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 JULY 17TH 2017 -SHOGUN STUDIOS SET TO LAUNCH FUNDRAISING EFFORTS IN TAMPA BAY

ANDRE NIEUWENDAM AND ALLEN BERREBBI ARE PARTNERING WITH VARIOUS BUSINESSES AND LOCAL FILM AND MEDIA AFICIONADOS TO OPEN A FILM STUDIO AND SOCIAL COLLABORATION WORKSPACE DEDICATED TO THE CINEMATIC ARTS LOCALLY IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA.

BERREBBI AND NIEUWENDAM, WHO ARE BOTH FILM AND COMIC BOOK FANS, WERE BOTH INVOLVED IN THE NOW DEFUNCT FUTURE COMICS COMPANY UNDER THE DIRECTION OF BOB LAYTON, WHO FAMOUSLY WORKED ON THE IRON MAN SERIES AND WAS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FOR HIS WORK. BERREBBI IS ONE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS OF MAVEN STUDIOS AND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN CREATING AND PRODUCING A SITCOM THAT MAVEN CONTINUES TO MARKET ALONG WITH SOME REALITY CONCEPTS AND OTHER PRODUCTIONS THAT THE STUDIO WILL FOCUS ON, BUT THE SHOGUN STUDIO MODEL WILL NOT BE FOCUSED ON THAT.

BERREBBI AND NIEUWENDAM LONG AGO RECOGNIZED THAT WITH ITS SUNNY BEACHES, HISTORICAL DISTRICTS, AND SCENIC BEAUTY, THAT TAMPA IS A GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO HOLLYWOOD FOR THE FILM INDUSTRY. AFTER BEN AFFLECK DECIDED TO BUILD A FULL SCALE REPLICA OF TAMPA’S YBOR CITY IN GEORGIA TO AVOID STATE TAXES, BERREBBI AND NIEUWENDAM DECIDED THAT IT WAS TIME TO TAKE ACTION AND RALLY LIKE MINDED MOVIE AND FILM PROFESSIONALS WHO MAKE THEIR HOME IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE CULTURE, WHICH AT TIMES HAS SEEMED ALMOST HOSTILE TO FILM PROFESSIONALS TRYING TO MAKE MAINSTREAM, INDEPENDENT AND LOW BUDGET MOVIES IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA.

WHEN COMPLETE NETWORK SERVICES DECIDED TO EXPAND ITS FOOTPRINT IN THE TAMPA MARKET, ONE OF THE MAIN CONSIDERATIONS FOR FINDING AN ADEQUATE SPACE WAS THE ABILITY TO CREATE A PROTOTYPE FOR THE STUDIO SPACE IN THE NEW OFFICE. ONE YEAR AFTER THEY STARTED, BERREBBI AND NIEUWENDAM CREATED THE FRAMEWORK FOR SHOGUN STUDIOS, A MODEL LAYOUT OF THE PLAN THAT INCLUDED A GREEN SCREEN , COLLABORATIVE AND FUN SPACE, AND A CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE TEAM COULD MEET TO DISCUSS UPCOMING PROJECTS AND FILM SMALL PROJECTS. BUT IT WAS NOT ENOUGH. THEY SOON REALIZED THAT MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE TRYING TO BECOME BREAKTHROUGH YOUTUBE STARS ALSO NEEDED THE ABILITY TO BENEFIT FROM PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION AT A SMALL COST AND ALSO LEARNING HOW TO EXPAND THEIR YOUTUBE VIEWERSHIP AND PROCURE MILLIONS OF VIEWS. 

THE STUDIO WILL BE THE FIRST OF IT’S KIND IN THE TAMPA BAY MARKET, AND WILL INCLUDE A FILM STUDIO, A SOUND STUDIO, A COLLABORATIVE RECREATIONAL AND MEETING FACILITY, AND A COFFEE SHOP WHICH WILL BE AWARDED TO A LOCAL COFFEE OR BREWERY AS A SECONDARY LOCATION TO SERVICE VISITORS TO THE STUDIO AND ALSO AS A SECOND LOCATION THAT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

BERREBBI AND NIEUWENDAM ARE ACTIVELY SHOPPING LOCATIONS FOR THE STUDIO THAT ARE CENTRALLY LOCATED IN TAMPA AND WOULD LEND THEMSELVES TO BUILDING A NEW LOCATION OR USING A HISTORICAL BUILDING LIKE A CIGAR SHOP, LARGE AUTOMOBILE SHOP WITH MULTIPLE BAYS THAT CAN BE CONVERTED FOR STUDIO USE, OR BUILDING A MODERN NEW FACILITY LOCALLY IN ONE OF THE UP AND COMING ARTISTIC NEIGHBORHOODS LOCALLY IN THE SOUTH TAMPA OR YBOR AREA. 

THE STUDIO IS LOOKING FOR PRIVATE AND CITY FUNDING AND HOPES TO GARNER INTEREST FOR THE PROJECT BY CONTACTING LOCAL AND STATE POLITICIANS AND BUSINESSES WHO WOULD LIKE TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF MOVIES AND TELEVISION IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR THE YOUTH IN TAMPA. 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED OR CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY OR DONATE A BUILDING OR EQUIPMENT TO THE PROJECT, PLEASE CONTACT US AND LET US KNOW THE BEST WAY TO REACH YOU.