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Emerson Alumni and Interns Offer "Ride with the Devil"

A screen shot from “Teeth,” an episode of AwesomenessTV's “Sleep Tight” horror web series, written by Jacob Davison '12 and produced by Jason Perlman '07.

The timing seems hardly a coincidence, but the creatives behind new horror-themed web series Sleep Tight have posted a new set of episodes a few days before Halloween. And several genre-loving Emersonians are responsible for creating this horror anthology series for AwesomenessTV. 

Jason Perlman ’07 served as showrunner and executive producer on the series. He wrote and directed several episodes as well. Jacob Davison ’12  co-wrote two of the episodes,  and recent graduates Isaac Gilbert ’16, Madeleine Mulderry ’16, and Emerson senior Cheyanne Lee ‘17 worked as interns on the project.

This horror anthology series deals with contemporary issues such as phone apps, viral videos, and web infidelity. New episodes are posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Perlman is an in-house director/producer/showrunner at AwesomenessTV. He also worked on various TV and web series projects for several other companies, including Hasbro and Nerdist. Perlman is currently in Europe on a cruise ship somewhere between France and Spain, directing the fourth season of Royal Crush, a scripted web series for AwesomenessTV and Royal Caribbean.

Davison has served as a freelance script reader for several development/production/acquisition companies. He is currently working as a writer for the horror news website, as well as with Blumhouse, a film, web series and TV production company for low-budget horror films.

According to Davison, “Jason got in touch with me a few years ago regarding my work as a [production assistant] on an online short and we’ve been friends ever since. We worked on an animated pilot together and last year he brought me on board as a writer for this series.”

Perlman said via email that he was a freelance director/producer for Nerdist several years ago. And when he saw a short that he felt might be a good fit for them, he went out of his way to contact the team that created the short to try and connect the two. In doing so, he also connected with Davison.  

“Jacob was clearly passionate about writing big ideas, and we kept in touch,” he said.

“As I was developing Sleep Tight, I would speak with him about it,” Perlman continued.  “I told him to throw everything he had at me in regard to pitches. I liked way more than two of his ideas, but “Teeth” and “Riding with the Devil” were our favorites. Hopefully there will be a Season Two and many more opportunities for other young creatives who love the genre as much as Jacob and I do.”

Perlman also gave a shout out to the three Emersonians who worked on the horror web series as interns with AwesomenessTV.  “They worked hard, had great attitudes and they were definitely a value add to the production.”

Isaac Gilbert is freelance editing a web series while preparing for his upcoming move back to Los Angeles. 

Submitted by Visual and Media Arts Associate Professor James Macak.

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