New Independent Prime Time Soap Opera “The Rich and the Ruthless” Commences Production in Los Angeles, California and Montego Bay, Jamaica

Production commences in and around Los Angeles, California and Montego Bay, Jamaica on a brand-new primetime soap opera television movie for series “The Rich and the Ruthless.” The dramedy stars award winning actress, New York Times best-selling author and humanitarian Victoria Rowell (“Law & Order,” “Diagnosis Murder,” Marry Me for Christmas, Dumb & Dumber, Home of the Brave, “The Young and the Restless,”) who also produces the ensemble piece. “The Rich and the Ruthless” is executive produced by Days Ferry Productions, LLC, Rowell, John Michael Reefer and Chris Askew.  Rowell and Jamey Giddens serve as the writing team.

The all-star ensemble cast includes Richard Brooks (“Law & Order,” “Being Mary Jane”), Alesha Renee (“Girl Code”, “106 & Park”), Mykel Shannon Jenkins (“The Bold & the Beautiful”, “Containment”), Chrystale Wilson (A Baby for Christmas, Marry Me for Christmas), Michael Colyar (The Princess and the Frog, “Mi Casa, Mi Casa”), Elizabeth Carlisle (“Bosch”), Shadoe Stevens (“The Weekly Show”), Valenzia Algarin (“Black Jesus”), Oliver Samuels (Out the Gate), Starletta Dupois (The Notebook, Big Momma’s House), and Michael Tucci (Grease, “Diagnosis Murder”). 

“In a time of breathtaking discord around race, gender and economic inclusion, I am proud as executive producer, director and co-writer to present “The Rich and the Ruthless” which embodies all that entertainment and media can and should be,” said Rowell.

“The Rich and the Ruthless,” peppered with humor and overall quality entertainment will bring viewers into the powerful and competitive world of the Barringer family, owners of the Barringer Dramatic Television Company.  The moment the drama unfolds, viewers learn to love, hate and in some cases, love to hate, vicious soap divas, chiseled hunks and treacherous network executives who live behind the scenes of one of America’s favorite soaps. “The Rich and the Ruthless” promises to reveal all the dirty suds, one bubble at a time.

 “The Rich and the Ruthless” marks the first international, multigenerational diverse, daytime-themed – behind the scenes soap opera to be filmed in Jamaica – a country that has traditionally embraced the “stories” no matter what the language.  It all translates to “drama.”

Days Ferry Productions, LLC has partnered with Jamaica’s trade and investment promotion agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and Film Commissioner Renee Robinson and others to market and showcase not only Jamaica’s unmatched geographical landscape but the extraordinary abundance of expertise behind and in front of the camera; including line producers, crew, sound stages, equipment, editing and scoring opportunities. “The Rich and the Ruthless” will take place at the renowned Secrets Resorts and Spas and will wrap production in. “The Rich and the Ruthless” is a Screen Actors Guild (SAG), ULB/New Media and FILM LA approved production.

Jamaica’s Film Commissioner Renee Robinson said that JAMPRO welcomed the news of the “The Rich and the Ruthless” production and the partnership with Victoria Rowell. She noted, “We're absolutely thrilled to be facilitating Victoria's project and to see the progression of this initiative. Victoria connected with us last year through the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival and has been working alongside the Film Commission ever since. This is an excellent example of how features can be expedited in Jamaica and we hope this will open a door to future opportunities for the local film industry.”

Executive Producer is Victoria Rowell/Days Ferry Productions, LLC.  Producers are John Michael Reefer and Chris Askew/Locate9.  Director is Victoria Rowell.  Co-producer is Colbert Bernard.  Associate Producer is Vanzil Burke.


Published Date: 
Thursday, July 28, 2016
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