Starting April 23, 2014, Riverside County PBS affiliate KVCR is running one Freelancers episode at 845pm PST every Wednesday for five weeks, following episodes of BBC's Robin Hood. The independent show, written and directed by Ignatius Fischer, was produced by Witness Pictures in Southern California's Inland Empire. KVCR is available in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties (ch. 24 most cable/satellite service and over-the-air, ch. 524 Verizon FIOS, ch. 9 Palm Springs).
Press Release - Apr. 10, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Freelancers The Series, a fantasy action adventure show created by Ignatius Fischer, Founder/Co-Owner Witness Pictures, is an action-packed, fun-filled, sometimes edgy, sometimes comical entry in the fantasy genre. Respectfully acknowledging popular fantasy entertainment like Game Of Thrones and Lord Of The Rings, Fischer and the team at Witness Pictures have infused the genre with a light-hearted tone "similar to Raiders Of The Lost Ark," Fischer says. "[The show] is specifically not a spoof," remarks Brian Dillon, Co-Owner Witness Pictures, series producer. "There are a lot of micro-budget fantasy series out there, but a large percentage of them are spoofs of the genre, presumably due to the perceived costs of producing a serious costume drama. We considered the lack of budget as a challenge to create a believable world with a real sense of scale. We’ve tried to create a genuine epic quality."
Freelancers is set in a world evocative of Dungeons & Dragons and Game Of Thrones. Inspired by fantasy literature, role-playing games and the web series "The Guild", the filmmakers set out to create a show featuring fast-paced, action-packed storytelling that specifically foregoes the fantasy tropes of prophecies, sagas, and saving the world. True to its title, the show features flawed characters with extraordinary talents just trying to survive.
In Season One, two mercenaries stumble across a thief who has stolen an artifact from a powerful sorcerer and quickly find themselves on the run from just about everyone. Eager to turn her in for an extravagant reward, Nick the Bold (swashbuckling warrior, played by Nicholas Givanio) and Ivan Strang [sic] (constantly mind-expanding wizard, played by Ivan Borntrager) fend off rival bounty hunters in order to keep Caitlin Marcks (rapier-wielding cat burglar, played by Caitlin Geier) alive long enough to be able to collect on their “investment”.
Complicating matters, Nick may be falling for his prisoner while Ivan may be falling (again) for his nemesis, his sorceress ex-girlfriend Kristian the Shadowbinder (played by Holiday Kinard). Populated with a wild range of misfits, rogues, royalty and wizards, the show rockets between short scenes of comedy, combat and conflict, including several surprising set pieces accompanying the typical warriors-in-the-woods environs.