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Nobility Launches Sci-fi Genre Into a New Frontier on Amazon
Los Angeles, Calif. — A set of heroes are appearing this summer on Amazon and revolutionizing the Sci-fi genre, but they are anything but noble.
Nobility, a dramedy by Cowboy Errant Pictures, will quench fans’ thirst for a fresh direction to the Sci-fi genre by launching on Amazon’s video on-demand service on June 27, 2017.
The three-episode series is an answer to the much stagnant state of mainstream Sci-fi.
“For more than 15 years, Sci-fi has been obsessed with post-apocalyptic fiction,” said E.J. De la Peña, executive producer for Nobility. “But fans have been craving content that highlights the features of Sci-fi they grew up with, while revolutionizing the way we experience the genre.”
Nobility is heralded as “Firefly” meets “The Office” with a “Star Trek” twist. The series showcase unlikely, quirky heroes who brings together the best elements of Sci-fi. Viewers will be treated to the grandiosity of a new universe, while still identify with the nuances of character drama. The drama complements purposefully with intelligent comedy.
“This is the first time one show has brought together the key elements of what we love about Sci-fi,” said Tad Atkinson, Nobility Production Coordinator. “Nobility encapsulates the type of Sci-fi people want to see. We’ve been long overdue for a genre revolution, and Nobility is the answer.”
Produced by Cowboy Errant Pictures, Nobility takes place 700 years in the future as humanity’s failing government tries to show what it has to offer by doing a documentary on its flagship, the C.A.S. Nobility, Humanity’s most powerful starship with a crew, that’s, well, anything but noble. However, while these aren’t the heroes they were looking for, they may be the heroes humanity needs. More info: www.NobilitySeries.com
About Cowboy Errant:
Cowboy Errant is dedicated to creating high-quality Science Fiction content – the kind of content that audiences crave, but hardly ever see. By organizing with the fan community via social media, Cowboy Errant works with fans to create the products that they want to see. “Are you ready to join the revolution?” More info: www.cowboyerrant.com
Real people existing in a real world with consequences for people’s actions – that is what’s at the core of what “Nobility” is. Though described as “Firefly” meets “The Office”, “Nobility” is not just about the comedy. If you look at the most preeminent science fiction, both today and over the past 30 years, you’ll see that nearly all of them use comedy as a means to open the door to an audience’s heart. “Back to the Future”, “Indiana Jones”, “Firefly”, “Buffy”, and “Doctor Who” all have this in common.
So when we describe “Nobility” as a dramedy about fulfilling potential, you know what we mean. Just like “Firefly” and “Doctor Who” the crazy actions of our wacky crew are our means of peeking into the lives of these characters so we can experience them overcoming their personal trials. It’s our way of watching them become who they must be to face the challenges of the broken world about them, so we can see them rise to the occasion when everyone around them has lost faith.
We are telling this complex and sweeping space opera for one reason. Though we are industry professionals, we are also fans who want to see more of space-faring sci-fi shows that fans crave. Fans like us want another “Star Trek” and “Firefly”. We want to see the characters of these iconic shows fight for humanity and, in doing so, teach us something about ourselves. We want to take ownership of the genre we love.
Thus, we are proud to say that “Nobility” is sci-fi by fans, for fans.
Because of this, we’re already developing our own fan base, being featured in panels at conventions on around the world and our first episodes are currently being shown on Amazon. We’ve attracted numerous sci-fi celebrities for both in front of and behind the camera, including Walter Koenig (“Star Trek: TOS”, “Babylon 5”), James Kyson (“Heroes”), Cas Anvar (“Assassin’s Creed”, “Lost”, “Castle”), Emmy-winner Michael Reaves (“Batman”, “Star Trek”, “Star Wars”), Doug Jones (Hellboy, Star Trek: Discovery), Chris Judge (Stargate SG:1) and more.
We at Cowboy Errant are proud of the story we’re creating with “Nobility” and what this show can represent in terms of a new era for fans. And when “Nobility” is released, you’ll see that the passion put into sci-fi created by fans, for fans, yields incredible results.
