The project started as a demo reel/lighting design piece for Ryan Atkins, a local Director of Photography out of Chicago. Ryan who enjoys writing as a hobby, felt inspired to write this short scene based on several strong female characters who displayed a variety of interesting characteristics. He cast two actors for his scene - David Weiner and Jennifer Karum (Goodman). Ryan wanted to showcase a female detective interrogating a sketchy suspect. 

Ryan felt having a female interrogating a male would be enthralling, given many movies and TV showcase male detectives. He felt it would be more suspenseful and intriguing with a female who is unpredictable in her actions. 


Ryan felt the main character should wear what society considers mens clothing, to showcase the masculine part of her personality.


By showcased her own display of 'gender equality' wearing mens clothing, it added to the complexity of her character and her ability to not care what others think.


Shortly after Ryan cast Jennifer to play his main protagonist, Ryan and Jennifer collaborated on the script. 

Quickly, Ryan realized Jennifer's passion for writing, and learned she had greater ideas than he could conceptualize. Jennifer ended up helming the script, expanding the story to several seasons, and created strong characters while keeping true to the core elements. 

With the pilot and series in general, the Cast and Crew intend to shed light on several political forces:

  1. Women Empowerment - Hopes to spread a message to women that they are no less capable than men

  2. Gender Equality - We are all equal and we come from all walks of life.

  3. Autism Awareness - How autism plays an integral part in the story which parallels with our Co-Creator, Jennifer who is on the spectrum. 

We have a FULL 48 minute pilot episode, a 3 season arc and a 26 page show bible.


The Conrad legacy leads down a twisted path touching upon illegal immigration, human trafficking, and dark family secrets and is a show many people from many walks of life can get into.


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