MISSION STATEMENT: The Kush Boys Studio's objective is to be a leading producer and provider of entertainment and information in animation and digital video, creating a portfolio of brands to differentiate our content, services and consumer products. Our company's primary financial goals are to maximize earning and cash flow and to allocate capital profitable toward growth initiatives that will drive long-term shareholder value.
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Drue Young studied academic figure drawings, portraits, fine art and design at Pacific Institute of Art & Design in Pasadena, California. He started working as an illustrator and graphic designer. As an artist, he has sold many of his oil paintings to private collectors. In 1999, he started a design company Gig Interactive Design Group. Clients includes Wells Fargo Bank, Chevrolet, Credit Suisse First Boston, KIA Motors, Capitol Records, Ice Cube, The Game and Baron Davis.
Andrew Todd attended James Madison University in Northern Virginia. Andrew was also selected to travel abroad and continue art education in London, Paris and Amsterdam before moving to Seattle to work as a photographer in 2000. In 2001 Andrew moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in film production. He started working for Sony as a Press Junket Room Director. In 2005 Andrew directed “Ask Bob,” a webisode series starring producer of “The Godfather” and “Chinatown” Robert Evans.
Grammy Award-winning comedian Tommy Chong is legendary for his contribution to American counterculture as part of the comedy team Cheech & Chong. During their reign, the twosome recorded six gold comedy albums and starred in seven films, most of which Chong co-wrote and directed. After Up in Smoke, Cheech & Chong starred in a string of successful films. In 1990 he wrote and directed Far Out Man, and has appeared in over 20 movies with screenwriter, director and producer credits to his name. His additional television credits includes That 70s Show.
Jamal Weathers attended Grambling State University. After leaving Grambling, Jamal worked in music, then returned to Los Angeles with his music group Stepchild, signed by Warner Bros. Records,. At the time, Jamal also modeled for top urban brands such as Mecca and Karl Kani, while touring in the US, Canada, Germany with Step-Child and Prince. Jamal continues to work on films; “We Own The Night,” “Shooter,” “Four Brothers,” “I Heart Huckabess.”
Master Kush has been in development since 2005. Kush Boys owns the trademark name and property of “Master Kush” worldwide. Master Kush already has awareness in many major cities around the world.
Master Kush was presented at “ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL” & “MIFA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM MARKET” in Annecy, France of June 2007.
Master Kush was presented at “MIPCOM 2007 – THE WORLD’S AUDIO & VISUAL CONTENT MARKET” in Cannes, France of October 2007 & MIPTV in April 2008. We will be present again in October 2008.
A. (10) 3-4min WEBISODES/MOBISODES
B. WEBSITE/ONLINE GAMES/INTERACTIVE FLASH COMIC STRIP
C. TV SERIES: (13) 22min EPISODES-SEASON 1
D. VIDEO GAME
E. KUSH COUTURE APPAREL
F. FILM SOUNDTRACK
G. FEATURE FILM/DVD
H. COMIC BOOKS
I. GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK
J. ACTION FIGURE TOYS
K. CHRONIC ICE TEA DRINK
Currently we have working business relationships with:
An interactive production company based in London & Toronto.
-HONG YING UNIVERSE
Animation studio in Shanghai & Hong Kong.
Animation studio in Chennai, India.
Producers & distributors of a delicious hemp flavored lollipop & hemp ice tea.
-SPIKE & MIKE'S SICK & TWISTED ANIMATION
Arguably the best animation showcase; first to show MIke Judge's Beavis & Butthead.
-Tommy Chong is the main voice of Master Kush.
-Newsweek article on the reunion of Cheech & Chong on August 14, 2008.
TOMMY CHONG, CHEECH MARIN, MARK WAHLBERG, LUENELL, RAE DAWN CHONG, TAKASHI HAGIWARA, ANTOINE FUQUA, SNOOP DOGG, DAVID O. RUSSELL, MICHAEL PEÑA, REGINA KING, DJ POOH, THE RZA, HASSAN JOHNSON, BORIS KRUTONOG, SAID TAGHMAOUI, COREY HOLCOMB, ED ROSENTHAL.
TV, FILM & SOUNDTRACK
-Scripts are complete.
-Announcements were made at MIPCOM & MIPTV.
-Featured in Animation magazine & Skinnie magazine.
-All pre-production are currently done in Los Angeles. Animation production will be done in Shanghai by Hong Ying Universe.
-Animation style: Traditional 2D, with 3D effects.
-Line-Budgets are complete. We're currently seeking funding for tv & film production.
-Soundtrack Guest Features: Snoop Dogg, DJ Pooh, Dr Dre, Ice Cube, The Game, DJ Quik, The RZA, Talib Kweli, Warren G.
-Currently in pre-production of 3D models of main characters.