President and Founder of Cowboy Errant
E. J. De la Peña
In the 700 years it took for mankind to spread across this arm of the galaxy, Earth became the capital world for all humanity– well, as much as any world could claim to be the capital. As new cultures formed, new alliances emerged, new races developed, and new hostilities were born. This meant the central government – the Confederate Alliance – was left in a situation we all know, one in which regional and national governments fought for sovereignty and undermined the central government’s legitimacy by any means necessary.
Some cultures even retreated from humanity entirely only to be rediscovered down the line. Such is the case with the Eujin people, a culture based on principles of genetic purity and directed evolution through selective breeding. They view it as their divine mission to convert humanity to their ways and move the species toward a higher stage of evolution. When the Eujin people are rediscovered, they join the nearly defunct Confederate Alliance with the hope of serving this cause.
Some decades later, desperate to show it has something to offer, the Confederate Alliance decides to showcase the most powerful ship in all of Earthdom, the C.A.S. Nobility, capable of dispatching any enemy or answering any distress call. Ordering the ship to be the subject of a documentary, the higher-ups have no idea that the crew of the Nobility is, well, less than noble.
Not wanting to miss an opportunity, the Eujin people lobby for one of their own to be stationed on the ship to show all of humanity the worthiness of the Eujin cause. This honor falls upon Sirius Halud, a true believer. He’s assigned as weapons and Eujin liaison officer and expects to find the best humanity has to offer on board the Nobility.
Sirius is mortified when he meets the crew. Instead of the pinnacle of humanity he finds the apathetic Captain Cern sleeping with numerous crew members, the hyperactive navigator, Bob Takashima, the disgruntled alcoholic engineer, Mooney, who has a penchant for throwing wrenches at crewmen, and the condescending hard ass that is First Officer Pikeman who’d deck the Captain if he made a move on her. When he has to choose between the disorderly bunch that are the crew he’s supposed to defend and his own people, Sirius’ loyalties become a subject of debate.
Cas Anvar – Captain Eric Cern
Cas is a very popular participant at COMIC-CON, annually drawing thousands of loyal fans. Known for his role as the ‘Assassin Altair’ from Assassin’s Creed Revelations, he also stars in “Call of Duty: BO2”, “Halo 4”, “Expanse” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars”.
Anvar first gained notoriety for his role in the film Shattered “Glass”. Cas’ versatility on the big screen ranges from roles like ‘Dodi Fayed’ in the feature film, “Diana”, in which he co-starred opposite Naomi Watts and soon be seen in the Lionsgate horror film, “The Vatican Tapes”, with Dougray Scott Michael Pena and “Miss India America” a comedy with Hannah Simone. He appeared opposite Ben Affleck in the Oscar-winning film “Argo”, Jake Gyllenhaal in the Sci-Fi adventure “Source Code”, John Cusack in the thriller “The Factory” and Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal”.
TV appearances include Sayids Brother in “Lost”, CBS’ “NCIS: LA”, USA’s “In Plain Sight”, TNT’s “Leverage”, ABC’s “Boston Legal” and “24” with Kiefer Sutherland. Cas guest starred in the ABC series, “Castle”. In addition, he has a controversial and pivotal guest role on TNT’s “Perception”.
Cas is a classically trained Shakespearean actor. One of his proudest achievements is being the Founding Artistic Director of Montreal’s Shakespeare in the Park Festival run by Repercussion Theatre which just celebrated its 25th season.
An avid geek and gamer, sci-fi and comic book enthusiast, Cas is thrilled to be a part of “Nobility”.
Walter Koenig – Chief Engineer Frank Mooney
Walter Koenig’s long career has led him to world-wide fame as Russian navigator Pavel Chekov in “Star Trek: The Original Series” as well as the quintessential scoundrel, Bester, on the television series “Babylon 5″.
In addition to his extensive film and TV career, Walter has appeared in dozens of plays over his 30-year theater career including “The Girls of Summer”, “The Boys in Autumn”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “Six Characters in Search of an Author”.
Walter’s directorial credits include “Hotel Paradiso” for Company of Angles, “Beckett” for Theatre 40, “America Hurrah!” at the Oxford Theater, “Twelve Angry Men” at the Rita Hayworth Theatre, “Matrix” at the Gascon Theatre Institute, and “Three by Ten” at Actor’s Alley.
Walter is excited to come on board “Nobility” as Chief Engineer, Frank Mooney.
