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A deathly funny comedy about the world of Hollywood Zombies, and the actors who play them, who are them. Imagine Arrested Development meets Shawn of the Dead.
Susan Bernhardt
Video / Web
Los Angeles, California
United States
3 Team Members



The wonderfully talented, witty and beautiful, Carolyn Hennesy has joined the cast of Acting Dead and is set to guest star as Dr. Ivana Wurshter, the mysterious woman behind the zombie-actor producing company, Flatline Inc.  Fans know Carolyn from her long-running, Emmy nominated role of Diane on General Hospital, plus HBO's True Blood, Disney's Jessie and Cougar Town.  Everyone is deathly excited and welcomes her to Acting Dead!

-A note from the creator

Well as you can see from the video, we wanted the show concept to be a big surprise! But the Hollywood "Powers That Be", i.e. our producers, (also zombies), are forcing us to be fully transparent. Like Alex.  So, here's all the gory details...

ACTING DEAD - A semi-dark comedy about the world of Hollywood Zombies.  (And not just the ones living in Beverly Hills).  What if your acting career had taken a turn for the worse and your only option to get a role, to be cast in any number of the ever-growing zombie-based TV shows and movies was to...actually become one?  ACTING DEAD takes you into the afterlife of Tate and Alex, both struggling to get by living in their new skin, or what's left of it.  But life doesn't slow down just because your heart stopped. Tate and Alex come to realize that even undead actors face the same problems as the living: staying in shape, part time jobs, getting a better agent, Hollywood mixers, blind dates, and self esteem issues.  Add to those problems the occasional urge for brains and biting, zombie and ghost method acting teachers, and keeping their "decomposure", Tate and Alex discover that it's not so easy Acting Dead.  

Funny, quirky and weird, this series has brains and an appetite for sarcasm and satire.  Imagine Arrested Development meets Shawn of the Dead with an occasional shout out to Romero.  It's fast paced and smart, and so ridiculous you're sure to have the time of your afterlife. 

-Brian Beacock

WHO  ||   WHAT  ||  WHY

The 3 W's - the questions anyone in the right mind must have answered when considering donating money - especially to strangers.  Let's take this one step at a time, and start with the WHO.  If you watched the video, you learned that our leads, Brian Beacock and Jillian Clare (both showbiz vets) met nearly 13 years ago, in November 2000.  A decade later, in the summer of 2010, Brian and producer Susan Bernhardt (that's me) reconnected while doing a radio show broadcast, where both were promoting their new web series’.  Once that happened, there was no turning back.  Brian guest starred on Susan’s show Miss Behave (which coincidentally stars her daughter Jillian Clare), and the two of them began working together on other projects, producing New Media content for themselves and outside clients.

Meanwhile, Brian's show McCracken Live! and Susan's series Miss Behave were being recognized with awards and nominations, stacking up a combined total of over 60 in just three short years while entertaining global audiences all thanks to the internet.  Today, McCracken Live! is just a few door slams away from that coveted network television dream, while Miss Behave has recently received interest from an independent cable network.   Brian continues to work as an actor, writer and producer and Susan expanded her producing skills to include her first indie feature film. 

Fast forward to Summer 2013 and here comes the answer to WHAT.  In a nutshell, Brian and Susan thrive on creating new projects.  So the what was pretty simple - once Brian got the brilliant idea, they decided to collaborate and make a new indie series that is fun, comedic, a bit on the bizarre side, and has a hook.  Zombies...who are actors...playing Zombies.    

And finally - WHY you ask?  New Media is the new viewing platform and provides an opportunity for producers to create indie television (much in the same way that indie features begin).  It's the here and the now, and the future of television.  Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon - even the big guns, with the big funds.  And then, there's us.  We know what we're doing, we have the talent, skill, business sense, and drive to make independent television shows that can translate to traditional television.  The one element that we're missing, and one of the most important, is the money to make it happen.


