Press Release – August 2016


King of the Nerds and Fashion Star Production Company 5×5 Media Strikes First Look Deal with Ink Slinger Entertainment

5×5 Media has signed Ink Slinger Entertainment to a first-look deal to discover and develop literary and creative content for scripted film, TV formats and series. Says 5×5 Co-CEO’s Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Ink Slinger to bring fresh, new stories to the film and television universe. We feel that Ink Slinger’s ability to tap into the incredible creative voices of accomplished authors will yield amazing results.”

The first optioned series under the new deal is The Callaways by Barbara Freethy. Freethy has sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide.  She was named the top selling independently published author in the history of KDP Amazon.  Huffington Post describes her as, “one of the internet elites.” Ink Slinger Managing Partner, W. J. Lazerus said, “ISE is delighted to sign with 5×5, their creative talents and show development skills provide an excellent portal for projects such as Ms. Freethy’s wonderful series.”

About 5×5 Media

5×5 Media’s Co-CEO’s and Executive Producers Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk have produced thousands of hours of television for U.S. networks such as ABC, CBS, CW, Discovery, E!, FOX, MTV, NBC, TBS, TLC, TNT and VH1.  They have received 5 Primetime Emmy Awards for their work on “The Amazing Race” (CBS) and “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” (ABC), as well as multiple Emmy nominations for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” (both ABC) and “Survivor” (CBS).

About Ink Slinger Ink Slinger Entertainment brings together the talents of literary consultant JD DeWitt, producer/director W. J. Lazerus and entertainment business developer Dale Stevens, with a combined history of over 50 years in the literary and TV/film production markets.