Doug Jones – Dr. Havel Allard
This multi-award winning actor is possibly the most famous person you wouldn’t recognize. After a 28-year career under heavy make-ups, but in memorable roles such as the goofy zombie ‘Billy Butcherson’ in HOCUS POCUS, Doug Jones was thrust to the forefront as the blue fish-man sidekick, ‘Abe Sapien’, in HELLBOY.
He took this kind of work to new heights with his award-nominated dual roles as ‘Pan’ and the ‘Pale Man’ in the multi-Oscar winning PAN’S LABYRINTH. He also played the ‘Silver Surfer’ in FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, and the award-winning performance reprising ‘Abe Sapien’ in HELLBOY II: The Golden Army. His favorite movie as a “human” is the sweet, underdog title role in MY NAME IS JERRY. You can also see Doug’s special haunting roles in LEGION, QUARANTINE, the award-winning French biopic GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE, and indie favorites JOHN DIES AT THE END, ABSENTIA, the brutal RAZE, and Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming CRIMSON PEAK.
This niche in science fiction / horror / fantasy / comic book films garnered Doug Jones a coveted slot in FANGORIA Magazine’s Hall Of Fame in 2008.
Critics have loved his TV guest work in the highly praised ‘Skin & Bones’ episode of NBC’s FEAR ITSELF, as the lead ‘Gentleman’ in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER’s ‘Hush’ episode, and as the harrowing ‘William Barrow’ in MTV’s popular TEEN WOLF. You can also see him as a goofy recurring neighbor in ABC’s comedy THE NEIGHBORS. Most recently, Doug joined the series regular cast of Steven Speilberg’s FALLING SKIES on TNT, and continues with the show as the smart, helpful alien ‘Cochise.’
The newer medium of Web Series has been good to Doug with series regular, recurring, and guest roles on the popular shows THE GUILD, DRAGON AGE-REDEMPTION, FALLOUT-NUKA BREAK, LEAGUE OF S.T.E.A.M., THE JEFF LEWIS 5-MINUTE COMEDY HOUR, CHATROOM OF SOLITUDE, THE DANGER ELEMENT, and the hilarious RESEARCH with Barry Bostwick.
Doug also loves short films with a special purpose, and has starred in a few that he loves to talk about — THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS about a man born without limbs who finds a sense of family; SUDDEN DEATH! a hilarious musical; and THE CANDY SHOP addressing the harrowing issue of child sex trafficking happening right here in the USA.
Darren Jacobs – Eujin Liaison, Sirius Halud
Darren is an actor from Yorkshire, England, and studied performing arts in London and New York on scholarships.
Recently Darren has filmed the upcoming movies: “Elevator Gods”, “Death Machine”, and the two-part sci-fi “Starship” series in which he played the lead character. He also played Oliver Graham in “Hollyoaks”, Steve in “Blind Date”, Morten in “The Mortician”, Jimmy in “Young, Armed, and Dangerous”, and the Prison Warden in Matthew Bourne’s “The Car Man”.
He has worked in London’s West End in the World Premiere casts of “Chitty Chitty Bang! Bang!” (London Palladium), “Sinatra at the London Palladium”, and Matthew Bourne’s “The Car Man” (The Old Vic, London). He was also in the West End casts of Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” (Dominion Theatre), “Follies Charity Gala” (London Palladium), Matthew Bourne’s “Nutcracker” (Sadler’s Wells), “The Wizard of Oz” (Royal Festival Hall), and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (Dominion Theatre). Regional productions were “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” (West Yorkshire Playhouse), “Follies” (Royal and Derngate, Northampton), “Peter Pan” (Bristol Hippodrome), “Babes in Arms” (Chichester Festival Theatre), and “Wizard of Oz” (Royal and Derngate, Northampton).
He has toured the UK, Europe, Asia, and the USA with various productions. He was proud to be cast in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Beauty and the Beast” in Stratford-upon-Avon which was directed by Laurence Boswell, the artistic director of the RSC.
