A Little Bit Country -  Watch as Jennie Garth movies with her daughters from LA to her family’s farm in central California. Will she find the simple, All-American life she has always dreamed of, or turn her family’s world completely upside down?

Executive Producer: Ben Silverman, Jennie Garth, Rob DeFranco

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Robert DeFranco is an entertainment, social media and technology executive. He has extensive experience across social media and advertising sales, content development and production, mobile phone application development and intellectual property development and acquisition. He has secured millions of dollars in financing for film productions and mobile phone development companies.

Robert co-founded A7SLE Films to create digital, film and TV content. Robert has worked on more than 35+ films, television shows and commercials. As Head of Production for A7SLE, he managed all aspects of development and production for the company’s slate of projects and social media partnerships.

In addition to acquiring IP for development, Robert set up co-producing and financing deals with Electus, Relativity, Boom Comics, Killer Films, Youtube, ISH, College Humor, and Boss Media. Robert executive produced A7sle’s “Loosies” starring Peter Facinelli and Jaimie Alexander acquired by IFC Films, produced “The Last Word” with Boss Media, produced the hugely popular digital series “The Hillywood Show” for Youtube/MyISH and the CMT reality series “Jennie: A little Bit Country.”

Robert is the co-author of the Little Brown novel “After the Red Rain” and co-creator of the graphic novel “Protocol: Orphans. “

Prior to A7sle, Robert co-founded and was the CEO of 211me, Inc. an iPhone application development, social media and mobile content company. He was responsible for all aspects of the company including raising several million dollars of capital and forging partnerships with Fortune 50 companies. The company created the first celebrity iPhone applications, the first iPhone contact sharing application and numerous games including Vampire Transformers, iSeed spit and Attack of the Killer Bugs.  

Prior to co-founding 211me, Robert held a number of executive positions with mobile, digital and software companies including MobileLime, Troux Technologies and Netifice Communications.  Robert co- founded Division 1 Entertainment, and directed the film TELLING YOU distributed by Miramax Films.

Rob holds a BA in Telecommunications and Electronic Media from The Ohio State University. Prior to transferring to The Ohio State University, Robert attended Boston College where he played varsity football.

The Devil’s Rooming House - The film is based on the true story of Amy Archer, the most prolific female serial killer to ever live. The book is being adapted by Max La Bella (Demonic). I acquired the rights to the book and partnered with Old Lime Productions to finance the development of the book.   Deadline story:    http://deadline.com/2014/05/devils-rooming-house-peter-facinelli-a7sle-films-max-la-bella-734429/    Dreadcentral story:    http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/49980/the-devil-s-rooming-house-to-chronicle-the-story-of-america-s-most-prolific-serial-killer/#axzz2mL1hyZM3

The Devil’s Rooming House - The film is based on the true story of Amy Archer, the most prolific female serial killer to ever live. The book is being adapted by Max La Bella (Demonic). I acquired the rights to the book and partnered with Old Lime Productions to finance the development of the book. 

Deadline story: 

http://deadline.com/2014/05/devils-rooming-house-peter-facinelli-a7sle-films-max-la-bella-734429/

Dreadcentral story: 

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/49980/the-devil-s-rooming-house-to-chronicle-the-story-of-america-s-most-prolific-serial-killer/#axzz2mL1hyZM3

Street Soldier - currently in development, I acquired the book rights, a Boston Globe bestseller by Edward MacKenzie Jr about his life as an enforcer for Whitey Bulger and packaged the project.    Deadline story:    http://deadline.com/2013/10/fox-developing-event-series-about-whitey-bulgers-enforcer-with-peter-facinelli-co-starring-michael-de-luca-producing-623763/    Hollywood Reporter story:    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/twilight-actor-peter-facinelli-produce-206340

Street Soldier - currently in development, I acquired the book rights, a Boston Globe bestseller by Edward MacKenzie Jr about his life as an enforcer for Whitey Bulger and packaged the project.  

Deadline story: 

http://deadline.com/2013/10/fox-developing-event-series-about-whitey-bulgers-enforcer-with-peter-facinelli-co-starring-michael-de-luca-producing-623763/

Hollywood Reporter story: 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/twilight-actor-peter-facinelli-produce-206340

Loosies - I executive produced this feature film for Facinelli Films and Chad Verdi Productions, written by Peter Facinelli starring Jaimie Alexander, Michael Madsen, Vincent Gallo and Joe Pantoliano.   Loosies was acquired by IFC Films for distribution (Variety):  http://variety.com/2011/film/markets-festivals/ifc-takes-loosies-1118042464/      IFC:  http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/loosies       IMDB:   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1568337/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm      <

Loosies - I executive produced this feature film for Facinelli Films and Chad Verdi Productions, written by Peter Facinelli starring Jaimie Alexander, Michael Madsen, Vincent Gallo and Joe Pantoliano. 

Loosies was acquired by IFC Films for distribution (Variety):

http://variety.com/2011/film/markets-festivals/ifc-takes-loosies-1118042464/


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The Last Word - I produced this feature film for A7SLE Films with Boss Media. The film is based on the terrifying true story of Johnny Frank Garrett, who placed a curse on everyone responsible for sentencing him to die. I negotiated and acquired the rights to the documentary of the same name by Jesse Quackenbush and then negotiated and closed a deal with Boss Media to finance and co-produce the film.   We hired Simon Rumley to direct:    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/red-white-blue-director-tapped-619921    IMDB page:    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2836628/

The Last Word - I produced this feature film for A7SLE Films with Boss Media. The film is based on the terrifying true story of Johnny Frank Garrett, who placed a curse on everyone responsible for sentencing him to die. I negotiated and acquired the rights to the documentary of the same name by Jesse Quackenbush and then negotiated and closed a deal with Boss Media to finance and co-produce the film. 