-Co-Producing with DJ Pooh. (Producer of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)
-Potential video game co-production & distribution: Rock Star Video Games, Konami, Vivendi.
COMIC BOOK & GRAPHIC NOVEL:
-Art Direction & illustration by Paul Power. (http://www.paulpower.com)
-Co-production with author & activist; Ed Rosenthal.
-Currently gathering content & design graphics.
KUSH COUTURE APPAREL:
We are selling our shirts in independent stores in California and we have celebs, music artist & ball players wearing them. We're also in the middle of our summer tour called "Gas, Cash & Kush Tour 2008," which consist of getting booths at major events & concerts in over 40 cities across the U.S.
-Over 30 mens & womens t-shirt designs.
-KCA has a full page ad in J'Adore magazine.
-KCA will be feature in High Times Magazine in the Nov. 2008 issue.
-KCA will be at the Magic Convention August 25-27, 2008
CHRONIC ICE TEA:
Our new “Chronic Ice Tea” will be available in stores in September 2008. The first mainstream premium hemp ice tea. It taste great & it's good for you. ;o)
-Co-Production with Chronic Candy.
-Currently our half page ad is running in High Times Magazine.
-Ice tea cans have a Master Kush ad on them.
MARKET TRENDS & KEYS TO SUCCESS
-The branding of Master Kush is already there. Master Kush is an actual strain of marijuana. Kush is one of the highest grade and expensive strain of marijuana. In 2000, the strain of Master Kush won the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. There are about 70 million pot smokers in America.
-Films & shows such as Cheech & Chong, Harold & Kumar, Ali-G Show, Dave Chappelle Show are a huge success, generating major revenues in the multi-millions.
-Showtime's WEEDS is a huge successful hit show; subject matter based on marijuana. Season 2 & 3 shows were launched with a HUGE advertising campaign.
-Cheech & Chong movies combined have grossed over $160 million worldwide, produced in the 80's.
-Harold & Kumar Escapes from Guantanamo Bay has earned over $40 million worldwide at the box office. The production budget was $12 million. DVDs sales are NOT included.
-The new movie "Pineapple Express" has generated $66 million worldwide at the box office. The production budget was $27 million. The movie was released August 6, 2008.
-The lowest gross film for an animation movie was "The PowerPuff Girls," released in 2002. The budget was $11m. Domestic & Foreign Box Office gross was 16.4m. DVD rental and sales are not included.
-Every major rapper raps about KUSH. There's been major success from artists that are associated with marijuana: Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Cypress Hill, Dr Dre, Eminem, Ice Cube, 50 Cent, The Game, etc.
-There is a strong industry buzz on Master Kush. Master Kush is definitely edgy and controversial. This will push the envelope some more. There is nothing like Master Kush; never been a show like this.
MASTER KUSH GENRES:
-Animation, Kung-Fu, Cannabis Humor, Hip Hop, Hollywood, Satirical Comedy.
MASTER KUSH AUDIENCES:
-Skateboarders, Surfers, Snowboarders, Underground Hip-Hop Heads, Graffiti Artist, Rap Music Listeners, Willie Nelson Fans, Potheads, Hippies, Kush Lovers, Medicinal Marijuana Advocates, Grateful Dead Heads, Growers/Cultivators/Care-Givers, Thugs & Gang-bangers, Video Gamers, Homosexuals, Rastafarians & Jamaicans, Bob Marley Fans, Kung-Fu/Karate Movie Heads, Bruce Lee Fans, Anime/Manga Fans, Cheech & Chong Fans, Borat/Ali-G Followers, Dave Chappelle Followers, The Simpsons/Family Guy/South Park/Boondocks Fans, High Times & Cannabis Magazine Readers, Ed Rosenthal Readers, Male College Students, National’s Lampoon Viewers, Comic-Con Attendees, HBO’s Entourage Viewers, Showtime's Weeds Viewers, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim Viewers. (Kush crosses all genders, age & races. All cannabis jokes & references are subliminal.)
-Ethnic markets: Asian American, African American, Latin, Caucasian.
15-55 Year Old Males
18-40 Year Old Females
OBJECTIVE & GOAL:
Create awareness for our niche audiences using traditional advertising and promotional tools. Once they (our audience) realize the project is out, they will look for it automatically. It will spread itself around. Where we can win HUGE is designing the promotions and marketing as if it were "Finding Nemo" or "The Incredibles,” making it appear as if it were any new mainstream animation.
Our ultimate goal is to compete for audiences outside our niche market. There are NO scenes of people smoking marijuana, unlike the rest of the pothead genres. No scenes of drug-usage and all marijuana references and jokes are told in double-entendre formats. The word "KUSH" is still under the radar in mainstream vocabulary for marijuana. If controversy arrives from the mainstream promotions, it'll just create a bigger BUZZ for us.