Darren is thrilled to be working on such a great project as “Nobility”, and also to work with such fantastic actors
Torri Higginson – Cdr. Eugenia Pikeman
Torri Higginson is a Canadian actress residing in Los Angeles with over 35 film and television credits of which she has garnered a few award nominations. She is the recipient of the Gemini award for best actress in a continuing series for CTV’s “The City” though she is best known for her role of Dr. Elizabeth Weir in the series “Stargate Atlantis”. She strives to keep a foot in theatre where recently she was thrilled to play Beatrice in “Much Ado About Nothing”, and even more recently, took “The List,” a one-woman play, to run in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. While traveling the world and meeting with the loyal and avid fans of the Stargate franchise, she enjoys keeping a lookout for ways to marry Shakespeare and Space and is hoping that “Nobility” may just be a place where she may find Bottom and Hamlet at the same bar.
James Kyson – Navigator Bob Takashima
Voted by TV Guide as one of “Hollywood’s 25 Hottest”, James recently finished “Hawaii Five-O” on CBS and a 4-year run on NBC’s “Heroes” as ‘Ando’. He currently stars in Break.com’s new action series, “Armed Response”, as well as the new digital series, “Daybreak”, from the producers of “24″ & “Touch” (FOX) and has been recurring on “Justified” (FX) .
A native of NYC, James studied communications & broadcasting at Boston University and New England Institute of the Arts. After a stint in a hip-hop group in college and trying out improv comedy, James moved to L.A. on a one-way ticket with a single suitcase where he began his training in music, dance, and acting.
His first-ever Television audition landed him on CBS’s “J.A.G.” Other TV credits include “CSI”, NBC’s “Las Vegas”, “The West Wing”, and “Heist”, as well as ABC’s “Threat Matrix” & CW’s “All About The Andersons”. James has starred in feature films “Shutter”, “Star Runners”, and “How to Make Love to a Woman”. Recently, James has worked on Catherine Hardwicke’s new thriller, “Plush”, as well as features “Born 2 Race: Fast Track”, “Criticized”, the Rich Mullins’ biopic “Ragamuffin”, & Richard Gabai’s action thriller “Non-Stop”.
James plays basketball for The Hollywood Knights, a charity celebrity team, and participated in Robbie Williams’ Soccer Aid for UNICEF at Manchester United’s Old Trafford in England. An avid outdoorsman, James enjoys scuba diving & playing ultimate frisbee. He is also an active member of the Global Green eco campaign & the Creative Coalition.
James is having fun playing cowboy navigator, “Taka”, in “Nobility”. Yee-haw!
Adrienne Wilkinson – Lt. Ara Eris
Adrienne Wilkinson is best known for playing Livia/Eve, the sometimes warrior, sometimes saint, daughter of Xena on the TV series “Xena: Warrior Princess,” the most widely watched show in the world during its six-year run. Adrienne also starred as Nikki on the U.S. version of the dramedy series, “As If,” and has appeared in guest spots on the series, “Angel”. She also played the love interest of Dr. Ray Barnett on the hit NBC drama “ER”. Her most recent projects include playing Captain Lexxa Singh in “Star Trek: Renegades”.
Her film career includes the lead role in “Reflections” (directed by Barry Caldwell) and “Lakeshore Drive” (written and directed by Michael Grais).
Adrienne’s producer credits include the films “Perfection” and “Seconds” which showcases a woman’s triumph over depression and self-injury.
Sought after for her voice-over work – Adrienne has been featured as more than 50 characters in video games, cartoons, and commercials. She stars as the voice and model of Jedi Maris Brood in the “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” video game franchise and can be heard as the character ‘Daughter’ in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
Adrienne is also known for her charity work, which includes a focus on literacy programs, animal welfare, and children. Her website (www.AdrienneWilkinson.com) hosts an annual charity auction each November which helps to support families dealing with medical expenses.
Excited to play one of “Nobility”’s major villains, Lt. Ara Eris, Adrienne has become an indispensable part of the team.
Ellen Dubin – Col. Theia
Gemini Award-nominated Ellen currently stars on “The Collector” on Chiller TV. She is a beloved cult figure in the sci-fi world for her portrayal of the wild alien cannibal Giggerota the Wicked in the international hit “Lexx”.
