Is it the end of the world?
Or a new beginning?
Is it the end of the world?
Or a new beginning?
A DRAMATIC SERIES streaming soon!
Written by Galen Wright
Executive Producer, Mike Erwin, A River Below, Netflix
Producer, Gary Kout, Flint Town, a Netflix Original
New parables for a new generation
Cayo is the story of a ten-year-old boy thrust reluctantly into manhood when a nuclear event – an Electromagnetic Pulse bomb that destroys the power grid in North America – separates him from his family, forcing him to survive alone in the Oregon Cascades.
Erwin has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in television commercial, television and motion picture production.
Erwin began his career as producer of national television advertising spots for companies such as Chevrolet, Quantas Airlines and Rosarita Foods.
Moving on to television production, Erwin stage-managed a number of Prime Time Variety Specials and Situation Comedies (50), seventeen of which won Emmy Awards for Best Variety Special. He has produced several home video titles which earned ITA Goldand ITA Platinum sales in the marketplace.
Erwin received Emmy recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for Bette Mildler ‘Ol Red Hair is Back, Baryshnikov on Broadway (for which he also received a Directors Guild of America Award) and Steve and Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin. Erwin also participated in such memorable television shows as Elvis in Concert, Neil Diamond at the Greek Theater. Erwin stage-managed the Star Wars Holiday Special, which featured the entire Star Wars cast. He has worked at CBS, NBC and ABC studios, and several international television networks including under British television Impresario, Lord Lew Grade (ITC).
Erwin then entered the “Direct to Video” industry producing or executive producing sixteen feature films, all of which received international distribution. Among the titles are cult-classic, Bluehill Avenue (winner of Best US Film/Acapulco Black Film Festival and winner of the Jury Prize at Urbanworld) and numerous other film festival winners and Jury Selections. Most recently, Erwin Executive Produced the documentary feature film, A River Below, currently streaming on Netflix. The film was A Jury Selection at Tribeca Film Festival (US Premiere) and winner of a number of distinguished international film festivals.
Several of Erwin’s productions enjoy audience ratings of over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and have budgets ranging up to $14 million.
Erwin was a pioneer in International tax credit financing for motion pictures and has produced six feature films internationally utilizing government subsidy programs and tax credit programs. He has enjoyed development and production relationships with New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, HBO, Miramax, and numerous others.
Gary Kout has been a working professional in the film industry for over 25 years. After discovering a love for filmmaking while growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, he studied film production at the University of Southern California School for Cinematic Arts. Gary’s experience runs the gamut from feature films, shorts, documentaries, television, and music videos, with a primary focus on commercials, promos, and internet marketing.
Gary has produced over 150 national and regional commercials, promos and corporate videos for Apple, Intel, Cisco, Ford, Chevy, John Deere, McDonald's, Logitech, Comcast, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, FOX, Showtime, the US government and many more. Gary has produced or line produced several independent feature films, including Redwood Highway, My Name is Bruce, Calvin Marshall, Blue Like Jazz and the documentary T-Rex, and has served as Executive Producer on the indie features Black Road and the upcoming Phoenix, Oregon. Gary was Production Supervisor on the 2011 Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award winner Rango, starring Johnny Depp, and Producer on the acclaimed Netflix Original Doc Series Flint Town. He is currently producing another doc for Netflix on the Camp Fire.
He has lived in New York City and Los Angeles and has worked all over the United States and in over 15 foreign countries. In 1997, Gary completed a charitable motorcycle expedition from Los Angeles to the southern tip of Argentina, a journey of 15,000 miles through 14 countries, to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society and Save the Children.
Gary is the founder and former Executive Director of Southern Oregon Film and Media, a professional association working to increase film production in the Southern Oregon region, where he now lives with his wife and 2 daughters in the small mountain town of Ashland, Oregon, named one of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Filmmaker by MovieMaker Magazine for the past six years in a row.
Wright is a long-time veteran of the advertising industry, where he wrote award-winning commercials for national brands, such as Coca-Cola, Safeway Stores, Bank of America, and numerous other clients.
A graduate of San Francisco State University’s illustrious Master’s Program in Creative Writing, Wright began as a junior copywriter for Ketchum Advertising. Winning Best of Show, Andy Awards and Clios for clients like Ciba-Geigy, Avia Athletic Shoes and Acura Automobiles ensured his meteoric rise through the ranks. Wright was soon snagged by McCann-Erickson to head up Creative Services at their San Francisco offices. He won the McCann Erickson Worldwide Creative Director of the Year award for his work on Sega, Milk, and Nestle.
Next, Wright moved to Southern Oregon with his wife and five children, bought thirteen acres in the country, and launched an advertising agency called Steelhead. The “small town” agency soon produced big campaigns for national brands such as Mitsubishi, Blackberry, Guitar Center, Pendleton, and Leatherman Tools. Wright introduced LG flat panel televisions to the U.S. market by positioning LG as the choice for design-savvy women in a male-dominated category. His debut “Life’s good” ad campaign was considered by LG senior executives to be a major factor in LG becoming the #1 selling brand of flat panel televisions in America.
Like others in Hollywood, advertising prepared Wright well for the craft of screenwriting. He knows how to tell a story that sizzles and sells, works for the screen, and most importantly, connects with consumers in a memorable way. Wright is highly skilled at the design, implementation, and execution of story in both long and short form. With the emergence of “binge-watching” continuing dramas, as well as short form entertainment offered on numerous platforms, he brings the skills required to deliver programming attractive to the millions of viewers scouring the marketplace for engaging stories in which to immerse themselves and their families.
He also happens to be the real Cayo’s uncle – CAYO is played by Cayo Sharma of Ashland, Oregon. Wright wrote the script CAYO in a 1961 Shasta retro caravan camped deep in the woods of Olympic Peninsula National Park, then presented it to Cayo on his nephew’s 10th birthday.