer and filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (“Taxicab Confessions”) have announced the launch of their new curated online network community for adults, CrushedPlanet.com. Designed to provide the most innovative, provocative and intimate content on the web, CrushedPlanet also protects the rights of artists and gives them the majority of funds from the distribution of their work.
Featuring inventive and challenging content from artists and filmmakers around the world, CrushedPlanet is an internet entertainment network that features 15 interconnected channels, each with its own unique identity and all showcasing content with a strong point of view. With names like “Turn Back Now,” “Tell a Vision,” “Mind Bloggling” and “The War On Comedy,” individual channels present content ranging from narrative and documentary, to animation and comedy, to theatre, performance art, music, fine art, video blogs, and online dating. Unlike other entertainment websites, CrushedPlanet carefully selects and distributes original work from top artists and emerging talents, while allowing the artists to retain all the rights to their work and receive the majority of fees paid to view it. CrushedPlanet fills an internet void by providing adult audiences high- quality, compelling programming all in one place.
The Gantz brothers are pioneers of a distinct brand of intimate and authentic programming.
“We’ve been making Internet programming since before the Internet existed,” says Joe Gantz. “We’ve been doing our thing long before there was reality television. Our agents wanted us to do that schlock and we refused. Now we have a place to showcase these life-in-progress series on relationships and sexuality that interest us, while giving other artists an uncensored venue to exhibit their work.”
Harry Gantz adds, “In a time of mind-numbing entertainment, people are hard pressed to find compelling programming to watch on television. CrushedPlanet is a place for people to find quality entertainment, without having to spend hours scouring the web to find one small gem”.
There are several factors that make CrushedPlanet a unique web site. Firstly, the Gantz Brothers’ brand of provocative programming and strong point-of-view storytelling is uniquely suited to the Internet. Secondly, as a web network designed for adults, CrushedPlanet is unrated and uncensored—language and nudity are welcome as long as it is pertinent to the story. Thirdly, CrushedPlanet is an innovator in the business model of distributing artists’ work without taking ownership, while giving artists the majority of money generated from users viewing their content.
Revenue is derived from charging a monthly subscription, or pay per view for streaming content, also from the merchandising of their 15 channel brands.CrushedPlanet revolutionizes the way content is viewed and sold and serves a market already hungry for quality content.
“The public is ready for entertainment with a fresh perspective and CrushedPlanet is the shot of adrenaline audiences have been looking for,” says Joe Gantz.
About Joe and Harry Gantz, creators of CrushedPlanet:
Joe and Harry Gantz are the Emmy award-winning director/producers behind the film and television production company View Film. The Gantz brothers’ work has been both critically and commercially acclaimed for its exploration of the most intimate aspects of people’s lives and relationships.
The Gantz brothers are the creators of the HBO documentary series “Taxicab Confessions” (now in its 12th season). This popular and highly rated show features real-life interactions between cab drivers and their passengers. “Taxicab Confessions” won an Emmy in its first year and has been nominated for an Emmy four times since.
The Gantz brothers are currently in production on a non-fiction pilot for the Fox Network entitled “The Defenders,” a ground-breaking new series that follows both the private and professional lives of two very successful defense attorneys in Las Vegas, Michael Cristalli and Marc Saggese. The series will take audiences behind the scenes and into the courtrooms and jails, as well as into the attorneys’ high- powered social lives and private lives at home.
Previously, the Gantz brothers have produced several documentary series and features including “Pleasure For Sale” as a co-production between the Sundance Channel and Channel Five in the U.K, “Sexual Healing” a nine-episode documentary series for Showtime and the full- length feature documentary “Sex With Strangers.”
The Gantz brothers have developed several other feature film projects, including an adaptation of the novel “Conjugal Bliss,” a romantic comedy, as well as “The English Photographer,” a drama.