You're probably thinking - 35K - wait a second here, I've heard that full seasons of most web series' are being made for a lot less.  And you're right about that, to an extent.  SAG-AFTRA has been really great to Producers who want to make content for the web - for those that don't know, it's called the New Media agreement.  WE don't have to pay the professional, hard working actors if we can't afford to - unlike regular television, it's up to the producer what's negotiated for payment.  So, yes, that's one way to make a show for less money - don't pay the talent - which happens all the time.  But we really want to pay each actor, and it looks like in addition to our regulars below, we will have about 30 total for Season One.  (insert cash register sound)

NEXT, is the wonderful, hardworking, and many times under paid, under appreciated, crew.  If you've ever been lucky enough to visit the set of or work on a prime time, or even daytime series, you'll see an awful lot of people working.  An average television show has about 50 people on the crew and every one of them is generally getting paid union rates.  WE produce independent content and use far fewer people to make it happen (about 10-12).  Our crew will wear many hats, work LONG DAYS for much less money.   But they LOVE what they do, and we LOVE them for doing it!

Location, location, location.  Always a big decision for new business owners.  And can be a huge headache for indie producers.  Our series calls for specific locations, which unfortunately, cost money.  What we're trying to do is make a show with a story and look that can translate to network television, should the opportunity present itself.  Something that makes each and every person that's involved, proud.  THAT MEANS YOU TOO!

Food (the good stuff - not pizza), supplies, special effects (hmm........), wardrobe, equipment, and even the IGG fees themselves, all add up.  The list goes on and on about how money is spent on a production - here's a simple breakdown to see where the dollars fall with our new show.

What this all means is that WE NEED YOUR HELP!! We're excited about the PERKS we have lined up for YOU!  We know we have some unique things that you can't live without (i.e., car wash and grocery shopping) and even better stuff from some of the stars and the show itself.   

But seriously, here's the bottom line.  We're planning to get this project done no matter what.  Even if we don't reach our entire goal.  But, with your help, we can avoid:

1.  Applying for a new credit card with the hope of a high limit

2.  Selling off our entire Pokemon Card Collection

3.  Visiting the neighborhood bank and ___________.  (let's play Mad Libs)

And we can:

1.  Pay everyone at least a small portion of what they deserve

2.  Buy lots and lots of RED VINES!

So....PICK a PERK, donate a little (or a lot) and join us for this crazy trip (line stolen from Jillian Clare in the above video - I think she was supposed to say ride - darn actors!).  


Talk about it, tweet about it and even twerk about it?  WAIT NO!

Send the link to your friends and family too:  http://igg.me/at/ad

Most importantly - learn about New Media - if you don't already know, there's a BIG WORLD of indie television on the web - much of it better than anything on traditional television.  Take some time to discover and learn more about New Media and the future of television!  We're in the pioneer club of what is now called independent television and PROUD OF IT! (there's not really a club - it just sounded good)


You made it through reading all the important stuff, and you're still here so obviously you want to join us on this comedic, sometimes scary, but certainly Zombie-rific adventure called Acting Dead!

And finally......here's our original campaign video which we still think is pretty darn fun and clever (but maybe didn't give enough information)....you decide! 

We have made the above video available to our hearing impaired visitors with closed captions on YouTube.  Please visit http://tinyurl.com/AD0910 and enjoy!

Drop us an email at actingdeadtheseries@gmail.com if you have any questions and thanks so much for stopping by our campaign today - WELCOME TO THE TEAM!

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  • $4USD
    Under 5 PERK

    Twitter follow from the official "Acting Dead" account Eternal gratitude - even beyond the grave

    3 claimed
  • $13USD
    Lucky Number 13 PERK

    Twitter follow from the Producers and the official "Acting Dead" account Eternal gratitude - even beyond the grave Social Media shout-outs

    5 claimed
  • $15USD
    Fans of Take 2 Radio PERK

    Special PERK is made available for all the web series & Soap Star fans of Take 2 Radio & more! Here's what you get: Limited Edition "autographed" 5x7 Official Acting Dead photo featuring the star of your choice. This beautiful photo is ready for framing, and will be mailed to your home. Facebook shout-out from the Official "Acting Dead" page. Eternal gratitude - even beyond the grave (Email will be sent in November asking which star you want in your photo)

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $20USD
    Fans of Anime PERK!!

    Hey you guys be a part of my show! I've gotten to meet some of you & hope to meet more! Until then it would mean the world to me to bring you into my other world, of zombies! Choose from an autographed color photo of characters Takato and Agumon from Digimon, Yamato from Battle B'Daman, Yumichika from Bleach, or Walter Yumasaki from Durarara! Choose your fav, contact me and get your own personal message! Plus all the perks from the Lucky Number 13 PERK! Thanks for the years of support!

