PoC Studios is a uniquely diverse and forward-thinking content studio offering an all-inclusive approach to producing, financing, and distributing film and TV content intended for a global audience.
Among PoC’s initial slate is the film (and subsequent tv series) TOKYO UNDER NIGHT, (now out to talent), written by Academy Award® winner Ron Bass (RAIN MAN), a “Japanese Casablanca” featuring a historically important Japanese supper club in the 50s and 60s were influential people from all walks of life and countries co-mingled with fascinating results. Also on the slate is THE RAJ, a historical epic set in Raj-era India that deals with the nation’s fight for freedom against the British Empire. The film will be a Neo Western with heart – think Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid meets Sholay – that also explores the real history of India’s Independence struggle.
Labid Aziz defines People of Culture Studios as:
“We are the one-stop shop for ideation, development, finance, production, domestic distribution and global exploitation. We are designed from the ground up to help the massive independent space that lacks the Major Studio infrastructure to protect its content. And we work top down to maintain ownership & control of our IP in alignment with its creator as we help shape the pathway and trajectory of that IP towards potential 20+ year strategies. We manage and exploit all potential revenue for the benefit of our talent, our partners, and anyone else who brings real value every day to our IP and projects, who INSPIRE us to protect and reward them. We endeavour to maximize the full 360 degrees of the content landscape from graphic novels to podcasts to board games/video games to feature films to tv series to live-action to animation to metaverse activations to AR/VR activities to beyond the unknown.”
Speaking about the vision of the studio, Aziz explains that:
“Culture is above all, something we shouldn’t judge people on, we should try to embrace it. And that notion of culture I learned about in Brandice from the Jewish community. Lean back in to the purpose and mission mantra of ‘Using the transformative power of storytelling, injecting it with love, and dignity, and truth, and fun, telling stories of People of Colour to the world and hopefully in some small way be able to heal the trauma and the pain that so many People of Colour face and just unite through the transformative power of storytelling. That, as you know, existed since the dawn of time.”
People of Culture offers an all-inclusive and true equity & equality approach to producing, financing, and distributing film/TV content intended for a global audience
The studio uses Blockchain and NFTs.
“I think Blockchain, crypto, and even the dirty word NFTs right now, because some people don’t look at it fondly, I think it’s just an extension of kickstarter, and the crowdfunding that happened with that model, and allowing us to engage and then to be fully transparent in how capital is used and what the smart chain, smart contracts and what not are doing, so being okay with being transparent. It is good to be transparent. Let us be transparent and let us talk to the truth of the business and say ‘here are the pain points’ and here is how we are going to address them. Here is our model from development to monetisation and distribution.”
“If you give your audience a sense of ownership in what you’re doing, amazing things could happen, and we’re seeing this every day”.
Labid Aziz, Founder and CEO
The studio recently partnered with SOLIS Studios and SOLIS Labs, the feature film and blockchain divisions of media and technology collective SOLIS.