Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kendra TV Show Takes on LGBT Issues

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with actor Bill Brochtrup and producer Jon Avnet about their new television series “Kendra” on the WIGS Network which is the #1 channel for scripted drama on YouTube. Openly gay actor Bill Brochtrup played the gay temp, John Irvin on “NYPD Blue” and straight ally writer/director Jon Avnet is credited with decades of award winning television and film productions including “Black Swan” and “Fried Green Tomatoes”. Kendra is about a bi-sexual post-op nurse played by Sarah Jones (Vegas, Alcatraz) and set in a hospital recovery room known as “Twilight” where people coming off anesthesia are more vulnerable to their true self. Her roommates are a multi-racial gay couple Arnold and Kenny (Brochtrup and DeVaughn Nixon) all of whom served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. We talked to Brochtrup and Avnet about this edgy series that addresses “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and other LGBT topics.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Brochtrup stated, “I’m gay. I’ve been an openly gay actor for many years since I began working on ‘NYPD Blue’. I’ve always been an optimist as far as history goes. I feel like things are moving quickly towards complete equal rights for LGBT people and it may seem slow sometimes to people who are out in the field fighting for these things but over the course of history we will realize that this has happened very quickly in this country and I’m proud to have played a small part in that. I think that images we see in the media can really move this zeitgeist and make people understand that LGBT people are just like everyone else and want the same things that everyone else wants. So I’ve always found the important thing people can do is come out, be themselves and lead an honest life and it’s been shown many times that the more the straight world gets to know gay people, they’re in their family, they’re in their workplace, we’re everywhere as part of the fabric of the community, the more people are accepting that it’s not that big a deal.”

WIGS Launched in May 2012 on YouTube and has 92,848 subscribers and 18,829,167 video views. It consists of provocative, edgy and addictive series, short films, and documentaries, featuring complex, compelling characters played by female leads. Created by Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia (“Albert Nobbs,” “In Treatment”) the channel combines Hollywood’s most successful creative minds with the innovation and power of the digital age to deliver consumers high-quality, original entertainment.
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