Her affinity for the unusual has also lead her to starring roles in “The Listener”, “Dead Zone”, “Blood Ties”, “Robocop: Prime Directives”, “Mutant X”, “Earth: Final Conflict”, “Highlander: The Raven” and “A Wrinkle In Time”. She has appeared as a judge on Syfy’s “Heroes Of Cosplay”.
In “Napoleon Dynamite”, Ellen plays the mom of Napoleon’s prom date. She recently starred with Christopher Lloyd in “Dead Before Dawn: 3D”. The zomedy won the Perron Crystal Award for Live Action 3D Film. She also stars in “The Big Fat Stone” opposite Michael Pare and Margot Kidder.
Ellen is the go-to-girl for a host of movies on the Lifetime Network. Her Hallmark Hall Of Fame/CBS Emmy-nominated movie of the week “The Lois Wilson Story”, opposite Winona Ryder, is among her favorites.
The former ballerina has a long, varied theater career, from musicals to dramas to Shakespeare to farce.
She voiced many characters in “Murdered: Soul Suspect”, “Guild Wars 2″, “Defense Grid 2” “Elder Scrolls Online” and “Skyrim”. She is also the voice of the Disneyland California Adventure Park’s “World Of Color”.
She is spokesperson for Make A Wish, Toronto and Central Ontario.
Ellen is thrilled to be playing Col. Theia in “Nobility”.
Christopher Judge – Admiral Sontar Nev
Christopher Judge was born and raised in Los Angeles and is of AfricanAmerican and Cherokee ancestry.
Attending the University of Oregon on a football scholarship, Judge was a three-time All-American, a PAC10 Conference Selection in 1984, and played in the 1985 Hula Bowl. In his senior year, he won a regional contest to host the West Coast Fox KLSR Morning Show. He used this experience to get an agent and move to Los Angeles.
Judge began studying at the Howard Fine Institute in LA in 1989. Some early roles were “Bird on a Wire”, “Cadence”, “Neon Rider” and “MacGyver” with future “Stargate SG1” star, Richard Dean Anderson. In the ensuing years, Judge had small parts in various television shows and movies, such as “21 Jump Street” (with future SG1 director Peter DeLuise), “The Fresh Prince of BelAir”, “House Party 2”, and as a regular on “Sirens” from 1994 to 1995.
Judge’s largest role came in 1997 with “Stargate SG1”. Judge has written three episodes of “Stargate SG1”: ‘The Changeling’, ‘Birthright’ and ‘Sacrifices’. More recent works of Judge’s include guest spots on “Andromeda” and “Stargate: Atlantis”, the television movie “Personal Effects”, and the films, “Snow Dogs” and “A Dog’s Breakfast”, the latter written and directed by fellow “Stargate” actor, David Hewlett.
Judge also does voice acting for animated series and video games, including the voice of “Magneto” on “XMen:Evolution” and “Stargate SG1:The Alliance”. He is also known for voicing “Jericho” in “Turok”.
Christopher is excited to come on board “Nobility” as Admiral Sontar Nev!
Miracle Laurie – Alethes Halud
Miracle Laurie is originally from Huntington Beach, CA. She’s acted in theatre since the age of 7 and has her B.A. in drama from the University of California, Irvine. Music, art and dance have always been a part of her life. Her father is an artist and her mother is a musician/vocalist, as are her two sisters. She has been a part of the Hawaiian community and a Polynesian Dancer since she was a child. Miracle modeled for a few years appearing on the cover of Teen Magazine and got to work with some great photographers like Bruce Weber. A few years ago, she and her husband fell in love with the ukulele and formed a ukulele duo called “Uke Box Heroes” (www.UkeBoxHeroes.com). Miracle feels very blessed to have such a sweet and fun thing in her life and hopes you enjoy it as much as they do.
She was lucky enough to get her big break as “Mellie/November” in Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” for two seasons. After Dollhouse she’s been fortunate enough to carve out a small independent film career and has had the pleasure of working right alongside some of the most talented and beloved people in the business, like Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler & Greg Itzen. Miracle also got to reunite with a lot of her “Dollhouse” buddies in the fan-funded film, “Lust for Love”.
Miracle enjoys every opportunity she’s given in this business and looks forward to the next adventure aboard “Nobility”!
