This 3-Episode Television Special produced for MTV2 rated extraordinarily well with the network’s audience and was shot on sound stages in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.  The series attracted a swell of interest and a cast of influential insiders before running it’s course toward the end of the summer.  Apart from other similar tv rap-battles like Fight Klub (MTV) and Freestyle Fridays (BET), 1 World HIp-Hop Championship exhibited a polished yet gritty aesthetic which was achieved through a hybrid of digital video cameras and capture formats.  Motion graphics designer Ryan Pohanic at Elevate.tv created the title sequence and graphics package; and Chicago writer, performer and activist Kazi The Blak wrote, produced and performed the show’s theme music.

1 World Hip-Hop Championship – MTV

This 3-Episode Special produced for MTV2 rated extraordinarily well with the network’s audience and was shot on sound stages in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.  The series attracted a swell of interest and a cast of influential insiders before running it’s course toward the end of the summer.  Apart from other similar tv rap-battles like Fight Klub (MTV) and Freestyle Fridays (BET), 1 World HIp-Hop Championship brandished it’s own unique format and exhibited a polished yet gritty aesthetic which was accepted by viewers nationwide.  I was hired to produce, direct and deliver this series to MTV2 which also included network promos and web content. The show’s overall look and pacing was an achievement for myself, and my producing partners as we employed a hybrid of digital video cameras and formats, a lot of on-the-fly production design and resourceful lighting decisions in order to give the show a look that rode the fence between high-gloss and “gritty-video”.  Motion graphics designer Ryan Pohanic at Elevate.tv created the title sequence and graphics package; and Chicago writer, performer and activist Kazi The Blak wrote, produced and performed the show’s theme music.

NetworkMTV2Prod. Co.Tatu CreativeExec ProducersGeorgio Costonis, Charles Little IIProducerBlake FerryDirectorCharles Little IIDir. of PhotoGabriel J. LewisEditorCharles Little IIMusicKazi The Blak, The Weird0zVisual FXRyan PohanicWardrobeWoodie WhiteCamerasMarc Levy, Tommy MaddoxLocationCin City Studios, Las VegasAddt'l InfoAir date: May 17, 2009, 1 Season.Linkswww.imdb.com

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