SnagFilms has entered the web production business with"Scammers," a new original web series from Sundance Productions and comedian and writer Barry Marder, creator of the character Ted L. Nancy. The project will begin production in February with a spring 2014 release planned on SnagFilms (Indiewire's parent company).
The online distributor has ordered 10 episodes of the comedy series with each running between 4-6 minutes. "Scammers" will follow Marder in his alter ego Ted L. Nancy as he responds to e-mail solicitations promising millions of dollars. Each self-contained episode will follow an email exchange between Ted and a different web scammer.
Marder, who first introduced the Nancy character in his book "Letters from a Nut" in 1997, will provide the voice of Ted L. Nancy, with other voice guests to be announced.
"I received the first Ted L. Nancy book as a gift shortly after publication, and I had to sit on the floor to survive my laughter," said SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen. "SnagFilms helps a global audience to 'discover something different' - and that means consistently delivering high quality entertainment in the most impactful ways. This project with Barry and our great friends at Sundance Productions will take these qualities to new heights. And if Ted L. Nancy finds us a route to inheriting a $10 million dollar estate from a long-lost foreign general, so much the better."
Allen and SnagFilms EVP David Karp will serve as executive producers on the series, along with Marder and Sundance Productions president Laua Michalchyshyn. Samantha Storr will produce.