Media Rights Capital
Media Rights Capital (MRC) is an American independent film and television studio founded by Mordecai Wiczyk and Asif Satchu. MRC specializes in the creation of premium content. It has full in-house development, physical production, legal, finance and corporate development teams. MRC has distributed its films through many major domestic and international distributors in the industry.
- Paramount Pictures
- Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Twentieth Century Fox
- Universal Pictures
- Warner Bros. Pictures
- Chappie, co-written and directed by Neill Blomkamp and co-starring Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel, and Die Antwoord, distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Ted 2
- A Million Ways to Die in the West, co-written, co-produced, directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane and co-starring Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris, distributed by Universal Pictures.
- Elysium (2013), a science fiction project written and directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and Jodie Foster, distributed by TriStar Pictures.
- Ted (2012), co-written, directed by and co-starring Seth MacFarlane and stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, distributed by Universal Pictures.
- 30 Minutes or Less (2011), directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, and Aziz Ansari, distributed by Columbia Pictures in the USA and Canadian distribution and Sony Pictures Releasing in the German distribution.
- The Adjustment Bureau (2011), written and directed by George Nolfi, distributed by Universal Pictures.
- Devil (2010), produced by M. Night Shyamalan and directed by Drew and John Dowdle, distributed by Universal Pictures.
- The Box (2009), written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Cameron Diaz, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
- The Invention of Lying (2009), co-written, co-directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
- Shorts (2009), written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
- Brüno (2009), co-written by and starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, distributed by Universal Pictures.
- Deception (2008), written by Mark Bomback and directed by Marcel Langenegger, distributed by 20th Century Fox.
- Babel (2006), Oscar award winner and multiple nominee, distributed by Paramount Vantage.
- The Ricky Gervais Show (2010–2012) for HBO: three seasons, 39 episodes.
- The Life & Times of Tim (2008–2012) for HBO: three seasons, 30 episodes.
- Shaq Vs. (2009–2010) for ABC: two seasons, 10 episodes.
- Rita Rocks (2008–2009) for Lifetime: two seasons, 40 episodes.
- Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (2009) for Comedy Central: one season, 6 episodes.
- Surviving Suburbia (2009) for ABC: one season, 13 episodes.
- The Goode Family (2009) for ABC: one season, 13 episodes.
- Easy Money (2008) for The CW: one season, 8 episodes.
- Valentine (2008) for The CW: one season, 8 episodes.
- In Harm's Way (2008) for The CW: one season, 10 episodes, 5 unaired.
The CW's Sunday night programming
Media Rights Capital was also responsible for programming the CW's Sunday-night lineup during the 2008–2009 season through a time-leasing arrangement. The first shows to air included the reality show In Harm's Way and the dramas Valentine and Easy Money. Each show had an initial order of 13 episodes.
On November 10, 2008, Media Rights Capital canceled two of the four shows it produced for The CW. (Both Valentine and Easy Money were put on hiatus with skeleton crews while more scripts were written.) It was expected that MRC would deliver two replacement shows in their place. The CW decided instead to take back control of its Sunday night schedule after the MRC block from the beginning trailed the ratings of CW's Sunday night the year before by a considerable margin. The network then decided to return the Sunday timeslots to its affiliates as of the 2009-10 season.
MRC has produced digital projects with many Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Nike, Google, Procter & Gamble, Burger King, and Johnson & Johnson. MRC's longest-running digital series is the animated program titled Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, with original characters created by Seth MacFarlane, the Emmy Award-winning creator of Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad! The series generated over 100 million online views and received a Webby Award in 2009; has been distributed through Google, YouTube, Tremor Media and Hulu; and has been released on DVD and Blu-ray disc.
Other MRC digital projects include the following:
- MommyCast, an award-winning weekly Web cast for moms that has garnered over 50 million online views to date.
- Raven-Symoné Presents, an original self-help series marking former Disney Channel star Raven-Symoné's first online venture.
- "About MRC". Media Rights Capital. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
- Babel at the Internet Movie Database
- "AMC Orders Pilots Knifeman & Galyntine". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
- "MRC Unveils Four Shows for CW Sunday". zap2it.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- Finke, Nikki. "MRC cancels two shows on the CW". Deadline.com.
- CW Takes Back its Sunday Nights, Sets "Jericho" Reruns, TelevisionWeek, November 20, 2008
- CW Dumps MRC Sunday Nights, Broadcasting & Cable, November 20, 2008
- Carter, Bill (November 20, 2008). CW Says It Is Retaking Control of Its Sunday TV Lineup, The New York Times.
- de Morales, Lisa (2009-05-21). "For Fall, CW Brings On the Suds -- and Vampires". The Washington Post.
- "13th Annual Webby Awards Announce Online Film & Video Winners" (Press release). Webby Awards. May 5, 2009.
- Salesandmarketing.com March 2009[dead link]