Crowd funding sought for new mediation television drama series

Shift is a one-hour scripted television drama series that reveals the inner workings of the world of conflict resolution. In the same way The West Wing showed us how the sausage is made behind the scenes in the White House, Shift reveals the often hidden world of conflict transformation. This series is dramatically compelling, culturally rich and truly meaningful to our lives.

How Well Developed is This Project?

Shift has traveled far on the road of development. We have three complete one-hour scripts and additional treatments for 13 episodes, with hundreds of additional conflict scenarios you will find compelling. We are ready to launch into production, given the right talent pool and studio connections. We believe producing this trailer will put us over the top and give us what we need to demonstrate what we can do to the right people.

What is Portrayed in the Trailer?

The trailer showcases one of our lead characters, Ray Gopaul, who is an African-American former Marine and Viet Nam veteran. Ray is a consummate mediator and an ace crisis negotiator. He gravitates to the edgy, dangerous realms of conflict, working with street gangs, murderers and civil war combatants. He’s always pushing the envelope, testing the comfort zone of his colleagues and his clients.

In the trailer, Ray initiates work on a case that screams scandal from the headlines. He throws himself into this case, which is universally believed to be hopeless. In the trailer, you will see how Ray shifts a defendant found guilty of a heinous crime toward a willingness to participate in Restorative Justice as part of the sentencing phase of his trial.

See more here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shift–21

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About Dr Samantha Hardy

Associate Professor Samantha Hardy PhD has been mediating and conflict coaching since 1997. She practices primarily in the workplace context, and in the university sector. Sam is a Nationally Accredited Mediator under the Australian Standards and a Certified Transformative Mediator by the US Institute of Conflict Transformation. She is an experienced conflict coach and the co-founder of the REAL Conflict Coaching System. Sam has a particular interest in education and has been recognized as a leader in this field, including receiving a University Teaching Excellence Award, a National Carrick Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia. She is an adjunct and teaches at various universities including James Cook University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Tasmania, the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy, and is an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution within the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Sam has published widely in conflict resolution, including her books Dispute Resolution in Australia, 3rd Ed. (2014) co-authored with David Spencer, Mediation for Lawyers (2010) co-authored with Olivia Rundle, and Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law: Social and legal issues facing individuals, couples and families (2016) co-authored with Olivia Rundle and Damien Riggs.

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