Vic Mignogna – Lenny Smith
Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old but his voice-acting career started about fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Keldeo in Pokemon, Broly in Dragon Ball Z, Ikkaku in Bleach, Obito/Nagato in Naruto, Vic also played roles in G4′s Wolverine and Iron Man series, Sailor Moon, World Of Warcraft, Attack On Titan, and several others. Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III, Avengers, Pac Man, Sonic Colours, DBZ, Bleach, FMA and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. Finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series. He is executive producer of the award winning web series “Star Trek Continues”, where he is not only directing, but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds. He is happy to be joining the cast of NOBILITY as “Lenny”.
Neil Kaplan – Nobility’s Computer
Neil Kaplan (born March 9, 1967 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA) is an American voice actor, entertainer and comedian. Kaplan grew up in San Jose, California. He got his start as a comedian doing impressions of presidents such as Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. He also impersonated a little-known journalist at the time, Dan Rather. He then started work on video games, including many Star Wars titles. From there he went on to do such shows as Power Rangers as Diabolico, Digimon: Digital Monsters as Hawkmon, Transformers: Robots in Disguise as Optimus Prime and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty as Tychus Findlay. His favorite role was the “utility guy” on a show called The Mouse and the Monster, which aired on UPN in 1996–1997. He played stomachs, ghosts, and Sappy the Clown, among dozens of other characters on that show. Kaplan was also once a contestant on the popular comedy game show, Street Smarts. On that appearance, he showed off some of his other impressions, including one of Gilbert Gottfried. He created the TV show,The Way it WASN’T!, as well as the graphic novel, I, of the Wolf. He also voices the main character in the “Adult” video game BoneCraft. Neil is enjoying his role as the voice of the outspoken ship’s computer on NOBILITY.
Neil Johnson – Director
Neil Johnson is a British film and music video producer, director, and editor best known for his long association with heavy metal band Manowar and for directing and writing sci-fi films. While not well known in the public sphere, he is regarded by experts as a pioneer in digital filmmaking. Neil has produced over 500+ music videos (Manowar, U2, Rhapsody of Fire) and has released 10 different Sci-Fi movies with 3 more in post-production at this time.
Neil brings a wealth of experience to “Nobility”, especially with his most recent film “Starship: Rising“. We look forward to all his insights to help make “Nobility” the best series in 2014!
“Tiki” Al Zequeira – Art Director
“Tiki” Al Zequeira is a 30+ year veteran of the entertainment industry. Starting out as a sci-fi fan creating his own props for cosplay at conventions, Al quickly began making props and sets for local film production companies in his home state of Florida. Eventually, he moved to San Francisco in pursuit of his dream of becoming a science fiction art director.
By the mid 1990’s Al found himself in L.A. working on several of the successors to one of his favorite shows, “Star Trek”. After his time creating props for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager”, Al continued to work on some of the most well known sci-fi films and series including “Star Wars: Phantom Menace”, “Serenity”, “Chronicles of Riddick”, and more.
In mid 2007 Al moved to Shanghai, China, where he made a name for himself as a respected art director on several shows including the children’s show Oyeeoh featuring a world entirely made up of miniature sets and figurines. A daunting challenge, Al’s work on Oyeeoh further proved the level of skill and detail he brings to any project.
Now back in the United States, Al is a crucial member of the “Nobility” team. “Tiki”, as many of the cast and crew call him, is excited to be working on such an unique show with such an incredible cast and crew.
Michael Reaves – Writer
Michael Reaves has worked on over 60 different titles in sci-fi and Animation series. A prolific writer, he was undaunted by Parkinson’s and continues to turn out great work despite his diagnosis. He recently completed a Kickstarter campaign for “Blood Kiss” with Neil Gaimen and Amber Benson. Michael is best known for his contributions as producer and story editor to a number of 1980’s and 1990s animated television series including “Smurfs”, “Disney’s Gargoyles” and “Batman: The Animated Series”. In 1993 he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program for his work on “Batman: The Animated Series”. He has also written media tie-in novels (“Star Wars”, “Batman”), children’s books, and original fiction.
We are thrilled and awed to have Michael on our writing team! He will be a wonderful addition and will help take “Nobility” to the next level.
Mike Philpot – Costume Designer
A graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York, Mike Philpot is a brilliant costume designer who has worked on many high profile feature films such as “Spider-Man 3”, “The Spirit”, and “Man of Steel”.