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $21USD
    Drink and Donate PERK!

    Digital download of Season One poster EXCLUSIVE cast photo of three or more show stars at the premiere (photo will be emailed to you) Plus - all the stuff in the Lucky Number 13 PERK!

    14 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $40USD
    The Old Headshot PERK!

    C'mon actors! Have one of your old, funny, bizarre headshots featured in our show! You know you all have them! Names will be changed to protect the..."hair-and-clothing-unfortunates." Really "be a part" of our show! Put your face on it! (contact us for digital delivery or mail delivery address) This will be a RIOT! You get FAME, plus everything from the Lucky Number 13 PERK & The Drink and Donate PERK!

    10 out of 25 claimed
  • $51USD
    Truth is out there PERK

    Autographed 16X20 poster mailed to your home Copy of entire Season One script sent via email Plus - all the stuff in the Lucky Number 13 PERK!

    4 out of 51 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $69USD
    Let's work together PERK

    Autographed postcard mailed to your home Exclusive Season One DVD (will not be available until all episodes have aired) or Entire Season One Digital Download (your choice) Plus - all the stuff in the Lucky Number 13 PERK and SPECIAL THANKS in the credits!

    7 out of 69 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $86USD
    86 those bucks PERK

    Video shout-out from your favorite series star (subject to actor availability) sent to you via email Digital copy of the pilot episode emailed a week before the debut Plus - all the stuff in the Lucky Number 13 PERK and SPECIAL THANKS in the credits!

    2 out of 101 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $95USD
    9 TO 5 PERK

    That's right, your very OWN autographed DVD copy of the movie, From Hollywood to Dollywood starring Dolly Parton (signed by the Producers, Gary and Larry Lane and star Leslie Jordan) Plus - all the stuff in the Lucky Number 13 PERK and SPECIAL THANKS in the credits!

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $222USD
    Drop Dead Soap Fan PERK

    Includes Eric Martsolf autographed CD, autographed photos of at least 4 current or former soap stars plus an autographed copy of SOD (delivery of SOD depends on date of issue with show article)! 2014 Series Calendar with exclusive show stills (you pick which photos - might include a soap star or 2) Lunch with a Soap Star (on our set - subject to schedule - must provide own travel & lodging) Plus - all the stuff in the Lucky Number 13 PERK and SPECIAL THANKS in the credits!

    1 out of 22 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $666USD
    Not So Superstitious PERK

    By far, the best perk available!! Autographed Script, 16x20 Show Poster and Postcard mailed to your home Exclusive still photos turned into a collage and made into a throw - YEP! Associate Producer credit (because a producer needs to be brave and clearly you are by picking the "Not So Superstitious" PERK) including IMDb credit! Plus - all the stuff in the Lucky Number 13 PERK and SPECIAL THANKS in the credits!

    2 out of 7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $667USD
    Afraid of the Number 666 PERK

    Digital copy of the pilot episode emailed a week before the debut Autographed Script, 16x20 Show Poster and Postcard mailed to your home Full DAY On-Set with the Cast during the shoot (must be local to Los Angeles or willing to provide own transportation and accommodations) Plus - all the stuff in the Lucky Number 13 PERK and SPECIAL THANKS in the credits!

    1 out of 11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $999USD
    Midnight Shambler PERK

    By now you know what a walk on ROLE means in a show about ZOMBIES - it's kinda a BIG DEAL. You got it with this perk (must be local to Los Angeles or willing to provide own transportation and accommodations) Show is scheduled to begin shooting October 12, 2013 EXCLUSIVE first look at our series APP (still in development) Plus - all the stuff in the 86 those bucks PERK including SPECIAL THANKS in the credits and on the website!

    1 out of 9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $4,999USD
    Flatline PERK

    We would just DIE if you donated at this level! Get ready to be a Co-Executive Producer on Season 1 (including IMDb credit) + make room for 1 OF EVERYTHING LISTED ABOVE & 2 tickets to the EXCLUSIVE premiere and... Brian will come over and wash your car and Susan will grocery shop for you! (Car wash and grocery shopping perks only available to LA residents - unless you want to fly us to your home - preference given to exotic locations) DELIVERY DATES VARY

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