Writers Group Film Corp., and Front Row Networks, a Los Angeles-based concert production company, announced that Bob Johnston, a 35-year Veteran of Entertainment Production, has joined the company's executive team as Executive Vice President of Business Development and 3D Producer, developing 3D content and distribution opportunities for alternative content, live event, drama and documentary programming.
"Front Row Networks is fortunate to be able to benefit from Bob's many existing relationships within the International 3D community, including production service vendors, independent producers, Consumer Product Manufacturers and an understanding of the emerging distribution platforms," says John Diaz, CEO of Front Row Networks.
Since 1996, Johnston's experiences in 3D production have included developing budgeting scenarios, scheduling and logistics plans and embracing post-production workflows for over 300 stereoscopic projects, as well as the technical development and consultation of several hardware appliances for capture and playback of stereoscopic media for public and private theaters. Produced 3D projects have included live action feature programming for IMAX, Disney, Lionsgate, Nu Image and Technicolor; additionally he has consulted with 3D productions for Discovery, World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and dozens of other independent producers, studios and 3D acquisition and post-production technology concerns.
Bob has helped enable the 3D market in Korea with Skylife 3D and TV Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has participated on numerous 3D conference panels and 3D market awareness events in Los Angeles, Berlin, Seoul, Tokyo and London.
Johnston's live event experiences included Physical Production and Promotion of numerous Music Festivals, large-scale Multi-Day events and over 1,000 Concerts including large-scale multi-day events, including Fleetwood Mac, The Police, Kansas, Styx, Journey, Kiss, Rush, Ozzy Ozbourne, Loverboy, Barry Manilow, among dozens of other top 40 Acts, as well as early tour development of the first solo tours of Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. Additionally, he has garnered international Feature Film, Television, Music Video and Commercial project development and production experiences as a Producer, Associate Producer, Production Manager or Production Supervisor with projects for Disney, MTV, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks, Imagine, Walden Media, Dektor and Associates and dozens of other independent production entities. Key projects have includes: "Alien Resurrection," "Around the World in 80 Days," the pilot for the international hit TV series "24," the mini-series "Son Of The Morning Star" among others.
Johnston noted, "The current worldwide phenomenon surrounding 3D, combined with a vibrant live entertainment business, presents a unique opportunity for Front Row Networks to provide an inexpensive, state-of-the-art, live 3D concert experience to anyone, anywhere in the world. As 'Content is King,' I look forward to working with Front Row Networks and the accomplished international 3D creative and technical community to enable more quality 3D program production for all existing and upcoming platforms."
Front Row Networks is a live concert production and distribution company which produces live concerts in 3D for initial digital broadcast into movie theaters in the United States, Western Europe, South America and Asia. Following a US theatrical run, the 3D concerts are then licensed to TV broadcasters and DVD retailers.