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Derek on the cover of “La Libertad”

Derek Houck on the cover of La Libertad
Derek Houck is the cover model and featured interview in the January issue of La Libertad. Derek talks about working on the IAWTV-nominated web series Progress in a wide-ranging discussion that covers his career and personal life. From the interview:

WMV: What advice, if any, would you give others who are also trying to “make it” in the entertainment industry?

Derek: Focus on building a career, not on landing a particular job. Help others out when you can, and they’ll do the same for you. The only reason I knew about “Progress” is because I did a children’s show with the producer, Nicole Wright, years earlier. I plan to be acting when I’m seventy, and I want to be able to turn to my co-star and say, “Remember that student film we did together back in ’07? Before the clone wars and drone pizza delivery? Ah, those were the days.”

Be sure to read the full interview where Derek discusses a wide variety of subjects, including the creation of Napoleon Bon Appétit, which Kansas City is the REAL Kansas City, and why the Love That Girl! premiere party was called a “meet and tweet.”

Progress on list of 5 Fav Series of 2013

Progress has been listed as one of Snobby Robot’s Five Favorite Series of 2013. From the article:

Along with its great cast, writing and storyline, PROGRESS also makes an incredible visual impact on viewers through its dazzling special effects and production design – both of which were accomplished on a next to nothing budget. It’s an impressive feat that has earned PROGRESS two IAWTV nominations for both outstanding visual effects and set design…. Combined with its outstanding group of actors and its intriguing story, PROGRESS is a web series that truly made quite an impression on me – both in style and substance.

Progress is a ten-episode web series. Victorian England has a steam-powered Internet and Jack the Ripper is posting his crimes on the web. The series has been featured in numerous publications, including Wired.com’s GeekMom blog and The Steampunk Tribune.

‘Progress’ nominated for two IAWTV awards

Steampunk web series faces heavyweights in ‘Battlestar Gallactica’ and ‘Continuum’

PRNewswire – LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19, 2013“Progress,” the steampunk web series, has received two International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) Awards nominations in the categories of “Best Visual Effects (Digital)” and “Best Design (Art Direction/Production).” Three of the scheduled 10 episodes in the series are live on YouTube.

“Our nomination confirms a small, independent production company that creates quality programming can compete with extremely well-funded projects like ‘Battlestar Gallactica’ and ‘Continuum,’ ” said Nicole Wright, series producer and director. “It’s an honor just to be nominated among some of the giants in the business, validating our high production values.”

The visual effects were created by British animator-editor Paul Lada whose credits as an animator include “Prometheus,” “Harry Potter,” “Tomb Raider” and “Charlotte’s Web.” Art Design was a collaborative effort of David King (production design), Shannon Arrant (costumes) and Andrea Garduno (art and illustrations).

“Progress” stars Ben Whalen (“Midnights with Adam,” “To Be King”) as the Sherlockian hacker Oscar Lerwill, Rebecca Lynch (“Holiday High School Reunion,” “Game Night”) as the alluring cam-harlot Lila DeClide, Derek Houck (“Community,” “United States of Tara”) as the mischievous troll Adam Rhett, Andy Pandini (“Between Jupiter and Mars,” “Harold’s Going Stiff”) as the right-wing pundit Mr. Humbbaugh, Kai Cofer (“Deadwood,” “Smiley Face”) as the constable Alben Scot, and Anna Mountford (“Glee,” “Murphy’s Law”) as the voice of Oscar’s computer.

“Progress” was written by Armando Saldanamora. The series is directed by Nicole Wright and produced by Flawless Victory Media.

The 2014 IAWTV Awards will take place on January 7 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and will be live-streamed online.

Other nominations in the “Best Visual Effects (Digital)” include “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” “State of Syn,” “Continuum,” and “Super Knocked Up.” In the “Best Design (Art Direction/Production)” category, other nominees include “Continuum,” “Red Scare,” “Destroy the Alpha Gammas” and “Inferno.”

About “Progress”
“Progress” is a ten-episode web series. Victorian England has a steam-powered Internet and Jack the Ripper is posting his crimes on the web. The series has been featured in numerous publications, including Wired.com’s GeekMom blog and The Steampunk Tribune.

Space Jockey reviews The Wrath of Steph

Space Jockey Reviews has published is review of The 28th Day: The Wrath of Steph, and they have nothing but praise to haul on both the movie and Derek Houck as Rufus:

Derek Houck is a true “hoot” in the truest and most complimentary sense of the word. (Yes, doesn’t every horror spoof need one of those?) Houck plays the part of Rufus–an old friend of Dr. Woogie and arm-chair archeologist, longing for the good old days when large-breasted coeds more common than ancient artifacts. Derek Houck is a would-be minor character who brings life to The Wrath of Steph through the boldness of his talent and comedic delivery. He literally steals every scene he’s in, not just with his appointed dialogue, but, equally so, with the force of his acting; he is in your face as another caricature of a character every time. If ever there was a Space Jockey Reviews nominee for the next SNL regular, Derek Houck is the one! Lorne Michaels, listen up! 😀

Be sure to read the full review to find out what the Space Jockey thinks of the other cast members.

The 28th Day: The Wrath of Steph is available now on Amazon.com. Steph (Jodie Grundin) has been possessed by the spirit of the Evil Lord Zasulground and it’s up to Steph and her best friend Liz Lucky (Kate Nichols) to defeat it.

The 28th Day: The Wrath of Steph | SPACE JOCKEY REVIEWS

Standards of Living on Ain’t It Cool News

Ain’t It Cool News, the standard in determining what is cool on the internet, has reviewed Standards of Living:

“A film shot entirely with an iPad, which is ambitious and inventive in its own right, the ambitious part of STANDARDS OF LIVING mainly has to do with the story writer/director Aaron Mento is presenting…”

Be sure to read the entire review. You can watch Standards of Living in its entirety above or on YouTube.