EXCLUSIVE: Media veterans Michael A. Simon and Scott Kushner have teamed up to launch F Street Productions, a company dedicated to developing and producing original cross-platform scripted entertainment. Based in New York and Los Angeles, the company will focus on content that lives at the intersection of storytelling and lifestyle.
F Street is starting with two original podcasts, episodic comedy series Unsung other The hidden revealed, which are currently in post-production. Release dates will be announced soon. Additional original cross-platform content is expected to be announced shortly.
Unsung is inspired by the real-life exploits of rock musician and legend Kasim Sulton. In the series, co-created and produced by Sultan, the fictional Alec Sulton suffers a heart attack on stage and is forced to reconnect with his three adult children, all of them talented musicians. While children know very well that their father can be self-destructive and at times incredibly self-centered, he is also the scaffold on which they have built their own strange little lives. And when they all finally decide to form a band and play together, and they will, one thing is clear: they may not be a close-knit family, but they are a pretty good band.
Bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist, Sulton has been Todd Rundgren’s bassist on Utopia for decades and has also performed on albums by many of the best artists of the past decades, including Meat Loaf, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cheap Trick, Jon Bon . Jovi and Hall & Oates. Throughout his career, Sulton has appeared on albums that have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. As a solo artist, her latest album, Kasim 2021, was released in September 2021 by Deko Entertainment.
“There have been so many crazy situations and experiences in my life, both highs and lows, that it can be difficult to describe,” Sulton said. “This series offers many of those moments with powerful insights and amazing clarity. I look forward to sharing this story with fans who know me and others who may be discovering me and my music for the first time. “
The hidden revealed is hosted by Pythian Priestess, a leading occultist and content creator in the #WitchTok alternative spiritual subculture, with over 400,000 followers on social media. With special guests in each episode, The hidden revealed focuses on the deep insights, knowledge, and amazing ability of Pythian Priestess to help those seeking spiritual guidance.
“As a result of the massive media coverage of spirituality and magic, there is an enormous amount of misinformation and beginners parading as experts,” said Pythian Priestess, who is also an executive producer and co-creator of the series. “The Occult Unveild reveals the secret lives and rituals of expert practitioners. These types of experiences cannot be found in books, blogs or TikToks; they are being revealed for the first time to uninitiated eyes and ears. “
“What excites me about working on these podcasts is that I can create in terrain that is very familiar to me as a director, but that allows me to tell stories in new ways,” said Simon. “I haven’t worked on a sound-only medium since my punk rock days during my time on radio in college in the ’80s, which is why the podcast format feels so fresh to me. Content creation is a team sport and partnering with people who will challenge you to get out of the proverbial box, that’s why I’m here. I don’t know exactly where this is all going, but I love the ride so far. “
“Podcasting is at the forefront of a renaissance of audio as a dynamic entertainment medium and an exciting platform to connect with audiences,” said Kushner. “Having started my career producing long-form radio content, I feel like podcasting has completed my circle. That being said, all content produced by F Street Productions, including both Unsung other The hidden revealed, they are completely independent of the platform. Everything we create is designed to live on any media platform, making F Street very agile and exceptionally adaptable to today’s market. “
Kushner and Simon have been friends since they met as students at George Washington University and discovered their shared passion for comedy and music (the name F Street comes from the bedroom where they met). In the years since, they have both achieved success working with artists and projects in music, television, and film.
Kushner is an Executive Producer of MediaPlace, the New York-based integrated media and creative services company he founded in 1993. MediaPlace is best known as a producer of content across platforms – video, audio and digital, as well as event activations. and immersive experiences.
Most recently produced MediaPlace Dear New York, bringing to life the narrative of New York City’s resistance, recovery, and rebirth during the pandemic. The show aired on all affiliated television networks in New York, with Robert Klein as the narrator.
Kushner began his professional life in the broadcasting unions DIR Broadcasting, LBS Communications and ABC Radio Network. During his tenure, he actively participated in productions with musical artists such as The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Hall & Oates, and Eric Clapton, among others. He has worked on numerous specials, including Live Aid and The Who’s Farewell Tour.
Before launching MediaPlace, Kushner was a founding member and vice president of Point-of-Purchase Radio. Subsequently, Heritage Media acquired the company.
Since 2001, Kushner has served on the board of directors of the media industry philanthropic organization The John A. Reisenbach Foundation, and currently serves as co-chair of the organization’s program committee.
Simon is currently in pre-production on his first narrative feature film. Prisoners of time based on the documentary Bloody city hall. The film weaves a story about a father and daughter, Norman Mailer, Marilyn Monroe, and the #MeTooMovement.
During his previous eleven-year run on VH1, Simon produced and directed the series. New Visions, VH1 Storytellers and the iconic VH1 Divas. On VH1 he worked with musical legends, including Miles Davis, Prince, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Prince, to name a few.
Simon left MTV Networks to continue his work as an independent director where he will direct numerous specials and series, including Soul train, 25 live Survivor final, 22 years of the Emmy Award A Home For The Holidays and the memorable commercial series of Priceline.com, with William Shatner. Other credits include Bee Gees just one night HBO special concert, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Rock Star, The Sing-off and MTV’s America’s Best Dance Team, The Contender, and more.
A prolific comedy director, Simon directed 25 seasons of Ridiculousness, along with several spinoffs and numerous comedy specials, including the highest-rated comedy comedy special ever with Jeff Dunham and the award-winning Gad Elmaleh: American Dream on Netflix.