We hired Simon Rumley to direct: 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/red-white-blue-director-tapped-619921

IMDB page: 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2836628/

Telling You - I co-wrote, and directed Telling You starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dash Mihok, Jennie Garth, Peter Facinelli and Matt Lillard. The film was produced by Division 1 Entertainment, which I co-founded with Chris DeFranco and David DuPuy. We raised the shoe string budget of $300k and shot the film in Burbank, CA and a nice of job making it look like Long Island, NY.   After being accepted to the Hollywood Film Festival, we sold the movie to Miramax Films. Our timing was right; after a limited release in theaters, we did extremely well in the DVD market.   Miramax Films page:    http://www.miramax.com/movie/telling-you-aka-love-sucks/   Wikipedia:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telling_You

Telling You - I co-wrote, and directed Telling You starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dash Mihok, Jennie Garth, Peter Facinelli and Matt Lillard. The film was produced by Division 1 Entertainment, which I co-founded with Chris DeFranco and David DuPuy. We raised the shoe string budget of $300k and shot the film in Burbank, CA and a nice of job making it look like Long Island, NY. 

After being accepted to the Hollywood Film Festival, we sold the movie to Miramax Films. Our timing was right; after a limited release in theaters, we did extremely well in the DVD market. 

Miramax Films page: 

http://www.miramax.com/movie/telling-you-aka-love-sucks/

Wikipedia: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telling_You

I co-created the comic book series Protocol: Orphans published by Boom Studios. The limited series of four comics and graphic novel was critically acclaimed.  

  Read the Major Spoilers Review:
 https://majorspoilers.com/2013/11/15/review-protocol-orphans-1-4/  

  Check out the comic process for Protocol at iFanboy: 
 http://ifanboy.com/articles/process-protocol-1-in-pencils-inks-and-colors/  

  Read the Comic Bastards review:
 http://comicbastards.com/comics/review-protocol-orphans-4/

I co-created the comic book series Protocol: Orphans published by Boom Studios. The limited series of four comics and graphic novel was critically acclaimed. 

Read the Major Spoilers Review: https://majorspoilers.com/2013/11/15/review-protocol-orphans-1-4/

Check out the comic process for Protocol at iFanboy: http://ifanboy.com/articles/process-protocol-1-in-pencils-inks-and-colors/

Read the Comic Bastards review: http://comicbastards.com/comics/review-protocol-orphans-4/

A7SLE Films was commissioned to produce the digital content by GQ for BMW’s Mission Electric print and digital campaign. I produced and directed the series of digital shorts and starred in them alongside Peter Facinelli. In addition to the digital content, we were featured in two four page print campaigns in GQ’s Dec. 2013 and Jan. 2014 issues.   
      Mission Electric - Zipline  from  Mission Electric  on  Vimeo .  
      Mission Electric - Teaser  from  Mission Electric  on  Vimeo .  
      EP2  from  Mission Electric  on  Vimeo .  
      EP1  from  Mission Electric  on  Vimeo .

A7SLE Films was commissioned to produce the digital content by GQ for BMW’s Mission Electric print and digital campaign. I produced and directed the series of digital shorts and starred in them alongside Peter Facinelli. In addition to the digital content, we were featured in two four page print campaigns in GQ’s Dec. 2013 and Jan. 2014 issues. 

Mission Electric - Zipline from Mission Electric on Vimeo.

Mission Electric - Teaser from Mission Electric on Vimeo.

EP2 from Mission Electric on Vimeo.

EP1 from Mission Electric on Vimeo.

211me - I created the concept and overall design for the Vampire Transformer app for the iPhone. The app allowed you to transform any person into a vampire in seconds through a rub function to blend vampire elements into a photo. The app was hugely successful and was featured on several entertainment shows.   In addition to the photo manipulation elements, the app was integrated into Facebook, Twitter and our own hosted image gallery.  

Featured on G4 Attack of the Show: 
 http://www.g4tv.com/videos/42971/quick-hit-peter-facinellis-vampire-transformer-iphone-app/

211me - I created the concept and overall design for the Vampire Transformer app for the iPhone. The app allowed you to transform any person into a vampire in seconds through a rub function to blend vampire elements into a photo. The app was hugely successful and was featured on several entertainment shows. 

In addition to the photo manipulation elements, the app was integrated into Facebook, Twitter and our own hosted image gallery. 

Featured on G4 Attack of the Show: http://www.g4tv.com/videos/42971/quick-hit-peter-facinellis-vampire-transformer-iphone-app/

211me - We were approached by plush toy maker Wumblers to create an iPhone game around their popular line of dolls. Wumblers had close ties with watermelon growers (the Wumblers are born from watermelons) and participated in an annual seed spitting contest. We emulated the seed spitting action by tying into the microphone’s sensitivity settings. When you blow on the microphone the app “spits” a seed. We also pulled in their Youtube channel and social media accounts. 

211me - We were approached by plush toy maker Wumblers to create an iPhone game around their popular line of dolls. Wumblers had close ties with watermelon growers (the Wumblers are born from watermelons) and participated in an annual seed spitting contest. We emulated the seed spitting action by tying into the microphone’s sensitivity settings. When you blow on the microphone the app “spits” a seed. We also pulled in their Youtube channel and social media accounts.