As the entire U.S. braces for Election Day tomorrow, November 8, Myx TV –- the leading English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment network -– made sure not only to give voice to Asian Americans through its “The Invisible Vote” campaign; it also cast a spotlight on American veterans and their important role in U.S. society, a timely reminder as the nation prepares to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11.
Myx TV’s reality show, “Cast Me!” was awarded recently a “6 Certified” status by veteran campaign organization Got Your 6 at the 2016 Storytellers Event held at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in Los Angeles.
“Got Your 6”, the military term for “I got your back”, is a campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood and government partners in integrating positive perceptions and perspectives of veterans into popular culture rather than just painting them in extremes only either as “heroic” or “broken” on film and television. Got Your 6, as stated on their website, wants to show that veterans “are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to lead a resurgence of community across the nation.”
Myx TV’s “Cast Me!” – the first ever reality series on television for aspiring actors and actresses competing for their first big break – was “6 Certified” because for starters, it reveals the day-to-day work at LA-based agency DK Casting, owned by U.S. Marine Corps veteran David Kang. As an official partner of the Got Your 6 campaign, Myx TV ensured “Cast Me!” was crafted at every stage of production with positive veteran messaging. In addition to one of the four casting directors on the show being a veteran, this reality series also makes it a point to look to the veteran population for their casting needs.
“The ‘6 Certified’ campaign is such an important program because the powerful stories of our veterans should not be limited to narratives of broken heroes,” said Miguel Santos, general manager of Myx TV. “With ‘Cast Me!’ we aimed to show a more authentic veteran experience with a first-hand look at how Marine veteran David Kang’s military training set him up for success in the entertainment industry after his reintegration into civilian life.”
Joining Myx TV’s “Cast Me!” are the following “6 Certified” projects as reported by looktothestars.org and The Hollywood Reporter:
“Bandstand” – Set in 1945, “Bandstand” on Broadway tells the story of musician Donny Novitski who is about to lead his band of fellow veterans into competition for America’s next swing band sensation.
“Citizen Soldier” – “Citizen Soldier” is a film told from the point of view of a group of soldiers from the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Thunderbirds Brigade.
“Hacksaw Ridge” – In theaters on November 4 and directed by Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge” is the true story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during WWII despite refusing to bear arms on religious grounds.
“Hap and Leonard” – Set in the late 1980s, “Hap and Leonard” is a darkly comic swamp noir story of two best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot, and the fuzz. Leonard is portrayed as a skilled and resourceful problem solver in this dark comedy.
“Invictus Games Orlando 2016” – “The Invictus Games” is an international sporting event, created by Britain’s Prince Harry, for wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel and veterans.
“Justified” (series) – “Justified” is an American crime drama based on Elmore Leonard’s novella “Fire in the Hole.” For all six seasons, series regular Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Gutterson (Jacob Pitts), a former U.S. Army Ranger Sniper, displayed his wry understanding of Deputy U. S Marshal Raylan Givens’ (Timothy Olyphant) unconventional law enforcement methods.
“Marvel’s Luke Cage” – Mike Colter stars as former U.S. Marine Carl Lucas/Luke Cage. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city. Luke is portrayed as a tough, resourceful character whose heart is in the right place despite his flaws.
“No Greater Love” – This documentary explores a combat deployment through the eyes of a U.S. Army chaplain who carried a camera in Afghanistan, capturing the gritty reality of war as well as the bond that is made among troops.
“Power Triumph Games” – The “Power Triumph Games” is a multi-round sports competition that challenges world-class military veteran athletes who have overcome catastrophic injury to step outside their comfort zones.
“Reparation” – Winner of 11 film festival awards, “Reparation” is a psychological thriller that centers around Bob Stevens (Marc Menchaca), a small-town farmer with a three-year hole in his memory.
“Roadtrip Nation: The Next Mission” – “The Next Mission” showcases the trials and triumphs of post-military transition through the stories of Helen, Sam, and Bernard – three transitioning service members who set off on a road trip across the country to discover their purpose in the civilian world.
“Sully” – Directed by Clint Eastwood, “Sully” tells the real story of the “Miracle on the Hudson,” when commercial pilot and U.S. armed forces veteran Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became a hero after performing an unprecedented forced water landing on New York’s Hudson River.
Myx TV has been recognized for its out-of-the-box shows and promotion of diversity in entertainment and society.