Starting as a head designer for several clothing companies, an ambitious Mike Philpot moved to Los Angeles to open his own clothing company, BON-TON Clothing Co., a contemporary boutique in West Hollywood. After discovering the love of his life, Val, he started yet another business creating ladies sportswear and dresses.
After falling in love with the creativity of the entertainment industry, Mike transitioned into designing costumes for film and T.V. After working on dozens of independent and studio productions, Mike is excited to be working on “Nobility” with its incredible amalgam of high-powered cast and incredible creative team.
Charles-Henri Avelange – Composer
Charles-Henri was born and raised in the French Riviera, France, where he grew up influenced by the Cannes Film Festival. He graduated from the ESRA, one of the top film schools in France. He moved to the United States, Seattle, in 2005. In Washington State, he is known for his first symphony, “The Age of Heroes”, composed in honor of the Fire Fighters in America and the servicemen and women in Iraq. He is also known as the composer of the Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night, for which he created The SIFF Orchestra – a 60-piece orchestra.
Avelange has scored many projects for film and television, among them the primetime TV specials, “Hallmark: Jingle All the Way” and “Jingle & Bell’s Christmas Star”. He scored the thriller feature film, “Shadowed”, which was an official selection at the Seattle International Film Festival. Charles-Henri moved with his wife to Los Angeles, CA, in January, 2013. Since then his work can be heard on many national TV commercials. In addition to “Nobility”, he will soon score four to be announced feature films in the sci-fi and thriller genres.
Visual effects guru Tobias Richter studied computer science at the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany, where he graduated in 1992. Being a sci-fi fan since the days of the classic “Star Trek” series, he was soon fascinated with the possibilities of 3D animation and the creation of virtual worlds. During his studies, he worked freelance for various computer games and television productions like “Hurra Deutschland”, the German version of “Spitting Image”. He then moved to Cologne where he continued his freelance work in the visual effects departments of several studios before founding his own company, The Light Works in 1995.
The Light Works – Headed by the talented Tobias Richter, The Light Works is a prolific provider of visual effects for the sci-fi world. Based in Germany, The Light Works has provided visual effects for “Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope” and “Star Trek: Phase 2″ in addition to the spectacular visuals seen in “Nobility”.
Ali Ries is a 3D digital artist from Salem, Oregon. Coming of age in the NASA era of Gemini and Apollo anchored her artist roots in space. When Star Trek premiered on network television, her future was paved with dreams of some future in the world of sci-fi and fantasy art or special effects.
With the proliferation of 3D Art software, Ali found a way to express her galactic imagination. With the equivalent of a mental Hubble platform, Ali began creating astronomical star scapes, nebulae and other space scenes as real as the night sky. Today her work is used on book covers, television projects and other media around the world, including the recent SyFy network project, “BSG: Blood and Chrome”, “Riddick 3”, and “Star Trek” Fandom movies.
Baron Thomas Von Buettner
After serving in the German Special Forces, Baron Thomas Von Buettner joined the French Foreign Legion and was wounded as part of the search to find Serbian President Milosevic during the Serbian crisis in the early 90’s.
Once he recovered from his wounds, his life took a different direction. After graduating from Franklin University with a degree in Interactive Media Design, Thomas started working with industry professionals like Albert Lannutti (“Fright Night”).
Thomas has worked on a wide range of projects doing both practical and visual effects including music videos for Selena Gomez, Rihanna, and Ice Cube. After working on various commercials, Thomas moved on to work on projects such as J.J. Abram’s “Super 8” and the hit television show, “Heroes”.
All of this has been in addition to his work with the U.S. and European armed forces creating practical and visual effects for training videos and real-life training exercises.
Ian Dorian – Illustrator/Co-Writer
Co-founder & Director of Dream Team Creatives (DTC). From the age of nineteen Ian has apprenticed for artists employed by Marvel, DC, and Continuity Comics under the tutelage of NEAL ADAMS, MARK TEXEIRA, RAGS MORALES, and LOU SMALL, JR., to name a few. Ian teamed with award-winning writer, Jim Krueger, to create, write, and illustrate graphic novels and to develop story concepts and Intellectual Properties.
