Media Life: Auburn producer springboards from “Deadliest Catch” to global 3D event

By: Gus Thomson/Media Life
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Auburn’s Doug Stanley has left “Deadliest Catch” behind to start his own production company and he already has a big fish on the end of his line. Stanley’s Ridgeline Entertainment has signed an exclusive agreement with Sovereign Entertainment, manager and event promoter for South Africa’s leading rock band The Parlotones. He'll be orchestrating broadcasts of a July 16 theatrical event in 3D around the globe. Stanley will serve as one of the event’s executive producers. The broadcast will be live July 16 from Johannesburg, South Africa. The Parlotones, who recently helped open the FIFA World Cup in their country, are known for their theatrical presentations and the summer performance is being billed as a 3D rock theater event. The Parlotones will be playing their hits but the performance will also fold in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi romance loosely based on an old Japanese fable. Stanley, an Emmy winner for his work on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” said he would compare what audiences will see onscreen to the motion picture “Tommy,” from the mid-1970s, which melded cinema and the music of The Who. With The Parlotones’ global fan base, Stanley said the event could reach out to 180 countries in 45 languages. The Fry’s electronics store business is already a financial backer and part of the agreement involves marketing DVDs and 3D Blu-Ray discs of the event after it takes place, Stanley said. The event is called “Dragonflies and Astronauts,” and will also be available to theaters with standard 2D capabilities. Movies on tap For those who like their movies al fresco, with a twist of moonlight and stars, the lineup has been finalized for this summer’s outdoor Auburn Movie Nights. Auburn organizers tried out the concept last summer and were pleased enough with the results to bring screenings back for a return engagement. The fun starts in Central Square June 15 with a showing of equine drama “Secretariat.” That’s followed by “E.T.” on June 22 at Recreation Park’s Family Swim Night. Movie Nights shuffles over to Old Town for “American Graffiti” on June 29 and then returns to Central Square for "Battlestar Gallactica” July 6. “Chronicles of Narnia” will light up the screen in Old Town on July 13 and “Jaws” will be a scary treat at poolside during Recreation Park’s Family Swim Night July 20. The summer series will wrap up with “Airplane” at Central Square July 27; “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at Old Town on Aug. 3 and “Grease” at Regional Park on Aug. 10.