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“Fabby Knows Best” is coming to Stage17.tv?


Bad Advice Can Be A Drag

April 10th, 2014 — New York, NY: STAGE17, Chairman David Stoller (Executive Chairman of Reach4Entertainment), and President and Executive Producer Ondine Landa Abramson are pleased to present the world premiere of the fictional video Fabby Knows Best, in which Fabby shares wisdom on love, life, and all things FABulous. Created by two Mamma Mia! cast members Jacob Pinion and Jon-Erik Goldberg, with co-writing by star, Chuck Ragsdale, and producer, Diana Basmajian. STAGE17, a new digital entertainment destination for episodic fiction and reality programming, will launch with the original series in April 2014.

Bad advice can be an awful drag ? cue Fabby Von Johnson, the outrageously opinionated and utterly fabulous video advice columnist who?s here to offer wisdom on all matters of the heart. Step aside, Abby ? this is not your mother?s advice columnist.

Starring Chuck Ragsdale as Fabby Von Johnson, guest starring Tony Gonzalez (Mamma Mia!), Ian Paget (Soul Doctor, Film: Rock of Ages), Matthew Steffens (Promises, Promises and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and Gerard Salvador (Mamma Mia!) as Tito.

STAGE17 presents FABBY KNOWS BEST created and directed by JACOB PINION executive produced by ONDINE LANDA ABRAMSON, DAVID STOLLER produced by DIANA BASMAJIAN, JON-ERIK GOLDBERG, JACOB PINION edited by JIE YI director of photography ZACHARY HALBERD costumes by PHILLIP HECKMAN hair and makeup by MICHAEL SERAPAGLIA sound by RYAN DANN music by PAUL LOESSEL orchestrations by BEN COHN camera by ANDREW HENSLER

DIANA BASMAJIAN (writer/producer) is a producer and director for television and live theatrical shows. She was the Associate Producer for A&E/BIO?s the uneXplained, a documentary series Executive Produced by Doug Liman and Russ Stratton. More recently, she worked with World of Wonder on Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce for FUSE Network. Diana has also directed and/or developed shows with Tony-winners Shuler Hensley, Lea Salonga, Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Tunick, and Austin Pendleton; Emmy-winners Paul Miller and Eileen Fulton; and her longtime collaborator and friend Tony-nominee Kate Baldwin, among others. Her work has been performed at Lincoln Center?s The Allen Room, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Arena Stage, Feinstein?s, Caf? Carlyle, Naked Angels, Rattlestick, Old Vic/New Voices, The Princeton Festival at Princeton University, and the NY International Fringe Festival. She coaches numerous actors in NYC and Chicago for both role preparation and auditioning and has taught musical theatre for various universities. Diana is a Leopold Schepp Fellow, received her M.F.A. in Directing from The New School for Drama, and is a proud graduate of Northwestern University. www.dianabasmajian.com

JON-ERIK?GOLDBERG (writer/producer) started performing at a young age, with professional training from the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. After traveling on national tours through Europe and North America, and playing regional theatres, Goldberg made his Broadway debut with the closing company of CATS. Shortly after, he was cast in the Original Company of Mamma Mia! His fifteen-year career in theater is the foundation on which his work at STAGE17 is built. A creator, writer, and producer of original content for STAGE17, he also oversees the curation process, finding entertaining and exciting pre-existing content from all over the internet.

JACOB PINION (writer/producer/director) is an actor, writer, director and producer. ??In addition to performing in Broadway’s Mamma Mia, he is currently producing several web-series for STAGE17. ?A graduate of New York University?s Tisch School Drama, Jacob worked with Kevin Spacey at Bridge Project Shakespeare and T.S. Eliot Old Vic/Public Theater exchange. ?He?s been producing original content since before it was cool writing middle school puppet musicals on the founding of Rhode Island, the discovery of the polio vaccine and an all puppet musical version of The Miracle Worker.

STAGE17?was formed by?Chairman David Stoller?(Executive Chairman of Reach4Entertainment) and?President and Executive Producer Ondine Landa Abramson,?as a new?digital platform aiming ?to lure a demographic of 25-to-54-year-old females by using Broadway as a jumping-off point,? (Variety)?by specializing in original and curated entertainment for the world?s largest?stage?? the Internet. ?STAGE17 presents?a?digital?experience?for audiences where quality, originality, and ease of use are paramount. It is aimed at a growing community of tech-savvy individuals, with a strong interest in theatre and entertainment, for whom there is currently no dedicated?digital?platform.?As a?digital?playground for Broadway and theatrical artists,?STAGE17?will explore the art of storytelling, both scripted and unscripted, from masters in the craft.

Viewers?can currently join?STAGE17.tv?for a preview of the inaugural season and early access to the Beta when it is released on March 31st.

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