Along with his twin brother, Guy, he has become an established “Comic Con” fan favorite, and has had innumerable commissions; His recent clients include Marvel, Image, DC, Black Skull Games, Atlas, Rittenhouse, and Target.
Ian received his MFA in Multi-media from the Maryland Institute College of Art, studied stone carving in Pietrasanta, Italy, and has exhibited his work in galleries and museums. As an Art Professor, he has taught for over thirteen years at various universities and art schools, including The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and the KUBERT SCHOOL.
Ian’s expertise includes Martial Arts (35 years), Fight Choreography and Acting.
Guy Dorian – Illustrator
Dream Team Creatives (DTC): Guy’s first comic was published at the early age of 21 for Marvel Comics and continued on for over 20 years. He is a featured artist of Marvel’s “The Complete Avengers”, “Heroes vs. Villains”, “70 Years of Marvel” and DC Comic’s “DC Legacy” trading card sets. He is a well-established artist, inker, writer, character art developer, creator and toy/product designer for projects such as Marvel Comics Presents, Image Comics, “Silver Surfer” cartoon series, Universal War sci-fi board game, “WWF”, “The Tick”, “Youngblood”, “Hercules and Xena”, “Wind in the Willows”, “Star Wars” Comics, Golden Books, and the list goes on.
He has become an established “Comic Con” fan favorite and has done thousands of commissions. Recently, he has written for Wizard magazine, done character development for Marvel Productions on “Avengers Assemble”, as well as working as co-writer and co-illustrator for the “How to Draw” art book series. As an art instructor he teaches a wide variety of classes.
Guy’s expertise includes Martial Arts and Boxing (35 years), Fight Choreography and Acting.
Jim Krueger – Writer
Jim Krueger is an award-winning writer best known for his work with DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse. In addition to working in the world of Comic Books, in Film and Television for companies such as Disney, Fox, and Warner Brothers.
Some of his better known works include “Earth X” (Marvel), “Justice” (DC), and Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks.
We at Cowboy Errant use extensive hands-on interaction with fans through conventions and social media – including panels and booths at conventions such as Wondercon, San Diego Comic Con, Comikaze, and LosCon in order to build awareness and create face-to-face opportunities with fans. We plan to expand our presence to conventions outside of California when practical.
Online, we use Facebook, Twitter, and Google Hangouts to reach potential fans we do not have the resources to connect with in person, as well as keep current fans up to date, and create opportunities for fans to be involved with the project.
We use YouTube to distribute supplementary videos we create in addition to our main story arcs. This way fans can get better acquainted with the characters as well as enjoy more content to watch between our weekly episodes.
Through our website fans can engage themselves with in-world news, blogs, updates about the crew and ship, etc. Recently we have launched the Confederate Alliance Home Guard which will not only function as a street team but will enable fans to directly participate in the universe. Fans will receive frequent newsletters involving updates about the project, special opportunities, and ways to get directly involved with the project, including fan fiction.
As a “by fans for fans” company our goal is to have the fans feel like they can actually live in the Nobility Universe.
Prior to the release of the first season, we will take the finished product to potential partners such as Machinima, Geek and Sundry, Netflix, etc.
“Nobility” will initially be released through online sources (Ex. YouTube or Vimeo) where ad revenue will be available. Once the first two seasons have been aired, they will be packaged as a single feature-length movie and distributed on DVD/Blu-ray with extras such as the supplemental videos, deleted scenes, extended scenes, and C.A.S. Nobility shenanigans. This feature-length product will be sold in stores and online in both digital and physical format.
We will then approach large on-demand streaming sites (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon) in order to spread awareness, reach wider audiences, and create maximum viewing opportunities.
We will repeat this process at the end of each story arc (two seasons). We currently have 35 story arcs planned – enough material for five 14-episode traditional television seasons or 35 feature-length films.
Since we are a “by fans for fans” company, we will make sure that we can pursue our project with little to no studio investment. That said, we are not opposed to collaborating with studios or networks-especially when it comes to distribution. We would be happy to accept help from studios or networks to bring to the market place what the fans desire.
“Nobility” IMDb Page
Fan Girl Confessions re: Cas and E.J.
Cast and Creator of “Nobility” on the Matty P Show.